Government Issues

FIR reveals horrific killing of Manipur youth

As armed mobs of men and women were looting police armouries across Imphal in Manipur in early May, one of the first victims of the ethnic conflict was a 21-year-old undergraduate student from Churachandpur district, who was arrested for sharing a social media post against Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. …

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Dilemmas of India’s great power ambitions

Even though domestic inabilities will continue to moderate New Delhi’s ability to influence the world order, being unwilling to be a ‘global rule shaper’ would be a strategic blunder Notwithstanding the (equally faulty) hyper-nationalist and deeply-pessimistic narratives, the story of the rise of India, and the attendant challenges, must be …

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OFFENCES UNDER WILDLIFE PROTECTION ACT

UP man booked under Wildlife Protection Act for keeping injured Sarus crane. The Wildlife Protection Act came into force in 1972. To provide for the protection of wild animals, birds and plants to ensure the ecological and environmental security of the country. To conserve protected species in two main ways: firstly, by prohibiting their hunting and secondly by protecting their habitat through the creation …

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THREATS TO HIMALAYAS

Number of pilgrims and tourists in stressed areas must be capped. Globally, this is the accepted norm. The large cracks appearing on the Badrinath highway near subsidence-hit Joshimath pose big questions for the Char Dham Yatra. There are reports that even old cracks along the highway are re-emerging. If true, …

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THE ROLE OF THE U.S. SPEAKER

Following the narrow mid-term election victory of the U.S. Republican Party in the House of Representatives in November, California Congressman Kevin McCarthy waged a relentless campaign to become Speaker of the lower chamber of Congress. Facing a factionalised and conflict-ridden congressional conservative caucus, a record-making 15 voting rounds were conducted …

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POPULATION CENSUS

In February 1961, I was in primary school. I still remember the visit of the Census enumerator to our house. Fondly called Pachu Pillai, he was a teacher in our school and a family friend. Since many teachers were on Census duty, we (though not the entire school) got a …

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NATIONWIDE MOCK DRILL ON COVID-19

A mock drill will be held on Tuesday across health facilities in several States and Union Territories to ensure that they are ready to deal with any eventuality related to COVID-19, following an advisory by the Centre. It will focus on parameters such as availability of health facilities (covering all …

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY AND MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE

Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (MANAS), a toll-free 24/7 number (14416) that was launched on October 10 on World Mental Health Day by the Union government, has received over 20,000 calls to date, reported the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB). While stress, sleep disorders and …

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