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Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship: Phase II

Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship: Phase II The government has launched the phase-II of Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship under SANKALP (Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) programme. SANKALP, a Centrally sponsored scheme, is a World Bank loan assisted program, launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in January 2018. SANKALP engages with […]

Climate Vulnerability Index 2021 – CEEW

Climate Vulnerability Index: A report titled “Mapping India’s Climate Vulnerability – A District-level Assessment” has been released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) (not-for-profit policy research institution). The report has also launched the first-of-its-kind Climate Vulnerability Index. The index has analysed 640 districts in India and found that 463 of these are […]

India-Us Defence Deal – MK 54 Torpedo

India-Us Defence Deal: The Ministry of Defence has signed a deal with the US Government for procurement of MK 54 Torpedo and Expendable (Chaff and Flares) for the Indian Navy, under Foreign Military Sale (FMS). FMS is the U.S. Government’s program for transferring defense articles, services, and training to its international partners and international organizations. […]

Ram Katha Park: Renamed As Queen Heo Hwang-ok Memorial Park

Ram Katha Park: Renamed As Queen Heo Hwang-ok Memorial Park On the banks of the Sarayu in Ayodhya, the Ram Katha Park has been renovated which will be renamed as Queen Heo Hwang-ok memorial park. The Korean queen is believed to have had Indian roots. In 2000, India and South Korea signed an agreement to […]

Judicial Review In Matters Related To National Security

Judicial Review In Matters Related To National Security: Supreme Court has made few observations regarding the applicability of judicial review in matters related to ‘National Security’ of the Country. The Court was responding to submissions made by Solicitor-General for the Centre, in the Pegasus snooping case. The government had refused the court’s repeated advice to […]

Amendments To The Registration Of Births And Deaths Act, 1969

Amendments To The Registration Of Births And Deaths Act, 1969: The Centre has proposed amendments to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 that will enable it to “maintain the database of registered birth and deaths at the national level”. Presently, the registration of births and deaths is done by the local registrar appointed […]

Project Readiness Financing (PRF) Loan for Mizoram

Asian Development Bank (ADB): The Indian government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a USD 4.5 million Project Readiness Financing (PRF) loan to support urban mobility in Mizoram. Earlier, the ADB and the Government of India signed a USD 484 million loan to improve transport connectivity and industrial development in the Chennai – Kanyakumari […]

Pegasus: Latest Update

Pegasus: A Spyware Developed By Israeli Firm NSO Group A three-member committee has been appointed by the Supreme Court to look into allegations of unauthorised surveillance using Pegasus, a spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group. The committee members are Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Dean of National Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar; Dr Prabaharan P, […]

Agni 5 Ballistic Missile

Agni 5: India successfully tests nuclear-capable Agni-V ballistic missile. The Agni-V Intercontinental-range Ballistic Missile (ICBM) has been developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Dynamics Limited. It weighs close to 50,000 kilograms. The missile is 1.75 meters tall with a diameter of two metres. The 1,500-kilogram warhead will be placed on […]