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
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What is the status? In the fortnight since the start of the monsoon, India has recorded nearly 55 mm of rain, or 16% more than what’s usual for this time of the year. The bulk of it has been over south and central India, with the northeastern States so far registering a 24% deficit. After … Continued
What were the events before murder? On New Year’s Day, 2012, the national flag of Pakistan was hoisted in front of the tahsildar’s office in the sleepy town of Sindagi, where Hindu and Muslim families had been living in harmony for generations. The town, near the Karnataka-Maharashtra border, was on the brink of communal violence … Continued
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
What are the measures recently undertaken for sugar sector? A little over a month after the Centre proposed a special cess under the GST to help alleviate distress among sugarcane farmers, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a Rs. 7,000- crore package for the sugar sector last week. This package, with a mix of … Continued
Shujaat Bukhari, a journalist The death of Shujaat Bukhari in a terrorist attack at close range in Srinagar has taken away a journalist who held bold and independent opinions on the conflict in Kashmir and how it should be resolved. Timing of murder In the choice of target and the timing of the murder, the … Continued
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
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
The Solar Charkha Mission of the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), will be launched by the President, Ram Nath Kovind on June 27, 2018 in New Delhi. The Mission will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans. The Mission has been approved by the Government of India … Continued
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