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What is the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ mission about?‘Vande Bharat Mission’ will see the operation of 64 flights from May 7 to May 13 to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad amid the Covid-19lockdown. Once completed, it may turn out to be the largest evacuation operation ever since the 1990 airlift of 1.7 lakh people from Kuwait.To which countries will the flights be sent?India will operate 10 flights to the UAE, seven flights each to the US and the UK, five flights to Saudi Arabia, five flights to S... Read More...

  May 07, 2020   Current Affairs

Early Phase:Ambedkar’s labour activism was carried out through his association with the Bombay Textile Labour Union, which was formed in 1925 by the moderates such as N.M. Joshi and R.R. Bakhale. In the textile mill weaving departments that paid the highest wages, Dalits were excluded from working due to “pollution”. Ambedkar highlighted this issue during the famous 1928 Bombay Textile strike. His demands were accepted.What Ambedkar learned from the strike? Read More...

  May 07, 2020   Current Affairs

The pollution of Groundwater by Uranium in India is one of the causes of worry. What is the situation of Groundwater pollution by uranium in India? Explain with giving examples.According to the findings published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, there is uranium contamination in groundwater in the aquifers across 16 states in India.The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a provisional safe drinking water standard of 30 micrograms of uranium per litre for India, but many of the states have uranium much ab... Read More...

  May 07, 2020   Current Affairs

What is pooled testing?The pooled testing method involves putting multiple swab samples together, and testing them using a single RTPCR test. If that test is negative, it means that all the people tested are negative. However, if the test is positive, everyone whose samples were part of the test have to be tested separately, to identify positive individuals.Why it is done?It is done to speed up results, contact tracing and reduce workload on laboratories. It will also widen the reach of testing. Read More...

  May 06, 2020   Current Affairs

What is community transmission?According to the World Health Organization (WHO) says community transmission “is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases.In the simplest terms, community spread is when we do not know the source of the infection — you are unable to trace it back to someone who has travelled in an affected area overseas, or got it through contact with someone who is infected.What does it imply? Read More...

  May 06, 2020   Current Affairs

Fundamental RightsA. Basic Right1. National Legal Services Authority Vs Union Of India & Ors. (2014) [Transgender Right]- Gender identity is integral to the dignity of an individual and is at the core of “personal autonomy” and “self-determination” and Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution within their sweep include transgender and are not as such limited to male or female gender.2. Justice K.S. Puttaswamy(retd.) Vs Union of India and ors., (2017) [Right to Privacy]- privacy is a constitutionally protected right whic... Read More...

  May 05, 2020   Current Affairs

AdenovirusAdenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illness. They can cause cold-like symptoms, fever, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis).Asymptomatic: Patient not showing signs that they have the disease.Chloroquine/hydroxychloroquineChloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria. It is being explored and tested as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus.Community spreadCommunity spread refers to a process when the virus starts spreading in the gene... Read More...

  May 05, 2020   Current Affairs

Coronavirus is a group of virus whose different versions are responsible to different diseases such as Wuhan coronavirus, Middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS), Severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS), etc.A comparison:Wuhan CoronavirusMERSSARSCommon coldOriginWuhan, 2019Saudi Arabia, 2012Southern China,2002Very longTransmissionTouching or eating an infected, as yet unidentified animal. Human-to-human transm... Read More...

  May 08, 2020   Current Affairs

Why in News?The government has ordered its top companies (ONGC, Indian Oil, etc.) to bring in their entire vendor network comprising thousands of suppliers on to the TReDS as it aims to unclog the payment pipelines that’s squeezing funding for small enterprises.Because of the delay in payments, small firms are not able to meet their working capital requirements and at the same time banks’ risk aversion has led to drying up of funds."All CPSEs must ensure that the payments to MSE vendor be made using online mode within the stipulat... Read More...

  May 07, 2020   Current Affairs

About?The Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP) was approved during the 10th Five Year Plan in 2005 to encourage private investments and employment generation in textile sector by facilitating world class infrastructure for common facilities, such as roads, water supply treatment and distribution network, power generation and distribution network, effluent collection treatment and disposal system, design centre, warehouse, first aid centre, etc.Under the SITP, infrastructure facilities for setting up of textile units are developed in ... Read More...

  May 06, 2020   Current Affairs

What was the purpose of the original act?It is an Act to provide for the termination of certain pregnancies by registered medical practitioners and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.Whats new amendment proposes to change?Proposing requirement for opinion of one provider for termination of pregnancy, up to 20 weeks of gestation and introducing the requirement of opinion of two providers for termination of pregnancy of 20- 24 weeks of gestation. E... Read More...

  May 05, 2020   Current Affairs

What is the current status?Three Indian cities are ranked in the top five among 416 cities across 57 countries, for having the worst traffic gridlocks as per TomTom Traffic Index for 2019. Bengaluru topping the list with Mumbai and Pune in fourth and fifth positions respectively.Why is such status ?According to NITI Aayog, By 2040 more than 50% of India will be urbanised. Urbanisation is happening at the fast pace without commensurable urban planning. This gridlock is the result of poor urban planning and publi... Read More...

  May 04, 2020   Current Affairs

Why in the news?All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) deploys robots to help medical staff in the war against Coronavirus.Robotics brand Milagrow said it is making efforts along with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to help contain the spread of the pandemic amongst doctors and healthcare workers.What are the different types of Robots being deployed/tested?Under this effort, its artificial intelligence-powered robots – Milagrow iMap 9 and Read More...

  May 03, 2020   Current Affairs

(A model for other states)Why is the Kerala model remarkable?The first case of COVID-19 in India was identified in Kerala. The cases spiked soon but as on April,20, Kerala has not only flattened the curve, but has done so with an extremely low mortality rate of 0.5 per cent compared with 2.7 per cent for India as a whole.Why was it difficult for Kerala to tackle the menace?The state has a high population density and high e... Read More...

  May 02, 2020   Current Affairs

Though disaster is gender-neutral, our deeply webbed society is still far from achieving gender equality. Disaster from time to time has brought the issues faced by women at forefront, but no lessons have been learnt. Why in the news?The ongoing COVID-19 crises have brought to the surface the problem faced by women not only in normal time but also in this grave situation.Why/how women are more affected?While catastrophes affect people at large, the economical, sociologica... Read More...

  May 01, 2020   Current Affairs

Ans.: 1. According to the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2018-19, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher education in India is only 26.3%, which is quite low as compared to the developed as well as, other developing countries. 2. With the increase of enrollments at the school level, the supply of higher education institutes is insufficient to meet the growing demand in the country. 3. Ensuring quality in higher education is amongst the foremost challenges being faced in India t... Read More...

  Mar 27, 2020   Current Affairs

Ans.:  The crash may bring some relief for India as India imports more than 80% of its oil needs and the price crash offers a breather on the macroeconomic front. The collapse in oil prices will cut the country’s import bill, and soften its current account deficit. According to estimates, a one-dollar decrease in crude oil price reduces the oil bill by around $1.6 billion per year. The fall in crude prices will also help ease inflationary pressures that hav... Read More...

  Mar 28, 2020   Current Affairs

Ans.: Recently, the International oil prices crashed by about to 31%, the biggest fall since the 1991 Gulf War.  The fall in prices came after the disintegration of the OPEC+ alliance (made up of OPEC plus other producers including Russia) that triggered an all-out price war between Saudi Arabia... Read More...

  Mar 30, 2020   Current Affairs

Ans.:No link has been found between the consumption of the cooked meat of any animal or bird, and catching the infection.The only way the SARS-CoV-2 virus is currently spreading is through droplets released by an infected individual ... Read More...

  Mar 31, 2020   Current Affairs

Ans.:Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) has been established under provision of the Companies Act, 2013. The amounts such as dividends, applications money, matured deposits etc, which have remained unpaid or unclaimed for a period of 7 years are required to be transferred to the IEPF. The Amounts credited to IEPF are maintained under the consolidated fund of India (Article 266 of the Constitution... Read More...

  Apr 01, 2020   Current Affairs