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Ayodhya verdict

Judgement A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court permitted the construction of a temple at the site where the Babri Masjid once stood, and asked the government to allot a “prominent and suitable” five-acre plot for Muslims to construct a mosque in Ayodhya. In a unanimous judgment, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India … Continued

Shrinking size of Ozone Hole

An “ozone hole”, which builds up over the Antarctic region this time of the year, has been found to be the smallest since it was first discovered in the 1980s. This comes just a month after the UN Environment Programme said that the ozone layer was on track to be completely restored within “our lifetime” … Continued

Recent cricket betting scandals

In less than a fortnight, cricket has suffered twin blows, both at the international and domestic level. First was Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s belated admission of corrupt approaches by bookies. The International Cricket Council immediately suspended him. Within India C.M. Gautam and Abrar Kazi, two players who represented Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier … Continued

India’s Maternal Mortality Ratio status

The report was published within the latest Sample Registration System (SRS) 2015-2017 bulletin for MMR. Maternal Mortality Ratio India’s Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has seen a decline from 130 per 1 lakh live births in 2014-2016 to 122 per 1 lakh live births in 2015-2017. The figure has declined from 167 in 2011-2013 to 130 … Continued

India’s rating by Moody

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded its outlook on India to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’. The agency, however, has retained India’s credit rating at Baa2. Moody’s India rating is a notch higher than that of Standard & Poor’s and the outlook revision now may well be to compensate for its past optimism on India. Reason for changing … Continued

Merger of Assam Rifles and ITBP

The Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed that the Assam Rifles should be merged with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and serve under the operational control of the MHA. At present, the Assam Rifles, a Central paramilitary force, is under the administrative control of the MHA and operational control of the Army, i.e. the Ministry … Continued

Cash preference among people

Three years since demonetisation, the level of cash with the public has grown faster than the GDP growth of the country, even as digital payments — especially those on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform — have seen robust growth. Reserve Bank of India data show that the public held Rs. 20.49 lakh crore in … Continued

Iran resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow plant

Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant south of Tehran in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, raising alarm from Western powers. The other popular uranium enrichment facility in Iran is at Natanz. Violation of 2015 nuclear deal The suspension of uranium enrichment at the long-secret … Continued

Draft regulations aimed at prohibiting the sale and advertisement of food rich in fat, sugar and salt to school children inside the school premises

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified a draft regulation aimed at prohibiting the sale and advertisement of food rich in fat, sugar and salt to schoolchildren inside the school premises and within 50 m around it. What do the draft regulations say? In a bid to shield the children from consuming … Continued

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