Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) comes into force on 24 December

Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) came into force on 24 December 2014. Now this landmark treaty has officially became binding international law, which aims to regulate around USD 85 billion global arms trade. It came into force after 60 nations ratified it, among the 130 signatories of the treaty. Key facts of Global Arms Trade

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World’s tallest hybrid wind turbine installed in Kutch

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy has installed the world’s first and tallest hybrid wind generator turbine in Kutch, Gujarat.  Key features of Suzlon’s tallest hybrid wind generator turbine Hybrid wind turbine will be 120-metre in height. It is taller than conventional wind turbine towers by 40 metres. With this new turbine, the installed wind energy

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Government decides to scrap Section 309 of IPC & Decriminalizes attempt to suicide

Government in the Parliament has announced that the attempt suicide will no longer be a crime. In this regard, government has decided to delete Section 309 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) from the Statute book which deals with attempt of suicide as per recommendations of Law Commission report.  Current Section 309 of IPC A person

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Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched a programme called Unnat Bharat Abhiyan with an aim to connect institutions of higher education, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) etc. with local communities to address the development challenges through appropriate

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Supreme Court sets up ‘Social Justice Bench’ to deal with social issues

Supreme Court has set up a special ‘Social Justice Bench’ in order to exclusively hear cases concerning social issues particularly those related to women, children and underprivileged sections of society. The main intention of setting up ‘Social Justice Bench’ is to provide specialised approach needed for dealing with these cases. It will deal specially with

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Government launches Swachh Bharat Kosh

Government recently launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’– a fund that will be utilised to build toilets in schools, rural and urban areas to achieve the objective of cleanliness across the country. It will be also used for constructing water lines to the toilets, training and skill development to maintain hygiene in the toilets as well

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AYUSH ministry

BJP government has created separated AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidhha  and Naturopathy) Ministry to give emphasis to traditional forms of medicine. Earlier, Department of AYUSH was under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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New austerity measure by government, announces 10% cut in non-plan expenditure.

Government aims to restrict fiscal deficit to 4.1 per cent of GDP in 2014-15 and hence, have taken up such steps. Thus it will lead to10 per cent cut in the Centre’s non-Plan expenditure for 2014-15. Austerity measures taken up by the ministry are: It bans ministers from holding meetings in five-star hotels and traveling

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Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

SAGY encourages Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village Under this scheme, MPs will be responsible for developing the socio-economic and physical infrastructure of three villages each by 2019, and a total of eight villages each by 2024.       Key

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Meghalaya connected by train

Meghalaya has been added to the rail network of India for first time. Train connecting Mendipathar, Meghalaya, to Guwahati Assam has commenced services in November, 2014. The other North-Eastern states on railway network are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.

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