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Today's Headlines - 19 June 2024

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Strategic and Environmental Concerns in the Great Nicobar Project

GS Paper III

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The opposition party and Conservationist  has described the proposed Rs 72,000-crore infrastructure development on Great Nicobar Island as a “grave threat” to the indigenous inhabitants and the island’s delicate ecosystem.

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Role and Selection of the Pro-tem Speaker

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The 18th Lok Sabha's inaugural session will run from June 24 to July 3, during which the new Speaker will be elected.Until a new Speaker is chosen, a pro-tem Speaker will be appointed to administer the oath to the newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs).

Industry Pushes for Abolition of 'Angel Tax'

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In response to a significant decline in startup funding and subsequent job losses, Indian industry leaders are calling for the removal of the 'Angel Tax.'

Scientists Develop Cost-Effective Catalyst: A Breakthrough in Biodiesel Production

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A team of scientists from Assam and Odisha in India, China, and the United Kingdom have developed a groundbreaking water-repellent "spherical superhydrophobic activated carbon catalyst," that promises to significantly reduce the cost of producing biodiesel.

Archaeological Excavations in Tamil Nadu

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The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has virtually inaugurated archaeological excavations at eight sites across the state.

NCW Reports Significant Increase in Complaints Across India

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In 2024, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has received 12,600 complaints thus far, with Uttar Pradesh and Delhi registering the highest numbers.

SIPRI Yearbook 2024

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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment on armaments, disarmament, and international security, highlighting that the number and variety of nuclear weapons under development have risen as countries further rely on nuclear deterrence.

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