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26th April 2021 | UPSC Current Affairs | The hindu Simplified




‘No volunteer list under cyber scheme’ Pg.no.8

· The Union Home Ministry does not maintain a centralised list of volunteers enrolled under the cybercrime volunteer programme since the police is a “State subject” under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution

· A digital right group, the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), has said the programme enables a culture of surveillance and could create potential social distrust by encouraging civilians to report the online activities of other citizens.

· The National Cybercrime Ecosystem Management Unit, of which the Cybercrime Volunteers Programme is a constituent, is part of the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (I4C) scheme launched by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in January 2020.

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U.S. to allow India access to vaccine raw materials Pg.no.9

· The U.S.’s assistance will include making raw materials for COVID­19 vaccine Covishield immediately accessible and pursuing options to generate oxygen “on an urgent basis”.

· Adar Poonawalla, whose company Serum Institute of India (SII) manufactures the vaccine

· As a consequence of the U.S.’s Defense Production Act (emergency powers that allow the government to control private sector production decisions), federal government purchase orders have to be prioritised over foreign orders

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What happened to Armenians in 1915? Pg.no.11

· U.S. President Joe Biden officially recognised the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915­-16 as “an act of genocide”.

· According to Article II of the UN Convention on Genocide of December 1948, genocide has been described as carrying out acts intended “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”

· Mr. Biden’s announcement on the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day could infuriate Turkey, America’s NATO ally.

· Up to 1.5 million Armenians are estimated to have been killed in the early stage of the First World War within the territories of the Ottoman Empire.

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Indonesian submarine found broken into three Pg.no.11

· A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, deep in the Bali Sea,

· Rescuers found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belong to those aboard the 44­-year-old KRI Nanggala 402, which lost contact on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.

· Residents of the East Java town of Banyuwangi, which hosts the naval base, joined nationwide calls to accelerate the modernisation of Indonesia’s defence forces

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