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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

Q. What is the news?The Ministry of Mines has issued a National non-ferrous metal scrap recycling framework, 2020 in a bid to cut down the scrap imports.It also seeks to use a life cycle management approach for better efficiency in the mineral value chain process.Q. What are the objectives of the recycling framework?To work towards economic wealth creatio... Read More...

  Mar 21, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?Scientists have discovered the first moving supermassive black hole whose mass is about three million times that of our Sun.The black hole was travelling within its own galaxy (J0437+2456) which is around 228 million light years away from Earth.Q. What are the findings of study?Scientists studied 10 faraway galaxies with supermassive black hole... Read More...

  Mar 20, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?The latest MSME Credit Health Index indicates that MSME credit growth has accelerated in the quarter ending September 2020 as compared to the quarter ending in June 2020. The Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECGLS) has helped in the credit growth for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.Q. What is MSME Credit Health Index?The TransUnion CIBIL in partnership with the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has launched MSME C... Read More...

  Mar 20, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Uttarakhand government, in a recent meeting with Union Home Minister, had sought withdrawal of “inner-line permit” (ILP) system in Niti Valley of Chamoli district and Nelang Valley of Uttarkashi district for better border management and expansion of tourism and other economic activities in villages located there.Q. What is ILP System?The ILP system restricts movement in areas close to the border for everyone other than those with a formal permission. In Uttarakhand, tourists have to obtain ILP for... Read More...

  Mar 19, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news? Through the Covid-19 pandemic in India, Maharashtra has had the biggest influence on the national trajectory. With more than 22 lakh confirmed infections, the state accounts for over 20% of all cases in India. On individual days, it has contributed over 40% of all cases during its peak. But even by those standards, Maharashtra’s dominance in the ongoing second wave has been very high.Q. What  is the contribution of Maharashtra in total tally ?... Read More...

  Mar 19, 2021   General Category

Q. What is the news? With the beginning of the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration in 2021, an even wider scale of discussions of Nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate change adaptation strategy at COP26 is envisaged.Q. What are Nature-Based Solutions?Nature-based solutions (NBS) refer to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling socio-environmental challenges.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines NbS as actions to protec... Read More...

  Mar 18, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Recently India’s auction of telecommunications spectrum concluded , with the government generating a revenue of ₹77,815 crore from the exercise. On offer was over 2,308 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum valued for the auction by the government at ₹3.92 lakh crore, and bids were successfully received for 37% or 855.6 MHz. The auction lasted less than two days.Q. How has the industry been since the last auction?A lot has changed in the industry since 2016, when the previous auction took place. The part... Read More...

  Mar 18, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? GAIL (India) Ltd has put West Bengal on the gas map of India after it completed laying a Rs 2,433-crore pipeline that will bring to the state cooking fuel that is cheaper than LPG and CNG that costs less than petrol and diesel, and fuel to produce urea for all its requirement.The 348-kilometer pipeline from Dobhi in Bihar to Durgapur in West Bengal is part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project.Q. What are the objectives of the project?  Read More...

  Mar 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? Recently, CSIR Floriculture Mission has been approved for implementation in 21 States and Union Territories of India.Q. What is this mission?Floriculture is a branch of horticulture that deals with the cultivation, processing and marketing of ornamental plant vis-à-vis landscaping of small or large areas, and maintenance of gardens so that the surroundings may appear aesthetically pleasant. Read More...

  Mar 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), under Commerce Ministry, has initiated a probe to review the need for continuing imposition of anti-dumping duty on certain types of steel products imported from China following complaints from domestic industry.Q. What’s the issue?Few companies have filed an application before the DGTR for a sunset review of anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of seamless ... Read More...

  Mar 16, 2021   Economy

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  Mar 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare inaugurated the second edition of Global Bio-India-2021Q. What is this?Mega international congregation of Biotechnology. India was ranked 48th in the Global Innovation Index Report 2020.According to the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Report 2020, ... Read More...

  Mar 15, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Recently the state government of Haryana has notified a new law that requires 75% of private-sector jobs in the state, up to a specified salary slab, reserved for a local candidate.Haryana’s move has renewed the debate on whether the government force should private companies to adopt its reservation policy in jobs. While constitutional guarantees for reservation have been limited to public employment, attempts to extend it to private sector are not new either.Q. What is Haryana Quota Rule?&nbs... Read More...

  Mar 15, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news?The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on March 1 announced this year’s summer season onset officially over India. The Met department released the ‘Seasonal Outlook for temperatures for March to May 2021’. The season ahead is expected to be warmer than usual over most regions of India except some southern states.Q. What does the summer season 2021 forecast suggest?Most meteorological sub-divisions and regions along the North, Northwest and Northeast India, in addition to a few are... Read More...

  Mar 14, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Recently , Maharashtra Power Minister announced that a State Cyber Cell probe had found 14 Trojan horses in the servers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company. These malwares had the potential to disrupt power distribution in the State. The announcement came in the wake of a report from Recorded Future, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, stating that a group linked to the Chinese government, which it called ‘Red Echo’, had targeted 10 vital nodes in India’s power distribution system and two seaports. Q. How di... Read More...

  Mar 14, 2021   Security and Disaster Management