Mansar Lake Development Plan

Context : Mansar Lake Development Plan is getting fulfilled after a long wait of 70 years. Details : Situated at about 37 km from Jammu, Mansar is a lake fringed by forest-covered hills, over a mile in length by half-a-mile in width. Surinsar-Mansar Lakes are designated as Ramsar Convention in November 2005. With all religions

First-ever e-resource centre and virtual court

Context : CJI has inaugurated the first-ever e-resource centre and virtual court for traffic and transport to enable speedy justice for litigants, called ‘Nyay Kaushal’, at Nagpur. Details : It is a first of its kind e-resource centre in India that will facilitate electronic filing of cases in the Supreme Court, High Courts and district

The shifting trajectory of India’s foreign policy

Context : India’s growing engagement with the U.S. on relations on India’s foreign policy. Details of the 2+2 talks : he centrepiece of the third 2+2 dialogue was the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for Geo-Spatial Cooperation. With the signing of BECA, India is now a signatory to all U.S.-related foundational

Depreciation of Rupee

Recently, the Indian rupee depreciated below the 74 levels against the US dollar. Key Points The rupee depreciated by 16 paise to settle against the previous low of August 73.87 against the US dollar. The rupee depreciation is on account of global risk aversion. The investors are preferring a stable US dollar over rupee. Under risk

Anomaly over Normal Body Temperature

For several years now, doctors and researchers have known that 98.6°F is not really the gold-standard “normal” body temperature it was once considered to be. The “normal” body temperature In 1851, Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich pioneered the use of the clinical thermometer. It was a rod a foot long, which he would stick under the

Euthanasia or ‘Assisted Dying’ Act

As per preliminary referendum results, a majority of voters in New Zealand have voted in favour of the End of Life Choice Act 2019. What is the ‘End of Life Choice Act’ 2019? The act is meant to give certain terminally ill people the option of requesting medical assistance to end their lives and to establish a

Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists have found a detached coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef that exceeds the height of the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. It is stretched for over 2,300 kilometres over an

National Productivity Council (NPC)

National Productivity Council (NPC) has been granted accreditation conforming to ISO 17020:2012 by National Accreditation Board for Certification Body (NABCB). NPC is a national level organization to promote productivity culture in India. The NPC comes under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Established in 1958, it

National Unity Day 2020

Every year, the National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) is celebrated on 31st October to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Prime Minister launched the seaplane service from Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity, Kevadia. The day was celebrated for the first time in 2014, when the Government of India decided to celebrate Patel’s birthday as the National Unity Day to recognise his

International Press Institute

Recently, the International Press Institute (IPI) has highlighted that the impunity with which crimes against journalists are committed continued to rise as governments had failed to probe the cases. This move comes ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists which is celebrated on 2nd November every year. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the day in the General

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