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Npnt Compliance: Drone Operations

Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted permits to “No-Permission-No-Takeoff’ (NPNT) compliant drone operations at 34 additional green zones to facilitate, smoothen, and promote drone operations in the country. About: NPNT is a software program that enables every Remotely Piloted Aircraft (except Nano) to obtain a valid permission through …

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Garhwal Forts

Recently, a study has identified 193 sites having either intact or ruins of Garhwal forts and fortalices spread along the north, east and southern regions of the Garhwal Himalayas. This is the first of its kind database. A total of 36 major forts and 12 prominent fort clusters have been …

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African Elephants

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared African Forest and Savanna (or bush) elephants as ‘critically endangered’ and ‘endangered’ respectively. Earlier, African elephants were treated as a single species, listed as Vulnerable. This is the first time the two species have been assessed separately for the IUCN …

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Rti Requests Rejections

The Centre has rejected 4.3% of all Right to Information (RTI) requests in 2019-20, the lowest ever rate, according to the Central Information Commission (CIC)’s annual report. Rejection rates have fallen since the 13.9% rate in 2005-06, and have been steadily trending downwards since the 8.4% spike in 2014-15. Important …

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Ad-Hoc Judges in High Court

Recently, the Supreme Court pushed for the appointment of retired judges to battle the pendency of cases in High Courts. Supreme Court Suggestions: Guidelines for Appointment of an Ad-hoc Judge: The court orally outlined prospective guidelines for the appointment and functioning of an ad-hoc judge. Pendency Beyond a Certain Limit: …

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World Development Report 2021: World Bank

Recently, the World Bank has published the World Development Report 2021:Data for Better Lives. The World Development Report 2021 provides a blueprint on how to harness the power of data for development, to ensure no one is left behind. Important Points: The Social Contract For Data: To get more value …

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‘Move Health to Concurrent List’

Health should be shifted to the Concurrent list under the Constitution, and a developmental finance institution (DFI) dedicated to healthcare investments set up, Fifteenth Finance Commission Chairman N.K. Singh said recently. Enhancing spending: Making a case for enhancing government spending on health to 2.5% of GDP by 2025, Mr. Singh …

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40% of Rti Rejections Did Not Cite Valid Reason, Says Analysis

The Centre has only rejected 4.3% of all Right to Information (RTI) requests in 2019-20, the lowest ever rate, according to the Central Information Commission’s annual report. However, almost 40% of these rejections did not include any valid reason, as they did not invoke one of the permissible exemption clauses …

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INDIA, U.S. AGREE TO RESOLVE KEY BILATERAL TRADE ISSUES

India and the United States have agreed to work constructively to resolve key outstanding bilateral trade issues and to take a comprehensive look at ways to expand the trade relationship, the Biden administration has said. United States Trade Representative discussed the important trade and investment relationship between the two countries …

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