GS 2 New Delhi pins its prestige on Mauritius project As work gets under way on one of India’s prize projects in the Indian Ocean to upgrade facilities on the Agalega islands in Mauritius, the government is watching a battle brewing in the Mauritius parliament over the project. Sri Lanka crisis: a statement, a rejection and a press conference Combination of three events said to have triggered President Sirisena’s decision to sack Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and appoint former President Rajapaksa. A drive to register citizens The Supreme Court on October 8 issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a public interest litigation petition by a non-political forum seeking an exercise, similar to the one done in Assam, to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Tripura. GS 3 As Capital chokes, Centre talks prosecution The deteriorating situation, compounded by fears that it may deteriorate further next week due to localised emissions during festival and stubble burning, prompted Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan to announce that the government has decided to initiate criminal prosecution against agencies which do not comply with the directives to check air pollution. NGO launches security guard training programme for women Skill-based programme to provide employment to women from marginalised sections of society Dry spell hits arrival of birds at Pulicat October is the month when migratory birds flock the picturesque Pulicat Lake in a big way before returning to their homelands. It is not so this year in view of the prolonged dryspell, disappointing bird lovers who make it to the lake with great hopes to enjoy the scenic beauty of a large number of migratory birds thronging the second largest brackish-water ecosystem in the country. World’s smallest optical gyroscope developed Scientists have developed the world’s smallest optical gyroscope - a device that helps vehicles, drones and handheld electronic devices know their orientation in 3D space. The new gyroscope, described in Nature Photonics, is 500 times smaller than the current best device. India home to two new gecko species The spot-necked day gecko and the Anaimudi day gecko, both very distinctly-patterned lizards found only in the higher reaches of the Agasthyamalai and Anamalai hill ranges in the Western Ghats, are the latest additions to India's reptile fauna.