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National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO)

Syllabus subtopic: Challenges to Internal Security through Communication Networks, Role of Media and Social Networking Sites in Internal Security Challenges, Basics of Cyber Security Prelims and Mains focus: about the cyber security threat concerning India; about NTRO News: Although India is the fifth most important target of cyber threats, the country does not focus enough on security during the technology development process, National Technical Research Organisation (

  • 07 March, 2020
Internet Shutdowns in India

Syllabus subtopic: Challenges to Internal Security through Communication Networks, Role of Media and Social Networking Sites in Internal Security Challenges, Prelims and Mains focus: about the study and its key findings; trends in internet shutdowns in India News: Data on internet shutdowns in India which is available in public domain and compiled by Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC). Key findings The number of preventive internet shutdowns enforced

  • 05 March, 2020
KrOOk vulnerability

Syllabus subtopic: Basics of Cyber Security Prelims and Mains focus: about KrOOk and its threat News: At the RSA 2020 security conference in San Francisco, security researchers from Slovak antivirus company ESET will present details about a new vulnerability that impacts WiFi communications. What is it? Named Kr00k, this bug can be exploited by an attacker to intercept and decrypt some type of WiFi network traffic (relying on WPA2 connections). &

  • 03 March, 2020
Thal Sena Bhawan

Syllabus subtopic: Various Security Forces and Agencies and their Mandate. Prelims and Mains focus: about the details of new structure and its significance; about GRIHA News: Defence Minister performed the stone-laying ceremony for the proposed ‘Thal Sena Bhawan’ of the Army in Delhi cantonment. About Thal Sena Bhawan The building spread over 39 acres opposite Manekshaw centre in Delhi cantonment will bring together Army headquarters split

  • 22 February, 2020
Karbis against ST status for hill Bodos in Assam

Syllabus subtopic: Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue and concerns raised by Karbis; about Bodo Accord; about CAA; Assam Accord News: An Assam-based insurgent group of Karbis, which signed a ceasefire agreement with the Centre, has demanded that the Bodos in the hill areas not be given the Scheduled Tribe status as it will affect the “identity of the Karbis”. Background The Ho

  • 19 February, 2020
Steps taken by the office of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Syllabus subtopic: Various Security Forces and Agencies and their Mandate. Prelims and Mains focus: about Chief of Defence Staff: mandate and significance; about other initiatives in the Indian defence sector News: The office of Chief of Defence Staff is working on a tentative timeline that will see the establishment of an air defence command by end of the year, a peninsula command by 2021-end, and the first of the theatre commands by the end of 2022. 1. Ai

  • 18 February, 2020
Kashi Mahakal Express

Syllabus subtopic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. Prelims and Mains focus: about the train: route, significance etc; about jyotirlingas News: PM Modi flagged off the latest religion-themed train, the Kashi Mahakal Express in Varanasi, the PM’s constituency. Details of the train The Lord Shiva-themed train connects, for the first time, places related to three jyotirlingas—Omkareshwar near Indore, Mahakaleshwar

  • 17 February, 2020
Locust attack in Punjab

Syllabus subtopic: Major Crops - Cropping Patterns in various parts of the country Prelims and Mains focus: about the locust attack; threat and action taken to contain it News: Swarms of locusts were spotted in two border villages of Punjab’s Fazilka district, prompting the state Agriculture Department to sound a high alert. Where did the attack originate from? Emanating from Pakistan, the swarms of pests — three to four-km-long and one-km-wi

  • 04 February, 2020
Global Health Emergency

Syllabus subtopic: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Prelims and Mains focus: about the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on the world; reasons for WHO declaring it a global health emergency News: The death toll in China from the new coronavirus reached 213, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly in an outbreak that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health em

  • 01 February, 2020
Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) System

Syllabus subtopic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc Prelims and Mains focus: about A-CDM and its benefits News: Guwahati has become the eighth Indian airport to implement an Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) system. About A-CDM The A­CDM system, uses aircraft expected time of arrival, runway­in­use and runway handling capacity among other factors to determine the aircraft arrival and depart

  • 31 January, 2020
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