“Black Softshell Turtle” – Pact Signed for Conservation in Assam

What is the News? The Hayagriva Madhava Temple Committee in Assam has signed an MoU with Turtle Survival Alliance India, Help Earth, and Assam Forests Department to conserve the Black Softshell Turtle. As part of the pact, a Vision Document 2030 was also released. The document aims to raise at least 1,000 black softshell turtles by… Continue reading “Black Softshell Turtle” – Pact Signed for Conservation in Assam

Delhi High Court’s order upholds ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Synopsis: Recently, in response to a petition, the Delhi High Court ordered the removal of easy access from one of its own judgments. Delhi HC upheld the petitioner’s right to be forgotten to prevent post-acquittal disgrace faced by him. However, some experts have criticized the order, stating that minor modifications would have yielded better results… Continue reading Delhi High Court’s order upholds ‘Right to be Forgotten’

India starts exporting GI-certified “Jalgaon banana” to Dubai

What is the News? In a major boost to India’s exports of Geographical Indications(GI) certified agricultural produce, a consignment of fibre and mineral-rich ‘Jalgaon Banana’ has been shipped to Dubai. About Jalgaon Banana: Jalgaon is known as the ‘banana hub’ of Maharashtra. It accounts for about 50% of the State’s banana plantation. In 2016, the… Continue reading India starts exporting GI-certified “Jalgaon banana” to Dubai

“Deep Ocean Mission” Approved by Cabinet

What is the News? The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Deep Ocean Mission. About Deep Ocean Mission: Deep Ocean Mission aims to explore the deep ocean for resources. Also, for sustainable use of ocean resources, it aims to develop deep-sea technologies. Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Earth Sciences(MoES) will be the nodal Ministry for… Continue reading “Deep Ocean Mission” Approved by Cabinet

UNESCO Science Report Finds India’s investment in Research Unsatisfactory

What is the News? The UNESCO Science Report(USR) has been released. About UNESCO Science Report(USR): UNESCO Science Report is a global monitoring report. It is published every five years by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Objective: The report monitors trends in science governance worldwide to identify which development path countries are following. Latest… Continue reading UNESCO Science Report Finds India’s investment in Research Unsatisfactory

“OFB Corporatisation” Approved by Cabinet

What is the News? The Union Government has approved a plan for Ordnance Factory Board(OFB) Corporatisation. About Ordnance Factory Board(OFB): Ordnance Factory Board(OFB) is an umbrella body of 41 Ordnance Factories. Origin: In 1775, British authorities accepted the establishment of the Board of Ordnance in Fort William, Kolkata. This marked the official beginning of the Army… Continue reading “OFB Corporatisation” Approved by Cabinet

Govt. report flags lapses in “filovirus study” among Nagaland bats

What is the News? The government of India has concluded that there have been lapses in the conduct and protocols followed for the filovirus study of bats in Nagaland. What was the filovirus study about? Researchers from India, China and the US had conducted a study in Nagaland on bats and humans carrying antibodies to… Continue reading Govt. report flags lapses in “filovirus study” among Nagaland bats

Official Language Status for “Tulu Language” Demanded

What is the News?  Several organizations have initiated a campaign in Karnataka and Kerala. They are demanding the official language status for Tulu. About Tulu Language: Tulu is a Dravidian language. It is mainly spoken in two coastal districts, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala. Kasaragod district is called the… Continue reading Official Language Status for “Tulu Language” Demanded

Key Outcomes of the G7 Summit

What is the News? The 47th Group of Seven(G7) summit has concluded in Cornwall, UK. India also virtually participated in the summit as a guest country. What are the key outcomes of the summit? On Covid-19 Pandemic: The G7 countries have pledged to donate 1 billion vaccine doses to poorer countries by the end of… Continue reading Key Outcomes of the G7 Summit

“Small Island Developing States” faced most GDP loss in 2020: UN report

What is the News? The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD) has released a report titled “Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures”. The report highlights the numerous challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Key Findings of the Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures Report: Small island developing states(SIDS) faced thrice as much fall… Continue reading “Small Island Developing States” faced most GDP loss in 2020: UN report