Facts-Corner-Part-9

Mullaperiyar Dam: Supreme Court directed union government to constitute a special committee to prepare for disaster management in Mullaperiyar dam. SC also ordered Tamil Nadu and Kerala Governments to prepare their disaster management plan on the dam. Concerns pertaining to the dam’s stability and lifespan would continue to be examined Read More …

What is Virtual ID, and how is it different from Aadhaar?

Context: After years of criticism about the weakness of Aadhaar systems and the dangers they pose to privacy, the Unique Identification Authority of India introduced a new process that it hopes will be more secure. The “Virtual ID” is supposed to replace your 12-digit biometric-based Aadhaar number, allowing you to use it Read More …

International Conference on State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions

Context: “International Conference on State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions” being organised by Nalanda University in partnership with the Vietnam Buddhist University, India Foundation, and the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India.  Facts for Prelims/Mains: This is the fourth International Dharma-Dhamma Conference but the first to be hosted by Nalanda University and in Read More …

New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill of 2018

Context: In its statement of objects and reasons for the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill of 2018, which was introduced earlier this month in the Lok Sabha, the government highlighted that rapidly changing economic activities demand expeditious settlement of disputes. The government also stressed the need for creation and Read More …

Must Read News Articles-January-13-2018

India makes push for U.K. immigration reform Rights in the age of big data Judiciary in turmoil A perfect storm of uncertainty Industrial output expands 8.4%, pace at 25-month high ISRO workhorse PSLV-C40 puts 31 satellites in space New U.S. sanctions won’t hit Chabahar port project, says Iran

Facts Corner-Part-8

Departmental Standing Committee: On the recommendation of the Rules Committee of the Lok Sabha, 17 Departmentally-Related Standing Committees (DRSCs) were set up in the Parliament in 1993. In 2004, seven more such committees were setup, thus increasing their number from 17 to 24. The main objective of the standing committees is Read More …

Building blocks of life seen in meteorites that fell in 1998

Crystals inside meteorites Zag and Monahans have been found to contain carbon-based compounds. Scientists from the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan studied millimetre-size blue salt crystals inside the meteorites that fell in 1998 in Morocco and found a mixture of carbon-, oxygen- and nitrogen-bearing macromolecules in it. What Read More …