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Today's Current Affairs Question:Compare AUKUS and Quad. Read More...

  Sep 25, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A   The Indian government is going to launch an electronic voucher based digital payment system e-RUPI.There are already many countries using the voucher system for example the US, Colombia, Chile, Sweden, Hong Kong, etc. Read More...

  Sep 25, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, West Africa’s first case of the extremely contagious and deadly Marburg virus was confirmed in Guinea.Its first case was first identified just two months after the country was declared free of Ebola.Both the Marburg case and this year’s Ebola cases were detected in Guinea’s Gueckedou district.The first cases of the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic, the largest in history, also were from the same region in Southeastern Guinea’s forest region. Read More...

  Sep 25, 2021   Science and Technology

Q  Why is it in News ? A Recently, the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, was passed by both the houses of the parliament.It seeks to amend the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972.Q What are key provisions of the Bill ? A Government Shareholding Threshold:It seeks to remove the mandatory requirement of the Central government holding not less than 51% of the equity capital in a specified insurer.Defines General Insurance ... Read More...

  Sep 24, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, the Prime Minister has announced a new national initiative on palm oil production to help increase farm incomes.The scheme, called National Edible Oil Mission-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), for self-reliance in edible oil involves investment of over Rs. 11,000 crore (over a five year period).Palm OilPalm oil is currently the world’s most consumed vegetable oil.It is used extensively in the production of detergents, plastics, cosmetics, and biofuels.Top consumers of the commodity are India, China, and the European Union (EU).... Read More...

  Sep 24, 2021   Government Schemes

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the main points of difference between the Union government and the Supreme Court with regard to The Tribunals Reforms Act, 2021? Read More...

  Sep 24, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:Comment on the need for wildlife corridors in India with examples. Read More...

  Sep 23, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A This Union cabinet has recently approved a Reforms-based and Results-linked, Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme.The scheme requires that DISCOMs (Power Distribution Companies) submit detailed project reports (DPRs) on how they plan to reduce their operational losses to avail of funding.Initially, the preliminary timeline given to discoms was 31st October 2021. It is now extended to 31st December 2021.Q What are objectives of this Scheme ? A Reduction of AT&C (aggregate technical ... Read More...

  Sep 23, 2021   Government Schemes

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched ‘PM-DAKSH’ (Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi) Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App to make the skill development schemes accessible to the target groups - Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Safai Karamcharis.Q What are some key details about PM-Daksh Scheme ? A PM-DAKSH Yojana is being implemented from the year 2020-21.Under this, eligible target groups are provided with the skill development training programmes ... Read More...

  Sep 23, 2021   Government Schemes

Today's Current Affairs Question:Which issues will be on the agenda from the Indian side for discussions with the US during PM Modi’s current visit? Read More...

  Sep 22, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A Recently, the Union Government approved the continuation of more than 1000 Fast Track Special Court (FTSCs) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for two years (April 2021-March 2023).It includes 389 exclusive POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Courts.The Central share will be provided from the Nirbhaya Fund.Q What is background of this News ? A Fast track courts (FTCs) were first recommended by the Eleventh Finance Commission in 2000 "to substantially bring... Read More...

  Sep 22, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A  India lost more than 95% of its vulture population through the 1990s and by the mid-2000s. Today, the country requires urgent conservation efforts to save vultures from becoming extinct.Q What are some details about vultures ?A Vultures belong to the Accipitridae family whose members include eagles, hawks and kites.They are relatively social birds with an average lifespan of 10-30 years in the wild.Vultures are slow breeders and so the survival of every individual is very crucial.Generally, vultures rely on other carnivores ... Read More...

  Sep 22, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q  Why is it in News ? A Recently, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) noted that police stations pose the highest threat to human rights and dignity as custodial torture\violence and police atrocities still prevail despite constitutional guarantees.Q What is state of Custodial Violence in India ? A According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, between 2001 and 2018, only 26 policemen were convicted of custodial violence despite 1,727 such deaths being recorded in India.Only 4.3% of the 70 deaths in 2018 w... Read More...

  Sep 21, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q Why is it in News ?A The basis of exclusion of ‘creamy layer’ cannot be merely economic, a Supreme Court Bench has observed in their judgment, while referring to the court’s Indra Sawhney verdict of 1992.Q What was the case?A The court was hearing a petition challenging some notifications by the Haryana government sub-classifying backward classes solely on economic basis while fixing the criteria for creamy layer.The notifications said children of persons having “gross annual income” of up to ₹3 lakh annually would get the benefit of reservation in services and ... Read More...

  Sep 21, 2021   Economy

Q  Why is it in News ? A The Ministry of Finance has amended the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957 to exempt listed public sector companies from the minimum public shareholding norm.Q What are some details about this Amendment ? A About The Amendment:The government can now exempt any listed public sector enterprise from the Minimum Public Shareholding (MPS) norm, which mandates at least 25% public float for all listed entities.Rationale to the New Amendment:The framework... Read More...

  Sep 20, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A On August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, by 2024, rice provided to the poor under any government scheme  PDS, mid-day-meal, anganwadi  will be fortified.Q What is need for nutrition security in India ? A 15.3 per cent of the country’s population is undernourished.India has the highest proportion of “stunted” (30 per cent) and “wasted” children (17.3 per cent) below five years of age, as per the FAO’s recent publication, ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2021’.These figures i... Read More...

  Sep 20, 2021   Economy

Q  Why is it in News ? A Recently, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs replied in the Parliament that a total number of 371 training centers under Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme were opened across the country.Q What is Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme ? A It was launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs in 2017.Maulana Azad Education Foundation, an autonomous body under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs, implements the Scheme.The main aim of this scheme is to provide short term job oriented skill dev... Read More...

  Sep 19, 2021   Government Schemes

Q Why is it in News ?A   Recently, a global collaborative investigative effort has revealed that, at least 300 individuals in India, were potentially identified for targeted surveillance using sophisticated spyware called Pegasus. However, the government has claimed that all interception in India takes place lawfully.Communication surveillance in India takes place primarily under two laws - the Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Information Technology Act, 2000.While the Telegraph Act deals with interception of calls, the IT Act was enacted to deal with surveillance of all electro... Read More...

  Sep 19, 2021   Polity

Q  Why is it in News ? A  Recently, the Union Cabinet has cleared the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) Bill, 2021.The failure of banks such as Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank, Yes Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank reignited the debate on the low level of insurance against the deposits held by customers in Indian banks.Deposit Insurance: It is a protection cover against losses accruing to bank deposits if a bank fails financially and has no money to pay its depositors and has to go in for liquidation.Cred... Read More...

  Sep 18, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A    Recently, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, was passed in the Rajya Sabha.The bill seeks to amend the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.Q  Why is the Amendment needed , what is its background ? A The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) audit of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in 2020, 90% of which are run by NGOs, found that 39% CCIs were not registered, even after the 2015 amendment was brought in.It also found that ... Read More...

  Sep 18, 2021   Polity