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23rd January – Role of Gram Sabhas in sustainable growth

More than 300 million people including tribals live in and around forest areas in India, depending on forests for their sustenance and livelihood. Ecological security is the prime objective of National Forest Policy, 1988, but forest-dwelling communities cannot be separated from forests. Background – The involvement of communities in forest management was initiated in 1990 …

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20th January – One government proposes, other deposes

Since coming to power, Andhra Pradesh State Government has cancelled or put on hold a number of high-profile State contracts and projects, many involving foreign partners who now face huge losses. Arguments in favour – Officials say reviewing commitments made by the previous government will increase accountability and decrease corruption in the State, but outside …

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17th January – Blue Flag Certification

Recently, the Centre issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification declaring a list of activities and facilities that would be permissible in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas of certain beaches, which have been identified for obtaining the ‘Blue Flag’ certification. Context – In July 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had identified …

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15th January – NEONs

Among the most-discussed new concepts at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year was NEON. What is a NEON? The first project of Samsung’s Star Labs, NEONs are being called the world’s first artificial humans. They look and behave like real humans, and could one day develop memories and emotions — …

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14th January – Net freedom

In a major pronouncement, the Supreme Court has declared that any action by an official of the state that shuts down the internet in any part of India must be temporary, and adhere to the doctrine of proportionality. The context – The context for the court’s action is the months-long shutdown by the state of …

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11th January – CDS and the path of jointmanship

The announcement on a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) last year and the appointment of Gen. Bipin Rawat as the first CDS has been one of the key policy decisions made by the Narendra Modi government in its second term. Background – It was recommended by the Kargil Review Committee in 2001. The CDS will …

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7th January – State of the Forest Report

India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017. For the second successive time since 2007, the biennial State of Forest Report (SFR) recorded a gain — an impressive 1,275 sq km — in dense forest (including Very Dense Forest with a canopy density of over 70%, and Moderately Dense Forest …

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3rd January – FASTags

In line with the government’s digitisation push, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has made FASTags mandatory from 15 January for vehicles using national highways. What is FASTag? It is an electronic toll collection system in India, operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). It employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for …

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2nd January – Why is it so cold this year?

This winter, in many parts of the region, maximum temperatures on some days have been nearly 10°C below normal. What is a ‘cold day’? A cold-day condition is said to prevail when the maximum temperature during the day is at least 4.5°C below normal. If the maximum temperature is at least 6.5°C below normal, it …

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1st January 2020 – Electricity key to nation’s development

Modern energy access, particularly to electricity, is crucial to a country’s development journey. In fact, surviving without electricity in our modern lives is incomprehensible as lighting, water, sanitation, entertainment, education, healthcare, mobile charging. And with the future of mobility moving towards electricity makes it ubiquitous. Sustainable Development Goals – The Sustainable Development Goals were set …

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