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What is it?It is a Joint military exercise between Indian and US armies, commenced this morning at Joint Base Lewis MC Chord, Washington, USA. What are its objectives ?• To plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace keeping operations. • To share their experience on varied topics for mutual benefit.  Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Security and Disaster Management

Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019 seeks to prevent unregulated entities from collecting deposits and cheating and exploiting the poor and the gullible public of their hard earned money and punish the former.It gives powers to the government to prohibit companies from taking such funds from the public. Anyone can be put behind the bars and given strict punishment for the following fraudulent activity:Running... Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Economy

Why?India, Thailand and Singapore joined hands for their first-ever trilateral naval exercise in the Andaman Sea between September 16 and 20 with an eye on ensuring free and unhindered shipping flow through the Malacca Straits. • Keen to cement its deep security ties in the region, India is hopeful that Malaysia and Indonesia will join the next naval exercises to ensure that sea lanes connecting the Indian Ocean with the Pacific are protected from any unilateral aggressive mo... Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Science and Technology

What is the background of Indian transit sector? Indian cities are engines of economic growth. But they grapple with challenges brought about by decades of unplanned growth. Mobility is a major area, given its impact on the economy. As per an IIT Madras study, the economic cost of congestion in Delhi alone is $8.9 billion per annum and could rise to $15 billion by 2030. Smaller cities lack extensive public transport, bigger cities struggle with affordable last-mile connectivity. These voids are filled by personal vehicles  Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Economy

Why the New draft National Resource Efficiency Policy (NREP), 2019?Currently, India generates about 62 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW). Waste generation in cities is increasing by 5% each year because of growing population and consumption. With poor systems of segregation, recycling and reuse, wastes including hazardous wastes (includes biomedical, plastics, domestic hazardous wastes and e-wastes) are improperly disposed, endangering the environment and human health. Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Why are we talking about it?Recently, India’s defence minister commented that India’s no first use policy of nuclear weapons is subject to ‘circumstances’.What is the ‘No First Use’ Policy?No first use (NFU) refers to a pledge or a policy by a nuclear power not to use nuclear weapons as a means of warfare unless first attacked by an adversary... Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Science and Technology

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  Jun 11, 2020   Science and Technology

The Finance Minister has announced the national rollout of a ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system in all states and Union Territories by March 2021. As of now, about 20 states have come on board to implement the inter-state ration card portability.This system will enable migrant workers and their family members to access PDS benefits from any Fair Price Shop in the country.Under the National Food Security Act, 2... Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Economy

With supply chain disruptions during COVID-19 revealing critical gaps in agricultural infrastructure and logistics systems, the Finance Minister has announced plans for a ₹1 lakh crore farm infrastructure fund as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan stimulus package.The third tranche of the stimulus package also included plans to strengthen infrastructure in food processing, fisheries, animal husbandry, horticulture, herbal cultivation and beekeeping with a total funding of ₹50,000 crore, including funds allocated earlier in the budget. Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Economy

It is said that the exclusive control of education by the State has been an important factor in facilitating the maintenance of totalitarian tyrannies. In such States institutions of higher learning controlled and managed by governmental agencies act like mercenaries, promote the political purposes of the State, make them acceptable to an increasing number of their populations and supply them with the weapons they need. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is an assault o... Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Current Affairs

As the third tranche of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan economic stimulus package, Union Finance Minister Making has paved the way for a long-pending agricultural marketing reforms and announced plans to enact a central law to permit barrier-free inter-State trade of farm commodities and ensure a legal framework to facilitate contract farming.It also included plans to invest ₹1.5 lakh crore to build farm-gate infrastructure and support logistics needs for fishworkers, livestock farmers, vegetable growers, beekeepers and related activities, although this inclu... Read More...

  Jun 11, 2020   Economy

What is the present position about the Public Distribution System(PDS)?Presently, the government supplies 5 kg of subsidised foodgrains to each person per month to over 81 crore people via 5,00,000 ration shops in the country, costing the exchequer about ₹1.4 lakh crore annually.Foodgrains via ration shops are supplied at a highly subsidised rate of ₹3/kg for rice, ₹2/kg for wheat and ₹1/kg for coarse grains via Public Distribution System(PDS) as per the National Food Securi... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   Economy

23rd edition of the trilateral maritime exercise MALABAR, took place between navies of India, Japan and the U.S. from Sep 26th to Oct 4th off the coast of Japan.What is the background?• The Malabar exercises were first established in 1992 between India and the United States, but due to tensions arising from India’s nuclearization in 1998, it became an annual feature only in 2002.• The bilateral exercises evol... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   Science and Technology

Relaxations were made in foreign direct investment regulations in August 2019 on Single brand retail, Commercial coal mining, Contract manufacturing and Digital media.The reforms as follows: Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   Economy

Why in news?Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in New York in September 2019.Who are the NSG countries?Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of nuclear - those with nuclear technology for civilian or civilian and military purposes,  countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the expo... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   International Relations

As warm water flows northwards in the Atlantic, it cools, while evaporation increases its salt content. Low temperature and a high salt content raise the density of the water, causing it to sink deep into the ocean. The cold, dense water deep below slowly spreads southward eventually, it gets pulled back to the surface and warms again, and the circulation is complete. This continual mixing of the oceans, and distribution of heat and energy around the plane... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

The livestock sector plays a key role in the economy and the socio economic development of the country. Its problems include diseases that cause economic losses. To face the challenge, PM Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The programme is completely funded by the Central Government and has been allotted Rs 12,652 crores for a period of five years until 2024.What is the objective?To vaccinate more than 500 Million Live... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   Science and Technology

The Indian equity indices crashed due to weak global cues and erased all of the gains registered on previous days despite the government continued to announce more sops to support the economy.While the fresh set of incentives for farmers, street vendors and migrant workers, among others, was announced after market hours, investor sentiment took a hit after the U.S. Federal Reserve hinted at a long period of economic weakness due to COVID-19.Also, reports of fresh clusters of COVID-19 cases ... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   General Category

Union Finance Minister has announced a ₹3 lakh crore collateral free loan scheme for businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as part of a ₹20 lakh crore economic stimulus package to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.For salaried workers and taxpayers, some relief was provided in the form of an extended deadline for income tax returns for financial year 2019-20, with the due date now pushed to November 30, 2020. The rates of tax deduction at source (TDS) an... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   Economy

India is among 88 countries that are likely to miss global nutrition targets by 2025, according to the Global Nutrition Report 2020 released recently. It also identified India as a country with the highest rates of domestic inequalities in malnutrition.In 2012, the World Health Assembly identified six nutrition targets for maternal, infant and young child nutrition to be met by 2025. These require governments t... Read More...

  Jun 10, 2020   General Category