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Q. Why is this in news?A. A decorated Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and UPSC CSE topper from 2010, who resigned from the service in protest against the “unabated” killings in Kashmir in 2019, has been reinstated.Q. What rules apply when an IAS officer chooses to resign?A.A resignation is a formal intimation in writing by an officer of his/her intention or a proposal to leave the IAS, either immediately or at a specified date in the future.Guidelines of the Department of Personnel, the cadre controlling department for the IAS, say that a resignation has to be clea... Read More...

  May 28, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. In order to familiarize women with the latest techniques in agriculture and allied sectors, trainings are being imparted to women farmers under schemes of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Rural Development.The guidelines of the various beneficiary-oriented schemes of the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), provide that States and other Implementing Agencies to incur atleast 30% expenditure on women farmers.Q. What are some of the schemes having s... Read More...

  May 28, 2022   Government Schemes

Q. Why is this in news?A. West Bengal is experiencing a crisis that has led to the closure of several Jute Mills.Q. What is the Issue?A.High Rate of Procurement by Mills:Mills are procuring raw jute at prices higher than what they are selling them at after processing.Mills do not acquire their raw material directly from the farmers because:Farmers are far-off from the mills locations:Mills would have to go to multiple farmers to acquire the requisite quantity as no single farmer produces enough to... Read More...

  May 27, 2022   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. NASA’s first crewed landing of the Artemis program on the moon is expected to take place in 2026. Meanwhile, NASA will launch Artemis 1 in May 2022.Reasons for the delay: NASA said it needed time to develop and test the human landing system and NASA’s next generation spacesuits. Q. What is Artemis?A. Artemis stands for Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of Moon’s Interaction with the Sun.It is NASA’s next mission to t... Read More...

  May 27, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all departments of the Central Government to collect the data on inadequacy of representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes before implementing the policy of reservation in promotion in government offices. Q. What are the Specified conditions?A. The DoPT order has also specified conditions (Based on the Supreme Court verdict) to be met while implementing the policy of reservation in promotions.The conditions include:Collectio... Read More...

  May 26, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news ?A. On April 22, a Bench of the Supreme Court of India, led by Justice U.U. Lalit, decided to critically examine the routine and abrupt way in which trial judges often impose the death penalty on convicts.Q. What is Individualistic approach?A. The challenge before the Court in the instant case of Irfan vs State of Madhya Pradesh was to identify the mitigating circumstances and to ensure a convict-centric approach so that the imposition of capital punishment becomes rarer, fairer, and principled.According to the Court, “a ‘one size fit for all’... Read More...

  May 26, 2022  

Q. Why is this in news?A. In a move to make legal aid more accessible for women, the National Commission for Women (NCW) in collaboration with Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) has launched a legal aid clinic which will act as a single-window facility for resolving grievances of women by offering them free legal assistance.NCW is also planning to set up similar legal services clinics in other State Commissions for Women.Q. What is legal aid clinic?A. Under the new legal aid clinic, counselling... Read More...

  May 25, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court by two Kashmir residents challenging the Centre’s decision to constitute the delimitation commission for redrawing the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Q. What’s the issue?A. The plea sought declaration that the increase of number of seats from 107 to 114 (including 24 seats in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) in Jammu & Kashmir is Ultra vires the Constitutional Provisions such as Articles 14, 81, 82, 170, 330 and 332 and Statutory Provisions... Read More...

  May 25, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently a survey pointed that, the ‘Mission Antyodaya’ project bears great promise to eradicate poverty in its multiple dimensions among rural households.Q. What is Mission Antyodaya?A. The ‘Mission Antyodaya’ project was launched by the Government of India in 2017-18.The Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Ministry of Rural Development act as the nodal agents to take the mission forward.Key goals: The main objective of ‘Mission Antyodaya’ is to ensure optimum use of reso... Read More...

  May 24, 2022   Government Schemes

Q. Why is this in news?A. With a vision to provide quality medicines at an affordable rate for the common man especially the poor, Govt. has set a target to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10000 by March 2024. Q. What  is the background?A. Till 31.03.2022, the number of stores has increased to 8610. Under the PMBJP, all 739 districts of the country have been covered. New applications have been invited to cover 3579 blocks of these 406 districts. Q. What is Pradhan Mantri jan Aushadi y... Read More...

  May 24, 2022   Government Schemes

Q. Why is this in news?A. Vice President of India , Venkaiah Naidu recently said it is time for amending the anti-defection law to plug the loopholes. Q. What is anti-defection law?A.It is covered under the Tenth Schedule of the Indian Constitution:It specifies the circumstances under which changing of political parties by legislators invites action under the law.It was added to the Constitution by the 52nd Amendment Act, 1985.It includes situations in which an indepe... Read More...

  May 23, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is hoping to have all three development flights planned for its ‘baby rocket’ — the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) — in 2022 itself.Q. What is SSLV?A.The SSLV is a small-lift launch vehicle being developed by the ISRO with payload capacity to deliver:600 kg to Low Earth Orbit (500 km) or300 kg to Sun-synchronous Orbit (500 km)It would help launching small satellites, with the capability to support multiple orbital drop-offs.In futu... Read More...

  May 23, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology has inaugurated the first ever Semicon India 2022 Conference under India Semiconductor Mission in Bengaluru.Semicon India – 2022 has been organized to take forward the vision of the Prime Minister to make India a leader in the electronics manufacturing, semiconductor design, manufacturing & innovation.Theme of the Conference: Catalyzing India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem.Q. What are Semicondu... Read More...

  May 22, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?A. The  Union Ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has launched the MSME Sustainable (ZED) Certification Scheme.Q. What is MSME Sustainable (ZED) Certification Scheme?A. This Scheme is an extensive drive to enable and facilitate MSMEs adopt Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) practices.It aims motivate and incentivize them for ZED Certification while also encouraging them to become MSME Champions.Through the ZED Certification, MSMEs can reduce wastages substantially, increase productivity, enhance environmental consciousness, save en... Read More...

  May 22, 2022   Economy

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  May 21, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Election Commission (EC) has sent a notice to Jharkhand CM over an office-of-profit charge against him for allotment of a mining lease in his name last year.Under Section 9A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the CM could face disqualification for entering into a government contract.The Constitution of India does not define the Office of Profit. It has only mentioned it under Article 102 (1) and Article 191 (1).Q. What is ‘Office of Profit’?A.MPs and MLAs, as members of the legislature, hold the government accountable... Read More...

  May 21, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in News?A. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has granted Rs 3.75 crore under the ‘Upgradation of Museums Scheme’ as part of Museums Grant Scheme for the Rs 5-crore project in Eluru town, Andhra Pradesh.Q. What is the Museums Grant Scheme?A.About:The scheme was launched in 2013.The Ministry of Culture provides financial assistance under the Scheme to the State Governments and Societies, Autonomous bodies, Local Bodies and Trusts registered under the Societies Ac... Read More...

  May 20, 2022   Government Schemes

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, CERT-In has asked all government and private agencies to mandatorily report cyber security breach incidents to it within six hours of noticing them.CERT-In is empowered under Section 70B of the Information Technology Act to collect, analyse and disseminate information on cyber security incidents.Q. What is CERT-IN?A.Computer Emergency Response Team - India is an organisation of the Ministry... Read More...

  May 20, 2022   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News ?A According to the latest data published by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), world military spending continued to grow in 2021, reaching an all-time high of USD 2.1 trillion despite the economic fallout of the pandemic.As a result of a sharp economic recovery in 2021, the global military burden—world military expenditure as a share of world Gross Domestic Product (GDP)—fell by 0.1 percentage points, from 2.3% in 2020 to 2.2% in 2021.Q What is SIPRI?A The SIPRI is an independent inter... Read More...

  May 19, 2022   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, the European Parliament and European Union (EU) Member States announced that they had reached a political agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA), 2022.It is a landmark legislation to force big Internet companies to act against disinformation and illegal and harmful content, and to “provide better protection for Internet users and their fundamental rights”.The proposed Act seeks to end the era of self-regulation by tech companies and give ‘practical effect to the principle that what is illegal offline, should be illegal online’. Read More...

  May 19, 2022   International Relations