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A look at what the Two plus two upcoming India-U.S. dialogue means (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

India will host the inaugural round of the two-plus-two dialogue with the United States on September 6. What is the purpose of the 2+2 dialogue next week? The India-U.S. “2+2” dialogue will see the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James … Continued

Drone regulations: how, where Indians can fly from December 1 onward (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Civil aviation regulator DGCA this week published final guidelines for operating drones or remotely piloted aircraft systems by ordinary citizens. The guidelines come into effect on December 1, the date when the civilian use of drones becomes legal in India, subject to various requirements and clearances. Drone types DGCA has identified multiple categories of drones, … Continued

TADA to UAPA, what India’s terror laws say (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Pune Police have said that five prominent human rights activists are being investigated for offences under The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967, a tough anti-terror law that was last amended in 2012 to give sweeping powers to law-enforcement agencies. Here is how India’s central laws against terrorism have evolved over the years. TADA The … Continued

How Johnson and Johnson hip implants system went wrong (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

An expert committee set up by the Health Ministry has indicted Johnson & Johnson for “suppressing” key facts on the harmful effects of the company’s “faulty” hip replacement systems, withdrawn globally after complications required many patients to undergo revision surgery. A look at the concerns raised in India and elsewhere: How is hip replacement done? … Continued

Why court acquitted two in 1981 Indian Airlines flight hijack case (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

A Delhi court Monday acquitted Tajinderpal Singh and Satnam Singh — two of the five men from the radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa who hijacked the Delhi-Srinagar Indian Airlines flight IC423, with 117 on board, to Lahore on September 29, 1981. The trial was initiated under unusual circumstances, which the court described as “unique”. Satnam’s … Continued

Cap on election expenses by parties and candidates: where things stand (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

At an all-party meeting called by the Election Commission Monday, all major parties except the BJP pushed for a cap on election expenditure by parties. Argument for a cap Limits on campaign expenditure are meant to provide a level-playing field for everyone contesting elections. It ensures that a candidate can’t win only because she is … Continued

Government announces Regulations for Drones (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Drones are a technology platform which has wide-ranging applications from photography to agriculture, from infrastructure asset maintenance to insurance. Drones range in size from very small and those that can carry multiple kilograms of payload. Regulations have taken years The Ministry of Civil Aviation has been working for several years to establish a world leading … Continued

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