Protected mobility vehicles: The Indian Army has floated a ‘Request for information (RIF)’ to purchase Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMV) for high-altitude areas and for deserts and plains.
- The PMV is essentially a wheeled armoured personnel carrier. It provides protection to the soldiers travelling inside the vehicle from mine blasts and sudden attack by small arms.
- Used by troop members of any quick reaction team heading to a point of conflict, or members of patrolling parties.
- PMVs have a ballistic protection and should be able to protect the vehicle from grenade and mine blasts. India has the capability of producing PMVs.
- It actually refers to the physical act of using fingers of a hand or foot, i.e. ‘digits’, for sexual assault of a woman.
- The offence of ‘digital rape’ was added to the Indian Penal Code through the 2013 Criminal Law amendment also known as the Nirbhaya Act.
Endosuflan: continuous use of endosuflan is a cause of worry in kerela.
- It is an organochlorine insecticide (cream- to brown-coloured solid that may appear in the form of crystals or flakes) and is commonly known by its trade name Thiodan.
- Sprayed on crops like cotton, cashew, fruits, tea, paddy, tobacco etc. for control of pests.
- The Supreme Court in India has banned the manufacture, sale, use, and export of endosulfan throughout the country in 2015.
- It is listed under both Rotterdam Convention and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
- It is celebrated to mark the birth of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It is also known as Vesak
- It is considered a ‘triple-blessed day’ – as Tathagata Gautam Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and Maha Parnirvana. Buddha Purnima falls on a full moon night, usually between April and May, and it is a gazetted holiday in India.
- Generally, when companies wish to raise funds to fuel their growth, they sell a part of their stock on the stock market. This process is called an initial public offering, or IPO.
- An IPO grey market is an unofficial market where IPO shares or applications are bought and sold before they become available for trading on the stock market. It is also termed a parallel market or an over-the-counter market.
- Since it’s unofficial, inevitably, there are no regulations that govern it.