Current Affairs 10th August 2021

1. News : Pensilungpa Glacier

Source: The Hindu

Background: Increasing Temperature and Low Winter Precipitation are Causing Retreat of Glaciers in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh

  • located in Zanskar, Ladakh.
  • a recent study has attributed the retreat to an increase in the temperature and decrease in precipitation during winters.
  • The Zanskar Range is a mountain range in the union territory of Ladakh that separates Zanskar from Ladakh.
  • Zojila Pass is in the extreme northwest of Zanskar range
  • The average height of the Zanskar Range is about 6,000 m. Its eastern part is known as Rupshu.
  • Geologically, the Zanskar Range is part of the Tethys Himalaya.

2. News : National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Source: The Hindu

  • The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was constituted under the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, 2008.
  • Work under the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • It’s objective is also to combat terror in India. It acts as the Central Counter-Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.
  • It is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states.
  • The NIA (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament amending the original Act of 2008. The Bill seeks to allow the NIA to investigate the following additional offences:
  • Human trafficking
  • Offences related to counterfeit currency or banknotes
  • Manufacture or sale of prohibited arms
  • Cyber-terrorism, and
  • Offences under the Explosive Substances Act, 1908
  • The 2019 amendments empowers the NIA to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests abroad.

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