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A 216-foot-tall statue of Ramanuja (Relevant for GS Prelims; Culture)

  Statue of Equality The Statue of Equality is an upcoming project dedicated to the 11th century Vaishnavaite Saint Bhagavad Ramanuja, commemorating 1000 years since his birth. Ramanuja was an icon treating every one as equal before God and was the first to allow the downtrodden to enter temples. Taking his inspiration this project was … Continued

Violence in the hills: on Shillong unrest (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

Protests in Shillong The spark for the week-long incidents of violence in downtown Shillong was a lie spread through WhatsApp, the ubiquitous messaging platform that has increasingly become an unfiltered medium for hate and rumour-mongering. A scuffle between members of the Mazhabi Sikh community, long-time settlers in the Punjabi Lane area of the city, and … Continued

Is the Salwa Judum back? (Relevant for GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

Chhattisgarh’s new Bastariya Battalion evokes memories of disbanded force, and of concerns associated with it. But CRPF says these personnel have been trained far better, will give the force a clear human edge What is the Bastariya Battalion? Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh attended the passing-out parade of a … Continued

Workshop on disaster database concludes, NDMA paves way for creation of national-level disaster database (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security and Disaster Management)

Disaster Risk Reduction Database The two-day national workshop on Data Requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database successfully concluded, setting the stage for creation of a national-level disaster database. Developing this integrated database with locally obtained and validated data is crucial for tracking our risks and progress towards resilience without which India will not be able … Continued

Vehicles made on or after Jan. 1 to have High Security Registration Plates (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III: Internal Security)

Tamper-proof lock, hologram tags among features From January 1, 2019, all classes of motor vehicles will come fitted with tamper-proof High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) that have a host of in-built security features. They are expected to offer increased protection against theft. The HSRP was made mandatory in some States 13 years ago but failed … Continued

Government’s new policy paying dividends in containing Left Wing Extremism (Relevant for GS Mains Paper III-Internal Security)

Policy to contain LWE (Naxalites) The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been implementing the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ since 2015 to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE). This envisages a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development related measures. The significant features of the new policy were zero tolerance towards violence coupled with a … Continued

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