One Year Since the Pegasus Spyware Revelations

One Year Since the Pegasus Spyware Revelations

Context: The Supreme Court will be hearing the case pertaining to the alleged use of the Pegasus spyware software later this month. Relevance: GS-III: Internal Security Challenges (Basics of Cyber Security; Role of media and social-networking sites in internal security challenges; Internal security challenges through communication networks), GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Constitutional Provisions, Fundamental Rights, […]

NIIO Seminar Swavlamban

Focus: GS III- Defence Why in News? Recently, Prime Minister unveiled ‘SPRINT Challenges’ during Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) seminar ‘Swavlamban’. ‘SPRINT (Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through iDEX, NIIO and TDAC) Challenges’ is aimed at giving a boost to the usage of indigenous technology in Indian Navy. Importance of Self Reliance in Defense The defence sector was […]

Y- 3023 Dunagiri

Focus: GS III- Defence Why in News? Recently, the Defence Minister of India launched Y- 3023 Dunagiri, a Project 17A frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Limited (GRSE) in Kolkata. About Y-3023 The fourth ship of the Project 17A Frigates is named “Dunagiri.” It bears the name of a mountain range in Uttarakhand. “Dunagiri” is […]

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA)

Context: A Union Minister has said it was necessary to have certain laws like the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) so that action could be taken against terrorists and those who “behead other people”. Relevance:  GS III- Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967 Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment Bill, […]

Hermit – The Pegasus-like Spyware

Context: ‘Hermit’ is the latest sophisticated spyware in the news, and it is believed to have targeted iPhones and Android devices in Italy and Kazakhstan. Hermit’s deployment – the spyware has been developed by an Italian vendor called RCS Lab – was first reported by cyber security researchers at the Lookout, a San-Francisco-based cybersecurity firm. Relevance: GS […]

Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile

Context:   Recently, Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully flight-tested by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy from an Indian Naval Ship at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Relevance: GS III- Defence Technology Dimensions of the Article: About VL-SRSAM Features of VL-SRSAM […]


Focus: GS III- Security Challenges Why in News? The 38th edition of India–Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) between Indian Navy and Indonesian Navy is being conducted from 13-24 Jun 22.  About CORPAT: The Maritime exercise between India and Indonesia will begin at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Under the broad ambit of this strong maritime […]

About Op Sankalp

Focus: GS III- Security challenge Why in News? Indian Navy’s stealth Frigate, INS Talwar is presently deployed for Op Sankalp commemorating the 3rd continuous year of Indian Navy’s presence in the Gulf for protection of India’s Maritime Interests.  About Op Sankalp In the milieu of the deteriorating security situation in the Gulf region, post attacks […]

India-Indonesia CORPAT

Focus: GS III- Security Challenges Why in News?    The 38th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) is being conducted in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. About India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol: The two Navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) since 2002. It highlights the mutual trust, synergy and cooperation between the two friendly Navies. India and Indonesia […]

Next-Generation Corvettes

Next-Generation Corvettes

Context: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has given the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for several capital acquisition projects of the Indian defence forces. This includes the procurement of next-generation Corvettes for the Indian Navy at an approximate cost of Rs 36,000 crore. Relevance: GS III- Internal Security Dimensions of the Article: What is a Corvette? […]