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VARUNA-2022: Important Points

Bilateral Exercise ‘VARUNA-2022’: The 20th edition of the Indian and French Navy bilateral exercise ‘VARUNA-2022’ is being conducted in the Arabian Sea. It has become a vital part of the India-France strategic bilateral relationship. The Indian and French Navies have been conducting bilateral maritime exercises since 1993. Since 2001, these exercises have been called ‘VARUNA’. […]

FASTER Platform: Supreme Court

Digital Platform: FASTER Chief Justice of India (CJI) launched the digital platform FASTER (Fast and Secured Transmission of Electronic Records). The Supreme Court has also launched other programmes involving technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) based portal ‘SUPACE’ in the judicial system aimed at assisting judges with legal research. eCourts Mission Mode Project is a pan-India […]

Siwalik Fossil Park and Buxa Formation: Geological Heritage Sites

Two New Geological Heritage Sites: Geological Survey of India (GSI) has identified two geological heritage sites in the Indian Himalayan Region of India. The sites identified are Siwalik Fossil Park, Himachal Pradesh and Stromatolite bearing Dolomite / Limestone of Buxa Formation of Buxa Formation, Sikkim. With inclusion of these two sites, there are 34 Geological […]

Government Permitted Genome-Edited Plants

Government Permitted Genome-Edited Plants: The Government has allowed genome-edited plants without the cumbersome GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) regulation at the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). The government has exempted Site Directed Nuclease (SDN) 1 and 2 genomes from Rules 7-11 of the Environment Protection Act, thus allowing it to avoid a long process for approval […]

New India Literacy Programme

New India Literacy Programme: The Union of India has approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, namely, “New India Literacy Programme (NILP)”. The NILP has been approved for the next five financial years (2022-27) in order to integrate all the aspects of adult education with the National Education Policy, 2020 (NEP). The Education ministry has chosen to […]

PM Gati Shakti Entails The Geospatial Mapping

PM Gati Shakti Entails The Geospatial Mapping: PM Gati Shakti entails the geospatial mapping of everything in the country, different layers of maps which talk to each other, leading to integrated planning, with better optimization of time and cost. Geospatial technology uses tools like GIS (Geographic Information System), GPS (Global Positioning System) and Remote Sensing […]