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Chang’e-4 China’s Yutu-2 rover has discovered lunar dirt that researchers think originated deep underground in the Moon’s mantle. Chang’e-4 is the Chinese lunar exploration Mission which made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon. The probe touched down at a targeted area in the Von Karman Read More …

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INS VELA VELA the fourth Scorpene class submarine has been inducted into Indian Navy. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine of Kalvari-class. The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare. INS Vela was first commissioned Read More …

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cVIGIL App “cVIGIL” is an Android application which will be operational only where elections are announced.  “cVIGIL” will allow anyone in the election-bound state to report violations of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) that comes into effect from the date of announcement of elections and goes on till a day Read More …

Article 131 of the Indian Constitution

Context :   Recently Kerala became the first state to challenge the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) before the Supreme Court. However, the legal route adopted by the state is different from the 60 petitions already pending before the court. The Kerala government has moved the apex court under Article 131 of Read More …

Taal Volcano

Context : In the Philippines, a volcano called Taal on the island of Luzon, 50 km from Manila, erupted, spewing lava on the ground, and ash and smoke into the sky. Although Taal is a tiny volcano, the eruption has caused concerns in the Philippines. About Taal Volcano Taal is classified as a “complex” Read More …

What is police commissionerate system?

Under the 7th Schedule of the Constitution, ‘Police’ is under the State list, meaning individual states typically legislate and exercise control over this subject. In the arrangement in force at the district level, a ‘dual system’ of control exists, in which the Superintendent of Police (SP) has to work with Read More …

Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019

Context : Recently the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019, released by NGO Pratham. Key Findings of the Report ASER surveyors visited almost 37,000 children between 4 and 8 years in 26 rural districts across 24 States. Only 16% of children in Class 1 in 26 surveyed rural districts can read text Read More …

National policy for treatment of rare diseases

Context : Recently the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare published a national policy for treatment of rare diseases, listing 450 diseases as rare but not providing a detailed roadmap on treatment. Background In India, Haemophilia, Thalassemia, Sickle cell anaemia and Primary Immuno Deficiency in children, auto-immune diseases, Lysosomal storage Read More …

GSAT 30

Context :  Recently the communication satellite, GSAT-30, was launched into space from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. About GSAT 30 The 3,357-kg satellite will replace INSAT-4A which was launched in 2005 and marks the first mission of the year for Indian Space Research Organisation. The high-power satellite is equipped Read More …

Blue Dot Network

US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a new initiative codenamed the ‘Blue Dot Network’ (BDN) for global infrastructural development. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative that will coalesce like-minded governments, the private sector, and civil society under Read More …