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Current Affairs 04 June 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Not-for-Profit Company
  2. Eco-sensitive zones
  3. Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA)
  4. D2M technology
  5. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology Vs barcodes
  6. World’s first liquid-mirror telescope

Not-for-Profit Company


Context:

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned a very young political leader (aged 50s) following a trial court order in a tax assessment case of his not-for-profit company.

Relevance:

GS II-  Governance, Transparency & Accountability, Citizens Charters

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What really is the situation?
  2. What is a Section 25 company?
  3. Prominent examples of Section 25 or Section 8 companies
  4. Why are such companies formed?

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Eco-Sensitive Zones


Context:

The Supreme Court has directed that every protected forest, national park and wildlife sanctuary across the country should have a mandatory eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of a minimum one km starting from their demarcated boundaries.

Relevance:

GS III- Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What are Eco-Sensitive Zones?
  2. Activities Allowed in ESZs
  3. How are they demarcated?

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Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA)


Context:

The Supreme Court recently put freeze on sedition proceedings under the Section 124A (sedition law) of the IPC for persons who have also been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) of 1967 in the same case or separately.

  • This freeze has rejected bails for some journalist and JNU activists who also face charges under the UAPA (for anti-India sloganeering and activites).

Relevance:

 GS III- Security Challenges

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967
  2. Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment Bill, 2019
  3. Some Concerning Points about the designation of someone as terrorist
  4. Issues with UAPA
  5. About the Increasing UAPA cases

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D2M Technology


Context

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and India’s public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati are exploring the feasibility of a technology that allows to broadcast video and other forms of multimedia content directly to mobile phones, without needing an active internet connection.

  • The technology, called ‘direct-to-mobile’ (D2M) broadcasting, promises to improve consumption of broadband and utilisation of spectrum.

Relevance:

GS III- Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is direct-to-mobile broadcasting?
  2. Advantages:
  3. What is the government doing to facilitate D2M technology?
  4. Possible challenges to the technology’s rollout

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Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Vs Barcodes


Context:

Baggage tags equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) will soon be available at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, marking a first of its kind for the country.

Relevance:

GS III- Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is RFID tags?
  2. What is a barcode?
  3. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology Vs barcodes
  4. Is RFID enhanced version of barcode?

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World’s First Liquid-Mirror Telescope


Context:

In early 2022, India’s first liquid-mirror telescope, which will observe asteroids, supernovae, space debris and all other celestial objects from an altitude of 2,450 metres in the Himalayas, saw its first light as it peered into the zenith from the Devasthal observatory in Uttarakhand.

  • Having entered the commissioning phase, it became the world’s first liquid-mirror telescope to be commissioned for astronomy. 

Relevance:

GS III- Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About liquid-mirror telescope
  2. How is it different from a conventional telescope?
  3. Which countries are involved in its development?
  4. What is the data that will be generated and how will it be used?

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