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Greater One-Horned Rhino

Greater One-Horned Rhino: A case of poaching of the world-famous one-horned rhino has been suspected inside the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. There are five species of rhino – white and black rhinos in Africa, and the greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhino species in Asia. IUCN Red List Status: Black Rhino: Critically endangered. Smaller […]

Bent-Toed Gecko

What Are Geckos? A team of herpetologists have recorded a new species of bent-toed gecko from a wooded part of the Umroi Military Station in Meghalaya. Its scientific name is Crytodactylus exercitus and its English name is Indian Army’s bent-toed gecko. Further, another new bent-toed gecko, the Cyrtodactylus siahaensis named after Mizoram’s Siaha district where […]

Legislation For Refugees in India

Legislation For Refugees:   The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently held a discussion on “protection of the basic human rights of refugees and asylum seekers in India”. Many participants raised the issue of India not having a specific law for refugees and asylum-seekers. The discussion noted that, though India has not signed the United […]

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA):   Singer and music composer Bappi Lahiri (69) passed away following complications from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), bringing attention to a widely prevalent but under-diagnosed medical condition. OSA is a disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly in their sleep. Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when muscles in the […]

Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA):   The Government of India has approved the scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for continuation till 31.03.2026 or till further review, whichever is earlier. The proposal entails an expenditure of Rs. 12929.16 crore out of which Central Share is Rs. 8120.97 crores and the State Share is of […]

REWARD Project

REWARD Project:   The Government of India, the State Governments of Karnataka and Odisha and the World Bank have signed a loan agreement of $115 million for implementation of “Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development” (REWARD) Project. The Government of India has committed to restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 […]

Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) Project

Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) Project:   The Government of India has approved the implementation of the Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) project by the Ministry of Home Affairs at a total cost of Rs.3,375 crore during the period from 2022-23 to 2025-26. Phase II of the ICJS project will be a step towards ensuring […]

India-UAE Virtual Summit 2022

India-UAE Virtual Summit:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a Virtual Summit. They issued a Joint Vision Statement “Advancing the India and UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: New Frontiers, New Milestone”. The Statement establishes a roadmap for a future-oriented partnership between India and UAE […]

Mumbai To Host The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session 2023

Mumbai :  International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session:   Mumbai has been officially elected as the host for the 2023 International Olympic Committee (IOC) session, which could possibly see the election for the host country for the 2030 Winter Olympics and sports programme for LA 2028 Olympic Games. The session will be held in May or […]