India to become a hub of drone technology

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.   Source: PIB  Context:  Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said that India will become a hub of drone technology and will require at least 1-lakh drone pilots by next year while addressing the gathering after flagging …

Assam-Meghalaya border dispute

GS Paper 2 and 3: Topics Covered:  Polity: Border demarcation, Internal security-related issues.   Source: The Hindu  Direction: Boundary disputes between the states are in news of late. Also check Maharastra and Karnataka boundary dispute. (See Infographic)    Context: Recent killing of 6 personnel in Assam police firing while catching timber smugglers from Meghalaya has …

New draft digital data protection bill: How it compares with the older version and laws elsewhere

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Government policies and issues arising out of it   Source: TH  Direction:  Previously we have seen the key provisions of the new Bill. These are extra points and will help in understanding how the new Bill differs from its older version and data protection laws around the world.  Context: The draft …

New draft digital data protection bill tabled for comments

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Government policies and issues arising out of it   Source: TH  Direction: The article highlights the key provisions of the new draft and where it falls short in protecting citizens’ rights.  Context: The draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022, was recently opened by the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT …

The Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, and why Supreme Court has freed all convicts

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Challenges to internal security   Source: The Indian Express  Context: Many have divided opinions on the Supreme Court’s recent decision to free all six remaining convicts serving life sentences in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.   Background: Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, Tamil …

Are data localization requirements necessary and proportionate?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Governance/ Internal Security/ Effect of Policies of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests   Source: The Hindu  Context: The value and importance of data in today’s technologically driven society underline the demand for data localisation.    Data localisation: Data localisation refers to policy initiatives that limit data flows by restricting …

India’s counter-terror diplomacy and challenges ahead

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests   Source: The Hindu Context: The decision to host the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNSC-CTC) is one of several events planned by the Government of India to strengthen its counter-terror diplomacy.   How India is strengthening …

Data gathering by public agencies picks up even as the law hangs fire

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Internal Security/ Governance   Source: Indian Express Direction: Personal data protection/Surveillance is an important topic. Keep a note on it including a few points of the now withdrawn Personal data protection bill 2021. No need to note down all examples, have 1-2 examples ready.   Context: Experts have raised concerns about …

Review plea on PMLA

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Important aspects of governance/ Internal Security   Source: Indian Express Direction: If you are giving Mains this time, be thorough with the provisions of PMLA, has it been able to curb money laundering? What changes are required? Context:  SC has agreed to reconsider its verdict upholding two key provisions of the Prevention of …

Delhi Police’s use of facial recognition technology

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Internal Security   Source: The Hindu Direction: Those preparing for mains this time, plz have note ready on FRT, its working, its implications on individual rights and security of the nation. You may note down the points from it. Context: Delhi Police using facial recognition technology Facial recognition Technology is an …

Karnataka High Court directs UIDAI to disclose Aadhaar details of 12 Bangladeshi nationals to NIA

GS paper 2 & 3 Syllabus: Adhar and issues related to it, UIDAI, NIA, issues related to security and human trafficking etc   Source: The Hindu Directions: Provisions related to NIA and some details about Aadhar Act is important. Do keep a note of it.  Context: The High Court of Karnataka has directed the Unique …

Naga peace process

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Internal security related issues.   Naga peace process Context: Naga rebel group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN(IM) has stuck to its demands for a separate flag and a constitution in an indication that the deadlock in the peace talks with the central government, aimed at bringing an end …

National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID: 

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Important Security Agencies.   Context: Union Minister for Home and Cooperation Amit Shah recently inaugurated the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) campus in Bengaluru.   What is NATGRID? Envisaged as a robust mechanism to track suspects, the NATGRID can help in preventing terrorist attacks with real-time data and access to classified …