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Q. What is the news? The ‘SolarWinds hack’, a cyberattack recently discovered in the US, has emerged as one of the biggest ever targeted against the US government, its agencies and several other private companies.It is likely a global cyberattack.It was first discovered by US cybersecurity company FireEye, and since then more developments continue to come to light each day. The sheer scale of the cyber-attack remains unknown, although the US Treasury, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, parts of the Pen... Read More...

  Dec 31, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?Recently , a woman employee of Telangana Agriculture Department and a software engineer committed suicide after they were humiliated and blackmailed by tele-callers and recovery agents of a mobile app instant loan company. Their personal details were posted by the company on social media and labelled them defaulters and used abusive language.Q. What is the instant loan apps case?  Read More...

  Dec 31, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?The Tamil Nadu government has revently permitted jallikattu to be held across the State during the coming Pongal season. However,  the bull-taming sport , jallikattu would be now subject to fresh restrictions in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.This time not more than 300 bull tamers would be allowed to take part in a jallikattu, ‘manjuvirattu’ or ‘vadamadu’ event. All the spectators would have to undergo thermal screening before entering the venue.To ensure adherence to physical distancing n... Read More...

  Dec 30, 2020   Art & Culture

Q. What is Article 131 or Original jurisdiction?The Supreme Court possesses Original jurisdiction enshrined in Article 131 of Constitution  to decide the disputes arising between different units of the Indian Federation like:(a) between the Government of India and one or more States; or(b) between the Government of India and any State or States on one side and one or more other States on the other; or(c) between two or more States, if and in so far as the dispu... Read More...

  Dec 30, 2020   Polity

Q. Why in News?Recently , government and the World Bank has signed a $500 million project for implementation of the Green National Highways Corridor Project. Read More...

  Dec 29, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news ?The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is supposed to launch municipal bonds in January 2021 , and it will become the third Urban Local Body (ULB) in Gujarat to use Municipal bonds to raise money to fund development work sanctioned under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). It has sought approval for the same from the state government.Q. How was the earlier Ahmedabad experience?Ahmedabad was the first city in south... Read More...

  Dec 29, 2020   International Relations

Q. What does start of gas production in KGD6 means for India?Reliance Industries Ltd and BP (British Petroleum) have announced the start of gas production from the R cluster, the deepest off-shore gas field in Asia. The field is the first of three deep-water gas projects in the KGD6 block jointly developed by RIL and BP to come onstream. RIL has a participating interest of 66.7% in the KG-D6 block and BP has a participating interest of 33.3% in the block. Q. Why is this... Read More...

  Dec 28, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?In a bid to tighten security of communications network, the Cabinet Committee on Security recently announced the National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector, which will mandate service providers to purchase equipment from trusted sources.Apart from this , the Union Cabinet has also approved the auction of 2,251.25 megahertz of spectrum with a reserve price of Rs. 3.92 lakh crore.Q. What does Government said? Read More...

  Dec 28, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?United Nations’ Human Development Index was released recently. Published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it is a statistical tool which is used to measure a country’s overall achievement in its social and economic dimensions. The social and economic dimensions of a country are based on the health of people, their level of education attainment and their standard of living.Q. What’s unique about this year’s index? Read More...

  Dec 27, 2020   International Relations

Q. What is the news?The US Department of the Treasury Office of International Affairs, in its latest report to the US Congress, has included India, Taiwan and Thailand to its Monitoring List of major trading partners that “merit close attention” to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies.Q. What is this and why has US put India on its currency watchlist?Currency manipulation is when a country is artificially lowering the value of its currency to gain an unfair advantage over others. ... Read More...

  Dec 27, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will soon come up with a policy which is aimed at promoting 3D printing on an industrial scale and helping domestic companies “overcome technical and economic barriers” so that they can build supportive and ancillary facilities for world leaders in the technology, such as the US and China.The policy will help develop a “conducive ecosystem for design, development and deployment” of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. ... Read More...

  Dec 26, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?Recently, the first-phase data of the National Family Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5) 2019-20 has been released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Q. What is the National Family Health Survey?The NFHS is a large-scale, multi-round survey conducted in a representative sample of households throughout India.Three rounds of the survey have been conducted since the first survey in 1992-93.Th... Read More...

  Dec 26, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news? NITI Aayog has released a white paper, “Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India” which is envisaged to serve as a vision document to propel Public Health Surveillance (PHS) in India and establish India as a global leader in the area.This white paper is a continuation of the work on strengthening the health systems.Q. What is this document about?  Read More...

  Dec 25, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news? The United States has imposed sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems.Turkey  acquired the Russian S-400 ground-to-air defenses in mid-2019 and says they pose no threat to NATO allies. US has long been threatening sanctions on Turkey and had removed the country from an F-35 jet program last year.Q. What is the S-400 air defence missile system? Why does India need it? Read More...

  Dec 25, 2020   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. The SC Collegium has recommended the transfer of judges of several HC, including the transfer of a Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.Q. What is Collegium?Collegium system of the Supreme Court (SC) and the High Courts (HCs) of India is based on the precedence established by the “Three Judges Cases (1982, 1993, 1998)It is a legally valid system of appointment and transfer of judges in the SC and all HCs. Read More...

  Dec 24, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news? Recently , Election Commission asked the Law Ministry to permit NRIs to cast their votes from overseas through postal ballots. The Commission told the government it had received representations from the Indian diaspora about facilitating voting through postal votes since travelling to India only for this purpose is a “costly affair”.Otherwise, too they cannot leave the country of their residence owing to specific compulsions of employment, education or other engagements,” states the ... Read More...

  Dec 24, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis could be visible in regions such as in the northern parts of Illinois and Pennsylvania in the US.Q. What is Aurora, why does it occur? Auroras occur when charged particles ejected from the Sun’s surface — called the solar wind — enter the Earth’s atmosphere.While flowing toward Earth, the fast-moving solar wind carries with it the Sun’s magnetic field, which disrupts the magnetosphere — the region ... Read More...

  Dec 23, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news? An uncommon type of malaria, Plasmodium ovale, has been diagnosed in a jawan in Kerala. The soldier is believed to have contracted it during his posting in Sudan, from where he returned nearly a year ago, and where Plasmodium ovale is endemic.Q. What are types of malaria?Malaria is caused by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, if the mosquito itself is infected with a malarial parasite.There are five kinds of ma... Read More...

  Dec 23, 2020   Health

Q. What is hydroponics?Hydroponics is a type of horticulture and a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants, usually crops, without soil, by using mineral nutrient solutions in an aqueous solvent.Hydroponic flowers, herbs, and vegetables are planted in inert growing media and supplied with nutrient-rich solutions, oxygen, and water.It fosters rapid growth, stronger yields, and superior quality.In conventional way , a plant is grown in soil, its roots are per... Read More...

  Dec 22, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. What is Quantum technology? It is a class of technology that works by using the principles of quantum mechanics (the physics of sub-atomic particles), including quantum entanglement and quantum superposition.It is based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature of energy and matter on the atomic and subatomic level.It concerns the control and manipulation of quantum systems, with the goal of achieving information processing beyond the limits of the classical world.Its... Read More...

  Dec 22, 2020   Science and Technology