Civil Services Chronicle November 2019

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Anjali Singh Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the first female officer from the armed forces to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad when she joined the Indian Embassy in Moscow as a Deputy Air Attache. Ponung Doming Ponung Doming became the first woman officer from .... Read More
ON THE HOT SEAT

Gen Bipin Rawat Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat took over as the new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, succeeding Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, who retired from service. The Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) comprises chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force .... Read More
FACES ONLY IN MEMORY

Khem Singh Gill An academician, geneticist and plant breeder who was also known for his contributions to the Green Revolution—Dr. Khem Singh Gill has passed away. He was instrumental in breeding new strains of wheat, linseed and sesame. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1992) for his contributions towards science. Jacques Chirac Former president of .... Read More
STATES IN NEWS

Tripura HC Bans Animals Sacrifice The Tripura High Court has banned centuries-old tradition of animals sacrifice in religious places across the state. The HC invoked Article 21 of the Indian Constitution – “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law”. Referring to judgments .... Read More
DEFENCE EXERCISES

Exercise ‘Changthang Prahar’ The Indian Army conducted an all arms (tanks, artillery and helicopters) integrated exercise ‘Changthang Prahar’ in the Eastern Ladakh region, bordering China. The exercise was conducted at a high altitude area involving the use of infantry, mechanised forces, T-72 tanks, with force multipliers such as artillery guns and Unmanned .... Read More
MISCELLANEOUS

Srivilliputtur ‘Palkova’ gets GI Tag The famed `Srivilliputhur Palkova' (milk sweet) produced in and around Srivilliputhur town in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu received the GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry of India. First Transgender Library in India For the first time in India, a transgender library has been opened as part .... Read More
WORLD OF AWARDS

Right Livelihood Award The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ is awarded by Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Sweden to "honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”. 2019 Winners Greta Thunberg (Sweden): For inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent .... Read More
WORLD OF SPORTS

Persons in News P.T. Usha P.T. Usha was presented the ‘Veteran Pin’ by the world athletics governing body - International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in recognition of her contribution to the growth of sport. PV Sindhu Payment technology company ‘Visa’ has appointed world badminton champion Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (PV Sindhu) as its .... Read More
India’s External Debt & Associated Challenges

Introduction Balance of payments refers to economic transactions of a country with the rest of the world within a given period of time i.e. in a year. It has two components as follows: Current Account refers to difference between exports and imports of goods, services and transfers. It also factors in income .... Read More
One Nation, One Ration Card: Is it a Game Changer?

On Independence Day this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for national integration through several “one nation” initiatives such as, tax regime, singular mobility card and an electricity grid. One such initiative, “One Nation, One Ration Card”, is meant to enable any resident from any part of the country to .... Read More
Impending Earthquake in Central Himalaya

Earthquake is amongst the most terrifying of all natural phenomena. Striking without warning and seemingly coming out of nowhere, it challenges our inherent assumptions about the stability of the very planet we live upon. Any shaking of the earth, whether lasting for minutes or only for seconds, seems eternal to .... Read More
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan : Milestones, Pitfalls and Way Forward

Introduction Mahatma Gandhi while upholding the value of cleanliness once said: “Sanitation is more important than independence” and “Everyone must be his own Scavenger”. To materialise his words, on 2nd October 2014, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary, Prime Minister of India, launched the nation-wide cleanliness campaign, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBM) or Clean .... Read More
India’s Resilience Against an Impending Global Slowdown

On 12th September, the European Central Bank reduced deposit interest rates and approved bond purchases and a fresh stimulus package to boost euro zone growth. The step taken by the ECB highlights the contingent global slowdown that is staring at the world economies and which is characterized by lower growth .... Read More
Role of Youth in the Era of Climate Change

The world watched over with rapt attention when ‘Greta Thunberg’, a sixteen-year-old environmentalist represented her generation at the UN Climate Action Summit, 2019 held in New York. She stressed on the world leaders to face the reality of ‘climate crisis’ at hand and highlighted their apathy towards the same. Back .... Read More
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