Ancient Buddhist Monastery Found in Jharkhand

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a Buddhist monastery, believed to be at least 900 years old, buried under a mound in a village near Juljul Pahar of Sitagarhi Hills in Jharkhand. Earlier an ancient Buddhist shrine, buried under a similar mound was found, close to this site Ancient Buddhist Monastery Found in Jharkhand:

New IT Rules 2021

Recently, the government has notified Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. These new rules broadly deal with social media and over-the-top (OTT) platforms. These rules have been framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.

FATF Retains Pakistan in Grey List

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to retain Pakistan on the “greylist” till the next review of its performance on its recommendations during the June Plenary session. FATF Retains Pakistan in Grey List: Key Points Background: During the October-2020 Plenary, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pakistan was given an extension for full compliance with the

State of Environment Report 2021

Recently, the State of Environment Report, 2021 was released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). CSE is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. It researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. State of Environment Report 2021: Key Points Findings: Pandemic Generation:

Sitanadi-Udanti Tiger Reserve

Thousands of tribals living in villages located in the core areas of Sitanadi Udanti Tiger Reserve are protesting and demanding the recognition of their Community Forest Resource rights. Community Forest Resource (CFR) rights are given under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA). The tiger reserves are constituted on a core/buffer strategy. The core areas have

Airline Mapping of Ocean Floor

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is planning to conduct airline mapping of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep to get a better picture of the ocean floor. Lakshadweep Islands are located in the Arabian Sea. These are coral islands located off the coast of Kerala. The Andaman and the Nicobar Islands lie to the southeast of the Indian mainland in

PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Scheme

Recently, the Prime Minister talked about the need to address health issues in a holistic manner and to adopt a four-pronged strategy for a healthy India that includes implementing the PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat scheme. Key Points Four-Pronged Strategy for a Healthy India: Prevention of illness and promotion of wellness including measures such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, yoga and timely care and

UNHRC’s New Resolution against Sri Lanka

Recently, Sri Lanka has made an appeal to the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to reject the impending resolution on the island nation’s human rights accountability and reconciliation. Sri Lanka is facing a new resolution calling on it to hold human rights abusers to account and deliver justice to victims of its 26-year civil war

Senkaku Island Dispute

Recently, China called the Japan-USA mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following USA’s criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters. Key Points About: The 1960 Japan-USA mutual security treaty assures the USA would come to Japan’s aid in the event of an outside attack on Japanese forces or territory. The USA criticized

National Hydrogen Energy Mission

The Union Budget for 2021-22 has announced a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHM) that will draw up a road map for using hydrogen as an energy source.The initiative has the potential of transforming transportation. National Hydrogen Energy Mission NHM initiative will capitalise on one of the most abundant elements on earth (Hydrogen) for a cleaner alternative fuel option. Key Points

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