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Today's International Relations Question:Do you agree with the statement that strategic convergence has been main driver of India-US relations despite areas of strategic divergence? Read More...

  Jul 29, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?A. With the re-emergence of the Wuhan lab-leak origin theory, questions are also being raised on what gain-of-function research is, and whether the benefits of conducting such research outweigh the risks of pathogens escaping from labs.Q. What is gain-of-function research?A.In virology, gain-of-function research involves deliberately altering an organism in the lab, altering a gene, or introducing a mutation in a pathogen to study its transmissibility, virulence and immunogenicity.It is believed that this allows researchers to study potential therapies, va... Read More...

  Jul 31, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why  is this in news?A. Recently, an Indian named Ganesan Sandhirakasan has won the top prize in a government-initiated competition for migrant workers in Singapore for his performance of Silambam.Q. What is Silambam?A. Silambam is an ancient weapon-based martial art that emerged in Tamilakam, which is now Tamil Nadu region of India. It is one of the oldest martial arts in the world.The term Silambam contains a meaning which itself reveals abo... Read More...

  Jul 31, 2021   Art & Culture

Q. Why is this in news?A. China’s crackdown against cryptocurrencies, which are those that aren’t sanctioned by a centralized authority and are secured by cryptography, is said to have a lot to do with the crashing of the value of cryptocurrencies.Background : The price of the world’s most prominent cryptocurrency Bitcoin has more than halved in the last two months after hitting a peak in mid-April.The second-most valuable cryptocurrency, Ether, has seen a similar fall from its peak last month.Q. What is Cryptocurrency?A. Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. A Rubber Board research farm on the outskirts of Guwahati now sports the world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber plant tailored for the climatic conditions in the Northeast.Q. What is GM rubber?A. The GM rubber has additional copies of the gene MnSOD, or manganese-containing superoxide dismutase, inserted in the plant.The plant was developed at the Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII).It is expected to tide over the severe cold conditions during winter — a major factor affecting the growth of young rubber plants in the... Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   Current Affairs

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  Jul 29, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is this news?A. India has joining the OECD-G20 framework for a global minimum tax. Q. What is this tax deal?A.The proposed solution consists of two components:Pillar One is about the reallocation of an additional share of profit to the market jurisdictions andPillar Two consists of minimum tax and subject to tax rulesSome significant issues including share of profit allocation and scope of subject to tax rules, remain open and need to be addressed.Further, the technical details of the proposal will be worked... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2021   Economy

Today's International Relations Question:India is a natural partner of G-7 countries to take on global challenges. Comment. Read More...

  Jul 28, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question: Give a brief outline of the river water dispute between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. What was the recent response of Union Government? Read More...

  Jul 28, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:What is delimitation? Why is there a delimitation Commission for Jammu and Kashmir? Read More...

  Jul 27, 2021   Current Affairs

  Q. What about the news ? A. The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre on the use of Section 66A of the IT Act that was scrapped several years ago and said that it is shocking that the judgment striking down the law has not been implemented even now.   Q. What’s the issue? A. Even after 7 years of the law being struck down, as of March 2021, a total of 745 cases are still pending and active before the district courts i... Read More...

  Jul 28, 2021   Polity

  Q. Why is this in news ? A. Union Education Minister launches NIPUN Bharat Programme.   Q. What About the Programme? A. NIPUN stands for the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy. The Programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Education. Read More...

  Jul 28, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

  Q. Why is this in news? A. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has launched the unique Project Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought (BOLD) in Rajasthan.   Q. What is Project BOLD? A. Project BOLD seeks to create bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid land zones. It is a unique scientific exercise serving the combined national objectives of reducing desertific... Read More...

  Jul 27, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news? A. A part of the Arctic’s ice called the “Last Ice Area”, located north of Greenland, has melted before expected. Scientists had believed this area was strong enough to withstand global warming.   Q. What is the Last Ice Area? A. In an article published in 2015, National Geographic noted that climate projections forecast the total disappearance of summer ice in the Arctic by the year 2040. Read More...

  Jul 27, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

  Q. Why is this in news? A. LEAF (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance) Coalition was announced at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, 2021. LEAF coalition will be one of the largest ever public-private efforts to protect tropical forests and intend to mobilize at least USD 1 billion in financing to countries committed to protecting their tropical forests.   Read More...

  Jul 26, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news? A. The draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021 is recently released by the Centre. It seeks to amend the Cinematograph Act of 1952.   Q. What are its Key Provisions? A. Revision of certification: This provision will give the Centre “revisionary powers” and enable it to “re-examine” films already cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Read More...

  Jul 26, 2021   Polity

  Q. Why is this in news? A. The Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology was locked out of his Twitter account for an hour allegedly over a notice received for violation of the US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 1998.   Q. What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act? A. It is a law passed in the US and is among the world’s first laws recognising Intellectual Property (IP) on the internet.... Read More...

  Jul 25, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is this news? A. Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, is not among the vaccines which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its “vaccine passport” programme that allows free movement of people in and out of Europe.    Q. Which are the vaccines that have been approved by EMA for the purpose?  A. The EMA list only includes four vaccines now Vaxzevria (Oxford-AstraZ... Read More...

  Jul 25, 2021   International Relations

  Q. Why is this in news ? A. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is investing Rs 75,000 crore in its new business focused on clean energy, which includes solar and green hydrogen. The company will build four giga factories focusing on solar, storage battery, green hydrogen and a fuel cell factory, which can convert hydrogen into mobile and stationary power. &nbs... Read More...

  Jul 24, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

  Q. Why is this in news? A. Defence Minister has recently visited the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka to inspect infrastructure development under Phase II of “Project Seabird”.   Q. What is Project Seabird? A. The largest naval infrastructure project for India, Project Seabird involves the creation of a naval base at Karwar on the west coast of India. INS Kadamba is an... Read More...

  Jul 24, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment