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Disha Bill, 2020 : Key Features

Disha (Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children) Bill: The Union government informed the Lok Sabha that an inter-ministerial consultation for the Andhra Pradesh Disha (Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children) Bill, 2020, had been initiated. The Bill paves the way for awarding the death penalty for rape and gang […]

Exercise Dustlik-2 2021 : India-Uzbekistan

Exercise Dustlik-2: The second edition of India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise “Dustlik-2” started in Chaubatia, Uttarakhand. Aim of the Exercise: Counter Insurgency (CI) and Counter-Terrorism (CT) operations in mountainous, rural and urban scenarios under the United Nations (UN) mandate. First Edition: Took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in November 2019. Uzbekistan is important to India for security […]

Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System : Final Test

Final Development Test Of Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the final development test of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System, crucial for diesel-electric submarines. Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System: Submarines are essentially of two types: conventional and nuclear. Conventional submarines use diesel-electric engines, which require them […]

What Is Vaccine Passport?

Vaccine Passports: Governments around the world are exploring the potential use of vaccine passports as a way of reopening the economy by identifying those protected against the coronavirus. A vaccine passport is an e-certificate that stores and records jabs and Covid-19 test status. It can be kept in a smartphone app or in other digital […]

What is Editors Guild Of India?

Editors Guild Of India: The Editors Guild of India flagged the Group of Ministers (GoM) report on the government’s media strategy as an example of the government’s “increasingly draconian attitude” towards any criticism. The GoM, whose members include five Cabinet Ministers and four Ministers of State, was set up in mid-2020. Editors Guild of India: […]

Rationalisation Of Both Freight And Passenger Fares

Rationalization Of Both Freight And Passenger Fares: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways has suggested rationalisation of both freight and passenger fares. The losses incurred by the railways in passenger services purportedly due to the social service obligations which include pricing tickets at fares lower than costs and passenger concessions. The railways incur losses to […]

What is Independent Environment Regulator?

Independent Environment Regulator: The Supreme Court (SC) asked the government to explain the reasons for not setting up an “Independent Environment Regulator” to oversee green clearances. SC had ordered the setting up of a national environment regulatory body under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to ensure independent oversight of green clearances way back in Lafarge […]

‘Maitri Setu’ Between India And Bangladesh

Maitri Setu’ Between India And Bangladesh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh. The bridge ‘Maitri Setu’ has been built over the Feni river which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura State and Bangladesh. The 1.9 Km long bridge joins Sabroom (in Tripura) with Ramgarh (in Bangladesh). The name ‘Maitri […]

Who was Udupi Ramachandra Rao? India’s Satellite Man

Udupi Ramachandra Rao: Google is celebrating the 89th birthday of renowned Indian professor and scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao, remembered by many as “India’s Satellite Man.” The doodle features a sketch of Professor Rao with a background of the Earth and shooting stars. Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1932 – 2017) was an Indian space scientist and chairman […]