Context: The Ministry of Culture has taken up the project of reprinting 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur under the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM). More on the news: Recently, the first set of five volumes of Mongolian Kanjur published under the NMM was presented to the President of India on the occasion of Guru Purnima, also known as Dharma Chakra Day (on 4th July 2020). It is expected that all the 108 volumes of the Mongolian Kanjur ... .
Updated on 10 July, 2020
Context: The Supreme Court allowed a one-month extension to the government to implement its February 17 judgment to grant permanent commission/command posts to eligible women officers in the armed forces. More on news: The court said the “101 excuses” devised by the government to deter women from being on a par with men, including motherhood and physiological limitations, reeks of a stereotypical mindset. The battle for gender equality is ab... .
Updated on 8 July, 2020
Context: The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, will celebrate the upcoming Asadha Poornima (on July 4, 2020) as Dharma Chakra Day. It will be the annual flagship event of IBC. More on the news: The celebrations will be in line with keeping the historical legacy of India being the land of Buddha’s enlightenment and awakening, his turning of the wheels of Dhamma, and Maha... .
Updated on 3 July, 2020
Context: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Brazil and Argentina set world records in 2018 and 2019 respectively after recording lightning strikes that travelled the farthest and lasted the longest. More on the news: The findings of the United Nations weather agency, were published in the journal American Geophysical Union’s Geophysical Research Letters ahead of International Lightning Safety Day. Brazil recorded a... .
Updated on 30 June, 2020
Context: A study in journal ‘science advances’ reported that formations like the El Niño of the Pacific Ocean could emerge in the Indian Ocean. Background: About 19,000-21,000 years ago, there was a peak of ice age conditions called the Last Glacial Maximum. Around this time, ice-sheets covered North America and Eurasia, and sea-levels were much lower, with Adam’s Bridge exposed so that the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka were contiguou... .
Updated on 29 June, 2020
Context: On June 23, 1757, the Battle of Plassey led to the unlikely conquest of Bengal by Robert Clive’s army. About the Battle of Plassey: Parties involved: The Battle of Plassey was a decisive victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud Daulah and his French allies on 23 June 1757. It was fought under the leadership of Robert Clive. British won the war due to the defection of Mir Jafar Ali Khan, who was Si... .
Updated on 27 June, 2020