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AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal: Middleman Christian James Michel extradited to India (Read only for understanding)

Alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal Christian Michel  British national Christian James Michel, wanted in the alleged Rs.3,700-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal bribery case, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates on December 4. What are the charges against Mr. Michel? Mr. Michel’s role in the purchase of 12 helicopters surfaced in … Continued

India Water Impact Summit-2018 to be held (Relevant for GS Prelims)

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate India Water Impact Summit 2018, being jointly organized by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) from 5-7 December 2018 in New Delhi. About India Water Impact Summit The … Continued

Why Paris is burning (Read only for understanding)

France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with the opposition Monday as the country hunted desperately for a way to tackle the worst street riots seen in Paris since the student protests of May 1968. What’s happening in France? On November 17, nearly 300,000 people in smaller towns and rural areas across the country participated in … Continued

4122 pending criminal cases against legislators, UP leads with 992 cases (Read only for understanding)

Pending cases against legislators There are 4,122 pending criminal cases against legislators in the country, with some of them pending for over three decades, amicus curiae Vijay Hansaria told the Supreme Court. In his report on pending criminal cases against members of Parliament (MPs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs), Hansaria said there were 1,991 … Continued

Hornbill Festival in Kohima (Relevant for GS Prelims)

The festival is named after Hornbill, one of the most venerated bird species in the state whose importance is reflected in a number of tribal cultural expressions, songs and dances. The Hornbill Festival is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland. When is the Hornbill Festival Nagaland 2018? Hornbill Festival … Continued

World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom keeps her tryst with destiny

Mary Kom claimed her sixth title in the World women’s boxing championships at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex. The 35-year-old saw off Hanna Okhota of Ukraine with a 5-0 margin in the 48kg final to take her first gold medal after eight years. This was her second Worlds crown on home soil and second in light … Continued

Cyclone Gaja: Preparation against extreme events (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Disaster Management)

Tamil Nadu was more prepared than before to deal with Cyclone Gaja when it made landfall between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on November 16, but it still took a toll of at least 45 lives. The severe cyclonic storm damaged infrastructure, property and agriculture. Even so, the effort to professionalise disaster management through a dedicated national … Continued

Cabinet approves merger of National Council for Vocational Training, NCVT and National Skill Development Agency, NSDA to establish National Council for Vocational Education and Training, NCVET (Relevant for GS Prelims)

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the merger of the existing regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) into the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET). Details: NCVET will regulate the functioning of … Continued

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