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Justice J S Verma Commission • Rape laws

Justice J S Verma commission rape laws

Background The nation-wide outrage over the gang-rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus has sparked a demand for death penalty under rape laws for convicts. Under the existing rape laws, the maximum punishment for rape is a life term. Composition of the Commission Former Chief Justice of India …

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Astra Missile • Features and Significance

Astra BVRAAM missile

In yet another series of development trials, Astra Missile was successfully launched from Chandipur, Odisha on Friday to validate its reconfigured propulsion, control and guidance systems. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists said Friday’s trial was only a rehearsal. Astra Missile was successfully test-fired from a ground launcher on and the missile …

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String of Pearls • Meaning • Policy Implications

Chinese String of pearls

General Meaning String of Pearls  is a strategic move that involves establishing a series of nodes of military and economic power throughout a region. Each node is a “pearl”, enhancing the overall power of the parent nation. This strategic relation moves in an excellent way to enfold a greater area of …

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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port • String of Pearls

Hambantota Port, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s view Hambantota port is not part of a Chinese ‘string of pearls’ to surround India. Chinese investment in the Hambantota port is a purely economic one. The government had long insisted that the port development project was first offered to India and when there was no reaction, they …

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Climate Change turns Australia purple

IN NEWS: Climate Change Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s temperature forecast for next Monday (i.e. 14 January) is so unheard of – over 52°C – that it has had to add a new colour to the top of its scale, a suitably incandescent purple. Australia’s highest recorded temperature is 50.7°C, measured in …

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Halimah • Singapore’s first Indian woman speaker

Halimah Binte Yacob (born 23 August 1954) is a politician from Singapore. Halimah Yacob (58) is set to become the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament. Halimah was educated at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, before going on to the University of Singapore where she completed an LLB (Hons) degree in 1978. She was called to the Singapore …

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013, Kochi

IN NEWS: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Persons of Indian Origin settled in various countries to invest back in India, especially in infrastructure, education, energy, water and agriculture sectors. He was speaking at the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The Divas was jointly organised by the Ministry …

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Ladakh to get world’s largest Solar Telescope

The Solar Telescope project set-up cost is Rs. 300-crore. Chief investigator of the project is S. Siraj Hasan, the former Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. The solar telescope could come up either at Hanle or Merak village near Pangong Lake in Ladakh. Features of the telescope The …

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Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)

Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme The ICDS scheme was launched on 2nd October 1975. Objectives The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched with the following objectives: to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years; to lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical …

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Tulsi Gabbard • First Hindu U.S. Congress

Tulsi Gabbard was born April 12, 1981. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, was sworn in as member of the 113th Congress. Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and the Congresswoman for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. She is the first Hindu ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Though a Hindu, Gabbard is not …

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