India’s Draft Arctic Policy

India has unveiled a new draft ‘Arctic’ policy that and is committed to expanding scientific research, “sustainable tourism” and mineral oil and gas exploration in the Arctic region. India launched its first scientific expedition to the Arctic in 2007 and set up a research station ‘Himadri’ in the international Arctic research base at Ny-Ålesund in

Shramshakti Portal

The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs has launched “ShramShakti” Portal. It is a National Migration Support Portal. It will record various data including demographic profile, livelihood options, skill mapping and migration pattern. It would effectively help in the smooth formulation of state and national level programs for migrant workers. Why need such a portal? Migrants

Sree Narayana Guru

The Vice President of India has virtually launched “Not Many, But One”, an English translation of poems of Sree Narayana Gurudev. Key Points Birth: Sree Narayana Guru was born on 22nd August, 1856 to Madan Asan and his wife Kuttiyamma in Chempazhanthy, a village near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Early Days and Education: His family belonged to the Ezhava caste and was considered ‘avarna’ according to the social mores of the

Parakram Diwas

The central government has decided to observe Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti as ‘Parakram Diwas’ to be celebrated on 23rd January. A high-level committee headed by the Prime Minister has also been formed to plan year-round programmes to mark the anniversary of Bose. Recently the Government of India has also instituted Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar to recognise the excellent work

Smart Anti Airfield Weapon

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a successful trial of the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) off the Odisha coast from the Hawk-I jet of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This was the ninth successful test of the system conducted over the last five years. Key Points Background: The system belongs to the glide bomb category and its development began around 2012-13, with crucial inputs

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