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Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands : Location, History and Significance | UPSC

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Location, History and Significance | UPSC Introduction The realisation of the critical importance of ocean power, and the rapid enhancement in the capabilities of the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) Navy have brought a degree of seriousness to the imperative of developing Indian island territories in general, and the Andaman and […]

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Fifth Schedule Vs Sixth Schedule | UPSC

Fifth and Sixth Schedules: A Comparison | UPSC Context: The people of Ladakh are demanding the inclusion of the Union Territory under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. The Sixth Schedule of India’s Constitution protects tribal populations and provides autonomy to communities to frame laws on land, public health, agriculture, etc. Analysis Background According to

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International Criminal Court (ICC) Vs International Court of Justice (ICJ) | UPSC

International Criminal Court: Structure and Mandate Context: In December 2023, a case brought by South Africa against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that Israel is responsible for violations of the Genocide Convention in respect of its actions taken in Gaza. Also, the International Criminal Court (ICC) made news in 2023 for

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Political Majority Vs Legislative Majority | UPSC

Political Majority Vs Legislative Majority Context: The Supreme Court has asked whether Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narwekar “contradicted” a Constitution Bench judgment to bank on ‘legislative majority’ as a criterion to declare Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction as the “real” Shiv Sena. Deciding the disqualification petitions filed against Mr. Shinde, Mr. Narwekar had declared the Chief

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Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) | UPSC

Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT): Applications, Advantages and Challenges | UPSC Context: The Tribal Affairs Ministry is planning to collaborate with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to deploy VSAT (very small aperture terminal) stations on a pilot basis for around 80 remote and isolated tribal villages to bring Internet services there. Analysis A very

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Advancing MIRV Technology: India’s Agni-5 Divyastra Initiative | UPSC

Mission Divyastra: Agni-5 with MIRV Technology Launched | UPSC Context: India successfully conducted the first flight test of indigenously developed Agni-5 missile with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. Analysis The test was conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under Mission Divyastra. The missile launch made India’s entry into the elite

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Right against the adverse effects of climate change | UPSC

Right against the adverse effects of climate change | UPSC Introduction: The Supreme Court (SC) of India, in a landmark ruling, has declared the “right against the adverse effects of climate change” as a distinct fundamental right recognised by Articles 14 (right to equality) and 21 (right to life) in the Constitution. The Apex Court

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TEPA: India-EFTA Trade Pact | UPSC

Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) of India with EFTA | UPSC Context: India signed a free trade agreement (FTA) named Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA), with four European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries — Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Analysis Goal: The stated goal of the agreement is reaching $100 billion in investments

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