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Q Why is it in News?Recently, the USA President has envisaged a New Peace Initiative (Plan) to decide on the roadmap for peace in Afghanistan.Under the plan, the USA proposed a regional conference under the United Nations auspices with foreign ministers of the USA, India, Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran to discuss a “unified approach” on Afghanistan. Read More...

  Apr 10, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it  in News ?India expressed its intent to include Chabahar port in the 13-nation International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) that extends from India to Russia, and to expand INSTC membership by including Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, at a “Chabahar Day” event organised as part of Maritime India summit.This Summit saw participation from several regional officials including infrastructure Ministers from Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Rus... Read More...

  Apr 10, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news? Recently, a petition has been filed in Supreme Court against Uniform Civil Code (UCC) on divorce and alimony. Read More...

  Apr 09, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news? India has fallen 28 places in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2021.Q. What is Global Gender Gap Report? It was first published in 2006 by the WEF.It benchmarks 156 countries on their progress towards gender parity in four dimensions:Economic Participation and Opportunity,Educational Att... Read More...

  Apr 09, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? According to the National Election Watch (NEW) and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), in the Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, at least 1,157 out of 6,318 candidates have criminal cases against them.NEW is a nationwide campaign since 2002 comprising more than 1200 Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other citizen led organizations working together on electoral reforms, improving democracy and... Read More...

  Apr 08, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news?Recently, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Shell have released a report titled “India: Transforming to a Net-Zero Emissions Energy System''.It illustrates a pathway to steer the domestic energy system towards net-zero emissions by 2050, while achieving India’s sustainable economic development ambitions.Possible yet Challenging: India needs a suitable policy and innovation-driven c... Read More...

  Apr 08, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News? Recently, the government has notified a consolidated list of rights of the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).The rights and restrictions are not new, they have been notified previously in 2005, 2007, and 2009. They were also mentioned in an OCI brochure published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in November 2019.Q  Which rights are there in consolidated list of rights? Multiple Entry Lifelong Visa: OCI cardholders will be ... Read More...

  Apr 07, 2021   Polity

Q Whys is  it in News? Recently, the Union government amended the Insurance Ombudsman Rules, 2017, bringing insurance brokers within the ambit of the Insurance Ombudsman and also allowed policy holders to file online complaints. These amendments will strengthen the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of the mechanisms.Q Which provisions have been amended? Enlarged the Scope Of Complaints: Earlier it was only disputes. Now the amended rules will cover even the deficiencies in service on the part of insurers,... Read More...

  Apr 07, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News?Recently, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the final rankings of Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 and the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2020.Q What is Municipal Performance Index? It has been launched along with  the Ease of Living Index.... Read More...

  Apr 06, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ? International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched investigations into the war crimes in Palestinian territories occupied by Israel (West Bank and the Gaza Strip).Q What is the investigation about? The decision for investigation is taken after a recent ruling that the court’s jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel since the&... Read More...

  Apr 06, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News? Sri Lanka has decided to offer the West Container Terminal (WCT) to Indian and Japanese companies.The decision comes a month after the Sri Lanka government ejected the two partners from a 2019 tripartite agreement to jointly develop the East Container Terminal (ECT), citing resistance to “foreign involvement”.Sri Lanka has approved the proposal to develop the WCT on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 35 years as a public-priva... Read More...

  Apr 05, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News? The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), a digital liberties organisation, has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that the cyber crime volunteers concept will lead to a “culture of surveillance and constant suspicion in society creating potential social distrust”.Q What is Cyber Crime Volunteers Concept?  Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) has envisaged the Cyber Crime Volunteers Program to bring together citizens with p... Read More...

  Apr 05, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News? A The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India under its “Waste to Wealth” Mission launched the “Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship”.Q What is Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship and what are its objectives? Objectives: To recognize students, community workers/self-help groups, and municipal/sanitary workers who are engaged in tackling the enormous challenge of waste management, scientifically and sustainab... Read More...

  Apr 04, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News? Recently, the Government of India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance hosted Merchant Digitization Summit 2021: towards Atma Nirbhar (Self Reliance) Bharat.The Summit brought together leaders from the public and private sectors to accelerate responsible digitization of merchants in India's North-Eastern and Himalayan regions, and Aspirational districts.Q What were the highlights of summit? Read More...

  Apr 04, 2021   Science and Technology

Why is it in News? Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde has recommended Justice N.V. Ramana, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, as the next top judge. Justice Ramana is now set to take over as the 48th Chief Justice of India from April 24.How is CJI Appointed? The Chief Justice of India is traditionally appointed by the outgoing Chief Justice of India on the d... Read More...

  Apr 03, 2021   Polity

Why is it in News?The Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 was passed recently amid protests by the Opposition.The Bill is aimed at boosting security, and will have limited scope as it is applicable only to certain specified areas.What is Aim of the Bill?It “aims to develop the Bihar Military Police into ... Read More...

  Apr 03, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Why is it in News? Indian Scientists from Bangalore have developed a highly reliable, High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMTs) that is normally in the OFF state,  the device and can switch currents up to 4A and operates at 600V.What is HEMT?A high electron mobility transistor or HEMT is a type of field-effect transistor (FET) that is used to produce a high performance at microwave frequencies. Read More...

  Apr 02, 2021   Science and Technology

Why is it in News? Scientists have found a method to mimic nature’s own process of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, namely photosynthesis, to capture excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.What is Artificial Photosynthesis?  Artificial photosynthesis (AP) is a chemical process that mimics the natural process of photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and ox... Read More...

  Apr 02, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News?Digital lending has been on the rise in India. However, there are several concerns about the model. Q What are various models of Digital lending?Presently, there are three digital-lending models, seen through the regulatory-approach lens:1) Bank/NBFC-owned digital platfor... Read More...

  Apr 01, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News? The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has relied on a forensic test known as diatom tests for leads in an alleged murder case of a person inviting high stage political drama.Q What are Diatoms? Diatoms are photosynthesizing algae that are found in almost every aquatic environment including fresh and marine waters, soils, in fact, almost anywhere moist.Di... Read More...

  Mar 31, 2021   Security and Disaster Management