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National Mathematics Day

  • National Mathematics Day is observed in India every year on 22nd December since 2012.
  • The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • The key objective behind the celebration of National Mathematics Day is to make people aware of the development of mathematics and its importance in human progress.

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AERV Inducted Into Indian Army

On 21st December, 2021, the first batch of Indigenous Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicles was inducted into the Indian Army.

Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV)

  • These next-generation vehicles were inducted into the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army.
  • AERV has been indigenously designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It was manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak in association with Bharat Electronics Limited, Pune.
  • These vehicles will be deployed with individual engineering formations, mainly on the Western front.


  • The vehicle is capable of carrying out reconnaissance of water obstacles and boggy patches for execution of engineer tasks with capabilities to carry out reconnaissance.
  • It can provide real time update to force commanders.
  • The system will enhance existing engineer reconnaissance capabilities of Indian Army and would be a major game changer in support of mechanised operations in future conflicts.

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The National Anti-Doping Bill 2021

Recently, the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha.

It seeks to prohibit doping in sports and establish a National Anti-Doping Agency, which will replace the existing National Anti-Doping Agency.

Key Features

Prohibition of Doping

  • Prohibits athletes, athlete support personnel and other persons from engaging in doping in sport.
  • Support personnel include the coach, trainer, manager, team staff, medical personnel, and other persons working with or treating or assisting an athlete.

National Anti-Doping Agency

  • The Bill provides for constituting this National Anti-Doping Agency as a body corporate.
  • It will be headed by a Director General appointed by the central government.
  • Functions of the Agency include: (i) planning, implementing, and monitoring anti-doping activities, (ii) investigating anti-doping rule violations, and (iii) promoting anti-doping research.

National Board for Anti-Doping in Sports

  • It establishes a National Board for Anti-Doping in Sports to make recommendations to the government on anti-doping regulation and compliance of international commitments on anti-doping.
  • The Board will oversee the activities of the Agency and issue directions to it.
  • The Board will consist of a Chairperson and two members appointed by the central government.


  • If any athlete requires a prohibited substance or method due to a medical condition, they may apply to the National Anti-Doping Agency for a therapeutic use exemption.

Consequences of Violations

  • Anti-doping rule violation by an individual athlete or athlete support personnel may result in: (i) disqualification of results including forfeiture of medals, points, and prizes, (ii) ineligibility to participate in a competition or event for a prescribed period, (iii) financial sanctions, and (iv other consequences as may be prescribed.

Dope Testing Laboratories

  • The existing National Dope Testing Laboratory will be deemed to be the principal dope testing laboratory.
  • The central government may establish more National Dope Testing Laboratories.