Golden langur to get fruits of MGNREGA (Relevant for GS Prelims; Environment & Biodiversity)

For the first time the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will have non-human beneficiaries — the rare golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) in a reserve forest in western Assam’s Bongaigaon district. The district authorities launched a ₹27.24-lakh project under the MGNREGA to plant guava, mango, blackberry and other fruit trees to ensure that

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The death of 11 climbers on the world’s highest peak has drawn worldwide attention. What does it take to climb Mount Everest? How many get permission, and how? What are the risks involved in the ascent? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Disaster Management)

Climbing the Himalayas is an extremely risky expedition but the mountains, and especially Everest, have continued to draw large numbers of adventurers to them. In the 66 years since the first recorded conquest of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, more than 4,800 people have achieved the feat, and some 300 are believed to

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Fix accountability for Surat tragedy, and update the fire safety protocol countrywide (Relevant for GS Mains Paper III; Disaster Management)

Fire in Surat Coaching centre 22 teenagers have died in the fire incident. Teenagers were trapped in the building as the fire destroyed the staircase. Four died after they jumped off the building in order to evade fire. Action by authorities Police have arrested the owner of the Surat coaching centre. Two builders of the

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What is it about the Huawei company that continues to cause security concerns to countries around the world? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

A controversy involving the Chinese electronics and telecommunications equipment company Huawei claimed the job of a British cabinet minister this month. The company  is viewed with suspicion around the world. What happened in the UK? Prime Minister Theresa May sacked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson over information leaked to the press about a top secret government

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Cyclone Fani में 1 करोड़ 48 लाख हुए प्रभावित, 37 लोगों की गई जान (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper III; Disaster Management)

ओडिशा में फणि तूफान के गुजर जाने के पांच दिन बाद भी राज्य के कई प्रभावित इलाकों में बिजली, पानी और दूरसंचार व्यवस्था पूरी तरह ठप है। साथ ही लोगों के सामने भोजन और पीने पानी की गंभीर समस्या खड़ी हो गई है। इसे लेकर चारों ओर हाहाकार की स्थिति पैदा हो गई है। इन

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The Odisha government has shown by example how to manage a natural disaster (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Disaster management)

Cyclone Fani has left a trail of destruction across a large part of coastal Odisha, but its management has emerged as a global example of how timely weather alerts, preparedness and informed public participation can dramatically reduce loss of life. What is the extent of damage? The toll from the extremely severe cyclonic storm on

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Lesson from Kurkheda: no ‘open areas’ in a Maoist-hit landscape (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

The May 1 ambush of 15 Gadchiroli Police commandos near Kurkheda, close to Maharashtra’s trijunction with Chhattisgarh and Telangana, was a reminder that the Maoists, though down, retain the ability to surprise and strike back with a change in strategy. What happened last Wednesday — arson by Maoists on a road works site followed by

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15 jawans killed as Maoists trigger IED in Gadchiroli (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents blew up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing 15 jawans and a civilian in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. When the blast was triggered? A unit of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Gadchiroli police was on its way to provide reinforcements

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