At least 312 Indian-origin Sikhs living in foreign countries have been removed from a Ministry of Home Affairs “adverse list”, enabling them to apply for Indian visa and visit the country. Only two persons from the list have been excluded. The official said that in future, Sikhs mentioned in the list could eventually apply for … Continued
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The ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project wants to link social media accounts to the huge database of records related to immigration entry and exit, banking and telephone details among others. About NATGRID The project, initially started in 2009 with a budget of ₹2,800 crore, is an online database for collating scattered pieces of information … Continued
India has hosted the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Desertification is the process through which fertile and productive land turns into degraded land which is unfit for agricultural activities. The UNCCD meeting takes place every two years. The recent meet at Greater Noida was the 14th meeting. Why is desertification a concern? A variety … Continued
Source: The Indian Express For the first time, a report has mapped lightning strikes across the country, and the lives they have claimed. What are the findings, and how can these be used to prevent damage in the future? Lightning strikes have caused at least 1,311 deaths in the four-month period between April and July … Continued
Source: The Hindu Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), his deputy Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who planned and executed the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts are the first four persons designated as “terrorists” under the anti-terror law passed by Parliament on August 2. The Ministry of Home Affairs … Continued
Source: PIB The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval for the Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi. The CDRI is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, … Continued
The Narendra Modi government is likely to withdraw the Special Protection Group (SPG) from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s security. How the decision has been taken? The decision, reportedly taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from intelligence agencies the Research and Analysis Wing and … Continued
Seven Maoists were killed in an encounter with the Chhattisgarh Police on August 3 in the Bagnadi area of Rajnandgaon district. On July 27, another seven had been killed in Machkot in Bastar. With these operations, over the last week, 16 Maoists have been killed. While security forces have made continuous inroads, the Central Committee … Continued
A tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh. A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs — Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) — found the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district a few days ago. About the … Continued
Conversion of Plastic bottles into yarn Global sportswear giant Adidas aims at eliminating the use of virgin plastics in its products by 2024 — with a little help from a Maharashtra-based firm — the only one of its kind in the country to produce yarn out of discarded PET bottles. At its first factory set … Continued