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20 February 2017
India not in race with China in Africa outreach: Ansari Indian vice president who is on a four day visit to African nations, Rwanda and Uganda stated that there exists a remarkable difference in the relationship that India and China have with Africa. As part of India’s outreach to strengthen relations with Africa, 12 visits have taken place recently. These include visits by the Indian President, Vice President and the Prime Minister. The recent visits are part of conscious efforts by the Indian government to enhance interaction with countries of the African continent. Various aspects associated with India-Africa relationship: Historical…
20 February 2017
This is a situation of ethical dilemma You belong to a very poor family. After a lot of hard work you got admission in a well renowned University. But due to lack of finance, it is difficult for your father to afford your living in a PG or a hostel. An Uncle of yours lives in the same city where your University is. After a lot of request by your father, your Uncle has agreed to keep you at his house and study. When you started to stay with his family, you found out that his family has a child…
20 February 2017
Legal and Ethical issues while seeking votes in the name of religion You are a UPSC aspirant staying in Delhi. You are taking coaching from a renowned coaching-centre. While your preparation, you face some election phase. During the elections, you noticed that some of the candidates belonging to a particular political party were campaigning and asking votes in the name of religion. What are the legal and ethical issues involved while seeing votes in the name of religion? What course of action would you take being a student in such a situation? Analysis: According to the Representation of People Act…
18 February 2017
Government junks border wall plan The government has given up its proposed border wall plan along the Pakistan border. The wall that was originally envisaged as a barrier against cross border infiltration of terrorist. The project was initiated by the government in 2013 after twin attacks took place in the Jammu and Kashmir. The proposal was to create a 179-km wall along the International border in Jammu. There have been regular incidents of infiltration, cross border smuggling of goods, narcotics and fake Indian currency. Status of our borders with Pakistan: India initially fenced and floodlit the Punjab border with Pakistan.…
17 February 2017
Set up mechanism to delete sex determination ads: SC The Supreme Court ordered Internet giants, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately set up their own in-house expert bodies to keep a tab on and delete online pre-natal sex determination advertisements. It assured the internet giants that it will not initiate contempt proceedings against them as the idea is to make search engines responsive to Indian law. The court pulled up these companies stating that they know how to make money but do not show respect for the Indian law. The court warned that decrease in sex ratio is a disaster…
17 February 2017
SCIENCE EXPRESS The ninth phase of Science Express will start from Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi on February 17th and will travel throughout the country in different states and culminate its journey in Gandhinagar in the month of September. The science express will also visit Tripura for the first time. This innovative mobile approach of promoting science was first started in the year 2007 by The Department of Science and Technology. The Science Express has been redesigned as the Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II). It now mainly focuses on the science of climate change. It has got six…
16 February 2017
No more extravagant wedding? Bill in LS seeks cap on guests A Bill that is to be tabled in the Lok Sabha seeks to limit the number of guests that are invited and the dishes that are served in a wedding to keep a check on the show of wealth. The purpose of the Bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure done on marriages. The bill proposes that those spending above Rs 5 lakh contribute towards marriage of poor girls. If a family spends above 5 lakhs on a wedding, it must contribute 10% of the amount on marriage…
16 February 2017
What do you understand by contract farming? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of contract farming Contract farming is a system of contractual production of agricultural raw materials or produce by the farmers for the procurement by private companies. The private companies use these raw products to further process and sell them. It is basically a way of financial incentivization of farming through private investment. It can be regarded as a support for the farming system. Advantage: This kind of farming helps farmers in supporting their produce. The raw materials that they produce are easily procured and good price is also…
15 February 2017
The next target of hackers for ransomware could be water treatment plants. A new form of ransomware has been developed by scientists that can take control of a water treatment plant. The simulation was to show how hackers may manipulate the amount of chlorine added to water and display incorrect readings after gaining access to such management systems. The attack was designed to highlight vulnerabilities in the system that is used to operate industrial facilities such as manufacturing plants and water and wastewater treatment facilities. Though no real ransomware attacks have been publicly reported on industrial control systems, these attacks…
14 February 2017
Dedicated Freight Corridor: First portion will be operational by 2018 The first portion of the long-awaited dedicated freight corridor will become operational by March 2018. The Ateli-Phulera section will take over the freight load of the Indian railways on this route. In total the dedicated freight corridors will transfer at least a minimum of 70% of the freight currently carried by the Indian railways. Also, around 500-600 km of additional track length will be operational by financial year 2018-19. The plan to construct dedicated freight corridors across the country is a milestone in the history of Indian railways. Once completed,…