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11 Feb, 2021

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Media as target

GS-II : Governance Rights based issues

Media as target


  • ED’s raids in the office of independent digital news platform NewsClick have invited justified condemnation from organisations representing the media.
  • There is every likelihood that this operation is linked to the platform’s in-depth coverage of ongoing protests as well as the various struggles of the people and the grassroots organisations that represent them.
  • The ED is said to be investigating alleged money laundering to the tune of? 30 crore.
  • Not much is known about the nature of the police case, but the agency is empowered by the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act to investigate if the proceeds of crime related to a ‘predicate offence’ have been laundered.

Case of suspicion

  • It is difficult to brush aside the suspicion that the website is being targeted for its coverage of the farmers’ agitation as well as last year’s country-wide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
  • The present regime’s record is quite dismal when it comes to the obvious use of central agencies such as the CBI, ED, IT and even the NIA, to rein in dissenting voices.
  • It is unfortunate that specialised agencies are allowing themselves to be used as force multipliers in political battles against sections of the Opposition.
  • Laws that are serious in nature and ought not to be invoked lightly are being used with abandon against those seen to have invited the establishment’s wrath.
  • This may explain the frequency with which the offence of sedition (Section 124A) is being invoked for speeches and writings, while allegations of anti-national activity peddled by those groomed to build such narratives lead to action under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
  • In other instances, cases of promoting social enmity or outraging religious sentiments are also slapped selectively to ‘discipline’ comedians and script-writers.
  • The Supreme Court’s intervention has protected prominent journalists from arrest for defamation for tweets that turned out to be incorrect.

Source: TH

Turkey’s space program

GS-III : S&T Space

Turkey’s space program

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently unveiled an ambitious 10-year space program that includes missions to the moon, developing internationally viable satellite systems, and sending Turkish astronauts into space.

President Erdogan also informed that Turkey plans on establishing its first contact with the moon in 2023 when the nation will mark the centennial of the founding of the Turkish Republic.

However, the critics have questioned the Turkish government’s decision of spending huge money on this goal at a time when the country’s economy is suffering.

Source: HT

Petition to Convert INS Viraat into a Museum

GS-I : Art and Culture Art Forms

Petition to Convert INS Viraat into a museum

  • The warship has been proposed to be dismantled at the ship-breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat.
  • However, Bombay HC has stayed the order on the petition of Envitech to convert the maritime museum and a multifunctional adventure centre.

Source: TH

Concern Among People of Lahaul-Spiti After Glacial Outburst in Uttarakhand

GS-I : Indian Geography Dam

Concern Among People of Lahaul-Spiti After Glacial Outburst in Uttarakhand

  • The concern is about the Tandi project on the Chandra-Bhaga River Basin after the Uttarakhand flooding debacle.

  • Other Proposed projects in Lahul-Spiti are Rashil (102 MW), Bardang (126 MW), Miyar (90 MW) and Jispa.

Chenab River-

  • Source: It rises in the upper Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh state.
    • The river is formed by the confluence of two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga, at Tandi, 8 km southwest of Keylong, in the Lahaul and Spiti district.
      • The Bhaga river originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few kilometres west of the Bara-lacha la pass in Himachal Pradesh.
      • The Chandra river originates from glaciers east of the same pass (near Chandra Taal).
  • Flows Through: It flows through the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir into the plains of Punjab, Pakistan, before flowing into the Indus River.

Source: TH

Appe Midi Varieties of Mango

GS-III : Biodiversity & Environment Vegetation

Appe Midi Varieties of Mango

  • The Appe Midi variety of mangoes that nearly went extinct have been conserved by B.V. Subbarao in Shimoga district of Karnataka.
  • They are mainly found in the Western Ghats.
  • They are being presently conserved by the India Institute of Horticulture Sciences, Bengaluru.

Source: TH

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