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Today’s topic:

Section 1:

  1. section 377 of Indian Penal Code
  2. LCU Mk IV-Class Ships
  3. Rustom – II Male UAV

Section 2:

  1. Operation Flood
  2. National food security Act(NFSA), 2013
  3. Deccan Traps, India
  4. Sicily


1. Section 377 of Indian Penal Code

Homesexuality is now made legal in India when the Supreme Court reversed section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier, according to Section 377:

  1. Any sexual activity which was not a penilevaginal intercourse was punishable
  2. It further added consenting adults engaged in such a sexual activity
  3. It is the only law that address child abuse.

A law that exhaustively addresses penilevaginal intercourse cannot comprehensively address child abuse and hence there is a need for a separate law for the same.

The provisions of the law is used against gay men (men having sex with other men), hijras, male sex workers and activists who raise issues relating to sexual rights, LGBT and HIV/AIDS. However, it has also been used for harassment by police, private family members and friends against these groups.

There should be no discrimination based on the sexual orientation or choice of the people.

2. LCU Mk IV – Class Ships

  1. These are Indian Navy vessels.
  2. They are used to transport wide range of combat equipments like main battle tanks and other vehicles.
  3. They are amphibious in nature. They carry and deploy these equipments, vehicles and troops from the ship to the shore.
  4. They shall be placed in Andaman and Nicobar Commands.
  5. They are also used for other activities like search and rescue, beaching operations and disaster relief operations.
  6. They are also used for activities like supply, replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
  7. The ships use modern technologies like integrated bridge system and integrated platform management system.

3. Rustom – II Male UAV

  1. Rustom-II Male UAV is an addition to the Rustom series of UAV which consists of Rustom-I, Rustom-H, Rustom-C.
  2. It is intended to be used by the Indian Armed Forces for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.
  3. It is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle and has a lightweight airframe.
  4. The Tri-cycle landing gear helps to take-off and land smoothly on hard surfaces. There is a single nose wheel in the front and two single wheeled gears placed at the centre of gravity.
  5. It is designed to carry a variety of state-of-the-art payloads that provide multi-mission capabilities both in day and night lighting conditions.
  6. It carries electro optic sensors for capturing images and videos.

Section 2

1. Operation Flood

It is one of the largest rural development programmes in the world. It aims to direct the development of the farmers by placing their own control on the resources created by them.

2. National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013

It is the Act passed by the Parliament which aims to provide for the food and nutritional security to humans by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food by making it available at affordable prices and thereby ensuring life of dignity to the people.

3. Deccan Trap, India

It is one of the largest volcanic provinces in the world. It consists of flat-lying basalt lava flows and covers the west and central India.

4. Sicily

Sicily Island is located in the southern Italy. It is the most densely populated island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is separated from the mainland by Strait of Messina. Its capital is Palermo.