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What is the magnitude of current global refuge crisis?According to the UN, by the end of 2018, there were around 70.8 million people around the world who had left their home countries because of conflict and persecution. Of these 70.8 million, roughly 30 million are refugees. Globally, more two-thirds of all refugees come from five countries: Syria (6.7 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.3 million), Myanmar (1.1 million), and Somalia (0.9 million).According to the UN’s Global Trends report released in June 2019 this year, there are 37,000 new displacements ... Read More...

  Jul 07, 2020   International Relations

Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience Conference 2019. Why?Need is for developing technology to anticipate disasters like landslides and develop infrastructure to quickly respond to minimise the damage.Landslides have attracted global attention as they may cause huge havoc on communities, livestock, environment leading to huge loss of lives.On the one hand landslides effect loss of i... Read More...

  Jul 07, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS)?National Science Day 2019 celebrated on February 28 in memory of Indian scientists and Nobel laureate Sir CV Raman saw yet another scheme launched by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry called STARS’ or Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science. It is a Rs 250 crore scheme to fund science projects.STARS is taken up for promoting translational, I... Read More...

  Jul 07, 2020   Science and Technology

Why in news?The Delhi High Court had on Jan 10, 2010, ruled that the CJI’s office was under the ambit of the RTI. Independence of the judiciary was not a privilege but a responsibility cast upon the office, the High Court had ruled. The Supreme Court information officer had challenged this on the judicial side in the top court. In November 2019 supreme court’s five-judge constitution bench delivered judgment to bring CJI under ambit of RTI.What are observations of supreme court during judgement that brought CJI within definition of “public authority” under... Read More...

  Jul 07, 2020   Polity

Why in news?Recent report titled “Global Social Mobility Report 2020: Equality, Opportunity and a New Economic Imperative” by world economic Forum(WEF) has held that for India ,“It will take 7 generations for India’s poor to reach mean income”.What is Global Social Mobility Report all about? Read More...

  Jul 07, 2020   General Category

What is on tap licencing for banks? Discuss RBI guidelines for on tap licensing of small finance banks.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released guidelines for on tap licensing of Small Finance banks in the country.  SFB are differentiated banks setup on the recommendation of Nachiket Mor committee (2013) constituted by RBI.On tap licensing refers to the practice of granting license throughout the year on a regular basis.  Currently, there is no on tap licensing window for small finance banks.   The ... Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   Economy

Context-The UK elections were held in December, 2019. Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street with a big majority after the Conservatives swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands. The Conservative Party has won a big majority after sweeping aside Labour in its traditional heartlands.Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party have vowed that if they reclaim their majority in Parliament, they will get Brexit done by quickly passing the prime minister’s Brexit deal and moving to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the EU by the end ... Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   International Relations

What is ISFR 2019?India State of Forest Report (ISFR) is Biennial report published by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) which has been mandated to assess the forest and tree resources of the country including wall-to-wall forest cover mapping in a biennial cycle. Starting 1987, 16 assessment have been completed so far. ISFR 2019 is the 16th report in the series.What are the major findings of the report?According to ISFR 2019 the total forest and tree cover of the country is 80.73 million hectare which is 24.56 percent of the ... Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is Artificial sun of China?The HL-2M Tokamak, China’s next-generation “artificial sun” is a reactor which provides clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion. The device works by replicating the natural reactions that occur in the sun using hydrogen and deuterium gases as fuels. This device will reach temperatures over 200 million degrees Celsius. That's around 13 times hotter than the core of the Sun.What is Nuclear fusion?Nuclear fusion is a process where two light nuclei (parts of an ato... Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   Science and Technology

Who are Anglo-Indians?The Anglo-Indian community in India traces its origins to an official policy of the British East India Company to encourage marriages of its officers with local women.The term Anglo-Indian first appeared in the Government of India Act, 1935. In the present context, Article 366(2) of the Constitution of India states, a person whose father or any of whose other male progenitors in the male line is or was of European descent but who is a native of India.What is the Anglo-Indian population? Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   Polity

What are Shola forest?Shola forests are tropical Montane forests found in the valleys separated by rolling grasslands and only in the higher elevations. They occur only in the valleys where there is least reach of the fog and mist.Why they are Unique?In general, mountains are ... Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is Augmented reality?Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view often by using the camera on a smartphone. By the very name it arguments or enhances the present reality.Examples of augmented reality experiences include Snapchat lenses and the game Pokemon Go. What is virtual reality? Read More...

  Jul 06, 2020   General Category

What is Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme approved by Cabinet to public sector banks?The Union Cabinet has approved modifications to the Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme.  The scheme was announced in the Union Budget 2019-20 and issued on August 19, 2019.  Under the scheme, a government guarantee is provided to public sector banks (PSBs) for buying high-rated pooled assets from financially sound non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs).  The government will cover the initial ... Read More...

  Jul 04, 2020   Economy

Discuss the chronology of Iran’s nuclear programme along with the nuclear deal: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).After rising tensions with USA Iran said it would abandon limitations on enriching uranium, refusing to adhere to the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with six major powers, but would continue to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog.The E3 group of countries, Britain, France, and Germany have subsequently called on Tehran to resume its commitments under the deal.Iran’s announcement comes after its top... Read More...

  Jul 04, 2020   International Relations

What is climate risk index?The index analyses the extent to which countries and regions have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves, cyclones, landslides etc.) It is released by Germanwatch.What is India’s position in vulnerability to climate risks?India is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change, according to report. In the Climate Risk Index 2020, India’s rank has worsened from the 14th spot in 2017 to 5th in 2018 in the global vulnerability ladder. Read More...

  Jul 04, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is Gaganyan mission?Gaganyaan Programme is first Human Spaceflight of India to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days. A human rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry the orbital module which will have necessary provisions for sustaining a 3-member crew for the duration of the mission.The necessary infrastructure for crew training, realization of flight systems and ground infrastructure will be established to support the Gaganyaan Programme.  Read More...

  Jul 04, 2020   Science and Technology

What is The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Parliament all about?The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament.  The Bill amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).The Constitution provides for reservation of seats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination, in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of states.  This has been extended every ten years so far  and will expire on January 25, 2020.  The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs ... Read More...

  Jul 04, 2020   Polity

AboutThe Corruption Perceptions Index is published by Transparency index( the global collation against corruption) which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. The CPI generally defines corruption as "the misuse of public power for private benefit". Read More...

  Jul 04, 2020   General Category

What were the decisions at the recent Monetary Policy Committee(MPC)?MPC was constituted in 2016 to bring transparency in India’s monetary policy. It publishes it’s report once in every 2 months.The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) released its fifth bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement of 2019-20 on December 19.The MPC decided to continue with an accommodative stance of monetary policy.Accomodative stance is used to pump money in the economy to ensure more credit flow. The polic... Read More...

  Jul 03, 2020   Economy

Who are the Al Shabaab? Discuss with examples their quarrel with the US in Kenya? The Islamist Al Shabaab group is active in East Africa and is involved in the ongoing civil war in Somalia. The group has been fighting to overthrow the weak West-backed Somali government, the latter being supported by a 21,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force.Recently a military base in Kenya, used by US and Kenyan forces, came under attack from the Somalia-based Al Shabaab militant group. US aircraft and vehicles were destroyed in th... Read More...

  Jul 03, 2020   International Relations