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Falkland Island Dispute between UK & Argentina

IN NEWS: Falkland Islands Dispute Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wrote an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding the return of the disputed territory (Falkland Islands), and describing the British claim on it as a blatant exercise of 19th Century colonialism. The row came ahead of a …

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Pakistan Army’s New Doctrine • Green Book

Background For decades, Pakistan has considered India a threat. Though analysts have for long been warning that the biggest threat to Pakistan lies within. “No state can afford a parallel system or a militant force” and warned of a possible civil war, Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stated. …

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Malala Yousafzai to be given Irish peace award

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is to be given Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 for her courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for every child, it was announced on Thursday. Malala is the 15-year-old girl, who was shot in the head by Taliban …

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Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram

Background An initiative under the National Rural Health Mission, Janani Suraksha Yojana, a key intervention has resulted in phenomenal growth in institutional deliveries with more than one crore women beneficiaries annually. Janani Suraksha Yojana was launched to promote institutional deliveries so that skilled attendance at birth is made available and …

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National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

NRHM was inaugurated on April 12, 2005. Aim of NRHM To provide accessible, affordable, accountable, effective and reliable primary health care and bridging the gap in rural health care through creation of ASHA (ACCREDITED SOCIAL HEALTH ACTIVIST). Scope of NRHM SPECIAL FOCUS ON 18 STATES. They are: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, …

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BeiDou • Chinese GPS

Background China began building the BEIDOU network to avoid relying on GPS (GPS is not a general term, though we use it generally. It is the US system of satellites that provides data about global positions to users First satellite for the BEIDOU navigation system was launched in the year …

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Great Indian Bustard • Status & Conservation

IN NEWS: Poaching of Great Indian Bustard The Great Indian Bustard is peculiar to the semi-arid grasslands of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. A recent incident of alleged poaching of a Great Indian Bustard – the State bird of Rajasthan listed in the “critically endangered” category – near …

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Asean & India • Past, Present & Future

To mark the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India Summit-level partnership, India hosted the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on 20th-21st December, 2012. The theme of the summit was ‘ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity’. Past India declined to get associated with ASEAN …

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Justice Swatanter Kumar • first NGT chief

Justice Swatanter Kumar is B.A., LL.B. He was born 0n 31.12.1947. Justice Swatanter Kumar on Thursday became the first chairperson of the National Green Tribunal. Justice Swatanter Kumar, a Supreme Court judge, also earned the distinction of becoming the first apex court judge to take over as the head of the …

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Parliament Panel suggestion GM crops dismissed

Genetically Modified crops

Background Permission has been given to private companies to conduct field trials of GM crops such as cotton, corn and maize in Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The government has allowed commercial cultivation of Bt cotton, while moratorium has been put on Bt brinjal. Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on …

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