Baihetan Dam: World’s Second Biggest Hydropower Dam

Recently, China has put into operation the Baihetan Dam, world’s Second Biggest Hydropower Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydropower dam in the world and is also along China’s Yangtze River. It began operations in 2003. World’s Second Biggest Hydropower Dam About the Dam: It is on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze (the longest river in Asia). It

Economic Relief Package after Covid- Second Wave

Recently, the Ministry of Finance announced a slew of measures to provide relief to diverse sectors affected by the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to prepare the health systems for emergency response and provide impetus for growth and employment. However it will increase the Fiscal Deficit by 0.6% as per a report of State Bank of India. A total of 17 measures amounting

Gujarat Prohibition Law

Recently, the Gujarat Prohibition Act, 1949 has been challenged before the Gujarat High Court, more than seven decades after it came into effect as the Bombay Prohibition Act. The prohibition on manufacture, sale and consumption of liquor in the state vide the Gujarat Prohibition Act, 1949, has been challenged on grounds of ‘manifest arbitrariness’ and violation of ‘right to

Agni-P (Prime)

Recently, a new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-P (Prime) was successfully test-fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore. Agni-P (Prime) Agni-P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class (under IGMDP – Integrated Guided Missile Development Program). It is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000

US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Recently, the Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology was locked out of his Twitter account for an hour allegedly over a notice received for violation of the US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 1998. US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act Digital Millennium Copyright Act: It is a law passed in the US and is among the world’s

Indian Initiatives Shaping Energy Transition

Recently, the Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy launched ‘The India Story’ booklet, a compilation of Indian initiatives that are shaping India’s energy transition. The booklet was launched at the event on Accelerating Citizen Centric Energy Transition organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). It was organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of India

Jammu Drone Attacks

Recently, Drones were used for the first time to drop explosive devices, triggering blasts inside the Air Force Station’s technical area in Jammu. Jammu Drone Attacks Drone Attacks and Concerns: Over the past two years, drones have been deployed regularly by Pakistan-based outfits to smuggle arms, ammunition and drugs into Indian territory. Drones fly low and therefore cannot be detected by any

Cyber Capabilities and National Power Report

According to a report by International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), an influential think tank, India’s offensive cyber capability is “Pakistan-focused” and “regionally effective”, and not tuned towards China. Cyber Capabilities and National Power Report Countries Under Observation: The report has done a qualitative assessment of cyber power in 15 countries. Four members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and

Agristack: The New Digital Push in Agriculture

Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft to run a pilot programme for 100 villages in 6 states. The MoU requires Microsoft to create a ‘Unified Farmer Service Interface’ through its cloud computing services. This comprises a major part of the ministry’s plan of creating ‘AgriStack’ (a collection of technology-based interventions in

African Swine Fever

Nagaland has not reported fresh cases of African Swine Flu in the last two weeks. The disease was first reported in November-December, 2019 from the areas of China bordering Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier in April 2020, there were reported deaths of pigs due to the Classical Swine Fever (CSF). African Swine Fever About: It is a highly contagious and fatal

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