Ken-Betwa Link Project

Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh signed a memorandum of agreement to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project (KBLP), the first project of the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers. The two states signed a tripartite agreement with the Centre on World Water Day (22nd March) to finally implement this ambitious …

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Jaishankar, Afghan Counterpart Atmar Talk Peace, Cooperation

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Mohammad HaneefAtmar recently held wide-ranging talks with a focus on the peace process in Afghanistan and on boosting cooperation in areas of security, connectivity and trade. Strategic partnership: The Ministry of External Affairs reiterated “India’s long-term commitment towards making Afghanistan a united, peaceful and prosperous constitutional …

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Why Stop at Quota, Asks SC Judge

Justice Ravindra Bhat, one of the judges on the Constitution Bench hearing the question of 50% ceiling limit on reservation, asked why welfare should be dependent on caste quota benefits alone. “Why stop at reservation? Why can’t other things also be done? Why not promote education, establish more institutes? Somewhere this …

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Rajasthan Brings Private Medical Colleges Within Rti Act’s Purview

The private medical colleges in Rajasthan have been brought within the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, following an order of the State Information Commission, which has imposed a fine of ?25,000 on the principal of Geetanjali Medical College in Udaipur for flouting the transparency law and refusing to provide information. …

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Gnctd Amendment Bill

The Lok Sabha recently passed a Bill that defines that the word “government” in Delhi means the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) and makes it mandatory for the elected government in the national capital territory to take the opinion of the L-G before any executive action. Amid strong protests from Opposition parties, including the Congress and …

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Haridwar Kumbh Mela

The Centre has written to the Uttarakhand government about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of Covid-19 during the ongoing KumbhMela in the state (at Haridwar). Important points: KumbhMela comes under UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity KumbhMela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, …

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General Lachit Borphukan of Ahom Kingdom

Recently, the Prime Minister called 17th century Ahom general LachitBorphukan a symbol of India’s “AtmaNirbhar military might”.  LachitBorphukan: Born on 24th November, 1622, Borphukan was known for his leadership in the Battle of Saraighat, 1671 in which an attempt by Mughal forces to capture Assam was thwarted. He was the inspiration behind strengthening India’s naval force and revitalising inland water …

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Gram Ujala

Recently, the Government has launched the Gram UJALA Programme – an ambitious scheme offering the world’s cheapest LED bulbs in rural areas at a mere Rs. 10. Important points: In its first phase launched from Arrah in Bihar, 15 million LED bulbs will be distributed across villages of 5 districts – Aarah (Bihar), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Vijayawada …

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Right to Health

Recently, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan announced the implementation of the Rajasthan Model of Public Health that would include a Right to Health as well as measures for preventive, primary and curative care as envisioned by the WHO Rajasthan Model of Public Health: The MukhyaMantriChiranjeeviYojana will also be launched as a Universal Health Care scheme as part of …

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