Civil Services Chronicle December 2019

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Sharad Arvind Bobde Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde will take oath as the CJI on November 18th. He previously worked in Bombay High Court (as additional Judge), Madhya Pradesh High Court (as Chief Justice) and Supreme Court (as Judge since .... Read More

Alexei Leonov Alexei Leonov, the Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space has passed away. Leonov staked his place in space history on 18 March 1965, when he exited his Voskhod 2 space capsule secured by a tether. Sadako Ogata She was the first woman and the first Japanese person .... Read More

First State to Enact Law on Contract Farming Tamil Nadu has become the first State in the country to enact a law on contract farming with President Ram Nath Kovind giving assent to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act. Mizoram: State with Highest HIV Prevalence .... Read More

Stations’ Cleanliness Survey Report 2019 Three railway stations in Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jodhpur and Durgapura – were adjudged as the cleanest Railway stations in India in Urban categories according to its annual cleanliness survey among 720 stations. Andheri, Virar and Naigaon railway stations were the top three among 109 suburban stations. Global Health .... Read More

Dustlik-2019 India and Uzbekistan will carry out a joint military exercise ‘Dustlik-2019’, the first-ever exercise between the armies of the two nations from November 4 to 13 at Chirchiq training area in Uzbekistan. IMNEX-19 It is an India-Myanmar Naval Exercise recently held in Visakhapatnam. Shakti-2019 Indian and French armies conducted biennial joint counter-terrorism .... Read More

ASI Finds 8th Century Objects, Trade Centre Remains in Andhra The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a 2000-year old historic trade settlement in Andhra Pradesh’s Gottiprolu village, along with a Pallava-period Vishnu statue. The bricks unearthed are comparable with the Satavahana or Ikshvaku period structures in Krishna river valley (Amaravati .... Read More

Trak Island The Trak Island is in the Andaman Nicobar group of islands. Recently, Indian Air Force fired two BrahMos missiles as a part of the routine operational training. Ladakh The Union government plans to make Ladakh the first Indian union territory (UT) to run completely on renewable energy. The UT currently has .... Read More

‘Feed Our Future’ Campaign To create awareness and take steps against hunger and malnutrition in India, the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the ‘Feed Our Future’ campaign in association with the help of Bollywood. World’s 1st AI University The world’s first dedicated AI University – Mohammad Bin Zayed University .... Read More

Nobel Prize 2019 Peace: Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister of Ethiopia) for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. Physics: One half to James Peebles (Canadian-American) for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half .... Read More

Athletics new rules for trans athletes by world athletics World Athletics (formerly the IAAF) has ruled that transgender women must maintain testosterone levels at a maximum of 5 nanomoles per litre for 12 months before being declared eligible to compete. The limit is half the previous limit of 10 nmol/l, in .... Read More
Rumblings in the North East: Naga Peace Accord

It has been 22 years since talks between NSCN-IM and the government officially began in 1997. In August 2015, the Union government signed a framework agreement to seek a final solution with NSCN-IM. The seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) joined the talks later by signing a ‘Deed of Commitment’ .... Read More
Traditional Medicinal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights

What is Traditional Medical Knowledge Traditional medical knowledge has social, cultural and scientific value and is important for many indigenous peoples and local communities. In some Asian and African countries, 80 percent of the population depend on traditional medicine, including for primary healthcare. Traditional knowledge is generally considered as the collective heritage .... Read More
Telecom Sector Issues and Perspectives

On 24thOctober, 2019 the Supreme Court upheld the definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) calculation as stipulated by the Department of Telecom (DoT). It has ordered telecom companies to pay up to Rs 92,641 crore dues to the DoT within three months calculated on the basis of the new definition .... Read More
Biodiversity Conservation in India

India is one of the few countries where forest cover is on the rise and forests are teeming with wildlife. It has only 2.4% of the geographical area of the world, but harbours nearly 8% of the globally known floral and faunal species. India’s sixth National Report (NR6) to the .... Read More
Globalisation & Indian Women

What is Globalisation? According to American economist Edward S. Herman, “Globalisation is the expansion across international borders of management and process. At the same time, it is a condition of facilities and economic relation which is constantly expanding and its simultaneously changing.” In concept, globalization is a complex, economic, political, cultural and .... Read More
Should Government Sector be Privatized?

After a very long time, privatisation has re-entered the policy-making lexicon in India. A flurry of news reports has informed us that several public sector undertakings (PSUs) will be put on the block for privatisation. It certainly is a big departure from the last decade and a half, when successive .... Read More
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