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27 August Current Affairs

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Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) In News: The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), one of India’s premier avian research institutes, has started operating its first regional centre on the campus of Wetland Research and Training Centre near Chilika Lake. Key facts: With opening up its branch in Odisha, the BNHS would be engaged in identifying the air route of the foreign birds flocking the...

25 August Current Affairs

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition In News: The United Nations’ International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed every year on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade, the largest deportation in history. Details: The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its...

24 August Current Affairs

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Article 35A In News: Article 35A of the Constitution is now being vigorously contested with its constitutional validity being challenged before the Supreme Court. It has managed to create widespread legal and political controversy, despite it not even finding a mention in the regular sequential text of the Constitution. Abouut Article 35A: Article 35A is a provision incorporated in the...

23 August Current Affairs

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President appoints Governors of seven states In News: By exercising his authority under Article 156 of the constitution, President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Governors of seven states including Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura. Governors of States in India: Governor is the head of the Executive power of any state in India, just like the President...

22 August Current Affairs

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NCRB to track complaints on sexual violence In News: A high-level meeting was recently convened to discuss recommendations on ways to curb “sexual violence” videos involving women and children. Outcomes of the meeting: It was decided in the meeting that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) would be the designated nodal agency for monitoring the complaints received on a government portal that...

21 August Current Affairs

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Interlinking of Rivers In News: 15th Meeting of Special Committee for Interlinking of Rivers was recently Held. Outcomes of the meeting: During the meeting, it was stressed on the need for developing consensus amongst the concerned states on interlinking of rivers so that the water draining unutilized into the sea could be utilized for the needy areas. States were called upon to discuss and sort...

20 August Current Affairs

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Health policies to cover mental illness In News: Insurance regulator IRDAI has issued a circular directing insurers to cover mental illness, which has reached serious proportions in the country. Details: The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 — which came into force from May 29 — has made it mandatory to provide “for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for...

18 August Current Affairs

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11th World Hindi Conference In News: 11th World Hindi Conference is being held at Mauritius. Theme: “Vaishvik Hindi Aur Bharatiy Sanskriti“. About the conference: The event, held once in three years, is dedicated to Hindi language. It sees participation from Hindi scholars, writers and laureates from different parts of the world who contribute to the language. Key facts for Prelims: The decision...

17 August Current Affairs

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Global Liveability Index In News: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released the Global Liveability Index 2018. The index ranks 140 global cities based on their living conditions. Details: The liveability index quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide, and assesses which locations provide the best living conditions. PARAMETERS...

16 August Current Affairs

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Kanyashree scheme In News: West Bengal government has announced that there would not be any ceiling for a family’s annual earnings to be a beneficiary under the UN award winning Kanyashree scheme. Currently, girls who belong to families with annual family income not more than Rs 1.20 lakh is entitled to get the benefits. Details: The state government would also be coming up with a “Kanyashree...