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Water Conservation • Essay

Water Conservation - Every drop counts.

Introduction Water is a natural resource, fundamental to life, livelihood, food security and sustainable development. It is also a scarce resource. India has more than 18 percent of the world’s population, but has only 4 percent of world’s renewable water resources with 2.4 percent of world’s land area. There are …

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Indian Arctic Base Himadri • Facts & Location

Indian Arctic Research Base – Himadri Station in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Few facts about Himadri Station Himadri is India’s first Arctic research station located at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. Himadri is located at the International Arctic Research base, Ny-Ålesund. Himadri station is operated by National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research. Himadri station was inaugurated in 2008. A look back into the past Indian …

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Right To Information (RTI) Act, 2005

Right To Information Official logo

Right to information has been seen as the key to strengthening participatory democracy and ushering in people centered governance. Access to information can empower the poor and the weaker sections of society to demand and get information about public policies and actions, thereby leading to their welfare. In recognition of …

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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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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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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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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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