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UNDER-TRIAL PRISONERS

The term ‘Under-trial’ denotes an unconvicted prisoner i.e. one who has been detained in prison during the period of investigation.

CHINA PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (CPEC)

In 2013, China and Pakistan announced plans to construct an economic corridor to connect Uygur Autonomous Region with the southwestern Pakistani port of Gwadar.

Drugs Menace in India

Drug abuse is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others.

India’s Africa Policy

India has had centuries-old connections with Africa with brisk travel and trade across the Indian Ocean, colonial linkages and ties forged in the post-colonial days of South-South cooperation and Third World solidarity.

DAM AND IT’S IMPACT

Recently Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has cleared the final raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Gujarat.

LOAN WAIVER: NOT A SOLUTION FOR AGRICULTURE ISSUES

In recent state elections in UP winning political party had made a promise to waive farm loan. This has raised farmers expectation in other states as well, especially poll bounded .

MANUAL SCAVENGING

The practice of manual cleaning of sewers without safety equipments is not only violation of the laws of the land but reflects the inhuman attitude towards certain sections of society.

YAMUNA ACTION PLAN

Yammuna Action Plan River Yamuna is one of the major rivers in India and also a major tributary to India’s largest river - river Ganges.

CONCEPT OF RULE OF LAW

The doctrine of rule of law has its origin in England and it is one of the fundamental characteristics of the British constitutional system.

ROLE OF WOMEN IN PANCHAYATI RAJ SYSTEM

Panchayats have been the backbone of grassroot democracy in the Indian villages since its beginning. Gandhi had aptly favoured the panchayati raj and his dream got translated.

SHARADA PRASAD COMMITTEE ON SKILL COUNCILS

   Introduction Ministry of Skill Development has constituted Sharada Prasad Committee to Review the Functioning of Sector Skill Councils. Objective: In order to ensure convergen

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

UBI is based on the idea that everybody should be given a basic minimum income as an entitlement and not as compensation for work, which shall be directly cash transferred to the eligible beneficiarie

RADHAKRISHNA COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURAL INDEBTEDNESS

Introduction • The issue of farmers suicides is a burning one- one that has forced the central and state governments to offer relief packages for the affected. The Radhakrishna Committee was consti

BIMSTEC at 20

Context On June 06, 2017 the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) completed 20 years of its establishment. Comprising of Bangladesh, India, Mya

NATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL RANKING FRAMEWORK (NIRF)

Overview of NIRF • MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) has released Ranking System Framework for Higher Educational Institutions of India. This is the first time that a reliable, transpar

OVERVIEW OF LAND DEGRADATION AND DESERTIFICATION

Meaning of desertification What is it not? Desertification is not the natural expansion of existing deserts. What is it not? Instead it is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid, and dry

KEN–BETWA RIVER LINKING PROJECT

Context: The Forest Advisory Committee of the environment ministry has formally approved the inter-linking of the Betwa River (in Uttar Pradesh) with the Ken River (in Madhya Pradesh). What is the s

Issue of Fraudulent marriages with NRIs

National Commission for Women (NCW) held consultations on the “Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)” to be adopted while dealing with cases related to NRI Matrimonial Disputes. Meaning of NRI mar

NTRO UNDER INTELLIGENCE ACT

Context The Union Home Ministry has listed National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) under The Intelligence Organizations (Restriction of Rights) Act, 1985. About Intelligence Organizations (R

Sharada Prasad committee

Context: The Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship constituted a Review Committee for Rationalization and Optimization of the Functioning of the Sector Skill Councils

Public credit registry

The Reserve Bank of India made a strong case for setting up a public credit registry in India to address the twin balance sheet problem of the banking sector and the corporate sector.

GSTN

The Goods and Service Tax Network (or GSTN) is a non-profit, non-government organization. It will manage the entire IT system of the GST portal,

Organization of World Heritage Cities

The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) was founded on September 8, 1993 in Fez, Morocco.

Global Cyber Security Index 2017

The information and communication technologies (ICT) networks, devices and services are increasingly critical for day-to-day life.

Hamburg Action Plan

The Hamburg Action Plan sets out the G20’s strategy for achieving strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.

Global Foreign Exchange Committee

The Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) is a committee of central bankers and experts working towards making the forex market more robust and transparent.

RailCloud

Indian Railway has started a strategic IT initiative, christened IR-OneICT, for enterprise wide digital single platform with an aim to improve customer satisfaction,

River disputes in India

Water sharing disputes across the country (and even beyond) are only going to escalate with increasing demands, and also with increasing pollution & losses reducing the available water.

Investment Facilitation Mechanism (EU and India)

India and EU has announced the establishment of an Investment Facilitation Mechanism (IFM) to promote investments from European Union.

BILL ON MOB VIOLENCE

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi sent notice of a private members' Bill to combat incidents of mob lynchings.

Indian Community Welfare Funds

Overseas Indian workers duped by unscrupulous intermediaries in the host countries, runaway house maids, those who become victim of accidents,

Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana

Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana has been renamed as Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana.