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Q Why is it in News ?A Former Punjab CM has announced that he will be forming his own political party in Punjab ahead of the state assembly elections.Q What is procedure for Registering a Political Party ?A The registration of all political parties is governed by the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.According to the Election Commission (EC), any party seeking registration has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days.This is done as per guidelines prescribed by the EC in exercise of the powers conferred by... Read More...

  Nov 14, 2021   Polity

Q What is the context  ? A The number of agricultural labourers who died by suicide in 2020 was 18% higher than the previous year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report. Q What is state of Farmers suicide in 2020 ? A  In 2020, 5,098 of these agricultural labourers died by suicide, an 18% rise from the 4,324 who died last year. Overall, 10,677 people engaged in the farm sector died by suicide in 2020, slightly higher than the 10,281 who died in 2019. They made up 7% of all suicides in the country. Most of these de... Read More...

  Nov 14, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A The Jal Shakti Ministry has released a guide for the safe rescue and release of stranded Ganges River Dolphins.Q What are some details about Gangetic Dolphin ?A The Gangetic river system is home to a vast variety of aquatic life, including the Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica).The species, whose global population is estimated at 4,000, are (nearly 80%) found in the Indian subcontinent.It is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent, particularly in Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Karnaphuli-Sangu river systems.It is one of five specie... Read More...

  Nov 13, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q What is the context  ?A PM Modi has proposed a five-fold strategy called the ‘Panchamrita’ for India to play its part in helping the world get closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius on the first day of the global climate meeting in Glasgow.Q What is Panchamrita?A ‘Panchamrita’ is a traditional method of mixing five natural foods milk, ghee, curd, honey and jaggery. These are used in Hindu and Jain worship rituals. It is also used as a technique in Ayurveda.The PM euphemistically termed his scheme as ‘Panchamrita’ meaning the ‘five ambrosia’.Under Pancha... Read More...

  Nov 13, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) will examine the complaint of a decorated Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officer against caste-based allegations by a Maharashtra minister.Q What are some details about National Commission for Scheduled Castes ?A NCSC is a constitutional body under Article 338 of the Indian Constitution.It functions under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.It was established with a view to provide safeguards against the exploitation of Scheduled Castes.It aims to promote an... Read More...

  Nov 12, 2021   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A The RBI has issued a revised Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework for banks to enable supervisory intervention at “appropriate time” and also act as a tool for effective market discipline.Q What is the PCA framework?A Prompt Corrective Action Framework refers to the central bank’s watchlist of weak banks.The regulator imposes restrictions like curbs on lending on such banks.The PCA Framework applies only to commercial banks and does not cover cooperative banks and non-banking financial companies.Q When was... Read More...

  Nov 12, 2021   Economy

Today's Current Affairs Question:Infestation of desert locusts, which has plagued a vast area from eastern Africa to India in recent years needs an urgent solution. Comment on the causes, effects and solutions briefly. Read More...

  Nov 12, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The Gujarat government has decided to grant 15-day parole to prisoners above 60 years of age and women prisoners, except those booked in serious offences, as a ‘Diwali gift’.Q What is Parole?A Furlough and parole envisage a short-term release from custody, both aimed as reformative steps towards prisoners.Parole is granted to meet a “specific exigency” and cannot be claimed as a matter of right.Both provisions are subject to the circumstances of the prisoner, such as jail behaviour, the gravity of offences, sentence period and public in... Read More...

  Nov 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q What is the context  ?A The Global Methane Pledge was launched at the ongoing UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.Q What is the Global Methane Pledge?A Global Methane Pledge is an agreement to reduce global methane emissions.One of the central aims of this agreement is to cut down methane emissions by up to 30 per cent from 2020 levels by the year 2030.The pledge was first announced in September by the United States and the European Union.So far, over 90 countries have signed this pledge.Q Why methane?A&... Read More...

  Nov 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The Government has finally reduced fuel prices by slashing excise duties on petrol and diesel by ₹5 and ₹10 per litre respectively.Q What is Excise Duty?A Excise duty is a form of tax imposed on goods for their production, licensing and sale.It is the opposite of Customs duty in sense that it applies to goods manufactured domestically in the country, while Customs is levied on those coming from outside of the country.At the central level, excise duty earlier used to be levied as Central Excise Duty, Additional Excise Duty, et... Read More...

  Nov 10, 2021   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A The central government is preparing to give a fresh push to the establishment of an All India Judicial Service (AIJS) on the lines of the central civil services.Q What is All India Judicial Service (AIJS) ?AThe All India Judicial Service (AIJS)  is a reform push to centralize the recruitment of judges.It would work at the level of additional district judges and district judges for all states.In the same way that the UPSC conducts a central recruitment process and assigns successful candidates to cadres, judges of the lowe... Read More...

  Nov 10, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:Are human rights a stumbling block in fighting evils like terrorism & naxalism? Read More...

  Nov 11, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:India’s new pledge to achieve carbon neutrality has placed it in a strong position to demand climate equity and justice not only for itself but also for other developing nations impacted by the climate crisis. Comment Read More...

  Nov 10, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:What issues are being discussed in the meeting of NSAs that India is hosting on Afghanistan with regional players? Read More...

  Nov 09, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences visited the Indian Subcontinent’s Pioneer Ocean Research Vessel (ORV) Ship SagarNidhi.Earlier, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has launched India’s first manned ocean mission “Samudrayaan” in Chennai.Q. What is SagarNidhi?A. It was commissioned in 2008 for the country's marine research programme.It is the third research vessel after  Read More...

  Nov 09, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, Punjab Police has proposed to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways that the birth anniversary (Gurpurab) of Guru Nanak Dev be declared as ‘World Pedestrian Day’ to spread awareness on road safety.In 2021, Guru Nanak’s 552nd Gurpurab will be celebrated on 19th November.Q. Why is this step taken ?A. To spread the message of oneness and to break barriers across faiths by engaging in spiritual dialogues, Guru Nanak Dev, travelled far and wide during the 1... Read More...

  Nov 09, 2021   Art & Culture

Q. Why is this in news?A. The first ever scientific assessment of the amounts of greenhouse gases emitted from and absorbed by forests (2001-2020) in UNESCO World Heritage sites has found that forests in World Heritage sites play a vital role in mitigating climate change.Q. What about mitigating Climate Change?A. World Heritage sites play a vital role in mitigating climate change by absorbing 190 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.Carbon sequestration by wor... Read More...

  Nov 08, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the 5th edition of Ganga Utsav-The River Festival 2021 has begun which celebrates the glory of the National river Ganga.Ganga was declared as the National River of India on 4th November 2008.The event will also comprise, launch of the Ganga Tarang Portal, curtain raiser on Ganga Knowledge Portal and many more.Q. What is Ganga Utsav 2021 ?A. The National Mission for Clean Gang... Read More...

  Nov 08, 2021   Government Schemes

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Union Environment Minister has delivered the statement on behalf of the BASIC group of countries at the UN Climate Change Conference underway at Glasgow.Q. Which are the BASIC Countries?A.The BASIC countries (also Basic countries or BASIC) are a bloc of four large newly industrialized countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China.It was formed by an agreement on 28 November 2009.The four committed to act jointly at the Copenhagen climate summit, including a possible united walk-out i... Read More...

  Nov 07, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, India announced that it will reach carbon neutrality by 2070 as part of a five-point action plan that included reducing emissions to 50% by 2030.India made this pledge at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 climate summit in Glasgow, where it also urged developed countries to deliver on their promise of climate financing.However, India hasn’t submitted an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) Read More...

  Nov 07, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment