Yearly Archives: 2022

ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN ELECTION AUTHORITIES (AAEA)

Recently, India has been unanimously elected as the new Chair of the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) for 2022-2024 at the recently held meeting of the Executive board and General Assembly at Manila, Philippines. The newly added members to the Executive board include Russia, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Taiwan and Philippines. It …

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SAGITTARIUS A*

Recently, Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)facility, revealed the first image of the black hole named Sagittarius A* at the centre of our galaxy – the Milky Way. Nearly all galaxies have these giant black holes at their centre, where light and matter cannot escape, making it extremely hard to …

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PLUMBEX INDIA’

Recently, the Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs launched the BHARAT TAP initiative at the ‘Plumbex India’ exhibition. This exhibition is aimed at products and services related to the plumbing, water, and sanitation industry. At the exhibition, NAREDCO (National Real Estate Development Council) MAHI’s ‘Nirmal Jal Prayas’ initiative was also launched. BHARAT TAP Initiative It …

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RAKHIGARHI

The recent excavation of Harappan site of Rakhigarhi by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has revealed the structure of some houses, lanes and drainage system. The ASI excavations also revealed pieces of copper and gold jewellery, terracotta toys, besides thousands of earthen pots and seals. The idea of this excavation is to make …

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FOREX RESERVE INDIA

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) added another 16.58 tonnes of gold to the country’s foreign exchange reserves in the last six months, bringing the country’s gold holdings to more than 700 tonnes (around 760.42). Gold was acquired by the RBI at a time when Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) left India, and forex reserves dropped by USD44.73 …

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GALLANTRY AWARDS

Recently, President conferred 13 Shaurya Chakras, including six posthumous, to the personnel of Armed Forces during Defence Investiture Ceremony (Phase-1). The President also conferred ParamVishishtSeva Medals, UttamYudhSeva Medals and AtiVishishtSeva Medals for distinguished service of exceptional order. Post-Independence, first three gallantry awards namely ParamVir Chakra, MahaVir Chakra and Vir Chakra were instituted by the government …

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NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY

The Prime Minister expressed his “gratitude” towards the scientists and their “efforts” that led to the “successful Pokhran tests in 1998” on National Technology Day (11th May). The day, which was first observed on 11th May, 1999, aims to commemorate the scientific and technological achievements of Indian scientists, engineers. The day was named by the former Prime Minister …

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DECADAL CLIMATE UPDATE REPORT

According to the global annual to decadal climate update report issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), India could be among the few regions globally where below normal temperatures have been predicted for the year 2022 and the next four years. The year 2022 will be cooler (compared to the 1991 – 2020 average) …

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RULES 2021

The Supreme Court (SC) has stayed proceedings in various High Courts on petitions challenging the efficacy of the regulatory frameworks for social media and Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms. These regulatory frameworks are established by the Information Technology Rules 2021 and the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules 2021. This comes after the central government requested …

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MARITAL RAPE IN THE INDIAN PENAL CODE

Recently, the Delhi High Court delivered a split verdict in a batch of petitions challenging the exception provided to marital rape in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In case of a split verdict, the case is heard by a larger Bench. The larger Bench to which a split verdict goes can be a three-judge Bench …

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