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  • A court here on Tuesday sentenced one person to death and awarded life imprisonment to his co-convict for killing two during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The killings had taken place at Mahipalpur in south Delhi.
  • The riots had broken out across the capital following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Anti Sikh Riots 1984

  • Due to the orders of Indira Gandhi, Indian Army launched its offensive against Sikh militants at the Golden Temple in Amritsar under the code name “Operation Blue Star”.
  • The army was successful in driving out the militants from the Sikh’s sacred place, but this event angered the Sikh People and their sentiments got hurt.
  • To avenge this action, bodyguards of Mrs. Gandhi killed her at her own house.
  • Later the angry congress workers and supporters allegedly began their brutal actions of killing innocent Sikh People in the country; Delhi was the most affected area during anti Sikh riots.
  • Union Government appointed so many commissions to enquire about the guilty people and to find out their masterminds, but nothing concrete came out of such commissions.
  • The kith and kin of the victims of Anti-Sikh riots are still waiting to get the justice after 30 years of the incident.


Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) Program

  • Union HRD Minister ShriPrakashJavadekar through video conferencing launched the ‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC)’ program under Innovation cell of MHRD in New Delhi.
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development has established an “Innovation cell” at AICTE with a purpose to systematically foster the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country.


  • It is a significant step in institutionalizing innovation and developing a scientific temperament in the country.
  • The purpose of formation of network of Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years.
  • More than 1000 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have already formed IICs in their campuses and enrolled for the IIC network managed by MHRD’s Innovation cell to promote innovation through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in their campuses.

What was the need of the Program?

  • Universities are the main research centers of developed countries and because of their research they are at the top in global innovation ranking
  • So setting up of research centers through ‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) program, India is expecting to improve its ranking on the Global scale.
  • So in order to give boost to it the educational advancement in higher education can only be achieved by encouraging best practices in innovation and advance research and Innovation Cell has undertaken many initiatives in this direction such as implementing programs like Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievement (ARIIA), Smart India Hackathon (SIH)- 2019, etc.

NASI- Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2018

  • Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu presented the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)and Elsevier awards 2018 aimed at promoting scientific excellence among youngsters, at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi.


  • The Scopus Young Scientist Awards, first launched by Elsevier in 2006, is part of an Elsevier’s global initiative to support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier’s collaboration with The National Academy of Sciences, India

The program honours outstanding young researchers in India who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work.