Thailand poised to become the first Southeast Asia country to allow same-sex marriage.

• Thailand's parliament passed a bill to give a nod to same-sex marriage.

• This bill will amend the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand and replaced gendered terms like “husband and wife” with gender-neutral language such as “spouses” and “individuals”.

• The bill has been passed with the approval of 400 of the 415 members of the House of Representatives. 10 members voted against the bill.

• The bill has to be passed through the upper house of Thailand’s parliament.

• In December 2023, Thai lawmakers approved four draft bills concerning same-sex marriage.

• Taiwan was the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2019.

• In November 2023, Nepal became the first South Asian nation to formally recognise and register a same-sex marriage.


A database has been launched by India to record crimes against UN peacekeepers.

• This new database has been designed to record crimes against UN peacekeepers and to monitor progress in holding perpetrators accountable.

• The launch of this database was announced at a meeting of the India-led 'Group of Friends' (GOF).

• This database will act as an online repository, which will empower the Secretariat Missions.

• It will help member countries to monitor and address cases of malicious acts against peacekeepers.

• This database has been sponsored by India. It is hosted on the Unite Aware platform.

• In 2022, 'Group of Friends' (GOF) was launched to promote accountability for crimes against the Blue Helmets.

• India, Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Morocco and Nepal are co-chairs of the GOF. It has 40 members.

AFSPA extended by the Center for six months in eight districts of Nagaland.

• The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 extended by the Central Government to eight districts of Nagaland and 21 police stations in five districts.

• The Central government declared them as 'disturbed areas' for a period of six months with effect from April 1, 2024, unless withdrawn earlier.

• The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced through a notification that the AFSPA has been extended for another six months in Dimapur, Newland, Chumaukedima, Mon, Kiphire, Noklak, Phek and Peren districts of Nagaland.

• Additionally, AFSPA has been extended to areas under the jurisdiction of 21 police stations in five districts of Nagaland.

• This includes six police stations each in Zunheboto and Mokokchung districts, five police stations in Kohima, three police stations in Wokha, and Yanglok police station in Longleng district.

• Earlier, the Center had declared Nagaland as a 'disturbed area' for six months from October 1, 2023, in the exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (28 of 1958).

• It included eight districts and 21 Police Stations in five other districts of the state of the state.

• Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA):

• This is a Parliamentary Act that was introduced in 1958.

• The Act gives the Armed Forces special powers of search and arrest and many others for the maintenance of public order.


ISRO will launch START 2024 program in April-May.

• Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START)-2024 will be launched by ISRO.

• ISRO has invited Expressions of Interest for the START-2024 program in educational institutes/Universities/Colleges within India.

• The START-2024 program will be conducted during April-May, 2024.

• START is an introductory-level online training in space science and technology for UG and PG students.

• Post-graduate students and final-year under graduate students of physical sciences (Physics and Chemistry) and technology are eligible for this training.

• Educational institutions that want to become part of this ISRO initiative have to apply by April 2, 2024.

• The START programme will be conducted through the ISRO E-CLASS platform.


S. Raman has authored a Book Titled “From A Car Shed To The Corner Room & Beyond”.

• “From A Car Shed To The Corner Room & Beyond,” is an autobiography of S. Raman.

• This book gives a first-person account of his remarkable journey from a clerk at SBI to becoming the Chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank and a full-time member of SEBI.

• This book is an exploration of the intricate dance between integrity on a personal level, professional obstacles, and the structural problems in the financial world rather than just a personal narrative.

• Raman's troubles began in 2018, years after his retirement when the CBI questioned him in connection with a loan given to Winsome Jewelry during his tenure as chairman of the credit committee at Canara Bank.


India Gaming Report 2024

• According to a report, Indian gaming industry’s annual revenue will increase to $6 billion by 2028 from $3.1 billion in 2023.

• According to the India Gaming Report 2024, there would be 240 million gamers by 2028, up from 144 million gamers in 2023.

• Winzo, an online gaming company, and the Interactive Entertainment and Innovation Council jointly released the report.

• According to the report, there are more than 1,400 gaming companies in India, 500 of which are game studios.

• The number of professional players will rise from 500 in 2023 to 2.5 times that number in 2028, according to the report.

• According to the report, game downloads in India increased dramatically from 5.65 billion in 2019 to 9.5 billion in 2023.

• India's percentage of worldwide game downloads increased to a significant 16% in 2023 as a result of this rise.

• With 4.4 billion downloads (7.4% market share) and 4.5 billion (7.6% market share) respectively, India is followed by Brazil and the US.

• In India, mobile gaming accounts for 90% of the total gaming market.

• In the US and China, it makes for roughly 37% and 62% of the market, respectively.

• Of the gaming community, approximately half of the members are between the ages of 18 and 30.


Armenian parliamentary delegation and the Indian parliamentary delegation held a bilateral meeting.

• The meeting took place on the sidelines of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) function.

• The Indian parliamentary delegation was led by Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha Harivansh.

• Vice President of the National Assembly Hakob Arshakyan led Armenia's parliamentary delegation.

• Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha Harivansh met the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Tulia Ackson.

• Tulia Ackson is the Speaker of the National Assembly of the United Republic of Tanzania.

• She was congratulated by Harivansh on taking on the role of IPU President.

• The Indian Parliamentary Delegation is currently in Geneva, Switzerland for the 148th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly.

• There are five Rajya Sabha members in the delegation.

• These members are S Niranjan Reddy, Sujeet Kumar, Ashok Mittal, Prashanta Nanda and Sumitra.

• Inter-Parliamentary Union:

• It is an international organization of national parliaments. It was established in 1889.

• It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It has 180 members and 14 associate members.