What are the provisions? 1. Come April 2019, names of all arms license holders – new or old – will be included in a national database and they will be issued a unique identification number (UIN), according to the Home Ministry. 2. The move is aimed at keeping a tab on authorised private gun holders, … Continued
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Upgraded Vikas engine All three satellite launch vehicles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to add muscle to their spacecraft lifting power in upcoming missions this year. The space agency has improved the thrust of the Vikas engine that powers all of them. The agency said the high-thrust engine qualified on Sunday … Continued
Review of harsh provisions The Centre has announced the constitution of a committee to revisit several provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 that impose stiff penalties and, in some cases, prison terms as well, for directors and key management personnel. When was revision done? The 2013 law entailed the first massive overhaul of India’s legal … Continued
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. What was special about this world cup? This was the first World … Continued
India has become the Vice-Chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020. The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council. Being … Continued
A Supreme Court Bench has taken up a petition by Trinamool Congress legislator Mahua Moitra challenging a proposed move by the Centre to set up a Social Media Communications Hub. On Friday, the court sent notice to the government and observed that “we will be moving to a surveillance state” if every tweet and WhatsApp … Continued
Destruction of mangrove cover in Bandar Reserve Forest may trigger man-animal conflict Destruction of mangrove cover in the Bandar Reserve Forest is forcing the golden jackal (Canis aureus) out of its habitat, triggering a conflict with the local communities. About Bandar Reserve Forest The reserve forest is in Andhra Pradesh. About Golden jackal The conservation … Continued
Govt. considering congestion surcharge The government is mulling over a proposal to impose a surcharge on airlines for operating flights during peak hours to enhance airport capacity and to avoid flight delays, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra. What is the present position? Currently, landing fees paid by airlines are determined … Continued
Net neutrality regulations in India In a vital decision that will help secure the rights of Internet users in the country, the Telecom Commission has approved the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on net neutrality. By endorsing steps that call for amendments to access services licences for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continued
What is it? S-400 Triumf is one of the world’s most advanced air defence systems that can simultaneously track numerous incoming objects — all kinds of aircraft, missiles and UAVs — in a radius of a few hundred kilometres and launch appropriate missiles to neutralise them. It is now bang in the middle of the … Continued