May 2019

12. US decision to scrap GSP and its possible implications: US President Donald Trump has .... 13=India's first anti-satellite (A-Sat) and Mission Shakti: India has become a member of an elite club of nations consisting of USA, Russia and China by successfully testing an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile on March 27, 2019. In this testing, India shoots down a satellite Microsat-R in space in an operation flying in low-earth orbit. The test is carried out at a lower LEO to ensure that the debris falls back to Earth within weeks. Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva, said that test destroyed a satellite at an altitude of 300 km. The UNIDIR defines ASAT (Anti-Satellite) as "any capabilities aimed at destroying or disabling space assets for any reason, whether military or civilian, offensive or defensive". 15=The Chinese Conquest of Africa: Africa is a continent with widespread poverty, epidemic diseases; esca lating unemployment and a gamut of small countries enjoying one vote each at the General Assembly. China was least considered about the first three reasons but eagerly wanted the fourth one, in order to strengthen its position at the international arena, with one vote coming from each of the 54 African state. Because out of the 35 countries that opposed the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the rightful representative of the nation in the General Assembly’s 1971 voting, most of them belonged to Africa. China wanted to convert this hostility into friendship and therefrom, Africa has been the cynosure to the China’s vibrant chequebook diplomacy. 19=Delayed but not denied: Finally, India gets its first Lokpal...Finally, former Supreme Court ... 21=The Curious case of Capital Punishment: The debate around capital punishment has been ... 22=Blue Revolution: The much-neglected sector has finally received the much-needed attention. 23=Offsetting the secrets with information: A diverse country like India is going through a phase.... 25=Rafale fighter jet deal: Proof only matters, nothing else: In a significant judgment, the apex ... 28=Water woes and depleting Groundwater: To think of a day without having a glass of water .... 35=Cyclone Idai: Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen in the three southern African countries by early March, 2019. This has raised fears of diseases and dampening of economy and normal livelihood in days to come. Cyclone Idai started as a tropical depression in Malawi, where it forced families from their homes into churches, schools and public buildings. Nearly half a million children are affected. By 1st April. 2019, 598 people had been confirmed killed by the cyclone in Mozambique alone ... 36=Bannerghatta eco-sensitive zone: Centre’s new draft proposal which plans to reduce the eco-.... 38=Climate change and growing disaster: As per the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) ... 40=PSLV-C45/Emisat mission: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has put Emisat.