Archive For April 23, 2018

TEST for Preliminary Exam 2018: (Art and Culture)

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[WATU 2]   [watushare-buttons] [watu-basic-chart]

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Reforming private sector banks

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Introduction: The recent banking scams have underlined the issues of propriety and governance. What started off as a problem with PSBs has come a full circle with the focus now shifted to private banks (ICICI case). Any kind of financial crisis offers an opportunity for introspection where rules can be reformulated to bring them in sync with…

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Dilution of Atrocities Act: A cause of concern

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Introduction: The Supreme Court, in its recent judgment in Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v. State of Maharashtra, has stirred up a debate which is bound to impact the law and policy on the prohibition of the practice of untouchability and prevention of atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in India.   As per the…

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Death penalty for rape of girls under 12

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Key pointers: The Union Cabinet has approved promulgation of an Ordinance to provide death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance provides for stringent punishment of a jail term of minimum 20 years or life imprisonment or death for rape of a girl under 12 years. In the case…

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Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

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Established in 1987, by G-7countries – USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan Aim — to limit the spread of ballistic missiles and other unmanned delivery systems that could be used for chemical, biological, and nuclear weaponsof above 500kg for more than 300km Membership : 35 members India- Admitted in 2016 China is not a member…

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Sambar Deer

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Vulnerable –IUCN Red List State animal of Odisha Nocturnal and solitary Native range — Indian subcontinent, southern China, and Southeast Asia Habitat Gentle slopes and the steeper parts of forested hillsides. They prefer to live near cultivated areas like gardens and plantations, where they can find food, but are also seen in swamp forests, thick forests and open scrub Wide…

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