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Why is it in News?The Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 was passed recently amid protests by the Opposition.The Bill is aimed at boosting security, and will have limited scope as it is applicable only to certain specified areas.What is Aim of the Bill?It “aims to develop the Bihar Military Police into ... Read More...

  Apr 03, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Why is it in News? Indian Scientists from Bangalore have developed a highly reliable, High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMTs) that is normally in the OFF state,  the device and can switch currents up to 4A and operates at 600V.What is HEMT?A high electron mobility transistor or HEMT is a type of field-effect transistor (FET) that is used to produce a high performance at microwave frequencies. Read More...

  Apr 02, 2021   Science and Technology

Why is it in News? Scientists have found a method to mimic nature’s own process of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, namely photosynthesis, to capture excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.What is Artificial Photosynthesis?  Artificial photosynthesis (AP) is a chemical process that mimics the natural process of photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and ox... Read More...

  Apr 02, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News?Digital lending has been on the rise in India. However, there are several concerns about the model. Q What are various models of Digital lending?Presently, there are three digital-lending models, seen through the regulatory-approach lens:1) Bank/NBFC-owned digital platfor... Read More...

  Apr 01, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News? The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has relied on a forensic test known as diatom tests for leads in an alleged murder case of a person inviting high stage political drama.Q What are Diatoms? Diatoms are photosynthesizing algae that are found in almost every aquatic environment including fresh and marine waters, soils, in fact, almost anywhere moist.Di... Read More...

  Mar 31, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Why is this in news?Recently, the Lok Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 that seeks to strengthen and streamline the provisions for protection and adoption of children.The Bill amends the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and contains provisions related to children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection.Q. What is th... Read More...

  Mar 30, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news? The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has proposed several amendments to the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 (FCA), which may enable infrastructure projects to come up in the forest areas more easily.Q. What are the amendments?They propose to grant exemptions to railways, roads, tree plantations, oil exploration, wildlife tourism and ‘strategic’ projects in forests.The proposal also aims to empower state governments to lease forest... Read More...

  Mar 30, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news? Recently, the Prime Minister addressed the opening ceremony of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) through video conference.ICDRI is the annual international conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in partnership with member countries, organizations and institutions to strengthen the global discourse on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.Q. What is Coalition for Disaster Resili... Read More...

  Mar 29, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?A unique “double mutant” coronavirus variant with a combination of mutations, not seen anywhere else in the world, has been found in India.Q. What is Mutation? Mutation is an alteration in the genetic material (the genome) of a cell of a living organism or of a virus that is more or less permanent and that can be transmitted to the cell’s or the virus’s descendants.The genomes... Read More...

  Mar 28, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?Various experts have recently flagged the carbon footprint issue of bitcoins that leave behind a carbon footprint of 38.10 Mt a year. Q. What is carbon footprint of Bitcoins?A recent study by Alex de Vries, a Dutch economist, has shown that Bitcoins leave behind a carbon footprint of 38.10 Mt a year.The annual carbon footprint of Bitcoins is almost equivalent to that of Mumbai, or to put it to a global perspective, as high as the carbon footp... Read More...

  Mar 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news? The Science and Engineering Board (SERB) has set up a portal called Project Information System & Management (PRISM) that offers real time information on the various research projects supported by it.Q. What is Project Information System & Management (PRISM)?It is called ‘SERB – PRoject Information System & Management (SERB – PRISM)’.The e-platfor... Read More...

  Mar 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news? Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh signed a memorandum of agreement to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project (KBLP), the first project of the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers.The two states signed a tripartite agreement with the Centre on World Water Day (22nd March) to finally implement this ambitious project.Q. What is Ken Betwa Link Pro... Read More...

  Mar 26, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Himanchal Pradesh government recently announced that they are coming up with a policy to allow controlled cultivation of hemp or cannabis in the state.This means the state wants to legalise commercial cultivation of the plant for non-recreational uses such as making medicines and fabrics.Q. Isn’t cannabis cultivation illegal in India?It has a subjective aspect. In 1985, India banned the cultivation of cannabis plant under the Narcotic Drugs and Psycho... Read More...

  Mar 25, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?The government has questioned the methodology and data accuracy of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, alleging that children considered healthy were also counted to determine the ranking.The government has already written to NGO Welthungerhilfe, which compiles the report, expressing concerns about their methodology, data accuracy and sample size and was yet to hear from them.Q. What’s the issue?.In the... Read More...

  Mar 24, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?   The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the World Happiness Report 2021, a day before the International Happiness Day.Q. What is International Happiness Day?It is celebrated every year on 20th March to highlight the importance of happiness in the diurnal lives of people.Th... Read More...

  Mar 24, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?India imports helium for its needs and with the U.S. which is appearing set to cut off exports of Helium from 2021, the Indian industry stands to lose out heavily.Q. What about the presence of Helium on Earth?Helium is a chemical element with the symbol He and atomic number 2.It is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-toxic, inert, monatomic gas, the first in the noble gas group in the periodic table. Its boiling point is the lowest among all the elements.... Read More...

  Mar 23, 2021   Government Schemes

Q. What is the news?Recently, the Government has launched the Gram UJALA Programme - an ambitious scheme offering the world’s cheapest LED bulbs in rural areas at a mere Rs. 10.Q. What is its extent of coverage? In its first phase launched from Arrah in Bihar, 15 million LED bulbs will be distributed across villages of 5 districts - Aarah (Bihar), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharas... Read More...

  Mar 23, 2021   Government Schemes

Q. What is the news?The Rajya Sabha has passed the Insurance Amendment Bill 2021 that increases the maximum foreign investment allowed in an insurance company from 49% to 74%.Q. What is Insurance Amendment Bill?The Bill seeks to amend the Insurance Act, 1938.The Act provided the framework for functioning of insurance businesses and regulates the relationship between an insurer, its policyholders and its shareholders.It also had provisions regardin... Read More...

  Mar 22, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news? India’s biggest floating solar power plant by generation capacity (100MW) is being developed by the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) at Ramagundam in Peddapalli district of Telangana.The project is in line with India's commitment to attain the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022 including 100 GW of solar installed capacity.Q. What are Float... Read More...

  Mar 22, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? A pilot project RE-HAB (Reducing Elephant-Human Attacks using Bees) has been launched in Karnataka which entails installing bee boxes along the periphery of the forest and the villages to mitigate human-elephant conflict.These spots are located on the periphery of Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve, which is a known conflict zone.Q. What is the project supposed to do ?  Read More...

  Mar 21, 2021   Economy