Kaziranga National Park

The pandemic-wary domestic and foreign tourists have largely avoided the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR). But their space has been mostly filled by local people and visitors from elsewhere in Assam and its adjoining north-eastern States. About Kaziranga National Park  Kaziranga National park is a 430 square kilometre area sprinkled with elephant-grass meadows,

China’s Strategic Vision

China’s ruling Communist Party concluded a key annual conclave outlining new long-term targets for boosting innovation and military strength, eyeing what it called “an important strategic period” for fulfilling its ambitions at home and abroad. What is the plan? The four-day plenum of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Committee announced three goals to

Cybercrimes

The Union Home Ministry has written to all States to examine and register FIRs based on the complaints received on the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal, www.cybercrime.gov.in. What is the concern? As per data available with the Ministry, only 2.5% of total complaints registered on the portal are converted into First Information Reports (FIRs). Through the portal,

Gilgit-Baltistan

India has slammed Pakistan for its attempt to accord provincial status to the “so-called Gilgit-Baltistan”, saying it is intended to camouflage the ‘illegal’ occupation of the region by Pakistan. In a ruling earlier this year, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed Islamabad to amend a 2018 administrative order to conduct general elections in the region. The

Rural Development Fund

The Union Government’s decision to withhold rural development fee from Punjab, and letters asking the Punjab Government to explain its utilisation of the Rural Development Fund (RDF) that it gets largely from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has enraged the state government. What is Rural Development Fund or RDF? RDF is the 3 per cent

Army Aviation Corps

The Army Aviation Corps (Army Aviation Corps), the youngest Corps of the Indian Army, celebrated its 35th Corps Day recently. Background  The origin of the AAC can be traced back to the raising of the Army Aviation wing of the Royal Air Force in India in 1942, and the subsequent formation of the first Indian Air Observation Post in

Strategic Policy and Facilitation Bureau

Ministry of AYUSH and M/s Invest India will form a collaboration to set up a strategic policy unit called “Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau (SPFB)” to facilitate planned and systematic growth of the Ayush Sector. About ‘Strategic Policy and Facilitation Bureau’  It will support the Ministry in strategic and policy making initiatives that shall help pave the

National Medical Commission

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has notified its first major regulation. Titled as “Minimum Requirements For Annual MBBS Admissions Regulations (2020)”, the notification replaces the “Minimum Standard Requirements for Medical Colleges, 1999 of the erstwhile Medical Council of India (MCI)”. Highlights  The new Regulation has deleted the quantum of land required for setting up a medical

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