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Water Stress In Himalayan Regions

In news: A study by journal Water Policyon water availability in eight towns in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, also known as the water towers of Asia, shows aggravating acute water crisis by 2050. In brief: The eight towns are …

Colistin-Resistant Bacteria

In news: A small study involving 65 stool samples taken from patients from a singlehospital in Chennai found 51% ofthem harbour colistin-resistant bacteria. In brief: 2018 study revealed, presence of colistin-resistant bacteria like E.coli, Enterobacter spp. and Klebsiella spp. was …

Current Affairs – 15-02-2018

1. Union Government Extends Anti-Narcotics Scheme For 3 More Years The Union Government extended the anti-narcotics scheme for 3 more years to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substance. The purpose of the scheme is to assist states and …

Current Affairs – 30-11-2017

1. NEW ICBM TEST BY NORTH KOREA North Korea said it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire US mainland within range, declaring it had achieved its long-held goal of becoming a nuclear …

Current Affairs – 29-11-2017

1. MINAMATA CONVENTION The report, ‘Towards a pollution-free planet’, was launched during the first Conference of Parties for the Minamata Convention, which addresses mercury issues. ABOUT CONVENTION: It is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment …

Current Affairs – 28-11-2017

1. KUMBHMELA It is basically a religious congregation which is held once every 12 years (Maha Kumbha) at one of the four holy places (Allahabad, Ujjain, Nasik, Haridwar) in turn. Kumbhmela is unique in the respect that it does not …

Current Affairs – 27-11-2017

1. THE ENVIRONMENTAL KUZNETS CURVE The environmental Kuznets curve suggests that economic development initially leads to deterioration in the environment, but after a certain level of economic growth, a society begins to improve its relationship with the environment and levels …

Current Affairs – 24-11-2017

1. MORE SEATS FOR SIKKIM ASSEMBLY The Home Ministry has proposed an increase in the number of seats in the Sikkim Assembly from 32 to 40. The expansion will be the first since the State merged with India in 1975. …

Current Affairs – 23-11-2017

1.BANKRUPTCY CODE TO BE AMENDED The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to promulgate an Ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The move is to strengthen the IBC by explicitly preventing certain persons — including wilful …

Current Affairs – 22-11-2017

1.INDIA PULLS OFF A DIPLOMATIC COUP, WINS PRIZED ICJ SEAT India scored a major diplomatic victory as its nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected after the United Kingdom withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood.The U.K. …

Current Affairs – 21-11-2017

1. LET CENSOR BOARD CERTIFY ‘PADMAVATI’: SUPREME COURT The Supreme Court dismissed plea to stay the release of the movie Padmavati and initiate criminal prosecution against its director. A three-judge Bench said the Supreme Court cannot stop a statutory body …

Current Affairs – 20-11-2017

1.MAHARASHTRA’S PWD ENLISTS IT AND PEOPLE-POWER TO SOLVE A FAMILIAR URBAN PROBLEM: To tackle potholes, the Public Works Department in Maharashtra plans to use citizen participation and modern technology. The PWD, with the State’s IT Department, has developed a mobile …

Current Affairs – 18-11-2017

1. ECONOMY GET’S MOODY’S THUMBS UP Agency upgrades sovereign rating, expects high growth to continue as a result of ongoing reforms. Global credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Services raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time in 13 years citing …

Current Affairs – 17-11-2017

1. GOVERNMENT ABOLISHES CURBS ON EXPORT OF PULSES- TO HELP FARMERS GET GOOD PRICES The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has abolished all restrictions on export of pulses to allow farmers to seek remunerative prices for their output. Advantages to …

Current Affairs – 16-11-2017

1.RABARIS – THE PASTORAL COMMUNITY Rabaris are nomadic herders who live scattered throughout Gujarat and Rajasthan. Originally only camels were their source of livelihood. However, now, they keep goat, sheep,cow or buffalo. Rabaris are highly adaptive and hence there appears …

Current Affairs – 15-11-2017

1. GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION TAG FOR RASAGULLA The battle between West Bengal and Odisha for the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the rasgulla has finally reached a conclusion, and it’s West Bengal that has emerged victorious. What is a Geographical Indication …

Current Affairs – 14-11-2017

1. FOR INDIA, PEACE IS NOT A WORD; IT IS IN OUR VEINS- PRIME MINISTER Highlighting India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister spoke of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi’s tradition of peace. In a meeting with the non-resident …

Current Affairs – 13-11-2017

1. ”KRISHNA RIVER”. ABOUT : The Krishna River is the fourth-biggest river in terms of water inflows and river basin area in India, after the Ganga, Godavari and Brahmaputra. It is a major source of irrigation for Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana …

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Water Stress In Himalayan Regions

In news: A study by journal Water Policyon water availability in eight towns in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, also known as the water towers of Asia, shows aggravating acute water crisis by 2050. In brief: The eight towns are …

Colistin-Resistant Bacteria

In news: A small study involving 65 stool samples taken from patients from a singlehospital in Chennai found 51% ofthem harbour colistin-resistant bacteria. In brief: 2018 study revealed, presence of colistin-resistant bacteria like E.coli, Enterobacter spp. and Klebsiella spp. was …

Marsquakes

InSight Mission has detected over 450 “marsquakes” on the red planet most of which were magnitude 3 to 4. But even the strongest of the quakes would not affect anyone on the surface of the planet, unlike strong quakes on …

Navy Personal Booked For Espionage

In news: 11 Indian Navy personnel were caught leaking sensitive information via social media to Pakistani intelligence operatives. The police have arrested these people from several naval bases of the country including Mumbai, Karwar, and Visakhapatnam. About National Investigation Agency: …

Sea Guardian Drones

In news: India is set to buy 30 Drones from the US-based General Atomics worth $3 billion. In brief: The three services are expected to get 10 each, the MQ-9 Reaper or Predator-B High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drones, which …

SUTRA PIC

In news: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) issued an open call for R&D proposals on February 14, 2020 on the topic of indigenous cow breeds, broken down into five themes. In brief: The initiative under which the proposals …

Mahadayi River Dispute

In news: The Supreme Court in its interim order allowed the plea of the Karnataka government for implementation of the final award by a tribunal for sharing of water between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra from the Mahadayiriver. About the tribunal: …

Central Government Cuts Its Share In Flagship Crop Insurance Scheme

In News: The Union Cabinet approved the revamp of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme at its meeting recently. In brief: There are two significant steps were taken on the meeting: …

Pakistan To Continue In Grey List

In news: Pakistan will continue to remain on the grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In brief: The country was placed on the Grey List by the watchdog in June 2018 and was given 15 months to complete …

INDO-US Defence Deal

In news: India and US on Tuesday signed a $3 billion defence deal which include the deal for 24 MH-60 Sikorsky Romeo multi-role helicopters and six Apache attack choppers. In brief: Indian Air Force is already using the Apache helicopters. …

SC Grants Women Right To Permanent Commission

In news: The Supreme Court has upheld the Delhi High Court order on permanent commission to women in the Army. In brief: The petition was filed by a group of 332 women army officers, who joined the army from 1993 …

January 2020 Was Earth’s Hottest January On Record

In news: Globally, the average temperature over land and ocean surfaces made January 2020 the hottest January on record. In brief: In India, January 2020 was the second warmest (21.92°C) since 1919 (22.13°C) in terms of average minimum temperatures, according …

Indian Pangolin

In News? Madhya Pradesh forest department has radio-tagged an Indian Pangolin for the first time. More in News: What is Radio-Tagging? Radio-Tagging is attaching a transmitter to an animal to monitor its movements and it will help to understand the …

10 Surveillance Satellites In 2020-21

In news: With the country’s security in mind, ISRO is gearing up to launch an unprecedented 10 earth observation satellites with space surveillance feature during 2020-21. In brief: In comparison to 10 earth observation (EO) satellites, only three communication satellites …

Restoration Of Konarksun Temple

Why In news: Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) that was roped in by ASI to examine structural damages in theSun Temple at Konark. In brief: The temple was filled with sand– a ‘quick fix’ that the British undertook from …

WHO To Decide On Emergency Status Of Ebola In DR Congo

In news: WHO experts meet to decide whether the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo should still be considered a global health emergency, following a sharp decline in reported cases. In brief: For the epidemic to be declared …

Manual Scavenging Deaths

In news: The number of people who died of asphyxia while cleaning sewers and septic tanks in the country increased by almost 62% in 2019 compared to 2018. Total of 62,904 manual scavengers had been identified across the country till …

Astronaut Training In Russia

In news: Four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots began training for the country’s maiden manned mission Gaganyaan around the earth’s orbit in 2022 at the Yuri A. Gagarin research and test cosmonaut training centre in Moscow. In brief: The year-long …

Cauvery Delta To Be Declared A Protected Agriculture Zone

In news: Tamil Nadu government declared eight Cauvery delta districts of Tamil Nadu as a special Protected Agricultural Zone and assured that permission will not be given for hydrocarbon projects. In brief: The protected zone will include Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam …

Arsenic Resistant Rice

In news: Researchers in West Bengal have developed and commercialised a rice variety that is resistant to arsenic. In Brief: The new rice variety is called Muktoshri, also known as IET 21845. It has been jointly developed by the Rice …

PM Lauds Bodos For Peace Pact

In news: PM NarendraModi advised the youth in central India’s Maoist belt and Jammu and Kashmir to emulate the Bodos and shun the path of violence. Highlights of the Agreement: Villages dominated by Bodos that were presently outside the BTAD …

Yellow Rust

In news: In sub-mountainous parts of Punjab and Haryana, yellow rust disease has been detected in the wheat crop which has raised concerns among farmers about a drop in the crop’s yield. About news: Yellow rust or stripe rust is …

BUDGET – 2020 – HIGHLIGHTS

Theme of the Budget: The Budget aimed at energizing the Indian economy through a combination of short-term, medium-term, and long-term measures. Budget 2020 has three prominent themes: Aspirational India – better standards of living with access to health, education and …

High Fees Keep Poor Children Away From Higher Education

In news: According to the Economic Survey, high fees at the institutes of higher education push the poor and underprivileged out of the education system. In Brief : The survey noted that as many as 13.6% of those in the …

President’s Address To Both Houses Of The Parliament

In News: On the opening day of Budget Session of Parliament recently, President Ram Nath Kovind had addressed the joint sitting of both the Houses of the Parliament. In Brief: Article 87(1) of the Constitution provides:- “At the commencement of …

Anticipatory Bail

In News: The Supreme Court has ruled that the protection of anticipatory bail shall not have time limit as denial of bail is against the fundamental right to personal liberty under Article 21. In brief: What is Anticipatory Bail? Section …

Introduction Of African Cheetahs

In news: The Supreme Court lifted its seven-year stay on a proposal to introduce African cheetahs from Namibia into the Indian habitat on an experimental basis. In brief: In 1952, the cheetah was officially declared extinct from India. The Asiatic …

Comprehensive Bodo Settlement Agreement

In news: The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Assam government and the Bodo groups have signed an agreement to redraw and rename the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) in Assam, currently spread over four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and …

Coral Restoration

In news: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), with help from Gujarat’s forest department, is attempting for the first time a process to restore coral reefs using biorock or mineral accretion technology. In Brief: The technology works by passing a …

70th Republic Day

In news India is celebrating 70th Republic Day In brief Theme: ‘life of Gandhi’ which is a tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South …

National Girl Child Day (NGCD)

In news National Girl Child Day (NGCD) was observed on 24th January with objectives of generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and create a positive environment around valuing the girl child. In brief National Girl …

India Slips Two Places On Corruption Index

In News Transparency International – a German based NGO has released its 2019 edition of “Global Corruption Perception Index” In brief India’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the year 2018. …

Social Mobility Index

In News: India ranked 76th among 82 countries on the social mobility index of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In Brief: The index measures 82 countries on five key dimensions: health,education (access, quality and equity),technology,work (opportunities, wages, conditions), Protections and …

BharatNet Program

In News: Under BharatNet phase two, against the target of providing last mile connectivity to 1.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs), only about 7.45 per cent of these have been made service ready so far. About BharatNet program: BharatNet Project is …

Is The Indian Economy Staring At Stagflation

In Brief: The rise in retail price inflation to a nearly six-year high of 7.35% in December has led to increasing worries that the Indian economy may be headed towards stagflation. What is stagflation? Stagflation is an economic scenario where …

NPR Can Be Used By Banks As A KYC Document

In News: The Reserve Bank of India has included the National Population Register letter as an officially valid document (OVD) for Know Your Customer (KYC) verification for opening bank accounts or applying for credit cards. In Brief: The National Population …

Giant Ocean Heatwave- ‘The Blob’

In news: Scientists have reported on another devastating biological disaster, caused by a patch of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean known as ‘the Blob’. This concentrated marine heatwave lingered in the northeast Pacific between 2013 and 2016, and …

HSN Code

In News: The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) also asked traders to suggest appropriate HS codes for products imported by them which do not have any classification and fall under the ‘others’ category. In brief: Every traded product is …

Digital Exhibition On Indian Heritage

In news: A month long special exhibition titled Indian Heritage in Digital Space was launched. In brief: The visitors in the exhibition will be able to see the recreations of the socio- cultural life and traditions of Hampi, architectural and …

Credit Enhancement Fund

In News: The government plans to set up a Credit Enhancement fund to support infrastructure projects that are rated below ‘AA’. In Brief: The Credit Enhancement fund will enable lower rated projects to raise loans at better rates while improving …

GSAT – 30

In news: India would launch a communication satellite GSAT-30 onboard Ariane-5 launch vehicle from French Guiana on January 17. In Brief: It is a communication satellite to provide communication services from geostationary orbit. It is to serve as replacement to …

Private Train Operators – PP Model

In news: Indian Railways has invited interested parties to submit a Request for Qualification (RFQ) document by January 17 for selection of private parties to operate 150 passenger trains on 100 routes. In brief: As per the draft proposal, the …

INS Vikramaditya Deployed In North Arabian Sea

In news: India has deployed its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with MiG29K fighters on board, in the Arabian Sea at a time China and Pakistan are holding a nine-day mega naval exercise ‘Sea Guardians’ in the region. About INS Vikramaditya: …

Lithium–Sulphur Battery

In news: The researchers at the University of Monash in Australia have managed to engineer a battery that has five times the capacity of a traditional lithium ion battery. In brief: The super-capacity prototype was created by re-engineering a Lithium …

TOI-700d – New Planet In Habitable Zone

In news: NASA’s planet-hunting mission TESS has found its first potentially habitable exoplanet the size of Earth orbiting a star TOI 700about 100 light-years from Earth. In brief: It is a small, cool M-dwarf star in the Dorado constellation. It’s …

IMD’s State Of Climate Report

In brief: On January 7, 2020, the International Meteorological Organisation released its “State of Climate Report” for the year 2019. 2019 the warmest year since 1901. About News: According to the report, the climate change has claimed 1,659 lives in …

Indian Data Relay Satellite System

In brief: As a part of its proposed manned space mission, India will launch the Indian Data Relay Satellite System(IDRSS) to improve data relay and communication links with its remote sensing/earth observation satellites. In Brief: IDRSS satellites are of the …

Saras MK-2

In brief: It is the first Indian multi-purpose civilian aircraft in the light transport aircraft category developed by the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) and CSI. The project began in 1991 as a collaboration with Russia, But India went on indigenously …

Patola Sarees

In brief: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has inaugurated a first Silk Processing Plant at Surendranagar in Gujarat. The plant would help to reduce the cost of production of silk yarn and increase the sale and availability of raw …

‘Assembly Has Its Rights And Privileges’: Kerala CM On Passing Anti-CAA Resolution

In news: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan responded to a RajyaSabha member filing a petition to initiate a breach of privileges and contempt proceedings against the CM for passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Kerala Assembly. …

India Must Accelerate Implementation Of NAP For AMR

In news: The World Health Assembly has adopted the Global Action Plan on AMR in the year 2015 as a part of the tripartite collaboration with World Health Organization, Food and Agricultural Organization, and World Organization for Animal Health. About …

New New Delhi Triangular Parliament With Spires

In news: Central government’s ambitious redevelopment project of the parliament expected to be completed by 2024. Good Governance Index: It is “PM’s dream project,” and architectural firms deposited bids announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on …

Navy Plans 24 Submarines To Strengthen Fleet

In news: To strengthen its underwater fleet, the Navy plans to build 24 submarines, including six nuclear attack submarines, a Parliamentary Panel Reported. Good Governance Index: The Navy presently has 15 conventional submarines and two nuclear submarines in its fleet. …

South India’s Earliest Sanskrit Inscription Found In A.P

In news: The Archaeological Survey of India has discovered the earliest epigraphic evidence so far for the Saptamatrika cult. Good Governance Index: The discovery was made in Chebrolu village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Saptamatrikas are a group of …

Russia Deploys Hypersonic Nuclear Missile

In news: Russia has deployed its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles. Good Governance Index: It is the Russia’s first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missiles. The nuclear-capable missiles can travel more than 20 times the speed of sound and put Russia ahead …

TN Tops In Good Governance Index

In news: Latest edition of the ‘Good Governance Index’ has been launched on the occasion of ‘Good Governance Day’. Good Governance Index: It is a tool to assess the status of governance and the impact of various interventions taken up …

Bar-Headed Goose Spotted In Kerala

In news: A Bar-headed Goose has been spotted in the wetlands of Karingali Puncha in Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. About CDSCO: In general, large flocks visit the Koonthankulam bird sanctuary at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. It is very rare that …

Cabinet Approves Atal Bhujal Yojana

In news: The Union Cabinet on approved the Atal Bhujal Yojana a Rs 6,000 crore scheme for sustainable management of ground water resources. About CDSCO: The scheme will cover 8,350 villages of Karnataka, Madhya Prradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and …

37 Batches Of Medicine Flagged For Failing Quality Tests

In news: India‟s top drug regulatory authority has flagged 37 batches of medicines, including tuberculosis antibiotic brand Coxerin and heartburn medicine Rabium-DSR, for failing quality tests last month. About CDSCO: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under Directorate General …

UDAY Scheme Loses Power Sharp Spike In Discom Losses

In news: Discom losses, which had progressively reduced in the first couple of years since the scheme’s rollout in November 2015, have rebounded in FY ’19 to nearly double the losses recorded the previous year. About Section 144 of CrPC …

Section 144 –A Vestige Of Colonial Rule

In news: In view of violence during demonstrations in different parts of the country against the amended citizenship law. About Section 144 of CrPC Section 144 was used for the first time in 1861 by the British Raj, and thereafter …

No State Wise Minority Classification: SC

In news: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking guidelines to “identify and define” religious minorities in every State to protect their culture and interests. In Brief: A Petition sought to recognise Hindus as minorities in the States where …

Successful Launch Of Two Brahmos Missiles From Land And Air Platforms

In news: India on Tuesday successfully conducted separate trials of two variants of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos to check its capability to hit targets with precision and accuracy. In Brief: A land-attack version of the missile was test-launched from a …

Government Instant Messaging System

In news: Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS) is a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram for secure internal use. In Brief: GIMS seeks to replace existing platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal …

Potential Drug To Treat Nipah Virus

In news: A team of Indian scientists from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Punehave identified a total of 150 inhibitory molecules which can block the activity of the Nipahvirus proteins. As many as 72- 86% of individuals …

Accessible India Campaign

In news: The deadline for the government’s Accessible India Campaign (AIC) has been extended to March 2020 due to slow progress. In brief: AIC is the nationwide flagship campaign of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry …

India Design Council Launched Two Initiatives

In news: India Design Council (IDC) launched two initiatives, called Design Education Quality Mark (DEQM) and Chartered Designs of India (CDI), with the objective to support and set standards for design profession. In brief: The designs are aimed to address …

Cabinet Authorises NHAI To Set Up Invite To Monetise Highway Projects

In news: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to set up infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) to monetize highway assets. In brief: Given the magnitude of the Bharatmala program, NHAI would need …

MEA To Hold 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue

In News: The Ministry of External Affairs to hold the 6th edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD) on December 13. In Brief: During the summit, member states will hold high-level discussions on the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) role …

Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill Introduced In Lok Sabha

In news: External affairs minister S.Jaishankar on Monday introduced a bill in Parliament that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those involved in piracy at sea. In brief: The introduction of the bill comes days after some 18 …

Japan bans on the ‘Designer Baby’

In news: Japan’s health ministry recommended a ban on implanting genetically modified human embryos, warning that such procedures could lead to a market for ‘designer babies.’ In brief: The Japanese government originally moved to allow genome editing of human embryos …

The Laws On Rape And Sexual Crimes

In news: After the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad on November 28 and the burning of a rape survivor in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, on December 5, there has been an outcry for justice for the victims. In …

Japan PM Shinzo Abe To Visit India On Dec 15, Bilateral Likely In Assam

In news: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in India from December 15-17. In brief: India said that both countries attach great importance to strengthening the bilateral partnership between the two. India’s relationship with Japan was a key component …

India-Based Neutrino Observatory (INO)

The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project is a multi-institutional effort aimed at building a world-class underground laboratory for nuclear physics research in India. It is constructed at Pottipuram in Bodi West hills of Theni District of Tamil Nadu, at an …

Lok Sabha Passes Supplementary Grants

In news: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday gave its clearance to additional government expenditure of Rs 21,246.16 crore in the current fiscal by approving the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2019-20. Grants Mentioned In Constitution: Supplementary, additional …

Tsunamis Off Coasts Of Iran, Pakistan Could Reach Indian Shores: INCOIS

Government Seeks Review Of SC/ST Creamy Layer

Current Affairs – 03.12.2019

India Must Accelerate Implementation Of NAP For AMR

Current Affairs – 02.12.2019

Golkonda Fort’s Wall At Risk

Current Affairs – 01.12.2019

UPSC Current Affairs – 30-05-2019

In news: Eighty-four out of the 102 cities that have been tasked with reducing toxic particulate matter 2.5 & PM 10 levels( 20%-30%) by 2024 have submitted proposals, C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Union Environment Ministry, said at a press conference. In …

UPSC Current Affairs – 29-05-2019

In news: Indian Air Force (IAF) has identified a shortage of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to provide round-the-clock surveillance Advantage for Pakistan : The IAF operates three Israeli Phalcon AWACS and two indigenous Netra Airborne Early Warning …

UPSC Current Affairs – 28-05-2019

In news: Malaysia’s last surviving male Sumatran rhino has died In brief: The Sumatran rhino, the smallest species of rhinoceros, was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysiain 2015. Iman, a female captured in 2014, is now the only surviving …

UPSC Current Affairs – 27-05-2019

In news: The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum is being held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 23-26 May, 2019. In brief: The Forum aims to strengthen the exchange and cooperation in the field of mass media amongst SCO …

UPSC Current Affairs – 26-05-2019

Why in news? A group of researchers has discovered a tenth species of the vine snake of genus Ahaetulla after a gap of more than a century. More on news: The Ahatetulla laudankia, the newly discovered snake, was first spotted …

UPSC Current Affairs – 25-05-2019

In news: NASA’s unveils schedule for Artemis mission to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first woman to the Moon’s South Pole, where no human has ever been before.  It includes eight scheduled launches and a …

UPSC Current Affairs – 24-05-2019

In news: Omani author JokhaAlharthi is the winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies (Story of slavery) In brief: The first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize. The work tells the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 23-05-2019

In news: The solar power project by Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) may soon be a model for similar projects around the world. In brief: As part of International Solar Alliance (ISA)’s initiative to find out suitable models to be …

UPSC Current Affairs – 22-05-2019

In news: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has invited nomination for VayoshreshthaSamman 2019. About VayoshreshthaSamman: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment institutedthe award in the year 2005. Conferred to eminent senior citizens and Institutions in recognition for their …

UPSC Current Affairs – 21-05-2019

In news: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) under the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers has put out the list of 9 anti-cancer non-scheduled medicines whose MRPs have been cut by up to 87 % In brief : The new …

UPSC Current Affairs – 20-05-2019

Why in news? Recently the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has red-flagged three brands of pacemakers from US medical-device maker Medtronic. More on news: The development comes less than a fortnight after a similar safety alert was issued by …

UPSC Current Affairs – 19-05-2019

In news: The study carried out in Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh noted that hornbills, one among the large-sized frugivores, are the top seed dispersers. More on news: The development comes less than a fortnight after a similar safety …

UPSC Current Affairs – 18-05-2019

In news Kerala has turned out to be the first sub-sovereign entity in the country to access the international market by listing masala bonds at the London Stock Exchange. In brief The resources earned through the bonds would be channelised …

UPSC Current Affairs – 17-05-2019

Why in news? Annamacharya Jayanti is to be celebrated on May 18 throughout Andhra Pradesh. This is the 610th birth anniversary celebrations of Annamacharya, who is also known as Annamaiah. About Annamacharya: He was a 15th century- saint (1408-1503) Hindu …

UPSC Current Affairs – 16-05-2019

Why in news? Justice A.K. Sikri has been appointed as the Chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority. About News Broadcasting Standards Authority: It is an independent body set up by the News Broadcasters Association. Its task is to consider …

UPSC Current Affairs – 15-05-2019

In News: The ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (MS FTX) in the South China Sea concluded on 13 May 2019 at RSS Singapura ( also known as Changi Naval Base) in Singapore. In Brief The …

UPSC Current Affairs – 14-05-2019

World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) and the Centre-funded Wildlife Institute of India (WII)has embarked on a project to create DNA profiles of all rhinos in the country by 2021. The exercise would be useful in curbing poaching and gathering …

UPSC Current Affairs – 13-05-2019

In News: Prime Minister Imran Khan called the attack an act of terrorism and praised the “initial response by security guards and security forces” for preventing greater loss of life. In Brief: 1. An insurgent attack at a luxury hotel …

UPSC Current Affairs – 12-05-2019

In news: Taxonomists have discovered a non-venomous species of snake in Mizoram – Smithophisatemporalis. About Smithophisatemporalis: It predominantly aquatic. It is locally called Ruahlawmrul or rain-loving snake.In Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, this snake is commonly seen during the monsoons …

UPSC Current Affairs – 11-05-2019

In news: The WHO has partnered with the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to achieve elimination of Trans fat from the industrially produced global food supply by 2023. IFBA membersdeceided to ensure that the amount of industrial trans fat …

Current Affairs – 10-05-2019

In news: Two Indian Navy ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti carried out a six day long ‘Group Sail’ (starting from 3 May and ending on 9 May) with naval ships of USA, Japan and Philippines in South China Sea …

Current Affairs – 09-05-2019

In news: India was re-elected as Observer to the Arctic Council during the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting at Rovaniemi, Finland. About Arctic Council:  The Arctic Council promotes cooperation, coordination and interaction among Arctic states, the region’s indigenous communities and …

Current Affairs – 08-05-2019

Why in news?  Recently the outbreak of Fall Armyworm has affected maize cultivation in 122 villages of Mizoram. More on news:  These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and …

Current Affairs – 07-05-2019

Why in news?  Recently the GRIHA Council launched a rating system called GRIHA for Existing Day Schools. More on news:  GRIHA for Existing Day Schools is a simple rating tool designed to evaluate the environmental performance of existing schools across …

Current Affairs – 06-05-2019

MCI DE-Rosters Doctors for Appearing in Advertisements In News: The Medical Council of India has taken action against a group of physicians who reportedly appeared in an advertisement released by the hospital they were working in. In Brief: While the …

Current Affairs – 05-05-2019

3D Printed Human Skin In news: Researchers at the IIT-Delhi have successfully 3D bio-printed human skin models that have certain anatomically relevant structural, mechanical and biochemical features similar to native human skin. The bio-printed skin model will have wide applications …

Current Affairs – 04-05-2019

In News:  Only 10 of 100 sewage projects on Ganga have been completed (NMCG) “Of ₹28,000 cr. sanctioned, only ₹6,700 cr. spent till date” In Brief: 10 of the 100 sewage infrastructure projects commissioned after 2015 under the Namami Gange …

Current Affairs – 03-05-2019

In news:  The 14th edition of the annual Sino-Indian border trade opened at Nathu La in Sikkim. In brief:  The bilateral border trade between the two countries is organized four  days a week for six months, between May 1 and …

Current Affairs – 02-05-2019

Why in news?  As per a recent study, Anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 13% in 2018 from the previous year, with the highest number of incidents reported in Western democracies, including the U.S., France, Britain and Germany. More on news:  The …

Current Affairs – 01-05-2019

In News: The Madras High Court ruled that the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G)ofPuducherry could not interfere with the day-to-day administration of the Union Territory when an elected government was in place. In Brief: The Central government as well as the Administrator [the …

Current Affairs – 30-04-2019

Why in news?  Recently the Union Environment Ministry has constituted a committee to implement the National Clean Air Programme(NCAP) More on news:  The committee will be chaired by the Secretary,Union Environment Ministry has among its members the Joint Secretary (Thermal), …

Current Affairs – 29-04-2019

Why in news?  According to recent media reports, not much progress has been made under Safe City Programme. • The report highlights the poor guidelines and improper utilisation of fund. About Safe City Programme:  It was launched with a focus …

Current Affairs – 28-04-2019

Why in news? As per a recent study, India was reported to be the fourth largest funder of research and development (R&D) in neglected diseases. More on news: However, the same study observes that the policy framework for tackling the …

Current Affairs – 27-04-2019

In News: The Supreme Court gave the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) a last opportunity to withdraw a November 2016 Disclosure Policy to the extent to which it stonewalls revelation of every other kind of information under the Right to …

Current Affairs – 26-04-2019

In news: According to Global Forest Watch, the world lost 12 million hectares of tropical tree cover in 2018. It was the fourth-highest annual decline since records began in 2001. In brief:  Much of the loss occurred in primary rainforests. …

Current Affairs – 25-04-2019

Why in news:  Days just earlier Interpol conducted Operation Epervier II to rescue dozens of child slaves from markets in West Africa. About Interpol:  The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, is an international organization that facilities …

Current Affairs – 24-04-2019

Why in news?  Recently the Ministry of AYUSH and CSIR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science.  The MoU also encompass the …

Current Affairs – 23-04-2019

Earth Day: Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, when people worldwide bring awareness to protecting our environment. USA is credited with creating the first Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, it is said that almost 20 million Americans took …

Current Affairs – 22-04-2019

Earth Day is an annual event, organized to show support for environmental protection around the world on April 22. Earth Day was founded by American senator Gaylord Nelson for environmental education. This day commenced on April 22, 1970 and today …

Current Affairs – 21-04-2019

In news: A recent study by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in collaboration with University of California in Berkeley, Urban Emissions, Delhi and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has pointed out that the use of firewood, kerosene and coal …

Current Affairs – 20-04-2019

In news: The Asian Tea Alliance (ATA), a union of five tea-growing and consuming countries, was launched on 19th April 2019 in Guizhou in China. Background: Members:Indian Tea Association, China Tea Marketing Association, Indonesian Tea Marketing Association, Sri Lanka Tea …

Current Affairs – 19-04-2019

In news: A petition has been filed in Supreme Court challenging the vires of Section 62(5) of the Representation of People Act, 1951 (RP Act),as it prohibits a person confined in a prison from casting her vote. In brief: The …

Current Affairs – 18-04-2019

In News  NASA has announced extended assignments for astronauts at the International Space Station.NASA astronaut Christina Koch will spend 11 months at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. About  The current record-holder for female space fliers is …

Current Affairs – 17-04-2019

In News: Poll body acted against communal speeches after top court pulled it up and gave it 24 hours to act InBrief: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took note of the Election Commission of India (ECI) quickly changing tack on …

Current Affairs – 16-04-2019

World’s first 3D-printed heart with human tissue In news: Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels. In brief: It marked the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered …

Current Affairs – 15-04-2019

Why in news?  Recently the U.S.- based Centrer for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) highlighted the issues faced by the India Health Sector. Key takeaways from the report:  In India, there is one government doctor for every 10,189 people …

Current Affairs – 14-04-2019

In News: India shifts to net steel importer in 2018-19 fiscal In Brief:  India was a net importer of steel during the 2018-19 fiscal year, the first time in three years, as the country lost market share among its traditional …

Current Affairs – 13-04-2019

In news: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation through a Presidential decree. In brief: The award is being given to the Prime Minister for …

Current Affairs – 12-04-2019

India stares at a pile of solar e- waste In News: India’s PV (photovoltaic) waste volume is estimated to grow to 200,000 tonnes by 2030 and around 1.8 million tonnes by 2050. In Brief: By 2050, India will likely stare …

UPSC Current Affairs – 11-04-2019

Jallianwalla bagh massacre (1919) Why In News : Among the events planned in the city to mark the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, CM Amarinder Singh is expected to take part in a candle march in Amritsar on April …

UPSC Current Affairs – 10-04-2019

Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments In News: The Centre has denied a Right to Information (RTI) request for details of the ongoing recruitment process for four vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC), despite a recent Supreme Court …

UPSC Current Affairs – 09-04-2019

New year in different parts of india NAVREH  Navreh is the Kashmiri New Year Festival celebrated by the Kashmiri Pandits.  The festival falls on the first day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra. The word navreh, derived …

UPSC Current Affairs – 08-04-2019

Netanyahu pledges to annex West Bank settlements after vote In News: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins elections, a deeply controversial move that could prove to be the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 07-04-2019

Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) The US National Science Foundation has scheduled a news conference in April 10, Washington to announce a ‘ground-breaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project,’ an international partnership formed in 2012 to try to directly …

UPSC Current Affairs – 06-04-2019

NuGen Mobility Summit 2019  The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is organizing a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019, at Manesar, NCR, from 27th to 29th November 2019. The objective of the Summit is to share new ideas, learnings, global experiences, …

UPSC Current Affairs – 05-04-2019

In News? Govt. defends electoral bonds scheme in SC. It claimed that it ensures transparency and checks misuse. Electoral bonds have been introduced to promote transparency in funding and donation received by political parties, the government told the Supreme Court. …

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In News: South Korea will become the first country to commercially launch fifth-generation (5G) services as it rolls out the latest wireless technology with Samsung Electronics’ new 5G-enabled smart phone Galaxy S10. About 5G  5G is the fifth generation mobile …

UPSC Current Affairs – 03-04-2019

In News: Supreme Court quashed the RBI’s February 12, 2018 circular, which directed banks to move against defaulters under the Insolvency and Banking Code (IBC) on their failure to pay up within 180 days from March 1, 2018. In Brief: …

UPSC Current Affairs – 02-04-2019

Dena bank, Vijaya bank merges with bank of Baroda In News: Bank of Baroda (BoB) became the second largest state-owned lender after merging Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into itself as part of the first three-way amalgamation. In Brief: Historical …

UPSC Current Affairs – 01-04-2019

Ballot papers in Nizamabad  The Election Commission of India announced on Sunday that only Electronic Voting Machines will be used in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency.  Earlier there were speculations that the ballot papers may be used for the polling in …

UPSC Current Affairs – 31-03-2019

At least 37 vultures belonging to three endangered species died after feeding on pesticide-laced cattle carcass. Most of the 37 vultures that died are Himalayan griffon. A few are oriental white-backed and slender-billed vultures  It was a clear case of …

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In news: Over 20 opposition party leaders had moved the Supreme Court, seeking physical verification of at least 50% of the votes cast on EVMs to ensure the purity of the process. The petition has challenged the decision of the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 29-03-2019

Why In News: An NGO, We the Citizens, challenged 35A in SC in 2014 on grounds that it was not added to the Constitution through amendment under Article 368. It was never presented before Parliament. Another petition, claims Article 35A …

UPSC Current Affairs – 28-03-2019

In news: India conducted its first anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test successfully destroying a low earth orbit satellite in space by using a missile. The satellite downed by the ASAT missile was Microsat-R,an imaging satellite which was launched into orbit on …

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In news: The Union Health Ministry notified New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019. The aim is to promote clinical research in India, have predictable, transparent and effective regulations for such trials and also make faster accessibility of new drugs …

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In news: India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan 2, scheduled to launch next month, will carry NASA-owned laser retro-reflector arrays that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon. Israeli lander Beresheet, due to touch down April 11, …

UPSC Current Affairs – 25-03-2019

In brief: Vice President of India Mr.Venkaiah Naidu cautioned against the further degradation of oceans and their ecosystem and called India to fully tap the enormous potential of the blue economy to achieve higher growth and initiate appropriate programmes for …

UPSC Current Affairs – 24-03-2019

Why in News? The fall of Baghouz brings to a close a nearly five-year global campaign against the Islamic State that raged in two countries, spanned two U.S. presidencies and saw a U.S.-led coalition unleash more than 1,00,000 strikes. But …

UPSC Current Affairs – 23-03-2019

Why in news? March 21 is observed as the World Down Syndrome Day under the auspices of United Nations. In Brief: About DOWN SYNDROME: It is a genetic disorder associated with delayed physical and mental development.It is also known as …

UPSC Current Affairs – 22-03-2019

Why In News:  Only educating farmers about the monetary costs of burning stubble can address the environmental crisis triggered every year. Burning stubble, the rice chaff left over after harvesting, is linked to winter air-pollution in the State as well …

UPSC Current Affairs – 21-03-2019

Why In News: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday renewed calls for a resolution to a festering dispute between Qatar and four other Arab nations, all of them America’s partners. The dispute that has roiled the Gulf Cooperation …

UPSC Current Affairs – 20-03-2019

Why In News: China rejected the assertion by the Dalai Lama that his successor could be found in India a move that could undermine the legitimacy of the next in line chosen by Beijing. The 14th Dalai Lama has been …

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Why in news? A bench led by Justice A.M.Sapre criticised a judge of the Uttarkand HC . While setting aside an Uttarakhand High Court order,the Supreme Court observed that it is not the function of a High Court to frame …

UPSC Current Affairs – 18-03-2019

Why in news?  Recent clinical trials show that TAVR therapy can be useful in younger and healther patients, which was primarily reserved mostly for old and sick patients. It can serve as a viable alternative for open heart surgery. In …

UPSC Current Affairs – 17-03-2019

In News: A natural biopolymer, chitosan (a kind of polysaccharide obtained from a chitin shell such as the shrimp’s), which is water-soluble, has been chemically modified to selectively remove either an oil or water phase from an oil-water mixture. In …

UPSC Current Affairs – 16-03-2019

Why in News? The Madras High Court on Friday impressed on the Centre the need to show greater vigour and interest in proceeding with the excavations that had led to promising discovery of an ancient civilisation having thrived on the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 15-03-2019

TUSSLE BETWEEN RTI ACT AND OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT Why in News? On March 15, 2019, the Supreme Court Judge Justice K.M. Joseph declared that as per Section 22 of RTI Act, the RTI has an “overriding effect” over Official Secrets …

UPSC Current Affairs – 14-03-2019

1.Much to gain if Paris climate goals are met Why in News? India could save at least $3 trillion (Rs. 210 trillion approx.) in healthcare costs if it implemented policy initiatives consistent with ensuring that the globe didn’t heat up …

UPSC Current Affairs – 13-03-2019

India’s newest frog evolved 60 million years ago In News: The discovery of the starry dwarf frog, a nocturnal amphibian that lives under leaf litter on a mountain top in Kerala’s Wayanad Sanctuary. Morphological Characters: It is just 2 cm …

UPSC Current Affairs – 12-03-2019

WHO strategy to fight flu pandemics Why in news?: The World Health Organization has released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030. In Brief: It aims at protecting people across the world from influenza. Influenza or flu is a contagious disease …

UPSC Current Affairs – 11-03-2019

1.Belle II In News: Belle II is a particle accelerator experiment located in Tsukuba, Japan, is a unique facility in the world. Here, electrons and ositrons (anti-electrons) collide to produce B mesons in order to study the breakdown of symmetry …

UPSC Current Affairs – 10-03-2019

OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT, 1923 Why in News? Recently Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the government could invoke the Official Secrets Acts against the The Hindu newspaper, which had published to the documents pertaining to the purchase …

UPSC Current Affairs – 09-03-2019

82% of Ujjwala families return for LPG refill4 Why in news? Recently, Oil Minister has handed over LPG connection under the Ujjwala scheme to beneficiary number 7 crore. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna is a scheme of …

UPSC Current Affairs – 08-03-2019

Soumya Swaminathan is WHO chief scientist Why in news? Soumya Swaminathan has been named as the Chief Scientist in a newly created Chief Scientists department in WHO. The Chief Scientists division has been created to strengthen WHO’s core scientific work …

UPSC Current Affairs – 07-03-2019

National Mineral Policy Why In News? The Union Cabinet approved the National Mineral Policy 2019that is aimed at bringing about more effective regulation to the sector as well as a more sustainable approach while addressing the issues of those affected …

UPSC Current Affairs – 06-03-2019

GSP Withdrawal Why in News The US has announced that it intends to “terminate” India’s designation as a beneficiary of its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). In Brief: What is GSP programme The GSP, the largest and oldest US trade …

UPSC Current Affairs – 05-03-2019

New Delhi Declaration Why in News: India will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia to increase the population of three species of Asian rhinos, including the Greater one-horned rhinoceros found in the Indian sub-continent. The five rhino range nations …

UPSC Current Affairs – 04-03-2019

1.Adopting electric two-wheelers in India Why in News? Cumulative electric vehicles (EVs) on road crossed the four million-mark and the Tesla Model 3 became the best-selling premium vehicle, delivering over 1,40,000 vehicles in the year. In brief: According to the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 03-03-2019

1.Rajasthan’s Gujjar quota faces a legal challenge: Why in News? The Assembly had unanimously passed the Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Amendment Bill, …

UPSC Current Affairs – 02-03-2019

Phase 2 of Fame Scheme: Why in News? The Union cabinet recently approved the implementation of scheme titled ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)’ for promotion of Electric Mobility in the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 01-03-2019

National Policy on Software Products, 2019 Why in News? The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released the National Policy on Software Products, 2019 aimed at stimulating the software products ecosystem in India. About the policy: The policy claims that …

UPSC Current Affairs – 27-02-2019

In News: 12 IAF Mirage-2000 fighter jets unleash five one-tonne payloads since, 200-325 militants had moved there from the LoC after the Pulwama attack. Government calls it “non-military, pre-emptive” operation. Explained: Twelve days after the Pulwama attack, the Indian Air …

UPSC Current Affairs – 26-02-2019

In News: Samples excavated from the Adichanallur site in Thoothukudi have been sent for carbon dating test to laboratories in the U.S. and New Delhi and the results would be available in a month’s time. Explained: Adichanallur in southern Tamil …

UPSC Current Affairs – 25-02-2019

In News: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has commissioned the development of an aerial surveillance system for monitoring suspicious movements under dense foliage cover along the international border and some parts within the country. Explained: In the recent years, terrorist …

UPSC Current Affairs – 24-02-2019

In news The Ganga river basin could see crop failures rise three-fold and drinking water shortage go up by as much as 39% in some States between now and 2040, as per an assessment commissioned by the World Bank and …

UPSC Current Affairs – 23-02-2019

In News: Condemning the Pulwama February 14 attack, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), issued a stern statement to Pakistan to comply with an action plan on terror financing or face further action, according to a decision taken at its …

UPSC Current Affairs – 22-02-2019

In News: Assam Rifles, deployed along the Myanmar border, has been empowered by the Centre to arrest anyone and search a place without warrant in the border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram. Explained: Earlier, Assam Rifles …

UPSC Current Affairs – 21-02-2019

In News: The Supreme Court found Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom) and two other group firms guilty of contempt of court, observing that the defendants had adopted a “cavalier attitude” despite the court’s best efforts to “lend a helping hand” to …

UPSC Current Affairs – 20-02-2019

The Union Cabinet approved the new National Electronics Policy 2019 that aims to achieve a turnover of $400 billion (about Rs. 26 lakh crore) for the electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector by 2025, while generating employment opportunities for …

UPSC Current Affairs – 19-02-2019

Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change. The rat-like Bramble Cay Melomyswhose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern …

UPSC Current Affairs – 18-02-2019

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, an intergovernmental organisationfocussed on environmental and social change in Hindu Kush Himalaya. It warned that one-third of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region could disappear by the end of the century …

UPSC Current Affairs – 17-02-2019

Three out of five farmers in India grow their crops using rainwater, instead of irrigation. However, per hectare government investment on their lands may be 20 times lower, procurement of their crops is a fraction of major irrigated land crops, …

UPSC Current Affairs – 16-02-2019

India revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status of Pakistan and warned of more measures in response to its support for terrorist groups targeting India. While Prime Minister asserted that those responsible for terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir would …

UPSC Current Affairs – 15-02-2019

1. Wasted effort: half of India’s waste-to-energy plants defunct Nearly half of India’s waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, meant to convert non-biodegradable waste, are defunct. Further, the country’s inability to segregate waste has resulted in even the existing plants working below capacity. …

UPSC Current Affairs – 14-02-2019

1. Rafale cost is 2.86% lower, but Dassault benefited without bank guarantee: CAG The contract signed in 2016 to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets from France through the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) was 2.86% lower in value than “Audit’s aligned price” …

UPSC Current Affairs – 13-02-2019

1. Minister promises to get TikTok banned TikTok, a popular mobile phone application that allows users to shoot and share 15-second videos with lip-sync set to popular film songs and dialogues among others, is being seen as a “cultural” and …

UPSC Current Affairs – 12-02-2019

File cases against Avni’s shooter The State level panel inquiring into Avni or tigress T1’s death has called for ‘immediate’ registration of cases against sharp shooter Asghar Ali Khan, who it not only considered ‘prima facie guilty of unauthorised shooting’ …

UPSC Current Affairs – 11-02-2019

Inscriptions related to Alupa rulers found in city An effort to document the old Veeranarayana Temple by the Religious and Charitable Endowments Department has led to the discovery of inscriptions related to VeeraKulashekaraAlupendra, the longest ruling king of Alupa dynasty …

UPSC Current Affairs – 10-02-2019

1. Rajapaksa underlines need to sustain Delhi – Colomboties Sri Lanka’s Leader of the Opposition and former President MahindaRajapaksa made an impassioned pleathat the relation between India and Srilankashould not fall victim to a change in government in either capital. …

UPSC Current Affairs – 09-02-2019

1. Divisional status to Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir Governor granted Ladakh a divisional status, thus creating three administrative units of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in the State. During the winter months, the entire Ladakh region remains cut-off from the rest …

UPSC Current Affairs – 08-02-2019

Panel defers resort project at Andaman’s It doesn’t account for the biodiversity of the islands ‘coast’ An expert committee of the Union Environment Ministry has “deferred” clearance to a ₹100 crore proposal by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development …

UPSC Current Affairs – 07-02-2019

Repo rate reduced by 25 basis points; EMIs to come down The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25% in a bid to revive economic growth as it projected retail inflation …

UPSC Current Affairs – 06-02-2019

Explain measures for tiger protection: High Court Responding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a wildlife activist, the Telangana High Court on Tuesday directed the top brass of the Forest Department, including the Kawal Tiger Reserve Field Director, …

UPSC Current Affairs – 05-02-2019

U.K. clears Mallya’s extradition to India Extradition is the legal process by which a person is transferred from one place to another without the person’s consent. This is a legal method to prevent people from evading justice. When a person …

UPSC Current Affairs – 04-02-2019

Pendency a cause for concern, says CJI Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said the judiciary was saddled with about 3 crore pending cases. Of this, 81 lakh cases were just a year old and 50 lakh were petty …

UPSC Current Affairs – 03-02-2019

Centre’s crackdown hits Greenpeace Greenpeace has been forced to close two of its regional offices and “considerably” reduce its staff in India because of a government crackdown on allegedly unlawful foreign funding of NGOs. The organisation has been campaigning on …

UPSC Current Affairs – 02-02-2019

Ocean mixing that drives climate found in surprise spot One of the key drivers of the world’s climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean, where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first …

UPSC Current Affairs – 01-02-2019

Unemployment data based on draft report The government’s think tank NITI Aayog debunked claims that unemployment in 2017-18 was at a 45-year high. The NITI Aayog said the report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), cited as the source …

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On December 26, 2018, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme. i.The ranking shows the incremental progress achieved by 111 aspirational districts (out of 115) during June 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, across six key development sectors. ii.Three aspirational districts from West Bengal did …

Current Affairs – 27-12-2018

DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE: Development of tourism infrastructure is being given priority to provide a better tourism experience to the tourists. Theme based circuits are being developed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme spanning the entire country. Nine projects under the …

Current Affairs – 26-12-2018

Doubling Of Farmers Income: The Government has set a target of doubling of farmers’ income by the year 2022. The Government has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee to examine issues relating to doubling of farmers’ income and recommend a strategy to …

Current Affairs – 25-12-2018

India’s longest road-rail bridge – Bogibeel bridge Bogibeel, India’s longest road-rail bridge connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 94th birth anniversary of the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. …

Current Affairs – 24-12-2018

It is a joint Sino-India military exercise The exercise included lectures and discussions on various counter terrorism aspects like cordon and search operations, raid on terrorist hideouts, intelligence collection and joint operations. The troops shared best practices being followed by …

Current Affairs – 22-12-2018

Delhi Assembly today passed a resolution demanding that Bharat Ratna awarded to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Anti Sikh Riots 1984 Due to the orders of Indira Gandhi, Indian Army launched its offensive …

Current Affairs – 21-12-2018

The government will infuse 83000 crore in Public Sector Banks in next few months in the current fiscal. Finance Minister said the recapitalisation will enhance the lending capacity of state-owned banks and help them come out of the RBI’s Prompt Corrective Action, …

Current Affairs – 20-12-2018

Context A growth rate of 9% is essential to generate enough jobs and achieve universal prosperity, according to a vision document released by NITI Aayog. Details of the document The ‘Strategy for New India @75’ document recommends a number of …

Current Affairs – 19-12-2018

Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Nand Kumar Sai has written a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking re-imposition of Restricted Area Permit regime in six Islands in Andaman and Nicobar. These islands are inhabited by Andamanese, Jarawas, …

Current Affairs – 18-12-2018

Cyclone Phethai made landfall near Katrenikona in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday afternoon. Heavy rain and winds were experienced in many areas in the district. The cyclone caused huge damage to standing crops,especially paddy in East Godavari, …

Current Affairs – 17-12-2018

Military communication satellite to be launched on December 19. It is a Military communication satellite Although all Indian communication satellites offer capacity to the armed forces, GSAT-7A will be the first one built primarily for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to qualitatively unify …

Current Affairs – 15-12-2018

Ground water regulatory mechanism In order to comply with various directions of the Hon’ble NGT and to address various shortcomings in the existing guidelines of ground water extraction, the Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and …

Current Affairs – 14-12-2018

India and Myanmar discussed all major aspects of bilateral relations which included political, defence and security, trade, development cooperation and people to people contact. This visit assumes importance as a peaceful and prosperous Myanmar is important for the development of …

Current Affairs – 13-12-2018

A Parliamentary panel has recommended that the Centre urgently take steps to ensure that the National Security Guard (NSG) — the country’s premier counter-terrorist and contingency force — is equipped with its own dedicated air wing. The NSG was raised …

Current Affairs – 12-12-2018

On 10th December 2018, Israel became a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system. Key Points: Earlier Israel became …

Current Affairs – 11-12-2018

UNDERLINING the deepening trust deficit between the Reserve Bank of India and the central government, RBI Governor Urjit Patel resigned Monday, almost 10 months ahead of his term — ending the shortest tenure a central banker in India has had …

Current Affairs – 10-12-2018

Context: The 10th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY will be conducted at Visakhapatnam. About: INDRA is a navy exercise between Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) and Indian navy. The primary aim of the exercise is to increase inter-operability amongst the two …

Current Affairs – 08-12-2018

The committee constituted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to enquire into the death of tiger T-1 (the official name of the tigress known as Avni) in Pandharkawada on November 2, has concluded that the dart shot to immobilise …

Current Affairs – 07-12-2018

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Chief Ministers of all States and Union Territories seeking their cooperation to ensure 33% reservation for women in Legislative Assemblies and Parliament. Earlier, he had urged Prime Minister NarendraModi to initiate …

Current Affairs – 06-12-2018

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday stressed on the need for an amendment to the Anti-Defection Law, making it mandatory for the Speaker/Chairman of Assembly/Council to dispose of petitions on defections within a time frame.   Details of VenkaiahSpeech Constituting …

Current Affairs – 05-12-2018

Today is World Soil Day. The day is observed annually on 5th December to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. The theme for this year’s World Soil Day is …

Current Affairs – 04-12-2018

Qatar announced on Monday it was leaving the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC), the world’s leading oil producing bloc. The Gulf state, which has been a member of OPEC since 1961, said it wanted to focus more on the production of …

Current Affairs – 03-12-2018

Context: The Supreme Court today directed the Maharashtra government to submit before it the charge sheet filed against arrested rights activists before a Pune court in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. History: BhimaKoregaon in Pune, Maharashtra, the seat of unrest …

Current Affairs 01-12-2018

Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED felicitated sixth time Women’s World Boxing Champion Mary Kom at the closing ceremony of AadiMahotsav” at DilliHaat today. MsKom is the Brand Ambassador for the TRIBES India’s Punchatantra range of products handcrafted by tribal …

Current Affairs – 30-11-2018

The government has launched a unique initiative called BhashaSangam to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages. The initiative, under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, was launched on 22nd of this month and will continue till the 21st of December.  BhashaSangam …

Current Affairs – 28-11-2018

On November 27, 2018, Odisha government released lexicons of 21 tribal languages for multilingual education (MLE) purposes for elementary schools in tribal dominated districts. Objective: To bring back the tribal languages in circulation and prevent them from vanishing. Important: This initiative has been prepared by Special Developmentcouncil which …

Current Affairs – 27-11-2018

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a fresh petition challenging Article 370, which gives special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. One of the main writ petitions pending is by NGO ‘We the Citizens’, which challenges the validity …

Current Affairs – 26-11-2018

PM NarendraModi spoke about the “Constitution Day” which falls on the26th November every year on his monthly radio talk ‘Mann kiBaat’. ABOUT: Constitution Day(National Law Day), also known as Samvidhan Divas, is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate …

Current Affairs – 24-11-2018

Three major science administrators in India — the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Department of Biotechnolgy — are getting together to promote research in herbal drugs, some of which involve deriving …

Current Affairs – 23-11-2018

The National Conference (NC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik for dissolving the Assembly and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav for his remarks alleging …

Current Affairs – 22-11-2018

Key Points: As per the report, India accounted for 4 % of global malaria cases in 2017. It has made significant progress in reducing malaria since then. ii. India has registered a 24 % reduction in cases over 2016, mainly due …

Current Affairs – 21-11-2018

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 …

Current Affairs – 20-11-2018

UNESCO report says that 80% of seasonal migrant children in seven cities lacked access to education and 40% were likely to end up in work Literacy levels in rural households of India dip with seasonal migration, the UNESCO global education …

Current Affairs – 19-11-2018

The 8th National Conference of Women in Police (NCWP) begins in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The two-day conference which is being organized by Bureau of Police Research & Development in collaboration with Jharkhand Police, is the only national-level platform to address the issues …

Current Affairs – 17-11-2018

In the light of serious allegations against the CBI, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have withdrawn the “general consent” granted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). What is General Consent? General Consent is the approval given by a State …

Current Affairs – 16-11-2018

CJI-led Bench took note of over 5,000 vacancies in subordinate judiciary Details: The SC pulled up various State governments and the administrative side of the High Courts for delay in filling vacancies in subordinate judicial services. A bench headed by …

Current Affairs – 15-11-2018

India votes against UNGA draft resolution on use of death penalty India has voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution on the use of death penalty, saying it goes against the statutory law of the country where an execution is …

Current Affairs 14-11-2018

Amnesty International strips Myanmar’s Aung San SuuKyi of ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award Amnesty International has withdrawn ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award, from Myanmar Councillor Aung San SuuKyi, accusing her of supporting human rights abuses by not taking efforts to stop violence …

Current Affairs 13-11-2018

The Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) on November 12, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Abu Dhabi to explore the possibility of storing ADNOC crude oil at ISPRL’s underground …

Current Affairs 12-11-2018

On November 11, 2018, according to an annual report 2018 Pneumonia and Diarrhea ProgressReport released by International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, vaccinations in India are still out of reach of girls under the age of five in …

Current Affairs – 10-11-2018

The 25thedition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” is scheduled from 10thto 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the …

Current Affairs – 09-11-2018

The 25thedition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” is scheduled from 10thto 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the …

Current Affairs – 08-11-2018

Highlights: Demonitisation is a key step in a chain of important decisions taken by the Government to formalise the economy. Technology has been used for both Direct and indirect taxes to facilitate filing of returns and expanding the tax base. …

Current Affairs 07-11-2018

Taking a cue from Uttar Pradesh government which has renamed Allahabad and Faizabad as Prayagaraj and Ayodhya, the Gujarat government had expressed its interest in renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati. Chief Minister said the Gujarat government is looking into the legal …

Current Affairs – 05-11-2018

The Vice President of India, has said that Mahatma Gandhi’s life and message of peace finds resonance in every part of the World. He was addressing the gathering after launching ‘India For Humanity’ a worldwide program on the ocassion of …

Current Affairs 04-11-2018

National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda This seminar is being organised by Ministry of AYUSH in association with NITI Aayog at Dr. Ambedkar International centre, New Delhi It has the aim of encouraging entrepreneurs and Ayurveda stakeholders …

Current Affairs 03-11-2018

Zika Virus Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) under Department of Health Research is in the forefront of advanced research in virology and the ICMR-National Institute of Virology (NIV) is at par with leading scientific establishments across the world. ICMR-NIV, …

Current Affairs 02-11-2018

Renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer SurendraSai Airport, Jharsuguda” The Union Cabinet has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer SurendraSai Airport, Jharsuguda” Benefits: Veer SurendraSai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport …

Current Affairs 31-10-2018

PradhanMantriBhartiyaJanaushadhiPariyojana (PMBJP) The PradhanMantriBhartiyaJanaushadhiPariyojana (PMBJP) is a Silent revolution, Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers. Government of India’s endeavour to provide quality medicines at an affordable price is now making an impact …

Current Affairs 30-10-2018

The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, will dedicate the world’s tallest statue, the “Statue of Unity”, to the Nation, at Kevadiya in Gujarat. The 182 metre statue of SardarVallabhbhaiPatel, will be dedicated to the nation on his birth anniversary, at Kevadiya in …

Current Affairs 29-10-2018

PM addresses ‘Make in India’ Seminar in Tokyo The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, addressed the ‘Make in India: India-Japan partnership in Africa and digital partnership’ seminar, in Tokyo. Highlights from his Speech: He explained how the Union Government is focused on …

Current Affairs 27-10-2018

Experiencing North East festival The ‘Experiencing North East’ festival is being held. It depicts the uniqueness of North Eastern culture. ‘Experiencing North East’ Festival: The event which is a part of ‘Destination North East’ series aims at showcasing the diverse culture and …

Current Affairs 26-10-2018

India and Bangladesh have signed several milestone agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements. These agreements will facilitate easier movement of goods and passengers between the two countries, giving an …

Current Affairs 25-10-2018

The Supreme Court has banned the sale and registration of motor vehicles conforming to the emission standard Bharat Stage-IV in the entire country from April 1, 2020. What are BS norms? The BS — or Bharat Stage — emission standards …

Current Affairs 24-10-2018

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is gaining momentum yet again as the Assam Government has refused the proposed rally of organisations from West Bengal in support of the Bill. What is the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016? The Citizenship Amendment Bill was …

Current Affairs 23-10-2018

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) is a modern economic legislation. Section 240 of the Code empowers the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) to make regulations subject to the conditions that the regulations: carry out the provisions …

Current Affairs 22-10-2018

Nearly one lakh patients benefited for serious illnesses in hospitals across the country under PM JAY: Govt The government has said that nearly one lakh patients have received medical benefits for serious illnesses in hospitals across the country under Ayushman …

Current Affairs 21-10-2018

75th anniversary of formation of Azad Hind Govt PM Modi to hoist national flag & unveil plaque to celebrate 75th anniversary of formation of Azad Hind Govt at Red Fort, Delhi. ThePrime Minister NarendraModi will hoist the national flag and …

Current Affairs 20-10-2018

India, Japan, U.S. plan joint air exercise India, Japan and the U.S. are set to elevate the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format. The three countries already conduct naval war games under the expanded Malabar naval exercise. …

Current Affairs 19-10-2018

Aadhaar data to be deleted if mobile customer gives alternative KYC documents, says telecom body COAI Mobile service customers who want to get their Aadhaar details removed from the records of telecom operators would need to provide alternative verification documents, …

Current Affairs 18-10-2018

A.P. hamlets shine in rural survey Rural Development Ministry conducts a gap analysis of more than 3.5 lakh villages in the country Kuligod in Karnataka’s Belagavi district is the country’s best developed village, but more than a third of the …

Current Affairs 17-10-2018

No time bar for reporting crimes under POCSO Act The clarity comes after the Law Ministry concurred with the opinion of the Ministry of Women and Child Development that unlike the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Protection of Children from …

Current Affairs 15-10-2018

100% organic Sikkim shortlisted for FAO s Future Policy Award: Sikkim has been awarded UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award (Gold Prize) for its achievement in becoming the world’s first totally organic agriculture state. Background: Sikkim …

Current Affairs 12-10-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST(CSD-Daily) 13th convention of the Central Information Commission President speaking on the occasion said, free flow of information is the essence of democracy. And for the people of a free and free-spirited country, information is power. They have …

Current Affairs 11-10-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST(CSD-Daily) World Bank’s Human Capital Index The World Bank released a Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019. The HCI has been constructed for 157 countries. It claims to seek to measure the …

Current Affairs – 09-10-2018 & 10-10-2018

Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 mandates ECI to fill casual vacancies: Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 mandates the Election Commission to fill the casual vacancies in the Houses of Parliament …

Current Affairs 08-10-2018

ESIC wins ‘ISSA GOOD Practice Award, Asia & the Pacific 2018’: The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has won the ‘ISSA Good Practice Award’ for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the …

Current Affairs 06-10-2018

India International Science Festival (IISF-2018) IISF is conceivably the biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and general public to celebrate our nation’s achievements in science and technology. It is a medium to encourage the young minds …

Current Affairs 05-10-2018

Alphonso mango from 5 districts of Maharashtra gets GI tag Alphonso Mango from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and other adjoining areas in Maharashtra, gets a Geographical Indication (GI) Tag. The king of mangoes, Alphonso, better known as ‘Hapus’ in Maharashtra has long been …

Current Affairs 04-10-2018

Facial recognition at airports: Government launches Digi Yatra The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu released the policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports called “DigiYatra”. DigiYatra Central Platform will be …

Current Affairs 03-10-2018

Raksha Mantri Launches ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ Campaign ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ is a mission that has brought together the entire country to fight against the stubborn evil of insanitation and to ensure a clean India. The fight took on renewed energy …

Current Affairs 02-10-2018

U.S., Canada agree on free trade pact The agreement replaces the 25-year-old NAFTA, which Trump had threatened to cancel Canada and the U.S. reached a deadline deal on a new free trade pact that will include Mexico after more than …

Current Affairs 01-10-2018

Amul is an alternate economic model: Narendra Modi Inaugurating a new chocolate-making factory set-up by dairy giant Amul in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a cooperative like Amul is a viable economic alternative to capitalist and socialist models. The …

Current Affairs 29-09-2018

Adultery case: How Supreme Court underlined women’s autonomy as facet of human dignity The “beauty” of the Constitution is that it includes “I, you and me”, Chief Justice of India DipakMisra observed in a landmark judgment that decriminalised adultery. In …

Current Affairs 28-09-2018

High Level Committee Constituted on Corporate Social Responsibility A High Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility – 2018 (HLC-2018) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri. InjetiSrinivas, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to review the existing framework and …

Current Affairs 27-09-2018

Aadhar Verdict | Supreme Court The Supreme Court, in a majority opinion, upheld Aadhaar as a reasonable restriction on individual privacy that fulfils the government’s legitimate aim to provide dignity to a large, marginalised population living in abject poverty. Observations …

Current Affairs 26-09-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST(CSD-Daily) Shri Arun Jaitley launches the Financial Inclusion Index The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, ShriArunJaitley launched the Financial Inclusion Index. Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance will release an Annual Financial Inclusion Index …

Current Affairs 25-09-2018

Why in News? Indian businessman Vijay Mallya has told the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court that he was not a fugitive economic offender” under the Act and had not involved in the scheduled offence of money laundering. Who …

Current Affairs 24-09-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST (CSD-Daily) J&K’s special status challenged Art. 370 a fraud on the statute: petition A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the continued existence of Article 370, which gives a temporary autonomous status to the …

Current Affairs 22-09-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST(CSD) PM to launch Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana at Ranchi About the scheme: Ayushman Bharat is an attempt to ensure that universal healthcare reached the weaker sections of society and it could raise the ratio of people …

Current Affairs 21-09-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST(CSD) President Promulgates Ordinance banning the practice of instant triple talaq President Ram NathKovind has Promulgated an Ordinance banning the practice of instant triple talaq. Earlier, Union Cabinet had approved an Ordinance yesterday(Sept 19,2018) making instant triple talaq …

Current Affairs 20-09-2018

CIVIL SERVICE DIGEST(CSD) Exercise Aviaindra-18 Commences at Lipetsk (Russia) Exercise Aviaindra is an Air Force level exercise between India and the Russian Federation. First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014 and has been planned as a bi-annual exercise. Exercise Aviaindra 18 …

Current Affairs 24-03-2018

ISRO–BHEL Tie up for the Production of Space Grade Lithium-Ion Cells • ISRO has entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which is one of the country’s leading PSUs, to transfer the technology for …

Current Affairs 23-03-2018

ISRO–BHEL Tie up for the Production of Space Grade Lithium-Ion Cells • ISRO has entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which is one of the country’s leading PSUs, to transfer the technology for …

Current Affairs 18-03-2018

7th Women Science Congress Inaugurated at Imphal It was inaugurated by Governor of West Bengal Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at Imphal. It is a 7th edition of WSC and the first Women Science Congress was held in 2012. 7th Women …

Current Affairs 17-03-2018

7th Women Science Congress Inaugurated at Imphal It was inaugurated by Governor of West Bengal Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at Imphal. It is a 7th edition of WSC and the first Women Science Congress was held in 2012. 7th Women …

Current Affairs 12-03-2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate The Delhi End TB Summit The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate The Delhi End TB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan. The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, …

Current Affairs 11-03-2018

PM addresses the National Legislators Conference in Central Hall of Parliament Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a two-day National Legislators Conference at the Central Hall of Parliament House. The theme of the conference is – “We for Development”. The conference …

Current Affairs 10-03-2018

PM addresses the National Legislators Conference in Central Hall of Parliament Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a two-day National Legislators Conference at the Central Hall of Parliament House. The theme of the conference is – “We for Development”. The conference …

Current Affairs 09-03-2018

Minimum Support Price (MSP) for different agricultural crops In light of the Finance Minister’s budget announcement that NITI Aayog will develop and put in place a fool-proof mechanism. NITI Aayog will develop a mechanism for implementation of Minimum Support Price …

Current Affairs 08-03-2018

PM launches National Nutrition Mission, and pan India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan On the occasion of International Women‟s Day, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the National Nutrition Mission and Pan India Expansion …

Current Affairs 07-03-2018

Women Entrepreneurship Platform NITI Aayog will launch its Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) would provide a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem where women do not face any gender-based barriers. The platform …

Current Affairs 06-03-2018

Tribal Health Care Research Programme The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science has initiated Tribal Health Care Research Programme (THCRP) It has been started in 14 States through 15 Institutes under the Council. The aim & objectives of THCRP …

Current Affairs 05-03-2018

Premium Tag for Coffee grown in Araku Valley Coffee Board has applied for registration of Araku coffee under Geographical Indications to protect the unique identity of the coffee grown by the tribal communities of Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district of …

Current Affairs 04-03-2018

Namaste Shalom The Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh launched the social media of “Namaste Shalom”. It is a magazine devoted to …

Current Affairs 03-03-2018

Namaste Shalom The Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh launched the social media of “Namaste Shalom”. It is a magazine devoted to …

Current Affairs 02-03-2018

Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to introduce the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 in Parliament. The Bill would help in laying down measures to deter economic offenders from …

Current Affairs – 01-03-2018

Western Naval Command Concludes Exercise Paschim Leher (XPL-18) It is a three week long exercise termed Exercise „Paschim Leher‟ (XPL). The Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy concluded a large scale operational exercise in the Arabian Sea. It tested …

Current Affairs – 28-02-2018

Health Ministry to get ‘Ayushman Bharat’ Logo through crowd sourcing The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a competition for designing of a logo and tagline for the Ayushman Bharat programme, announced in the General Budget 2018-19, this …

Current Affairs – 27-02-2018

Uma Bharti launches 2nd project of Swajal Yojana in Rajasthan • Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti, launched the Swajal pilot project at Village Bhikampura, Karauli, Rajasthan. • Besides ensuring the availability of clean drinking water …

Current Affairs – 26-02-2018

1) Lake Chilika was in News : • Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon. • It spreads over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River. • …

Current Affairs – 25-02-2018

1. Antarctic Krill • The krill population in the Antarctic is under threat, due to a combination of factors including industrial-scale fishing and climate change. • Antarctic krill are one of the most abundant and successful animal species on Earth. …

Current Affairs – 24-02-2018

1.Artificial Intelligence – Pwc India Report The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on employment is expected to be severe, but the benefits outweigh its concerns, says the Pwc India report. Some of its findings 1.68% of Indian business decision-makers believe …

Current Affairs – 23-02-2018

1. Press Freedom-Corruption Perception Index India is a worst regional offender of press freedom in Asia Pacific, according to Corruption Perception Index. Transparency International finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption in the world. …

Current Affairs – 22-02-2018

1. India offers USD $1 million aid to Tonga India has contributed USD one million for the rehabilitation efforts in Tonga after the Tropical Cyclone Gita caused massive destruction in the Pacific island nation. India has allocated USD 500,000 in …

Current Affairs – 21-02-2018

1. Solar Cycles and Sun spots Key pointers: • The amount of magnetic flux that rises up to the Sun’s surface varies with time in a cycle called the solar cycle, which lasts 11 years on average. • This cycle …

Current Affairs – 20-02-2018

1. Implementation of the National Nutrition Mission in Rajasthan Part of: Mains GS Paper II- Government interventions in important sectors Key pointers: • Rajasthan is gearing up for implementation of the National Nutrition Mission with a State Vision Document-2022 being …

Current Affairs – 19-02-2018

1. Kerala to get MGNREGS assets geo- tagged Kerala is planning to get assets generated under MGNREGS geo- tagged and perhaps become the first state to achieve this distinction. The state Rural Development Department has already geo- tagged over 1 …

Current Affairs – 18-02-2018

1. Enhanced Oil Recovery Program –ONGC The program plans to introduce carbon dioxide injection in oil field to recover an extra 20 million barrels of crude oil. It is carried out by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in its Gandhar …

Current Affairs – 16-02-2018

1. India lets businesses invest in Iran in rupee • India is allowing its businesses to invest in Indian Rs. in Iran, in a major departure from rules that allow Indian investors to open business abroad only in foreign currency …

Current Affairs – 14-02-2018

1. NTPC to supply 300 MW power to Bangladesh: Context: State-run power giant NTPC’s arm NVVN has emerged as the lowest bidder for supply of 300 MW power to Bangladesh for 15 years at an estimated tariff of Rs 3.42 …

Current Affairs – 13-02-2018

1. Naidu is richest, Manik poorest: ADR TDP leader(N. Chandrababu Naidu), with declared assets of Rs. 177 crore, is 680 times richer than Tripura CM(Manik Sarkar) Rs.26 lakh. Extreme inequality in India is evidently not restricted to the general population, …

Current Affairs – 12-02-2018

1. Paper 2: Topic: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. SC stays new Tribunal Rules Context: The Supreme Court has paved the way for appointment of chairpersons, judicial and others members of all 19 tribunals …

Current Affairs – 10-02-2018

1. “Swachh Bharat Sanitation Park” inaugurated in Delhi The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in collaboration with the Environmental Sanitation Institute and Tata Trusts, has developed a Sanitation Park in New Delhi. The park an objective to create awareness …

Current Affairs – 09-02-2018

1. India rejects Maldives offer India rejected an offer by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen to send a special envoy to discuss the ongoing emergency in the country, calling instead on the embattled President to first address its concerns over the …

Current Affairs – 08-02-2018

1. Sahitya award can’t be challenged Sahitya Akademi jury member Githa Hariharan, who had recommended Tamil novel Madhorubagan’s English translation One Part Woman for translation prize 2016, has filed a counter-affidavit in the Madras HC saying that issues within the …

Current Affairs – 07-02-2018

1. Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh to be part of India’s tiger census India’s tiger census, which began late last year, will see coordination with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh in estimating the territorial spread of the animal in the subcontinent. While India …

Current Affairs – 06-02-2018

1. Maldives President declares state of emergency Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency. This is the second time Yameen has declared a state of emergency. Reason: The president has refused to comply with a court …

Current Affairs – 25-01-2018

1. CONTRACT FOR PRIVATE MISSION TO MOON CALLED OFF A contract to fly India’s first-ever private space mission to the moon on the PSLV rocket of the Indian Space Research Organisation, as part of the Google Lunar XPrize contest, has …

Current Affairs – 24-01-2018

Making our roads safe-The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, will rectify systemic issues The World Health Organisation (WHO) points out that for effective road safety management, it is imperative to have an institutionalised and sustainable data system. • This includes …

Current Affairs – 23-01-2018

1. PROTECTING THE BARRIER ECOSYSTEM Australia has announced a cull of coral-eating starfish that have been destroying the Great Barrier Reef, as part of a £35 million rescue package for the 1,500-mile stretch of delicate coast. The reef, off the …

Current Affairs – 22-01-2018

1.CYBER SURAKSHIT BHARAT Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), announced the Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative. It aims to spread awareness about cybercrime and building capacity for safety measures for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT staff across …

Current Affairs – 20-01-2018

1. SOON, USE MOBILES, INTERNET ON FLIGHTS IN INDIA The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended that in-flight connectivity — both Internet and MCA (mobile communication on aircraft) services — should be allowed over Indian airspace. The Authority is …

Current Affairs – 19-01-2018

1.AGNI-V EXTENDS ITS REACH India successfully tested Agni-V, validating the long range surface-to-surface ballistic missile’s reliability. This was the fifth test of the missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five …

Current Affairs – 18-01-2018

1. WEF: EXPERTS FORECAST RISKS TO INTENSIFY IN 2018 The world is entering a critical period of intensified risk in 2018, the World Economic Forum said in the Global Risks Report 2018. According to the annual report, structural and interconnected …

Current Affairs – 17-01-2018

1. Government to revisit Malimath report on criminal justice system The Committee on Reforms of the Criminal Justice System, or the Justice Malimath Committee, was constituted by the Home Ministry in 2000 by then Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, who …

Current Affairs – 16-01-2018

1. CENTRAL ADVISORY BOARD OF EDUCATION (CABE) The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is the highest advisory body to advise the Central and State Governments in the field of education. The Central Advisory Board of Education, the oldest and …

Current Affairs – 15-01-2018

1. HAVRE It is the world’s largest deep ocean volcanic eruption happened in New Zealand. It was recently confirmed by the researchers. Named as Havre, the deep ocean volcanic eruption was first discovered in 2002. A solidified volcanic rock known …

Current Affairs – 13-01-2018

1. PSLV SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES 31 SATELLITES IN A SINGLE FLIGHT ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight, successfully launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre …

Current Affairs – 11-01-2018

1. MICROBEADS Microbeads are manufactured solid plastic particles of less than five millimeters in their largest dimension. They are most frequently made of polyethylene but can be of other petrochemical plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene. They are used in …

Current Affairs – 10-01-2018

1. NATIONAL ANTHEM IN CINEMA HALLS IS NO LONGER COMPULSORY It is no longer mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening a film. The Apex court modified the November 30, 2016 order which had made the …

Current Affairs – 09-01-2018

1. FOR CARBON SINK TARGET, INDIA LOOKS AT CATCHMENT AREA PLAN Having committed a target of creating an additional carbon sink the equivalent of 2.5 billion to 3 billion tonnes carbon dioxide by 2030, India now anticipates that it might …

Current Affairs – 08-01-2018

1. ISRAEL OFFERS AFRICAN MIGRANTS A CHOICE: TICKET OUT OR JAIL Israel is offering a stark choice to tens of thousands of African migrants in the country: Agree to leave voluntarily by the end of March, with a plane ticket …

Current Affairs – 04-01-2018

1.GOVT APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF ZOJI LA TUNNEL India approved a strategic road transport project to boost all-weather connectivity between key sectors of Srinagar, Kargil and Leh in a bid to better secure its borders in Jammu and Kashmir. The cabinet …

Current Affairs – 02-01-2018

1. INDIA, PAKISTAN EXCHANGE LIST OF NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS India and Pakistan exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities under a three-decade old bilateral pact. Two sides exchanged the list under …

Current Affairs – 01-01-2018

1.NEW NIGHT FROG SPECIES Scientists have discovered a new frog species from Kozhikode’s Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary. The frog species, named Mewa Singh’s Night frog, belongs to a genus endemic to the Western Ghats. The frog has been named after wildlife …

Current Affairs – 30-12-2017

1. HYDERABAD WELCOMES ‘ROBOCOP’ Hyderabad may soon get its first ‘robocop’, with the launch of a prototype in the city. It can take complaints, record audio and video clips, identify suspects, detect metals, and monitor temperature. The policing robot has …

Current Affairs – 29-12-2017

1. HYDEL PROJECT: NGT WANTS NEUTRAL PANEL The National Green Tribunal asked the Union Environment Ministry to set up a “neutral” panel to objectively consider conflicting recommendations that have stalled the 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project on the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam …

Current Affairs – 28-12-2017

1. NO OFFICIAL DATA ON EXISTENCE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, CENTRE The Ministry of Women and Child Development has held that there is no official data or study that supports the existence of FGM in India. This is in response …

Current Affairs – 27-12-2017

1. IMPLEMENTATION OF ‘TOPS’ IN LIMBO None of the athletes selected for TOPS have received necessary support for their training apart from a monthly stipend of Rs 50,000. ABOUT TOPS: ‘NSDF Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme’ in the National Sports …

Current Affairs – 26-12-2017

1. SANCTION TO PROSECUTE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS: EXTEND TIME FRAME THE Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is set to move the Supreme Court for extending the deadline for granting or denying saction to prosecute government officials from the current four months to …

Current Affairs – 25-12-2017

1. Technology alone isn’t the solution: on the air pollution crisis Urban air pollution: Urban air pollution refers largely to the mixture of gases and small particles in the lowest hundred or so metres, a result of human activity associated …

Current Affairs – 23-12-2017

1. SAHITYA AKADEMI Sahitya Akademi is the Indian National Academy of Letters meant to promote the cause of Indian literature through publications, translations, seminars, workshops, cultural exchange programmes and literary meets organised all over the country. The Akademi was founded …

Current Affairs – 22-12-2017

1. DARPAN PROJECT/DIGITAL ADVANCEMENT OF RURAL POST OFFICE FOR A NEW INDIA The goal of DARPAN Project is to provide a low power technology solution (ICT Device) to each Branch Postmaster (BPM) which will enable each of approximately 1.29 lakh …

Current Affairs – 21-12-2017

1. ANTI-SMOG GUN Anti-smog gun will be vital in fighting smog through precipitation scavenging. The anti-smog gun or the fog-cannon consists of a cylindrical drum with a tank that stores water, along with a high-velocity fan that blows out tiny …

Current Affairs – 20-12-2017

1. MAJOR BILLS TO BE TABLED IN THE WINTER SESSION The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 It seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 by incorporating clauses to introduce third-party insurance, enhance road safety, and develop a framework for …

Current Affairs – 19-12-2017

1. THE INDIAN FOREST (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2017 The bill would amend the Indian Forest Act to exempt felling and transportation of bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the state permit. It would omit bamboos growing in non-forest areas from the …

Current Affairs – 18-12-2017

1. KALAKKAD MUNDANTHURAI TIGER RESERVE Located in the Southern Western Ghats it is the second-largest protected area in Tamil Nadu State (behind only Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary). The Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve was created in 1988 by combining Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary …

Current Affairs – 16-12-2017

1. TUIRIAL PROJECT Tuirial dam is an earthfill and gravity dam on the Tuirial River near Kolasib in the state of Mizoram. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production. Tuirial Hydel Project is the 2nd largest earthen …

Current Affairs – 15-12-2017

1. ECO-NIWAS On the Energy Conservation Day celebrated on December 14th, the government unveiled the interactive online portal, ECO-NIWAS (Energy Conservation – New Indian Way for Affordable & Sustainable homes) for increasing awareness to build sustainable and energy efficient homes …

Current Affairs – 14-12-2017

1. SUBMARINE INS KALVARI COMMISSIONED INTO INDIAN NAVY FLEET ABOUT KALVARI The diesel-electric submarine is designed by French naval defense and energy company DCNS. The 1,565-tonne submarine is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of …

Current Affairs – 13-12-2017

1.Government issues guidelines for wind power procurement • The guidelines aim to enable the distribution licencees to procure wind power at competitive rates in a cost effective manner. • The guidelines are applicable for procurement of wind power from grid-connected …

Current Affairs – 12-12-2017

1.ISRO developing a compact launcher for small satellites • A low-cost small satellite launcher could be the next item on the menu of the Indian Space Research Organisation. • And the launcher should be able to put satellites of up …

Current Affairs – 10-12-2017

1. TRIPLE TALAQ DRAFT BILL: Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to endorse the centre’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence. Triple talaq? Triple Talaq, also known as talaq-e-biddat, instant divorceand talaq-e-mughallazah (irrevocable …

Current Affairs – 09-12-2017

1. SC TO REVISIT ADULTERY LAW The court issued a notice to the Centre on a public interest litigation challenging the constitutionality of the IPC provision dealing with adultery, saying it appeared to be “archaic” and did not appear to …

Current Affairs – 08-12-2017

1. WOMAN DOES NOT LOSE HER RELIGIOUS IDENTITY IF SHE MARRIES A MAN FROM A DIFFERENT RELIGION The Supreme Court said the law does not sanction the concept of a woman’s religion getting merged with her husband’s faith after an …

Current Affairs – 07-12-2017

1. INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE (ISA) The International Solar Alliance (ISA) came into legal, independent existence. So far, 19 countries are part of the compact — Bangladesh, Comoros, Fiji, France, Ghana, Guinea, India, Mali, Mauritius, Nauru, Niger, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, …

Current Affairs – 06-12-2017

1. SC ALLOWS TRAVEL BAN The US Supreme Court ruled that a ban ordered by Donald Trump on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and two other countries could be immediately imposed while multiple court cases challenging the ban are resolved. …

Current Affairs – 05-12-2017

1. 21ST CENTURY INDIA CANNOT SHUN LEPROSY PATIENTS: APEX COURT The Supreme Court declared in an order that twenty-first century society cannot justify shunning persons affected by leprosy or keeping them hidden in homes and away from the mainstream. The …

Current Affairs – 04-12-2017

1. FIRST PHASE OF CHABAHAR PORT INAUGURATED The first phase of Chabahar port was inaugurated opening up a new strategic transit route among Iran, India and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan. 1. The port is located in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province. 2. …

Current Affairs – 02-12-2017

1).KERALA PLAYS MATCHMAKER TO SMALLEST COW In an effort to conserve the smallest cattle breed in the world, Kerala will set up a natural mating centre exclusively for Vechur cattle at Pathiramanal Island. The ‘super speciality’ Vechur cow reproduction centre …

Current Affairs – 01-12-2017

<strong>1. SUPREME COURT SETS GUIDELINES TO CURB ROAD ACCIDENTS</strong> <ul> <li>The Supreme Court came out with a set of guidelines to tackle rising accidents, including addition of a chapter on road safety in school curriculum and audits of two most …

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Water Stress In Himalayan Regions

In news: A study by journal Water Policyon water availability in eight towns in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, also known as the water towers of Asia, shows aggravating acute water crisis by 2050. In brief: The eight towns are …

Colistin-Resistant Bacteria

In news: A small study involving 65 stool samples taken from patients from a singlehospital in Chennai found 51% ofthem harbour colistin-resistant bacteria. In brief: 2018 study revealed, presence of colistin-resistant bacteria like E.coli, Enterobacter spp. and Klebsiella spp. was …

Marsquakes

InSight Mission has detected over 450 “marsquakes” on the red planet most of which were magnitude 3 to 4. But even the strongest of the quakes would not affect anyone on the surface of the planet, unlike strong quakes on …

Navy Personal Booked For Espionage

In news: 11 Indian Navy personnel were caught leaking sensitive information via social media to Pakistani intelligence operatives. The police have arrested these people from several naval bases of the country including Mumbai, Karwar, and Visakhapatnam. About National Investigation Agency: …

Sea Guardian Drones

In news: India is set to buy 30 Drones from the US-based General Atomics worth $3 billion. In brief: The three services are expected to get 10 each, the MQ-9 Reaper or Predator-B High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drones, which …

SUTRA PIC

In news: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) issued an open call for R&D proposals on February 14, 2020 on the topic of indigenous cow breeds, broken down into five themes. In brief: The initiative under which the proposals …

Mahadayi River Dispute

In news: The Supreme Court in its interim order allowed the plea of the Karnataka government for implementation of the final award by a tribunal for sharing of water between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra from the Mahadayiriver. About the tribunal: …

Central Government Cuts Its Share In Flagship Crop Insurance Scheme

In News: The Union Cabinet approved the revamp of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme at its meeting recently. In brief: There are two significant steps were taken on the meeting: …

Pakistan To Continue In Grey List

In news: Pakistan will continue to remain on the grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In brief: The country was placed on the Grey List by the watchdog in June 2018 and was given 15 months to complete …

INDO-US Defence Deal

In news: India and US on Tuesday signed a $3 billion defence deal which include the deal for 24 MH-60 Sikorsky Romeo multi-role helicopters and six Apache attack choppers. In brief: Indian Air Force is already using the Apache helicopters. …

SC Grants Women Right To Permanent Commission

In news: The Supreme Court has upheld the Delhi High Court order on permanent commission to women in the Army. In brief: The petition was filed by a group of 332 women army officers, who joined the army from 1993 …

January 2020 Was Earth’s Hottest January On Record

In news: Globally, the average temperature over land and ocean surfaces made January 2020 the hottest January on record. In brief: In India, January 2020 was the second warmest (21.92°C) since 1919 (22.13°C) in terms of average minimum temperatures, according …

Indian Pangolin

In News? Madhya Pradesh forest department has radio-tagged an Indian Pangolin for the first time. More in News: What is Radio-Tagging? Radio-Tagging is attaching a transmitter to an animal to monitor its movements and it will help to understand the …

10 Surveillance Satellites In 2020-21

In news: With the country’s security in mind, ISRO is gearing up to launch an unprecedented 10 earth observation satellites with space surveillance feature during 2020-21. In brief: In comparison to 10 earth observation (EO) satellites, only three communication satellites …

Restoration Of Konarksun Temple

Why In news: Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) that was roped in by ASI to examine structural damages in theSun Temple at Konark. In brief: The temple was filled with sand– a ‘quick fix’ that the British undertook from …

WHO To Decide On Emergency Status Of Ebola In DR Congo

In news: WHO experts meet to decide whether the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo should still be considered a global health emergency, following a sharp decline in reported cases. In brief: For the epidemic to be declared …

Manual Scavenging Deaths

In news: The number of people who died of asphyxia while cleaning sewers and septic tanks in the country increased by almost 62% in 2019 compared to 2018. Total of 62,904 manual scavengers had been identified across the country till …

Astronaut Training In Russia

In news: Four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots began training for the country’s maiden manned mission Gaganyaan around the earth’s orbit in 2022 at the Yuri A. Gagarin research and test cosmonaut training centre in Moscow. In brief: The year-long …

Cauvery Delta To Be Declared A Protected Agriculture Zone

In news: Tamil Nadu government declared eight Cauvery delta districts of Tamil Nadu as a special Protected Agricultural Zone and assured that permission will not be given for hydrocarbon projects. In brief: The protected zone will include Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam …

Arsenic Resistant Rice

In news: Researchers in West Bengal have developed and commercialised a rice variety that is resistant to arsenic. In Brief: The new rice variety is called Muktoshri, also known as IET 21845. It has been jointly developed by the Rice …

PM Lauds Bodos For Peace Pact

In news: PM NarendraModi advised the youth in central India’s Maoist belt and Jammu and Kashmir to emulate the Bodos and shun the path of violence. Highlights of the Agreement: Villages dominated by Bodos that were presently outside the BTAD …

Yellow Rust

In news: In sub-mountainous parts of Punjab and Haryana, yellow rust disease has been detected in the wheat crop which has raised concerns among farmers about a drop in the crop’s yield. About news: Yellow rust or stripe rust is …

BUDGET – 2020 – HIGHLIGHTS

Theme of the Budget: The Budget aimed at energizing the Indian economy through a combination of short-term, medium-term, and long-term measures. Budget 2020 has three prominent themes: Aspirational India – better standards of living with access to health, education and …

High Fees Keep Poor Children Away From Higher Education

In news: According to the Economic Survey, high fees at the institutes of higher education push the poor and underprivileged out of the education system. In Brief : The survey noted that as many as 13.6% of those in the …

President’s Address To Both Houses Of The Parliament

In News: On the opening day of Budget Session of Parliament recently, President Ram Nath Kovind had addressed the joint sitting of both the Houses of the Parliament. In Brief: Article 87(1) of the Constitution provides:- “At the commencement of …

Anticipatory Bail

In News: The Supreme Court has ruled that the protection of anticipatory bail shall not have time limit as denial of bail is against the fundamental right to personal liberty under Article 21. In brief: What is Anticipatory Bail? Section …

Introduction Of African Cheetahs

In news: The Supreme Court lifted its seven-year stay on a proposal to introduce African cheetahs from Namibia into the Indian habitat on an experimental basis. In brief: In 1952, the cheetah was officially declared extinct from India. The Asiatic …

Comprehensive Bodo Settlement Agreement

In news: The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Assam government and the Bodo groups have signed an agreement to redraw and rename the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) in Assam, currently spread over four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and …

Coral Restoration

In news: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), with help from Gujarat’s forest department, is attempting for the first time a process to restore coral reefs using biorock or mineral accretion technology. In Brief: The technology works by passing a …

70th Republic Day

In news India is celebrating 70th Republic Day In brief Theme: ‘life of Gandhi’ which is a tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South …

National Girl Child Day (NGCD)

In news National Girl Child Day (NGCD) was observed on 24th January with objectives of generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and create a positive environment around valuing the girl child. In brief National Girl …

India Slips Two Places On Corruption Index

In News Transparency International – a German based NGO has released its 2019 edition of “Global Corruption Perception Index” In brief India’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the year 2018. …

Social Mobility Index

In News: India ranked 76th among 82 countries on the social mobility index of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In Brief: The index measures 82 countries on five key dimensions: health,education (access, quality and equity),technology,work (opportunities, wages, conditions), Protections and …

BharatNet Program

In News: Under BharatNet phase two, against the target of providing last mile connectivity to 1.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs), only about 7.45 per cent of these have been made service ready so far. About BharatNet program: BharatNet Project is …

Is The Indian Economy Staring At Stagflation

In Brief: The rise in retail price inflation to a nearly six-year high of 7.35% in December has led to increasing worries that the Indian economy may be headed towards stagflation. What is stagflation? Stagflation is an economic scenario where …

NPR Can Be Used By Banks As A KYC Document

In News: The Reserve Bank of India has included the National Population Register letter as an officially valid document (OVD) for Know Your Customer (KYC) verification for opening bank accounts or applying for credit cards. In Brief: The National Population …

Giant Ocean Heatwave- ‘The Blob’

In news: Scientists have reported on another devastating biological disaster, caused by a patch of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean known as ‘the Blob’. This concentrated marine heatwave lingered in the northeast Pacific between 2013 and 2016, and …

HSN Code

In News: The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) also asked traders to suggest appropriate HS codes for products imported by them which do not have any classification and fall under the ‘others’ category. In brief: Every traded product is …

Digital Exhibition On Indian Heritage

In news: A month long special exhibition titled Indian Heritage in Digital Space was launched. In brief: The visitors in the exhibition will be able to see the recreations of the socio- cultural life and traditions of Hampi, architectural and …

Credit Enhancement Fund

In News: The government plans to set up a Credit Enhancement fund to support infrastructure projects that are rated below ‘AA’. In Brief: The Credit Enhancement fund will enable lower rated projects to raise loans at better rates while improving …

GSAT – 30

In news: India would launch a communication satellite GSAT-30 onboard Ariane-5 launch vehicle from French Guiana on January 17. In Brief: It is a communication satellite to provide communication services from geostationary orbit. It is to serve as replacement to …

Private Train Operators – PP Model

In news: Indian Railways has invited interested parties to submit a Request for Qualification (RFQ) document by January 17 for selection of private parties to operate 150 passenger trains on 100 routes. In brief: As per the draft proposal, the …

INS Vikramaditya Deployed In North Arabian Sea

In news: India has deployed its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with MiG29K fighters on board, in the Arabian Sea at a time China and Pakistan are holding a nine-day mega naval exercise ‘Sea Guardians’ in the region. About INS Vikramaditya: …

Lithium–Sulphur Battery

In news: The researchers at the University of Monash in Australia have managed to engineer a battery that has five times the capacity of a traditional lithium ion battery. In brief: The super-capacity prototype was created by re-engineering a Lithium …

TOI-700d – New Planet In Habitable Zone

In news: NASA’s planet-hunting mission TESS has found its first potentially habitable exoplanet the size of Earth orbiting a star TOI 700about 100 light-years from Earth. In brief: It is a small, cool M-dwarf star in the Dorado constellation. It’s …

IMD’s State Of Climate Report

In brief: On January 7, 2020, the International Meteorological Organisation released its “State of Climate Report” for the year 2019. 2019 the warmest year since 1901. About News: According to the report, the climate change has claimed 1,659 lives in …

Indian Data Relay Satellite System

In brief: As a part of its proposed manned space mission, India will launch the Indian Data Relay Satellite System(IDRSS) to improve data relay and communication links with its remote sensing/earth observation satellites. In Brief: IDRSS satellites are of the …

Saras MK-2

In brief: It is the first Indian multi-purpose civilian aircraft in the light transport aircraft category developed by the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) and CSI. The project began in 1991 as a collaboration with Russia, But India went on indigenously …

Patola Sarees

In brief: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has inaugurated a first Silk Processing Plant at Surendranagar in Gujarat. The plant would help to reduce the cost of production of silk yarn and increase the sale and availability of raw …

‘Assembly Has Its Rights And Privileges’: Kerala CM On Passing Anti-CAA Resolution

In news: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan responded to a RajyaSabha member filing a petition to initiate a breach of privileges and contempt proceedings against the CM for passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Kerala Assembly. …

India Must Accelerate Implementation Of NAP For AMR

In news: The World Health Assembly has adopted the Global Action Plan on AMR in the year 2015 as a part of the tripartite collaboration with World Health Organization, Food and Agricultural Organization, and World Organization for Animal Health. About …

New New Delhi Triangular Parliament With Spires

In news: Central government’s ambitious redevelopment project of the parliament expected to be completed by 2024. Good Governance Index: It is “PM’s dream project,” and architectural firms deposited bids announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on …

Navy Plans 24 Submarines To Strengthen Fleet

In news: To strengthen its underwater fleet, the Navy plans to build 24 submarines, including six nuclear attack submarines, a Parliamentary Panel Reported. Good Governance Index: The Navy presently has 15 conventional submarines and two nuclear submarines in its fleet. …

South India’s Earliest Sanskrit Inscription Found In A.P

In news: The Archaeological Survey of India has discovered the earliest epigraphic evidence so far for the Saptamatrika cult. Good Governance Index: The discovery was made in Chebrolu village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Saptamatrikas are a group of …

Russia Deploys Hypersonic Nuclear Missile

In news: Russia has deployed its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles. Good Governance Index: It is the Russia’s first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missiles. The nuclear-capable missiles can travel more than 20 times the speed of sound and put Russia ahead …

TN Tops In Good Governance Index

In news: Latest edition of the ‘Good Governance Index’ has been launched on the occasion of ‘Good Governance Day’. Good Governance Index: It is a tool to assess the status of governance and the impact of various interventions taken up …

Bar-Headed Goose Spotted In Kerala

In news: A Bar-headed Goose has been spotted in the wetlands of Karingali Puncha in Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. About CDSCO: In general, large flocks visit the Koonthankulam bird sanctuary at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. It is very rare that …

Cabinet Approves Atal Bhujal Yojana

In news: The Union Cabinet on approved the Atal Bhujal Yojana a Rs 6,000 crore scheme for sustainable management of ground water resources. About CDSCO: The scheme will cover 8,350 villages of Karnataka, Madhya Prradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and …

37 Batches Of Medicine Flagged For Failing Quality Tests

In news: India‟s top drug regulatory authority has flagged 37 batches of medicines, including tuberculosis antibiotic brand Coxerin and heartburn medicine Rabium-DSR, for failing quality tests last month. About CDSCO: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under Directorate General …

UDAY Scheme Loses Power Sharp Spike In Discom Losses

In news: Discom losses, which had progressively reduced in the first couple of years since the scheme’s rollout in November 2015, have rebounded in FY ’19 to nearly double the losses recorded the previous year. About Section 144 of CrPC …

Section 144 –A Vestige Of Colonial Rule

In news: In view of violence during demonstrations in different parts of the country against the amended citizenship law. About Section 144 of CrPC Section 144 was used for the first time in 1861 by the British Raj, and thereafter …

No State Wise Minority Classification: SC

In news: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking guidelines to “identify and define” religious minorities in every State to protect their culture and interests. In Brief: A Petition sought to recognise Hindus as minorities in the States where …

Successful Launch Of Two Brahmos Missiles From Land And Air Platforms

In news: India on Tuesday successfully conducted separate trials of two variants of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos to check its capability to hit targets with precision and accuracy. In Brief: A land-attack version of the missile was test-launched from a …

Government Instant Messaging System

In news: Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS) is a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram for secure internal use. In Brief: GIMS seeks to replace existing platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal …

Potential Drug To Treat Nipah Virus

In news: A team of Indian scientists from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Punehave identified a total of 150 inhibitory molecules which can block the activity of the Nipahvirus proteins. As many as 72- 86% of individuals …

Accessible India Campaign

In news: The deadline for the government’s Accessible India Campaign (AIC) has been extended to March 2020 due to slow progress. In brief: AIC is the nationwide flagship campaign of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry …

India Design Council Launched Two Initiatives

In news: India Design Council (IDC) launched two initiatives, called Design Education Quality Mark (DEQM) and Chartered Designs of India (CDI), with the objective to support and set standards for design profession. In brief: The designs are aimed to address …

Cabinet Authorises NHAI To Set Up Invite To Monetise Highway Projects

In news: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to set up infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) to monetize highway assets. In brief: Given the magnitude of the Bharatmala program, NHAI would need …

MEA To Hold 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue

In News: The Ministry of External Affairs to hold the 6th edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD) on December 13. In Brief: During the summit, member states will hold high-level discussions on the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) role …

Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill Introduced In Lok Sabha

In news: External affairs minister S.Jaishankar on Monday introduced a bill in Parliament that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those involved in piracy at sea. In brief: The introduction of the bill comes days after some 18 …

Japan bans on the ‘Designer Baby’

In news: Japan’s health ministry recommended a ban on implanting genetically modified human embryos, warning that such procedures could lead to a market for ‘designer babies.’ In brief: The Japanese government originally moved to allow genome editing of human embryos …

The Laws On Rape And Sexual Crimes

In news: After the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad on November 28 and the burning of a rape survivor in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, on December 5, there has been an outcry for justice for the victims. In …

Japan PM Shinzo Abe To Visit India On Dec 15, Bilateral Likely In Assam

In news: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in India from December 15-17. In brief: India said that both countries attach great importance to strengthening the bilateral partnership between the two. India’s relationship with Japan was a key component …

India-Based Neutrino Observatory (INO)

The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project is a multi-institutional effort aimed at building a world-class underground laboratory for nuclear physics research in India. It is constructed at Pottipuram in Bodi West hills of Theni District of Tamil Nadu, at an …

Lok Sabha Passes Supplementary Grants

In news: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday gave its clearance to additional government expenditure of Rs 21,246.16 crore in the current fiscal by approving the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2019-20. Grants Mentioned In Constitution: Supplementary, additional …

Tsunamis Off Coasts Of Iran, Pakistan Could Reach Indian Shores: INCOIS

Government Seeks Review Of SC/ST Creamy Layer

Current Affairs – 03.12.2019

India Must Accelerate Implementation Of NAP For AMR

Current Affairs – 02.12.2019

Golkonda Fort’s Wall At Risk

Current Affairs – 01.12.2019

UPSC Current Affairs – 30-05-2019

In news: Eighty-four out of the 102 cities that have been tasked with reducing toxic particulate matter 2.5 & PM 10 levels( 20%-30%) by 2024 have submitted proposals, C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Union Environment Ministry, said at a press conference. In …

UPSC Current Affairs – 29-05-2019

In news: Indian Air Force (IAF) has identified a shortage of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to provide round-the-clock surveillance Advantage for Pakistan : The IAF operates three Israeli Phalcon AWACS and two indigenous Netra Airborne Early Warning …

UPSC Current Affairs – 28-05-2019

In news: Malaysia’s last surviving male Sumatran rhino has died In brief: The Sumatran rhino, the smallest species of rhinoceros, was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysiain 2015. Iman, a female captured in 2014, is now the only surviving …

UPSC Current Affairs – 27-05-2019

In news: The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum is being held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 23-26 May, 2019. In brief: The Forum aims to strengthen the exchange and cooperation in the field of mass media amongst SCO …

UPSC Current Affairs – 26-05-2019

Why in news? A group of researchers has discovered a tenth species of the vine snake of genus Ahaetulla after a gap of more than a century. More on news: The Ahatetulla laudankia, the newly discovered snake, was first spotted …

UPSC Current Affairs – 25-05-2019

In news: NASA’s unveils schedule for Artemis mission to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first woman to the Moon’s South Pole, where no human has ever been before.  It includes eight scheduled launches and a …

UPSC Current Affairs – 24-05-2019

In news: Omani author JokhaAlharthi is the winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies (Story of slavery) In brief: The first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize. The work tells the …

UPSC Current Affairs – 23-05-2019

In news: The solar power project by Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) may soon be a model for similar projects around the world. In brief: As part of International Solar Alliance (ISA)’s initiative to find out suitable models to be …

UPSC Current Affairs – 22-05-2019

In news: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has invited nomination for VayoshreshthaSamman 2019. About VayoshreshthaSamman: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment institutedthe award in the year 2005. Conferred to eminent senior citizens and Institutions in recognition for their …

UPSC Current Affairs – 21-05-2019

In news: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) under the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers has put out the list of 9 anti-cancer non-scheduled medicines whose MRPs have been cut by up to 87 % In brief : The new …