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Q. Why is this in News?A. India is hoping to end its reliance on imported urea within the next four years, till 2025 by expanding output of a locally developed version known as Liquid Nano Urea.Q. What is Liquid Nano Urea?A. It is urea in the form of a nanoparticle. It is a nutrient (liquid) to provide nitrogen to plants as an alternative to the conventional urea.Urea is a chemical nitrogen fertiliser, white in colour, which artificially provides nitrogen, a major nutrient ... Read More...

  Aug 27, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why Is this in News?A. India, with its distinctive fusion of various cultures, has ideals that provide a deeper understanding of the concept of acculturation and its outcomes.Q. What is Meant by Acculturation?A. The concept of acculturation was coined in 1880 by American geologist John Wesley Powel in a report for the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology.He defined it as the psychological changes induced in people due to cross-cultural imitation, resulting from the interaction with different cultur... Read More...

  Aug 26, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Over 1 lakh villages declared themselves as ODF (Open Defecation Free) Plus under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G).These villages are sustaining their ODF status and have systems in place for managing solid and/or liquid waste and they would continue on their sanitation journey as they work towards making their villages cleaner, greener and healthier.Q. What is Open Defecation Free Status?A. ODF: An area can be notified or declared as ODF if at any point of the ... Read More...

  Aug 26, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to recent reports, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) digital rupee — the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) — may be introduced in phases beginning with wholesale businesses in the current financial year.RBI had proposed amendments to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, which would enable it to launch a CBDC.Q. What is Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)?A. About CBDC:CBDCs are a digital for... Read More...

  Aug 25, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to a recent study, researchers have identified gene called CSA6 which could hold the key to prevent fungal infection Candidiasis that often affects intensive-care unit (ICU) patients, cancer patients and patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy.Q. What is Candida Albicans?A.Candida Albicans is a fungal species infamous for causing high rates of morbidity and mortality under certain immuno-compromised conditions such as Acquired Imm... Read More...

  Aug 25, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga spoke about the Arth Ganga model during World Water Week 2022.Q. What are the Key Features of the Arth Ganga Project?A. About:‘Arth Ganga’ implies a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga.PM Modi first introduced the concept during the first National Ganga Council meeting in Kanpur in 2019, where he urged for a shift from Namami Gange to the model ... Read More...

  Aug 24, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Bill to amend the Competition Act, 2002, was finally tabled in the Lok Sabha.Q. What was the Need to Bring these Amendments?A. New Age Market:As the dynamics of the market change rapidly due to technological advancements, artificial intelligence, and the increasing importance of factors other than price, amendments became necessary to sustain and promote market competition.Issue of Acquisition:According to Read More...

  Aug 24, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to the report by Getting India to Net Zero, India needs a massive USD 10.1 trillion investment from now on if India is to achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2070.Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Report?A. Investment:The investment required by India would be USD 13.5 trillion if the net zero emission target is to be met by 2050.Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC):India’s Nationally Determined Contributio... Read More...

  Aug 23, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI), assured there will be at least one Constitution Bench functioning throughout the year in the Supreme Court.Q. What is the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court?A. About:A Constitution Bench is a bench of the Supreme Court having five or more judges on it.These benches are not a routine phenomenon.A vast majority of cases before the Supreme Court are heard and decided by a bench ... Read More...

  Aug 23, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A .The government has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill from Parliament after several amendments were proposed by the Joint-Parliamentary Committee.Q. What is the Definition of data?A. Data is a collection of discrete values that convey information, describing quantity, quality, fact, statistics, other basic units of meaning, or simply sequences of symbols that may be further interpreted.Q. What is Data Protection?A.Data protection refers to policies and procedures seek... Read More...

  Aug 22, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Russia suspended United Stated of America’s on-site inspections under New START Treaty with Washington due to Western sanctions and coronavirus infections.What is New START Treaty?New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) was the last remaining arms reduction pact between the former Cold War rivals and caps to 1,550 the number of nuclear warheads that can be deployed by Russia and United States of America.It entered into force on 5th February, 2011.It continues the bipartisan proce... Read More...

  Aug 22, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Government has modified the earlier scheme of ‘Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme (SCA to TSS)’ with nomenclature ‘Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAAGY)’ for implementation during 2021-22 to 2025-26.Q. What is Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana?A. About:It supplements the efforts of State Governments for development and welfare of tribal people by extending Special Central Assistance as... Read More...

  Aug 21, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Electoral Parties are trying to woo tribals in Gujarat by making promises to strictly implement the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act, 1996.Gujarat notified the State PESA Rules in January 2017 and made them applicable in 4,503 gram sabhas under 2,584 village panchayats in 50 tribal talukas in eight districts of the state.However, the Act has not been enforced in letter and spirit.Six states (Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra) have formed the PESA laws, and Chhattisgarh would become the seven... Read More...

  Aug 21, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Finnish researchers have found that the Arctic is heating four times faster than the rest of the planet.Q. Why is Arctic warming faster?A. The warming is concentrated in the Eurasian part of the Arctic, where the Barents Sea north of Russia and Norway is warming at an alarming rate — seven times faster than the global average.Other studies indicate that the Arctic amplification is four times the global rate.Q. What is Arctic Amplification?A . Global warming has hastened due to anth... Read More...

  Aug 20, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Scotland has become the first nation in the world to legally protect the right to access free period products and have made period products free for all by passing the Period Products Act.Period poverty is when those on low incomes can't afford, or access, suitable period products.Q. What do we know about the Development in Scotland?A.About:Under the Period Products Act, schools, colleges and universities as well as... Read More...

  Aug 20, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to earth, leading to US furore against Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object’s descent.Yet another Chinese irresponsibilityEnding over a week of global anxiety and alarm, the debris from a large Chinese rocket – the Long March 5B — crashed to earth over the Pacific and the Indian oceans.It felt into the Sulu Sea near Malaysia.The 22-tonne core stage of the rocket hurtled uncontrollably back to earth. There were fears that it might hit a populated ar... Read More...

  Aug 19, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news? A. Recently, the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been ranked first under Central Ministries Portal, and the Digital Police portal ranked second in a National E-Governance service delivery assessment (NeSDA) of websites of central government ministries. Q. What is National E-Governance Service Delivery Assessment? A.  About: It is a periodic assessment intended to improve the effectiveness of S... Read More...

  Aug 19, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM), launched in 2021, has achieved the target of imparting Intellectual Property (IP) awareness and basic training to 1 million students.The target has been achieved ahead of the deadline which was 15 August 2022.Q. What is the National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM)?A.About:The pan-India mission aims to provide awareness on intellectual property and its rights to 1 million students. Read More...

  Aug 18, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why in News?A. Recently, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has invoked the Essential Commodities Act of 1955 to curb tur dal prices surging.States and Union Territories are asked to direct 'stockholder entities to upload the data of stocks held by them' on an online monitoring portal of the Department of Consumer Affairs, on a weekly basis.Q. Why Invoking the Act?A.Tur prices have risen since mid-July 2022 amid slow progress in Kharif sow... Read More...

  Aug 18, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. In July 2022, Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) witnessed a net outflow of Rs 457 crore as investors parked their money in other asset classes as part of their portfolio rebalancing strategy.This was in comparison to a net inflow of Rs 135 crore in June 2022.Q. What are Gold Exchange Traded Funds?A.About:Gold ETF, which aims to track the domestic physical gold price, are passive investm... Read More...

  Aug 17, 2022   Current Affairs