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Detailed News Articles: 28 June 2019

1. Bombay High Court upholds reservation for Marathas A division bench of the Bombay High Court has upheld the Maratha Reservation Bill saying that the state is within its right. Background: The demand for Maratha reservation beganed in the 1980s. In 1992, the Maratha Mahasangh had made a representation to the state government to provide reservation… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 28 June 2019

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Detailed News Articles: 27 June 2019

1. Govt. to start Jal Shakti Abhiyan for 255 water-stressed districts from July 1 The Centre is set to initiate the Jal Shakti Abhiyan to ramp up rainwater harvesting and conservation efforts in 255 water-stressed districts, in line with the government’s promise to focus on water. Details: The Jal Shakti Abhiyan would aim to accelerate water… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 27 June 2019

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

CHAPTER 1- WHY BIODIVERSITY MATTERS? The importance of nature in our lives Humans have evolved, grown and thrived, in nature. Modern human society needs the resources of nature to thrive. Perception that nature is ‘nice to have’ and its protection is secondary to the more important tasks of increasing economic growth, creating jobs, enhancing the… Continue reading Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

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Detailed News Articles: 26 June 2019

1. The state of Indian prisons Analysis: Experts that in the midst of the election process this year (2019), the release of the data-driven report, the Prison Statistics India 2016, published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) went largely unnoticed. It is important to note that this edition of the report is different from its earlier… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 26 June 2019

GS-2, Social Issue

Xaxa Committee on Tribal Communities of India Report

The Indian State must aim to ensure that all sections of society share in the economic and social prosperity of the country. It is widely acknowledged that a large section of the Indian population, especially the tribal communities, have not received the full benefits of development processes undertaken over the past six decades and adversely… Continue reading Xaxa Committee on Tribal Communities of India Report

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Detailed News Articles: 25 June 2019

1. Centre sticks to its guns on Special Category Status Odisha, Rajasthan, Bihar, Telangana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and A.P. state governments have been sending requests to the Central government to consider granting them Special Category Status (SCS). Details: In the present circumstances, it is believed that no more states can be given the status of a Special… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 25 June 2019

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25 June in History: Emergency declared

Indira Gandhi’s government declared a state of emergency in India on 25 June 1975. Democracy was restored only after nearly two years on 21st March 1977. Emergency declared Indira Gandhi ‘advised’ the then President of the country Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed to declare a state of internal emergency in India using Article 352. The Emergency was declared… Continue reading 25 June in History: Emergency declared

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Geo-strategic importance of Maldives to India?

Strategic geography defines the geo-strategic importance of Maldives far beyond its physical size. Despite being the smallest Asian country with a land area of just 300 sq. km. and a population of around 480,000, Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries straddling a 960-km-long submarine ridge running north to south and which… Continue reading Geo-strategic importance of Maldives to India?

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Detailed News Articles: 24 June 2019

1. Plea in SC seeks protection for non-Nagas in Dimapur A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been filed challenging certain sections of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 which gives unbridled power to a State to prescribe Inner Line Permit (ILP). What is Inner Line Permit? ILP is an official travel document issued by the Government of… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 24 June 2019

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22 June in History:The Chapekar brothers case

On 22 June 1897, brothers Damodar Hari Chapekar and Balkrishna Hari Chapekar assassinated a British official W. C. Rand and his military escort Lieutenant Ayerst at Pune, Maharashtra. This was the first case of militant nationalism in India after the 1857 Revolt. Chapekar brothers case In 1896, the dreaded disease of plague had struck Pune… Continue reading 22 June in History:The Chapekar brothers case