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Assam ‘secret killings’: before quashing, how panel held AGP govt complicit (Read only for understanding; Internal Security)

Recently, Gauhati High Court quashed the appointment of a committee that had probed allegedly extra-judicial killings — often described as “secret killings” — in Assam during 1998-01 and held the then Home Department and sections of the government machinery complicit. Home was headed by AGP Chief Minister Prafulla K Mahanta during 1998-01; the commission headed … Continued

Strategic Partnership guidelines for participation of private sector (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

Govt. approves implementation of Strategic Partnership guidelines In a major step towards boosting private sector participation in domestic defence manufacturing, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the implementation of Strategic Partnership guidelines. What is the aim of guidelines? “SP model aims to revitalise defence industrial ecosystem and progressively build indigenous capabilities in the private sector … Continued

All you need to know about the Rafale deal controversy (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

All about the 2008 France-India security agreement What is the Rafale deal? In September 2016, India and France signed a €7.87 billion Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition. Among other things, the deal also has a 50% offset clause to be executed by Dassault Aviation and its partners in … Continued

Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

The Shekatkar Committee to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure submitted its report in December 2016.  The Report was taken up by the Ministry of Defence to frame key action points and roadmap for implementation.  Measures as recommended by the Committee and taken up for implementation include: – Optimization of Signals Establishments to include … Continued

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

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