Pakistan enacts new law to create constitutional military courts to try terrorists

Pakistan government has enacted new law, to create constitutional military courts to try and punish terrorists. Background For past few years, Pakistan is struggling to come up with an adequate response to deal with the increasing menace of militancy. Pakistan’s ruling government was under pressure after Peshawar School attack that had killed around 150 people

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Government gives nod to Neutrino project in Tamil Nadu

Government has approved setting up of India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project in Bodi West Hills, Tamil Nadu.  Key facts about India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project It is an underground project, jointly supported by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).   Neutrinos are subatomic particles produced by the decay

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‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’ action plan in New Delhi to boost start-up ventures in the country.

The main aim of action plan is to give impetus to innovation and encourage the talent among young people and remove onerous government regulations and red tape.   Key features Start-up India, Stand-up India action plan Start-up profits to be tax-free for 3 years and also no labour inspections for 3 years of launch of

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Central Government employees asked to declare assets under Lokpal Act, 2013

Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all Central government employees to declare their assets and liabilities under the provisions of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Earlier in Dember 2014, DoPT has issued Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing

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Mission Indradhanush

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the second phase of Mission Indradhanush to achieve full immunisation of children below two years. In the second phase, the week-long programme will be implemented in 352 districts of the country. Mission Indradhanush depicts 7 colours of the rainbow which aims to cover all those children

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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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