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Q. Why is this in News?A. Residents of the four villages in Chhattisgarh’s Mungeli district have received Community Forest Resource Rights (CFRR).Achanakmar became the second tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh to get CFRR, following Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve in Dhamtari district.Q. What is a Community Forest Resource?A. The Community Forest Resource (CFR) area is common forest land that has been traditionally protected and conserved for sustainable use by a particular communi... Read More...

  Sep 27, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned and denounced the comments on Prophet Muhammed made by two Indians.Ministry of External Affairs rejected the OIC comments, adding that the views expressed by the individuals did not reflect the views of the Indian government.Earlier, India has lashed out at the OIC for being "communal minded" amid the Karnataka hijab row. Q. What is the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation?A.... Read More...

  Sep 27, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News? A.  Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has said that only 402 online applications are received to avail benefits under SEED (Scheme for Economic Empowerment of Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes). More than 10 crore Indians from 1,400 communities belong to these groups, as per the latest estimates available with the government.   Q. What is SEED? A.  About: The Scheme for Economic Empowerment of Denotified/Nomadic/SemiNomadic (S... Read More...

  Sep 26, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News? A.  The operation code-named “Megh Chakra” is being carried out following the inputs received from Interpol’s Singapore special unit based on the information received from the authorities in New Zealand. It is a pan-India drive against the circulation and sharing of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Megh Chakra Operation? A.  ... Read More...

  Sep 26, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news?A. The International Argo Program system to observe carbon concentration in the world’s oceans is extremely inadequate to meet the growing and urgent need for information on oceanic carbon, says a report. Q. What is Argo?A. Argo is an international program that uses profiling floats to observe temperature, salinity, currents, and, recently, bio-optical properties in the Earth’s oceans; it has been operational since the early 2000s.The real-time data it provides is used in climate and oceanographic research.A special ... Read More...

  Sep 25, 2022  

Q What is Battery Swapping?A Battery swapping is a mechanism that involves exchanging discharged batteries for charged ones.This provides the flexibility to charge these batteries separately by de-linking charging and battery usage, and keeps the vehicle in operational mode with negligible downtime.Battery swapping is generally used for smaller vehicles such as two-wheelers and three-wheelers with smaller batteries that are easier to swap, compared to four-wheelers and e-buses, although solutions are emerging for these larger segments as well. Q What is BaaS? Read More...

  Sep 25, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news?A. The G4 nations have said that the Intergovernmental Negotiations on UN Security Council reform are constrained by a lack of openness and transparency. Q. Which are the G4 Countries?A. The G4 nations, comprising Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan are four countries which support each other’s bids for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.Their primary aim is the permanent member seats on the Security Council.Each of these four countries have figured among the elect... Read More...

  Sep 24, 2022  

Q What is E-waste Management ?A E-waste management is a complicated process given the multitude of actors that are involved in the process.The major stakeholders in the value chain include importers, producers/manufacturers, retailers (businesses/government/others), consumers (individual households, businesses, government and others), traders, scrap dealers, dissemblers/dismantlers and recyclers.To critically assess each in the different stages of processing, it is important to understand the e-waste value chain.The process involves four stages: generation, collection, segregation and treatment/disposal. Read More...

  Sep 24, 2022  

Q. Why in the News?A. Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that India is hosting the G-20 (Group of 20) leaders’ summit in New Delhi next year 2023.The 17th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will happen in November 2022 in Indonesia, after which India will assume the presidency of G20 from December 2022.India is assuming the Presidency of the G20 for one year.Q. What are the Key Points?A. Guest Countries:India, as G20 Presidency, will... Read More...

  Sep 23, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A .As India has achieved remarkable feats with childhood vaccination and continues to do so with Covid-19vaccination.It has overcome challenges across time and geography to reach much of its population, ensure last-mile delivery, finance a sustained large-scale operation at the government level, and develop and sustain trust among the people. Q. What is Vaccination?A. About:The act of administrating the vaccine into the body Read More...

  Sep 23, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy launched the Agni Tattva - Energy for LiFE campaign, to create awareness of the core concept of Agni Tattva, an element that is synonymous with energy and is amongst the five elements of Panchmahabhoot.The Panchmahabhoot comprises of Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu) and Aether/ Space (Aakash). Q. What do we know about the Agni Tattva Campaign?A. It would provide a plat... Read More...

  Sep 22, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) released the draft Indian Telecommunications 2022 Bill to regulate Internet-based OTT (Over-The-Top) telecom services. Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Draft Bill?A. About:The draft Bill consolidates three separate acts which currently govern the telecommunication sector — the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, ... Read More...

  Sep 22, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news? A.India and Bangladesh discussed a wide range of River Water Sharing issues related to the major common rivers such as the Ganga, Teesta and several others during the 38th meeting of the Joint River Commission (JRC). Q. What are the Rivers between India and Bangladesh?A. Overall, India and Bangladesh have 54 transboundary rivers between them, all of which are part of the drainage system of the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) basin.The Padma (the Ganga), the Jamuna (the Brahmaputra) and the Meghna (the Barak) and their tributaries... Read More...

  Sep 21, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Supreme Court has sought a response from the government on appeals to criminalize marital rape. Q. What are the opinions on Marital Rape?A .This follows a split decision from the Delhi High Court on whether or not to prosecute husbands for non-consensual intercourse with their wives. Q. What is Marital Rape?AMarital rape is the act of sexual intercourse with one’s spouse without her consent.It is no different manifestation of domestic viol... Read More...

  Sep 21, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicine, has been in practice for close to 3,000 years and has been serving the health-care needs of millions of Indians.Ayurveda, for long, has been facing challenges to address a few areas, which need to be discussed. Q. What is Ayurveda?A. About:The word Ayurveda derived from AYU and VEDA. AYU means life, VEDA means science or knowledge, Ayurve... Read More...

  Sep 20, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. UNESCO’s Global Agreement on the Ethics of AI can guide governments and companies alike.Q. What is Artificial Intelligence?A. It describes the action of machines accomplishing tasks that have historically required human intelligence.It includes technologies like machine learning, pattern recognition, big data, neural networks, self-algorithms etc.The origin of the concept can be traced back to Greek mythology, although it ... Read More...

  Sep 20, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news? A.  The WTO ministerial meeting in June at Geneva did precious little to address the issue of public stockholding of food.   Q. What about Public stockholding issue at WTO? A.  India’s PSH policy is based on procuring food from farmers at an administered price(minimum support price or MSP), which is generally higher than the market price. PSH’s’ twin objectives: The PSH policy serves the twin objectives of offering remunerative prices to farmers... Read More...

  Sep 19, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news? A . In a surprise development last week, the Government withdrew the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019, thereby abruptly halting the country’s quest for a national data protection law that had been in the works for over five years.   Q. What are the Reasons for withdrawal of the Bill? A.  The short circular issued by the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology states that considering the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) — it had proposed 81 amendments and made 12 recomm... Read More...

  Sep 19, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has said that only 402 online applications are received to avail benefits under SEED (Scheme for Economic Empowerment of Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes).More than 10 crore Indians from 1,400 communities belong to these groups, as per the latest estimates available with the government. Q. What is SEED?A. About:The Scheme for Economic Empowerment of Denotified/Nomadic/SemiNomadic (SEED) communities was launched in February 202... Read More...

  Sep 18, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to a new study, more than 1.1 million sea turtles have been illegally killed and, in some cases, trafficked from 1990 to 2020.The sea turtle species that faced the most exploitation in the 30-year-period were Green (56%) and Hawksbill Sea Turtles (39%). Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Study?A. Marginal Decline in Poaching: There has been a decline of 28% in the poaching of marine creatures, with over 44,000 turtles targeted annually over the last decade.... Read More...

  Sep 18, 2022