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Rio+20 Summit, 2012

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No significant outcome

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Summit or Rio Conference or Earth Summit was a major United Nations conference first held in Rio de Janeiro in the year 1992. This year’s Rio summit was also held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and is also commonly called Rio+20 or Rio Earth Summit, 2012. It was the 20th anniversary of the first Rio Summit on sustainability, and was intended, among other things, to address critical issues facing the world’s human population and its relationship to the environment.

India and China : 15th round of boundary talks

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In order to further build the confidence building measure, India and China have signed an agreement for setting up a mechanism to avert any untoward incident on the border. The agreement was signed between Special Representatives (SRs) - National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo. The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs,to be headed by a joint secretary level officer, will undertake mutually agreed tasks but will not discuss resolution of the boundary question or affect the SR process. The mechanism will ensure that anything happening on the border is immediately referred to the concerned higher level authorities so that we maintain relative peace and tranquillity along the border. It will facilitate real-time contact between the foreign office of the two countries in case of intrusions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) — the de facto India-China border.

Capital punishment: Delay has made it a nebulous category

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Also referred to as “Death Penalty”,  Capital punishment is the lawful infliction of death as a punishment and since ancient times it has been used for a wide variety of offences. The word “capital” comes from the Latin word “capitalis”, which means “regarding the head”. Capital punishment is a practice in which prisoners are executed in accordance with judicial practice when they are convicted of committing what is known as a “capital crime.” Capital crimes are crimes deemed so heinous that they should be punishable by death. Worldwide, this practice is extremely controversial, with a variety of concerns ranging from human rights to economic efficiency being raised in discussions about capital punishment. At one point and time capital crimes where punished by severing the head. Capital punishment has been used in societies throughout history as a way to punish crime and suppress political dissent. In most places that practice capital punishment today, the death penalty is reserved as punishment for premeditated murder, espionage, treason, or as part of military justice. In some countries sexual crimes, such as rape, adultery and sodomy, carry the death penalty, as do religious crimes such as apostasy (the formal renunciation of the State religion). In many retentionist countries (those countries that use the death penalty), drug trafficking is also a capital offense. In China human trafficking and serious cases of corruption are also punished by the death penalty.

PEAIS 2011

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Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), celebrated the National Panchayat Diwas on 24th April, and decided to give the annual PEAIS 2011 Awards to the best performing States under the Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS) and the Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha 2011 Awards to best Gram Sabhas and Gram Panchayats in the country, the e-Panchayat Awards 2011.

PAC’s Report on 2G Scandal

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A failure of accountability
Veteran BJP leader and public accounts committee chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi, recently handed his panel’s draft report on the 2G spectrum issue to the office of Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and left it to her to adjudicate its fate. If2G Scam the Speaker accepts the report as discussed and adoptedby the 21-member panel, it will be tabled in Parliament in the next session. And if she does not accepts the report, it will die a natural death, unless the next panel decides to revive the 2G probe or take off from

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