CABINET GIVES CLEARANCE FOR TECHNICAL TEXTILES MISSION

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy and Economic Development, Industry and Infrastructure Why in news? The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the setting up of a National Technical Textiles Mission at an total outlay of ₹1,480 Crore. The aim is to position the country as a global leader in technical textiles and increase the […]

CENTRE SET TO REVAMP IT ACT

Focus: GS-II Governance, GS-III Industry and Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Prelims Why in news? The government will soon kick-start the process of revamping the nearly 20-year old Information Technology Act, 2000, with an aim to bring it in tune with the technological advancements with a focus on stronger framework to deal with cybercrimes. An expert […]

SRI LANKA NOTIFIES UN ABOUT RIGHTS RESOLUTION WITHDRAWAL

Focus: GS-II International Relations Why in news? Sri Lanka on 27th February formally notified the UN Human Right Council that it was withdrawing from the UN resolution on post-war accountability and reconciliation –  statement at the High-Level Segment at the ongoing UNHRC session. History of Sri Lanka’s UNHRC Resolution In 2015, six years after Sri […]

VIRUS CASES EMERGING FASTER GLOBALLY: WHO

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology, Prelims Why in news? There are now more new cases of COVID-19 reported each day outside China than inside the hardest-hit country, the World Health Organization said on 26th February 2020. Governments worldwide are scrambling to prevent the spread of the new  Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) after a surge of infections in […]

NIA CONDUCTS FRESH SEARCHES IN PULWAMA

Focus: GS-III Internal Security, Prelims Why in news? Several teams of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 26th February 2020 conducted multiple searches in the Kashmir Valley targeting the Jaish-e-Mohammed ( JeM) and its supporters. Searches were conducted at- at least five locations in a fresh clampdown against the militant outfit. JeM Commander Zahid Ahmed […]

ISRO TO LAUNCH GISAT-1 ON MARCH 5

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology, Prelims Why in news? GISAT-1, the country’s first earth imaging satellite in a geostationary orbit, will be launched in the evening of March 5 from the Sriharikota launch centre. Medium-lift GSLV launcher numbered F10 would orbit the 2,275-kg spacecraft. Details Operating from its geostationary orbit [at around 36,000 km from […]

IN RAKHIGARHI, ANXIETY TRUMPS HISTORY

Focus: GS-I History, Prelims Why in news? Looking at the mounds at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi, where locals dry cow dung cakes and dump garbage, there is little to show the thousands of years of history beneath. But the Centre is moving ahead with its plan to develop the site as a tourist hub and setting […]

CABINET APPROVES BILL TO REGULATE SURROGACY

Focus: GS-II Governance, Prelims Why in news? The Union Cabinet on 26th February 2020 approved the Surrogacy  (Regulation) Bill, 2020, allowing a “willing” woman to be a surrogate mother and proposing that the Bill would benefit widows and divorced women besides infertile Indian couples. The Cabinet approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill after incorporating the recommendations […]

APEX ENVIRONMENT BODY DEFERS DECISION ON PARLIAMENT REVAMP PLAN

An apex environmental screening committee has deferred a decision on clearance to the Parliament redevelopment project. This has been done on the grounds that there was a dispute, being heard in the Delhi High Court, regarding the land on which some of the proposed structures were to come up As the alterations which are proposed […]