1) Supermoon: A supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth at the same time that the Moon is full.
- Since a full Moon appears at the point of least distance from earth, not only does it appear to be brighter but it is also larger than a regular full moon.
- In a typical year, there may be two to four full supermoons and two to four new supermoons in a row.
2) IPC sec 29A: Section 295A defines and prescribes a punishment for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to [three years], or with fine, or with both
- The state often invokes Section 295A along with Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, which penalises promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc
3) SIPRI report: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) launched the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2022, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security.
- Russia and the USA together possess over 90% of all nuclear weapons.
- The five largest arms importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and China with India being the top importer during 2017-2021.
- The five largest suppliers in 2016-20 – the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China – accounted for 76% of the total volume of exports of major arms.
4) SIPRI: The SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.
- Established in 1966 at Stockholm, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.
5) Northern Ireland Protocol: It aims to resolve the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
- Northern Ireland is part of the UK and the Republic of Ireland remains part of the European Union (EU).
- This frontier is contested and parts of it were fortified during the decades of violence known as “The Troubles”
- The Good Friday Agreement, also known as Belfast Agreement, was reached on Good Friday, 10th April 1998.
- It was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, on how Northern Ireland should be governed.
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