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

‘No volunteer list under cyber scheme’

· 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.


U.S. to allow India access to vaccine raw materials

· 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


What happened to Armenians in 1915?

· 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.


Indonesian submarine found broken into three

· 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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