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CHINA'S DAMS & REGIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

One of the characteristics of China’s ‘peaceful rise’ has been its endeavour to control environment, demonstrated mainly by its dam-building policy.

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.

FAQ on Teacher’s day

Why is it celebrated? Teacher's Day is celebrated on the 5th of September in India since 1962 to celebrate the birthday of former president Professor Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. About Sarvepalli R

Ahmedabad: World Heritage City

Context: Ahmedabad has became the first Indian city to earn the World Heritage City tag from UNESCO, beating New Delhi and Mumbai for the title in the process. About Ahmedabad: The city wa

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

SASEC Programme

The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar.

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons includes a comprehensive set of prohibitions on participating in any nuclear weapon activities.

Aadhaar Enabled Payment System

Aadhaar Enabled Payment System is a payment service empowering a bank customer to use Aadhaar as his/her identity to access his/ her respective Aadhaar enabled bank account and perform basic banking transactions.

PC Mahalanobis achievements

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was born in colonial India in 1893, and grew up within the intellectual tradition of the Brahmo Samaj reformist movement founded by Raja Rammohun Roy in Bengal.

Asian highway project

The Asian Highway (AH) project, also known as the Great Asian Highway, is a cooperative project among countries in Asia and Europe and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), to improve the highway systems in Asia.

Mining Surveillance System 

MSS is a satellite-based monitoring system which aims to establish a regime of responsive mineral administration, through public participation, by facilitating State Governments in curbing instances of illegal mining.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.

GRAPES-3 Telescope

GRAPES-3 (GammaRay Astronomy PeV EnergieS phase-3) experiment is designed to study cosmic rays with an array of air shower detectors and a large area muon detector. It aims to probe acceleration of cosmic rays.

Skill development schemes

Skill development and vocational training programs are conceptualized, executed and monitored by various organizations, working closely with the government of India.

National Digital Literacy Mission

National Digital Literacy Mission Programme is a dynamic and integrated platform of digital literacy awareness, education and capacity programmes

Value capture

India’s urban population has grown by 32% from 2001 to 2011 as compared to 18% growth in total population of the country.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Krsihi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) are agricultural extension centres created by ICAR (Indian Council for Agricultural Research).

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