Prelims 2020

6th August 2020 Daily Current Flash Cards

Bru tribe/community; MyGov Platform; Location of Lebanon; Fluorosis; National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC).
By IASToppers
August 06, 2020




National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India is a __________. a) Constitutional Body OR b) Statutory Body

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Answer: Statutory Body

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National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC):

  • NHRC is an autonomous public body constituted in 1993.
  • It was given a statutory basisby the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (PHRA).
  • It is in conformity with the Paris Principles, adopted at the first international workshop on national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights held in Paris in 1991 & endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  • Recommendations given by NHRC are just advisory and not binding in nature.
  • Apart from enquiry into complaints of violation of human rights or negligence in the prevention of such violation by a public servant, the Commission also studies treaties and international instruments on human rights and make recommendations to the Government.


  • A Chairperson, retired Chief Justice of India
  • One Member who is, or has been, a Judge of the Supreme Court of India
  • One Member who is, or has been, the Chief Justice of a High Court
  • Two Members to be appointed from among persons having knowledge of, or practical experience in, matters relating to human rights
  • In addition, the Chairpersons of four National Commissions of (1. Minorities 2. SC and ST 3. Women) serve as ex officio members.

The chairman and members are appointed by the President on the recommendations of a six-member committee consists of:

  • The Prime Minister
  • The Speaker of the Lok Sabha
  • The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
  • Leaders of the Opposition in both the Houses of Parliament
  • The Central Home Minister




Mention the states where the Bru tribe spreads across the India.

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Tripura, Mizoram and Assam

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Bru tribe/community:

Why in news?

  • Organisations representing the Bru community displaced from Mizoram have rejected the sites proposed by the Joint Movement Committee, an umbrella group of non-Brus in Tripura for their resettlement.

About Bru tribe/community:

  • They spread across Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Assam & most populous tribe in Tripura.
  • They are also known as Reangsin the state.
  • They are ethnically different from the Mizos, with their own distinct language and dialect.
  • They are primarily an agrarian tribe.


  • In 1997, roughly half the Bru population fled to Tripura, following violent clashes with the Mizo population.
  • It led to the Brus’ demand for an Autonomous District Council(ADC), under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution.
  • Recently, an agreement has signed between the Centre, the state governments of Tripura and Mizoram, and Bru-Reang representatives allowing Bru tribals to permanently settle in Tripura.




The dental effects of fluorosis develop much earlier than the skeletal effects in people exposed to large amounts of fluoride. True OR False.

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Answer: True.

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  • Fluorosis is a crippling disease resulting from deposition of fluorides in the hard and soft tissues of body due to excess intake of fluoride through drinking water/food products/industrial pollutants over a long period.
  • Ingestion of excess fluoride, most commonly in drinking-water, can cause fluorosis which affects the teeth and bones.
  • Moderate amounts lead to dental effects, but long-term ingestion of large amounts can lead to potentially severe skeletal problems.
  • It results in dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis, and non-skeletal fluorosis.

Fluorosis Causes:

  • A major cause of fluorosis is the inappropriate use of fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses.
  • Taking a higher-than-prescribed amount of a fluoride supplement during early childhood can cause it.

Key facts:

  • Scientists from the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) have developed an equipment-free fluoride ion detection and quantification in drinking water with the naked-eye.
  • It can be operated by non-experts for household use to evade Fluorosis-based disorders.
  • Institute of Nano Science and Technology is an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology.




Name the countries which do share borders with Lebanon.

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Answer: Syria & Israel

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Why in news?

  • At least 135 people were killed and 5,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook Beirut, Lebanon.

Location of Lebanon:

  • Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East and stretches along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Lebanon is named “the Pearl of the Middle East.”
  • It serves as a link between the Mediterranean world and India and East Asia.
  • Border countries: Borders the Sea in the west, Syria in the north and east & Israel in the south.
  • Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon.



What is the aim of the MyGov Platform?

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MyGov is a citizen engagement platform to promote the active participation of Indian citizens in country’s governance and development.

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MyGoa Citizen Engagement Platform:

Why in news?

  • CM of Goa launched the MyGov Goaportal, making Goa join the MyGov Citizen Engagement Platform for enabling participative governance.

MyGov Platform:

  • MyGov platform is designed, developed and hosted by National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
  • It is aimed at creating a common platform for Indian citizens to crowdsource governance ideas from citizens.
  • The major attributes of MyGov includes Discussion, Tasks, Talks, Polls and Blogs on various groups based on the diverse governance and public policy issues.
  • MyGov user base has expanded to more than 25 Crores.
  • MyGov has also recently launched its channels on new age Apps like Sharechat and Roposo. 
  • 12 states had already launched their MyGov platforms State Instance: Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
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