Reopening of Kartarpur Corridor

Kartarpur Corridor: The government is considering reopening the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara corridor to Pakistan this week to allow Sikh pilgrims to cross over, more than 20 months after it was shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The plan is to open on November 19, the birth anniversary of the Sikh founder Guru Nanak, known […]

Special Courts

Special Courts: The Supreme Court has decided to examine questions regarding the legal jurisdiction of the special courts set up to exclusively prosecute Members of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies for various offences. There are more than 4000 cases pending against legislators across the country. Of this, the number of cases against sitting Members of […]

Rashtriya Gokul Mission Review Meeting

Rashtriya Gokul Mission: A review meeting on the performance of the Rashtriya Gokul Mission was held recently. ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’ was launched in 2014 to conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds, under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development (NPBBD). Key objectives of the mission: Development and conservation of indigenous breeds. Undertake breed […]

Green Bonds

Green Bonds: Corporate green-bond issuance has reached new highs as U.S. companies including chip maker Micron Technology Inc., retailer Walmart Inc. and data-center company Equinix Inc. add the bonds as part of larger traditional bond offerings. The increasing issuance of green bonds, which finance environmentally friendly projects, comes as companies face pressure from investors, regulators […]

Unified Payments Interface (UPI)

Unified Payments Interface (UPI): The Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payments system has cut across the Indian socio-economic digital divide amazingly fast. Even though UPI is indeed a groundbreaking innovation in the digital payments landscape, reliability and security are still considered to be at stake, keeping many individuals and businesses apprehensive about the payment system. Unified […]

Devasahayam Pillai

Devasahayam Pillai: Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th-century Hindu convert to Christianity, would be the first Indian layman (a non-ordained member of the Church) to be made a saint. Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, together with six other Blesseds, during a Canonization Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican on 15th May, 2022. Vatican City […]

SITMEX-2021

SITMEX-2021: The third edition of the trilateral naval exercise Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise (SITMEX) has been conducted in the Andaman Sea of the Indian Ocean. It is conducted annually, and was announced by India at Shangri-La Dialogue in June 2018. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue is Asia’s premier defence summit. It was […]

Tech NEEV @75

Tech NEEV @75: Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh today inaugurated “Tech NEEV/ नींव @75” as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and interacted with successful start-ups including those from the tribal communities on the occasion of Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas. The Government of India will be setting up 30 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Hubs in […]

41st Scientific Expedition To Antarctica

41st Scientific Expedition To Antarctica: India has successfully launched the 41st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica with the arrival of the first batch of its contingent at the southern white continent. The 41st expedition has two major programs. The first program encompasses geological exploration of the Amery ice shelf at Bharati station. This will help explore […]