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  • Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Nand Kumar Sai has written a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking re-imposition of Restricted Area Permit regime in six Islands in Andaman and Nicobar.
  • These islands are inhabited by Andamanese, Jarawas, Sentinelese, Onges and Sapiens.
  • The commission has also recommended that airspace above the North Sentinel Island should be declared as No Fly Zone for any type of civil aircraft.

No proposal to extend NRC to other States: Govt

  • The government said that there is no proposal to extend the National Register of Citizens, NRC to States other than Assam.
  • Minister of State for Home said, NRC Assam was prepared in 1951 as a non-statutory process by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during 1951 Census.
  • He said, the exercise to NRC 1951 is being conducted under the special provisions in respect of State of Assam under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship Rules, 2003.


Chabahar port

Context: Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mahmoud Saikal today hailed the US decision for exempting the Chabahar port project from its tough sanctions against Iran. The project is being developed by India.


Where is Chabahar port?

Iran’s Chabahar port is located on the Gulf of Oman and is the only oceanic port of the country. The port gives access to the energy-rich Persian Gulf nations’ southern coast and India can bypass Pakistan with the Chabahar port becoming functional.


Why Chabahar port is crucial for India?

The first and foremost significance of the Chabahar port is the fact that India can bypass Pakistan in transporting goods to Afghanistan. Chabahar port will boost India’s access to Iran, the key gateway to the International North-South Transport Corridor that has sea, rail and road routes between India, Russia, Iran, Europe and Central Asia.

Chabahar port will be beneficial to India in countering Chinese presence in the Arabian Sea which China is trying to ensure by helping Pakistan develop