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Current Affairs 16 February 2022

CONTENTS:

  1. Intensified Mission Indradhanush 4.0
  2. Russia says some troops pulling back from areas near Ukraine
  3. Anti-lynching Bills
  4. SVAMITVA
  5. Karnataka HC: Ban on Online Gaming Unconstitutional
  6. The fate of the Afghan reserves in the United States
  7. What is public order: Constitutional provision for curbing freedoms

Intensified Mission Indradhanush 4.0


Context:

Recently, the Ministry of Health virtually launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 4.0.

  • India is implementing the largest immunisation programme globally where it annually covers more than three crore pregnant women and 2.6 crore children through the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).
Relevance:

GS II- Health, Government Policies & Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 4.0
  2. About Mission Indradhanush (MI)
  3. Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0
  4. Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 Scheme
  5. Universal Immunization Programme

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Russia Says Some Troops Pulling Back From Areas Near Ukraine


Context:

Russia said some of its military units were returning to their bases after exercises near Ukraine, following days of U.S. and British warnings that Moscow might invade its neighbour at any time.

Relevance:

GS-II: International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About the Russia – Ukraine crisis
  2. Recent Developments
  3. Russia’s moves
  4. What are Russia’s and the West’s interests in Ukraine?
  5. What are the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine conflict?
  6. Conclusion: For a peaceful resolution

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Anti-lynching Bills


Context:

Bills passed against lynching in the past four years by at least three States ruled by BJP rivals and one by the party itself have not been implemented, with the Union government taking the view that lynching is not defined as a crime under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

  • The Union Home Ministry informed Parliament in 2019 that there was “no separate” definition for lynching under the IPC, adding that such incidents could be dealt with under Sections 300 and 302 of the IPC which pertain to murder.
Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. Details
  2. What is lynching?
  3. What is the Mob Lynching Law in India?
  4. Causes for Mob Lynching
  5. Government steps so far

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SVAMITVA


Context:

India plans to prepare digital maps of all its 6,00,000 villages and pan-India 3D maps will be prepared for 100 cities.

Relevance:

GS II- Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About SVAMITVA
  2. Benefits

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Karnataka HC: Ban on Online Gaming Unconstitutional


Context:

Recently, a division bench of the Karnataka High Court delivered a judgment striking down major portions of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act, 2021, a new law that was introduced by the State government to ban online gambling and skill-based gaming platforms like rummy, poker and fantasy sports that involved any wagering or risking of money on an uncertain event.

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. Why are States resorting to banning online gaming?
  2. On what grounds did the Karnataka High Court strike down the online gaming law?
  3. Way Forward

 

The Fate of the Afghan Reserves in the United States


Context:

On February 11, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order declaring that $7 billion of the frozen Afghan reserves will be used for the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people and for compensating the victims of terrorism in the U.S.  The announcement has effectively blocked the Taliban administration in Kabul from accessing the funds. The Taliban has branded the move as theft.

Relevance:

GS II- International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. Source of the Afghan funds in the U.S.
  2. Domestic situation of Afghanistan
  3. U.S. argument on taking control of the reserve
  4. How are the reserves relevant for victims of terrorism in the U.S.
  5. Taliban’s response

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What is Public Order: Constitutional Provision for Curbing Freedoms


Context:

The Karnataka High Court is hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of the state government’s ban on students wearing a hijab in educational institutions. In recent hearing, the judges heard an argument on whether the state can justify the ban on the ground that it violates ‘public order’.

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. What is public order?
  2. How does it relate to the hijab ban?
  3. How has public order been interpreted by courts?

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