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Emergency Powers under the IT Rules

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) directed YouTube and Twitter to take down links sharing the BBC documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’ under the emergency provisions of the IT Rules, 2021. What is the case about? BBC documentary case - A BBC documentary on the Gujarat riots of 2002 questions the actions taken by the then Gujarat government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The MIB directed YouTube and Twitter to take down links sharing the documentary under Rule 16(3) of the IT ...
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Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar

The Centre has announced the annual Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2023 for disaster management. The Centre instituted the annual award, Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar on the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The Puraskar recognises and honours the contribution and service rendered by individuals and organisations in India in the field of disaster management. The award is announced every year on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The award carries ...
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Phonons and Thermal Hall Effect

Scientists have observed the thermal Hall Effect in insulators, leading to an important open question in condensed-matter physics. Thermal Hall Effect in conductors In the presence of a magnetic field, electrons are deflected from their paths in a perpendicular direction. When a temperature gradient is applied in the conductor in one direction, another temperature gradient appears in a perpendicular direction in the presence of a magnetic field. The electrons in the material carry both electric charges and thermal energy, and ...
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Pantranscriptome

Researchers at the University of California have proposed a method called ‘pantranscriptome’ for analysing RNA sequencing data. RNA mapping- The most commonly recognized function of RNA is to synthesize proteins via translation. Scientists discovered that the vast majority of RNA can play roles such as influencing cell structure or regulating gene The entire RNA landscape is known collectively as the transcriptome. Mapping of transcriptome by RNA sequencing allows to understand an individual’s gene expression. Mapping can be difficult because the RNA ...
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Ganga Vilas

The privately-operated luxurious three-deck cruise ship MV Ganga Vilas is the World’s longest river cruise. MV Ganga Vilas is the world’s longest river cruise from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh. Ship- The MV Ganga Vilas vessel is 62 meters in length, 12 meters in width and comfortably sails with a draft of 1.4 meters. It has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the amenities for the tourists ...
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Joshimath Crisis

Almost two week after cracks appeared in many roads and hundreds of houses of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, authorities declared it a landslide and subsidence-hit zone. Land subsidence According to the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), land subsidence is the sinking of the groundbecause of underground material movement. This phenomenon can happen over very large areas like whole states or provinces, or very small areas like the corner of house yard. Reasons- This phenomenon can happen for a host of reasons, ...
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National Geospatial Policy 2022

The National Geospatial Policy 2022 was notified by the Ministry of Science and Technology recently. The National Geospatial Policy, 2022 is a citizen-centric policythat seeks to strengthen the Geospatial sector to support national development, economic prosperity and a thriving information economy. The Policy builds on conducive environment created by the “Guidelines for acquiring & producing Geospatial Data and Geospatial Data Services including Maps” issued by Department of Science & Technology in 2021. While the Guidelines deregulated the Geospatial sector by liberalizing ...
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KUKI-CHIN REFUGEES

Kuki-Chin, the Christian community from Bangladesh’s Chittagong hill tracts, share close ethnic ties with people in Mizoram. The first tranche of around 300 refugees came in November 2022. The Mizoram government has approved setting up of temporary shelters and other amenities for the community, following an action by the Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion against some insurgents belonging to the group. The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) seeks to provide citizenship only to Hindu, Christian, Jain, Parsi, Sikh, and Buddhist immigrants ...
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Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI)

14,500 Schools spread across Indian states/UTs have applied with Ministry of Education for an upgrade under PM SHRI Scheme. PM-SHRI is a centrally sponsored scheme. It will provide high quality education is an equitable, inclusive and Joyful school environment. It will showcase all components of National Education Policy 2020 an act as exemplar schools and offer mentorship to other school in their vicinity. These Schools will be developed as green schools, incorporating environment friendly aspects like solar panels and LED lights, ...
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SUNNI DAM HYDRO POWER PROJECT

Cabinet committee on economic affairs has approved the investment for 382 MW Sunni dam hydro power project in Himachal Pradesh by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited. Sunni dam hydro power project is a run of river type Scheme designed to harness hydropower potential of Satluj River. It is a part of Luhri Project, which is designed to comprise three hydro dams: Luhri Stage-I, Luhari Stage-II, Sunni Dam. It envisages construction of a high concrete Gravity dam across river Satluj and an ...
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