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How Does the CBI Take Up Cases?

The Calcutta High Court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the killings in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. About CBI Main investigating agency of the GoI. Not a statutory body Derives its powers from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946. Works under the supervision of the CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) in matters pertaining to […]

What is T-Cell Immunity?

Focus – GS:III – Science and Technology Context A new study from Wuhan has studied the role of T-Cell Immunity against prolonged and sever COVID-19. What are T-Cells? T cells are central players in the immune response to viral infection. For your immune system to fight off any kind of invader, such as a virus, […]

Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022

Context The bill that would allow the police and prison authorities to collect, store and analyse physical and biological samples, including retina and iris scans, was introduced in the Lok Sabha. Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill It authorises law enforcement agencies to collect, store and analyse physical and biological samples of convicts and other persons for […]

States can identify Minorities Said Centre

Context In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs said “state governments can also declare a religious or linguistic community as a ‘minority community’ within the state”. Why in news? The Centre was responding to a petition filed stating that the followers of Judaism, Baha’ism and Hinduism — who […]

Detecting Microplastics in Human Blood

A study by researchers from The Netherlands has found Microplastics in blood samples. About half of these were PET (polyethylene tertraphthalate) plastics, which is used to make food grade bottles. What are Microplastics? Microplastics are tiny bits of various types of plastic found in the environment. The name is used to differentiate them from “macroplastics” […]

Malabar Rebellion

The Malabar Rebellion in 1921 started as resistance against the British colonial rule and the feudal system in southern Malabar but ended in communal violence between Hindus and Muslims. There were a series of clashes between Mappila peasantry and their landlords, supported by the British, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. It began as […]

What are Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles?

The Indian Army has issued a Request For Information (RFI) for the supply of Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles to be deployed in Ladakh and Kutch. What are Articulated All-Terrain Vehicles? Articulated ATV is a twin cabin, tracked, amphibious carrier for off road mobility. The special design of this equipment exerts low ground pressure on the soil […]

RBI Must Not Ignore Inflation

Context Despite being legally mandated to keep inflation in check, RBI has persisted with easy monetary policy, even as inflationary pressures have increased. We need to understand why, and what could be the repercussions. Inflation problem in India For most of the past two years, CPI (consumer price index) inflation has been hovering close to […]

Uttarakhand to form panel on Uniform Civil Code

Context: The Uttarakhand Cabinet led by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday decided to form a committee of experts on the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in the State. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Constitutional Provisions, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: Key Points: What is Uniform Civil Code (UCC)? Positive […]

SC keen on ending Mullaperiyar battle

Context: The Supreme court wants to strengthen and widen the ambit and responsibilities of the supervisory committee Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Interstate water disputes), GS-I: Geography (Water Sources), GS-III: Disaster management Dimensions of the Article: Key Points About Mullaperiyar Dam About the Dispute regarding Mullaperiyar river Recent developments regarding Mullaperiyar dam risk Background on […]