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Double Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (DITCZ)

The ocean-atmospheric phenomenon called Double Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (DITCZ) investigated by the Researchers at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, have investigated over the Western Indian Ocean, for its meteorological characteristics. What is DITCZ? A Double Inter Tropical Convergence Zone is a phenomenon featured with two ITCZs, one at each side of the equator. About 10 degrees north or south of the equator there forms a region of convective activity which is called the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Sometimes, on the opposite side of the equator, another ITCZ forms which is short-lived (November-December) in the western Indian Ocean and this phenomenon is called Double Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (DITCZ). When and Where are DITCZs found? The most identifiable double ITCZ is found over the eastern Pacific during boreal spring, mainly in March and April. Weak signals of a double ITCZ exist over the Indian Ocean during November, but only i


LIST OF ORGANISATIONS DECLARED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS UNDER THE UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT, 1967 S.No.      Organisation 1. Babbar Khalsa International 2. Khalistan Commando Force 3. Khalistan Zindabad Force 4. International Sikh Youth Federation 5. Lashkar-e-Taiba/Pasban-e-Ahle Hadis 6. Jaish-e-Mohammad/Tahrik-e-Furqan 7. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen/Harkat-ul-Ansar/Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami 8. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen/ Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment 9. Al-Umar-Mujahideen 10. Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front 11. United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) 12. National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) 13. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) 14. United National Liberation Front (UNLF) 15. People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) 16. Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) 17. Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL) 18. Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) 19. All Tripura Tiger Force 20. National Liberation Front of Tripura 21. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (L

A Small Step towards Dignity of Labour

FEATURE Labour Sarita   Brara * Raghunath   Lohar , an aeronautical student was walking past a construction site when he saw woman carrying bricks on her head lose her balance. A heavy brick fell on  her  foot and broke her toes. He felt bad for the woman but more than that this incident raised several questions in his mind. What for is he an engineer if he cannot devise an implement that could help lessen the burden of these people. He started thinking of ways on how this could be done. Then he saw an advertisement from the National Innovation Council which called for proposals on models that could reduce the drudgery of the workers. This gave him an incentive to start working on what he had been thinking ever since he saw the woman  labourer  break her toes. Finally he was able to design a vessel desk. Bricks and other material could be put in this vessel and the light desk to carry it was so designed that it distributed the burden on the two shoulders instea

Improving the Justice Delivery System in the Country

-           K. K. Pant             Several initiatives have been taken from time to time to improve the justice delivery system and for making it affordable and accessible to the common man all across the country. Increasing access by reducing delays and arrears in the system has also been the constant  endeavor  of the Union Government. These initiatives of the Union Government inter-alia include measures for strengthening the judicial system, reviewing the strength of the judges from time to time and setting up of part time/special courts, improving infrastructure in the courts and increasing use of ICT for court management as well as for providing citizen-centric services at all levels starting from Supreme Court/ High Courts to the district and subordinate courts. Some of the initiatives are as follows: The disposal of cases has been accelerated by undertaking special drives , the recent one being from 1st July, 2011 to 31st December, 2011. Of late, the Government has set

World Press Freedom Day

FEATURE PRESS         M.V.S. Prasad* Dr K. Parameswaran** The World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) was jointly established in 1991 by UNESCO and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), against the framework of a conference held in  Windhoek , Namibia . This conference emphasized the idea that press freedom should be understood as necessitating pluralism and independence for the mass media at large.  Since then, the World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated every year on May 3rd. May 3rd was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day by the UN General Assembly also. This happened in 1993, following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference. The day serves to inform citizens about various kinds of violations of press freedom – a grim reminder that publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed and attacked. It is also the apt occasion to encou

Red Cross – A Ray of Hope

FEATURE Red Cross   S.   Sivakumar * Red Cross Day falls on 8th of May. Back in 1963 the American President John F Kennedy reminded the world of this selfless movement and exhorted men and women to become part of this movement. "Today as the Red Cross embarks upon its second century of service, each of us has an opportunity and an obligation to become a part of this humanitarian tradition. For only through our help is this important work made possible. " :   President John F. Kennedy on the 100th anniversary of the Red Cross Movement, 1963. Polio and Malaria - Joint Exercises             Let us recall the significant contribution of   Indian Red Cross towards the Global Polio Eradication Programme in India. The country reached a major milestone in the history of polio eradication on 13 January, 2012, where we witnessed a 12-month period in which no case of polio was recorded. Indian Red Cross volunteers and staff played a noteworthy role in the disse

Country’s Longest Rail-Cum-Road Bridge Over River Brahmaputra

The  Bogibeel   Rail-cum-Road   Bridge  over the mighty river  Brahmaputra  near  Dibrugarh  in  Assam  was announced in Railway Budget 1996-97 as national project.   Foundation stone for the project was laid in the year 1997 by the then Prime Minister of  India  and the work was commenced in the year 2002. This longest bridge in the country was declared as a national project in the year 2007. The work on the substructure of this project, executed by Northeast Frontier Railway, is under progress The anticipated cost for this mega project is Rs.3230.01  crore and the work of construction of embankment, major & minor bridges, station works and raising & strengthening of dykes has already been  completed on the North Bank and South bank of this bridge.   Click here to  See  Details.

Services on Track: Over Two Crore Women Beneficiaries Registered with MCTS

    FEATURE   WCD   Varun Bhardwaj* Motherhood is a divine feeling, a wonderful experience, but it brings with itself tremendous responsibilities which call for proper care for both mother and the child. For a healthy mother and child, it must be ensured that required medical care is provided to pregnant woman and full immunization course is administered to the child. It is with this spirit in the mind that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) in December 2009. The focus in MCTS is on the Beneficiary Based Monitoring of the delivery of services to ensure that all pregnant women and all new born receive ‘full’ maternal and child health services. The MCTS utilizes Information Technology and seeks to capture details of every pregnancy in the country in a centralised data base. It is a generic system which aims to provide information of different health services received at the individual level, by monitoring all s