Instability in Kazakhstan will resonate in regional geopolitics

News: Violent unrest has been taken in Kazakhstan after the increase in fuel prices. What are the reasons for the crisis in Kazakhstan? 1) Rise in LPG prices 2) Inflation 3) Unrest against the authoritarian government. Read more: India – Central Asia Relations – Explained, pointwise What are the consequences of the protest? – Killings of… Continue reading Instability in Kazakhstan will resonate in regional geopolitics

Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT): HAL jet trainer demonstrates its prowess

What is the News? The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) has successfully demonstrated the ability to perform six turn spins on both the left hand and right-hand sides.  Note: The capability to enter and recover from spin is important for a trainer aircraft, to enable the trainee pilot to recognise departure from controlled flight and the… Continue reading Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT): HAL jet trainer demonstrates its prowess

Applications of drones: Use Drones more effectively: Civil Aviation Ministry

What is the News? The Ministry of Civil Aviation has called on other ministries to utilise the use of drones more effectively in their specific domains. Note: The government of India has recently released the Drone Rules,2021 to make India a global hub for drones. What are the applications of drones in different domains? Ministry… Continue reading Applications of drones: Use Drones more effectively: Civil Aviation Ministry

Reovirus wreaks havoc on wild crab cultivation in Andhra Pradesh

What is the News? Mud Crab Reovirus (MCRV) has been found to be the reason for the mass mortality of wild crab in Andhra Pradesh State. What is Mud Crab Reovirus (MCRV)? Mud Crab Reovirus (MCRV) is also known as Sleeping Disease. The virus belongs to the “Reoviridae” family. Note: Reoviridae is a family of… Continue reading Reovirus wreaks havoc on wild crab cultivation in Andhra Pradesh

Extinguishing the tobacco industry’s main narrative

News: Tobacco’s detrimental impact on public health is well documented. It kills more than 13 lakh Indians every year, while casting an annual economic burden of more than 1% of GDP.  Yet there’s been no significant tax increases on any of the tobacco products for the past four years since the introduction of GST in… Continue reading Extinguishing the tobacco industry’s main narrative

Muslim personal laws: Is it right to increase the age of marriage of women to 21?

News: Recently, the government introduced the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, to raise the age of marriage for women from 18 years to 21 years. Some Muslim MPs in Parliament have called the Bill an attack on personal laws because it proposes that it will override the personal laws of Muslims, Parsis, Hindus… Continue reading Muslim personal laws: Is it right to increase the age of marriage of women to 21?

Water Bird Status Survey-2022: 10.74 lakh birds flock to Chilika, largest wintering ground in Indian subcontinent

What is the News? According to the Water Bird Status Survey-2022, Chilika Lake saw a million birds including an uncommon Mongolian gull visiting the waterbody this year. Note: Chilika lake hosts birds migrating from thousands of miles away from the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea, remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central… Continue reading Water Bird Status Survey-2022: 10.74 lakh birds flock to Chilika, largest wintering ground in Indian subcontinent

These islands of excellence must not be marooned

News: National law universities have been celebrated as ‘islands of excellence’ in a ‘sea of mediocrity’. However, the comments of CJI N.V. Ramana suggest otherwise. HE made the following comments concerning legal education through his addresses in various universities The national law universities were being perceived as ‘elitist and detached from social realities’ because not… Continue reading These islands of excellence must not be marooned

The Chinese challenge uncovers India’s fragilities

News: The Indo-China border crisis has brought out the political, economic and diplomatic problems between the two countries, which have been the result of choices made after 2014. With the loss in the 1962 war against China, India lost its pre-eminent position in Asia. With the present display of weakness six decades later, India is… Continue reading The Chinese challenge uncovers India’s fragilities

Non-Proliferation: World powers vow to stop spread of nuclear weapons

What is the News? Five permanent United Nations Security Council members (China, France, Russia, the UK and US) have pledged to prevent atomic weapons from spreading and to avoid nuclear conflict. This pledge was made ahead of a review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),1970. What is the pledge made by the Five permanent UNSC members?… Continue reading Non-Proliferation: World powers vow to stop spread of nuclear weapons