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Who is Prafulla Mahanta and why he is on agitation? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

For former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, life appears to have come full circle. He is back in agitation mode that arguably made him — to the world beyond — the most talked-about and recognisable regional political face in the northeastern India since 1979. Behind the rejuvenation of the revolutionary, albeit mellowed, in him … Continued

What is the lowdown on Video Assistant Referee? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

What is it? The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is the system of using video replays to help on-field football referees. After years of considering – and opposing – video technology, the FIFA, football’s governing body, eventually came around. Trials began in 2016 when the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which defines the rules of the … Continued

Sri Ram Sene man shot Gauri: SIT (Read only for understanding; Social Issues)

What is the stage of investifation?  Nine months after a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle opened fire on journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh outside her house on September 5, 2017, the Special Investigation Team probing the case believe that they are nearing the finish line. Investigators are confident of proving that 26-year-old Parashuram Waghmore … Continued

Pak. Taliban head ‘Mullah Radio’ killed in U.S.-led strike (Read only for understanding; IRIO)

Mullah Fazlullah killed Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan. Who was Mullah Fazlullah? Fazlullah was Pakistan’s most-wanted militant, notorious for attacks including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children and the 2012 shooting … Continued

Release of the Report on the Composite Water Management Index (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

In pursuit of cooperative and competitive federalism, NITI Aayog has been laying emphasis on developing indicators on various social sectors.  In February 2018, NITI Aayog had released a report on “Healthy States, Progressive India” which covered the ranking of States/ UTs in various health parameters.  As a step further in direction and keeping in view … Continued

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