9 PM Current Affairs Brief – December 22, 2018


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Govt allows agencies to monitor computers, sparks privacy fears

Govt allows agencies to monitor computers, sparks privacy fears News: Government to allow 10 central agencies and Delhi police rights to snoop into anyone’s computer. Important Facts: Union Home Secretary issued a statutory order authorizing 10 “security and intelligence” agencies including the Intelligence Bureau, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau … Continue reading “Govt allows agencies to monitor computers, sparks privacy fears”

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U.S. plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan

U.S. plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan News: U.S. to withdraw more than 5000 troops from Afghanistan. Important Facts: US war in Afghanistan: The war in Afghanistan began in October 2001 with the goal of defeating Al Qaeda and removing the Taliban government, which allowed the terror group led by … Continue reading “U.S. plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan”

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LS panel suggests automatic suspension

LS panel suggests automatic suspension News: The Lok Sabha’s Rules Committee recommended “automatic suspension” of members who willfully obstruct its business of the house. Important Facts: The record of the present Parliament is particularly dismal. In 2014 the Lok Sabha only sat for 55 days (Rajya Sabha for 52). So far in 2017, both Houses … Continue reading “LS panel suggests automatic suspension”

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Rare albino orangutan released back into the wild

Rare albino orangutan released back into the wild News: The world’s only known Albino Orangutan has been released back into the jungle Facts: About Albino Orangutan The orangutans are three extant species of great apes native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Orangutans are currently only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Their forest habitat … Continue reading “Rare albino orangutan released back into the wild”

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NASA’s InSight Lander places first instrument on Mars

NASA’s InSight Lander places first instrument on Mars News: NASA’s InSight lander has deployed its first instrument “The seismometer” onto the surface of Mars Facts: The seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, was made by the French space agency, CNES. Besides the seismometer, the other one is the heat probe, … Continue reading “NASA’s InSight Lander places first instrument on Mars”

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Himachal, Kerala and T.N. top development index

Himachal, Kerala and T.N. top development index News: The NITI Aayog released the Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index Facts: NITI Aayog came out with a first of its kind baseline index of Indian states’ performance on various UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which found the states of Himachal Pradesh, Kerala … Continue reading “Himachal, Kerala and T.N. top development index”

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Since 2014, three Central schemes have generated 2.7 million jobs

Since 2014, three Central schemes have generated 2.7 million jobs News: Employment generation programmes of Government have generated 27 lakh employment opportunities in the last four-and-a-half years in India Important Facts: Three flagship employment generation programmes the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), and Deen Dayal Antodaya Yojana-National … Continue reading “Since 2014, three Central schemes have generated 2.7 million jobs”

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Sea levels could rise by up to 2.8 feet in India, says govt

Sea levels could rise by up to 2.8 feet in India, says govt News: Sea levels along the Indian coast are projected to rise 34 inches (2.8 feet) by the end of the century due to global warming Important Facts: Major finding of the studies: Rising sea level posing a potent threat to vast stretches … Continue reading “Sea levels could rise by up to 2.8 feet in India, says govt”

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