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Youth Olympics: Thangjam Tababi Devi clinches India’s first judo medal at Olympics

Thangjam Tababi Devi (16) became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level. She achieved this feat after winning silver medal at ongoing Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. She won the medal after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44kg category.  Prior to this, India had Read More…

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change: Key Points

United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released special report on global warming in Incheon, South Korea. The report includes contributions from 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries. It will be key scientific input in upcoming Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December 2018. Key Points from report It clearly Read More…

Idiocracy among 1,400 new words in Oxford dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has officially added word ‘Idiocracy’ in it. It is among 1,400 new words, senses, and phrases added to the latest update of OED. The OED has defined word as society consisting of or governed by people characterized as idiots or government formed of people considered stupid, ignorant, or idiotic. Other Read More…

Government reconstitutes Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has reconstituted Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA). This comes after tenure of the last EPCA expired on October 3, 2018. Key Facts Former IAS officers Bhure Lal will continue to be Chairman of reconstituted EPCA. The other members of the 20-member re-constituted Read More…

JIMEX 18: 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise begins in Visakhapatnam

The 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) commenced at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe best practices between navies of two countries. JIMEX 18 JIMEX 18 will be spread over eight days from 7 to 15 October 2018 and will comprise Harbour Phase and Sea Phase of Read More…

Government sanctions 5 new battalions of Rapid Action Force

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned five new battalions of anti-riot and crowd control Rapid Action Force (RAF). These new battalions will be stationed at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesg), Hajipur (Bihar), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mangalore (Karnataka) and Nuh (Haryana). With these, the total number of RAF battalions in the country has gone up to 15. Read More…

Crop damages in wild animal attacks put under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna on pilot basis

Union Government has decided to cover damages to crops in wild animal attacks under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis. In this regard, Government has amended provisions of crop insurance scheme in consultation with various stakeholders after review of its working for the last two years. The amended provisions Read More…

Odisha Government launches Nirman Kusuma programme

Odisha Government has launched ‘Nirman Kusuma’ programme for providing financial assistance to the children of construction workers for their technical education in the state. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneshwar, state capital. Nirman Kusuma programme The scheme aims to help fulfil dreams of construction workers’ children by providing financial assistance Read More…