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The National Intelligence Grid

• The National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) has signed an MoU with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to access the centralised online database on FIRs and stolen vehicles. About: • The MoU will give NATGRID access to the Crime and…

Shashi Kant Agarwal Commission

• The Uttar Pradesh government has set up an independent one-member commission to investigate the death of gangster Vikas Dubey. About: • The commission will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Shashi Kant Agarwal. The panel will probe…

Snakebite deaths in India

• The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) at the University of Toronto, Canada recently released a study titled ‘Snakebite Mortality in India: A Nationally Representative Mortality Survey’. Key findings: • India recorded 1.2 million snakebite deaths in the 20-year…

Opium seizure

• The fourth highest seizure of opium in 2018 was reported from India, after Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the latest World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). About: • The maximum of…

Samudra Setu

• Operation Samudra Setu, which was launched by the Navy on May 5 as part of the national effort to repatriate Indian citizens abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. • It has culminated after successfully bringing back 3,992 individuals. About: •…

Golden birdwing

• Recently, a Himalayan butterfly known as Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus) has been discovered as India’s largest butterfly after 88 years. • It has replaced an unknown specimen which a british army officer Brigadier Evans had recorded in 1932. Key…

Private Sector in Railways

• Indian Railways has launched the process of opening up train operations to private entities on 109 Origin Destination (OD) pairs of routes using 151 modern trains. About: • It has invited Request for Qualifications proposals, for scrutiny of vendor…

Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

• The Union Home Ministry designated nine more individuals as “terrorists” under the amended anti-terror law that was passed by Parliament last year. The nine persons declared terrorists are linked to separatist Khalistani groups that seek to establish a separate…