Month: November 2020

Draft Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020

The shipping ministry has issued draft of the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 with the inclusion of all updated International Maritime Organisation Conventions, to which India is a party. The aim is to promote growth of the shipping industry by incorporating… Read More

Green Strategic Partnership

Green Strategic Partnership was signed between India and Denmark in a bid to combat climate change. It is the first such agreement for either country. It seeks to enhance political cooperation, economic relations, job creation and green growth with the… Read More

Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature Profiling (BEOSP)

Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature Profiling (BEOSP), which is also known as brain fingerprinting, is an investigative method in which the accused is investigated by studying their brain’s response. The process involved is called electroencephalogram, which is conducted to assess the… Read More

Reciprocal Access Agreement

Japan and Australia have signed a landmark defence deal called Reciprocal Access Agreement to counter China’s growing presence at the South China Sea and the Pacific island nations. This agreement allows the signatories’ troops to visit each other’s countries and… Read More

Five Eyes Alliance

The Five Eyes (FVEY) is an intelligence alliance consisting of Australia, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and the US. These countries are parties to the UKUSA Agreement – a multilateral agreement for cooperation in the signal intelligence. Recently, foreign ministers… Read More

Sanitation and Hygiene Fund

Launched by the United Nations, the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund aims to provide fast-tracked funding for countries with the heaviest burden of disease caused due to the lack of sanitation services and have the least ability to respond to them.

India Climate Change Knowledge Portal

This web portal is a single-point information resource that provides updated information on the different climate initiatives taken by various line ministries. It has information regarding climate policies, NDC goals, climate-related adaption and mitigation, international treaties and negotiations and so… Read More

Digital Markets Unit

The Digital Market Unit is expected to be set up by the UK government on April next year to enforce new code of conduct governing the behaviour of tech giants like Google and Facebook. It seeks to counter their market… Read More

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

This legislation was enacted in 1996 to protect owners of any “interactive computer service” from liabilities for content published by a third-party. It is considered to be an extremely vital safeguard for social media networks since firms cannot be held… Read More


Hayabusa2 is an asteroid sample-return mission of Japanese space agency, JAXA. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft has left the asteroid Ryugu, which is 300 million kilometres away from Earth. The spacecraft is expected to reach Earth and drop a capsule containing the… Read More