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Q Why is it in News ?A The arrival of the $5.4-billion Russian long-range surface-to-air missile defence shield “S-400” is expected next month, which is likely to generate more international headlines.S-400The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system, capable of destroying hostile strategic bombers, jets, missiles and drones at a range of 380-km. Read More...

  Dec 02, 2021   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A The Glasgow Climate Pact was adopted recently and, as was to be expected, it is a mixed bag of modest achievements and disappointed expectations.Q What is stand of Fossil Fuel ?A Transition away from fossil fuelThe Pact is the first clear recognition of the need to transition away from fossil fuels, though the focus was on giving up coal-based power altogether.India introduced an amendment at the last moment to replace this phrase with “phase down” and this played negatively with both the advanced as well as a large constituency of developin... Read More...

  Dec 02, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The Glasgow Agreement was finally adopted after a last-minute intervention by India to water down language on “phasing out” coal to merely “phasing down”. Read More...

  Dec 01, 2021   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A Recently, Nigeria joined the Bahamas and five islands in the East Caribbean as the only economies to have introduced central bank digital currency (CBDC). This is a shortlist, but one that is likely to be supplemented.Q What are Benefits of CBDC ?A Desire to make domestic payments systems and cross-border remittances cheaper, faster and more efficient, and deepen financial inclusion, represent key areas of priority for most other emerging market and development economies (EMDEs).Between 2019 and 2021, the last three surveys c... Read More...

  Dec 01, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A The government is considering reopening the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara corridor to Pakistan this week for Gurpurab or Prakash Parv.Q What is Kartarpur Corridor ?A The Kartarpur corridor connects the Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in India’s Punjab province.The name Kartarpur means “Place of God”.The first guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, founded Kartarpur in 1504 AD on the right bank of the Ravi River.The Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in early 1999 by... Read More...

  Nov 30, 2021   Art & Culture

Q What is the context  ?A The announcement of enhanced targets for climate action by India, particularly for achieving net-zero emissions by 2070, has highlighted the importance of long-term planning for decarbonising the economy.Q Why do we need a decarbonising strategy ?A The Government of India has responded to rapid reductions in the cost of renewable energy (RE) based power, with dramatic enhancements in the targets for Renewable Energy.With this approach, India has done well and is on a path to fulfilling its Paris Agreement commitments for 2030.... Read More...

  Nov 30, 2021   Economy

Main Examination PatternInstructionsAnswer all FIVE of the following questions.Time: 1 HourEach answer should be within 250 words.Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line. Que. 1. The resistance to the colonial rule in India was as old as the rule itself. Comment. Que. 2. Mahatma Gandhi was born in India but was made in South Africa. Elaborate.&nb... Read More...

  Nov 30, 2021  

Q Why is it in News ? A Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has recently held a workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernization Programme (DILRMP). Q What are some details about DILRMP ? A  The DILRMP was previously known as the National Land Record Modernization Programme (NLRMP). It was launched in 2008 with the purpose to digitize and modernizing land records and developing a centralized land record management system. The DILRMP is the amalgamation of two projects: Computerization of Land Records... Read More...

  Nov 29, 2021   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A Bitcoin went through a major upgrade that enables its blockchain to execute more complex transactions, potentially widening the virtual currency’s use cases and making it a little more competitive with Ethereum for processing smart contracts.Q What is the new upgrade?AThe enhancement, called Taproot, is the most significant change to the bitcoin protocol since the SegWit (Segregated Witness) block capacity change in 2017.SegWit effectively increased the number of transactions that could fit into a block by pulling data on signatures from bitcoin tr... Read More...

  Nov 29, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the CBI was an “autonomous body” and it had no “control” over the investigative agency.Q What is the background ?A The submission in the top court comes two days after the promulgation of an ordinance extending the tenures of the CBI Director and the Enforcement Directorate chief.Attorney-General      was objecting to a suit filed by the West Bengal Government over the use of CBI.West Bengal vs. CBIWest Bengal has challenged the CBI’s jurisdicti... Read More...

  Nov 28, 2021   Polity

Q What is the context  ?A Speedy development of the Quad comprising Australia, Japan, India and the U.S.; the emergence of AUKUS comprising Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.; and other alignments raise the question: where does Europe stand in relation to this churning?Q What is significance of EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy ?A Europe’s Asia connect is old, strong and multi-layered.Since 2018, countries such as France, the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. announced their specific policies towards the Indo-Pacific.The announcement by the Council of the European Un... Read More...

  Nov 28, 2021   International Relations

Main Examination Pattern Instructions Answer all FIVE of the following questions. Time: 1 Hour Each answer should be within 250 words. Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line. Que. 1. Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 Report of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a wakeup call. Discuss. Que. 2. Low-carbon economy can be ... Read More...

  Nov 29, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A In a rather unfriendly neighbourhood, New Delhi’s attempts at forming a regional consensus to stabilise Afghanistan, albeit wise and timely, will only achieve limited success thanks to the China-Pakistan coalition and its interests at play in and over Afghanistan.Q What is role played by China and Pakistan in Afghanistan and its implications for India ?AChina’s long-term vision for Afghanistan revolves around the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project of which Afghanistan has been a part since May 2016.The China-Pakistan Econom... Read More...

  Nov 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A The Central government’s decision to give a five-year tenure to heads of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has drawn a lot of flak.Q What is the Background ?A Apex court’s directive giving a mandatory two-year tenure to the Director of the CBI was a fallout of the Hawala scandal.Prior to that, the government was arbitrary and capricious in choosing the Director.It was not rare to see temporary appointments given to favour some individuals.Seniority was often ignored in ... Read More...

  Nov 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Main Examination Pattern Instructions Answer all FIVE of the following questions. Time: 1 Hour Each answer should be within 250 words. Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line. Que. 1. “Improving the Haber-Bosch process may go a long way in providing food security to the world.”  What is the Haber-Bosch process? How can quantum computing help in this?  Read More...

  Nov 27, 2021  

Today's Current Affairs Question:India has a target of achieving 40 GW of green energy from the rooftop solar sector by 2022. What is the strategy for it? Read More...

  Nov 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What are Parliamentary privileges?A. Parliamentary privilege refers to the right and immunity enjoyed by legislatures, in which legislators are granted protection against civil or criminal liability for actions done or statements made in the course of their legislative duties.Q. What are provisions to protect the privileges of the legislature ? The powers, privileges and immunities of either House of the Indian Parliament and of its Members and committees are laid down in Article 105 of the Constitution.Article 194 deals with the powers, privileges and... Read More...

  Nov 26, 2021   Polity

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  Nov 26, 2021   Art & Culture

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the main findings of the latest NFHS ? Write on the implications of any one main finding. Read More...

  Nov 26, 2021   Current Affairs

Main Examination Pattern Instructions Answer all FIVE of the following questions. Time: 1 Hour Each answer should be within 250 words. Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line. Que. 1. The Constitution of India conditionally allows domicile-based reservation in public employment. Elaborate. Ans.: Article 14 of the Constitution lays down equality f... Read More...

  Nov 26, 2021