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Q. What is the news?Around 500 farmers across villages in Doda district in Jammu had their incomes quadrupled after shifting from maize to lavender cultivation which is being called purple revolution. It was possible due to initiatives taken under Aroma Mission.Q. What is Purple Revolution (Under Aroma Mission)?About:First-time farmers were given free lavender saplings and those... Read More...

  Mar 13, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the News?Recently, the government has notified Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.These new rules broadly deal with social media and over-the-top (OTT) platforms.These rules have been framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.These IL rules would have a ... Read More...

  Mar 13, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.Q. What are the focus area?To further the port-led development along the 7,516-km long coastline.India will invest USD 82 billion in port projects by 2035 (under Sagarmala Programme), raise the share of clean renewable energy sources in the maritime sector,  Read More...

  Mar 12, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Bharat Biotech has reported around 81% interim efficacy for Covaxin, its vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection, in large-scale human clinical trials.Q. What does the ‘efficacy’ of a vaccine mean?Efficacy is a measure of how much the shot protects people against a virus or bacteria, compared with the situation in which they were not vaccinated. Efficacy looks at the ability of the vaccine to protect the inoculated population using vari... Read More...

  Mar 12, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?Recently the Freedom in the World 2021 report was released which has downgraded India’s status from ‘Free’ to ‘Partly Free’.Pointing to a decline in global democracy over the last 15 years, the report said that nearly 75% of the world’s population lived in a country that faced deterioration over the last year.The most free countries in the world, with a score of 100, are Finland,... Read More...

  Mar 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?The Simlipal forest reserve area frequently witnesses forest fires during dry weather conditions. A fire which started in the biosphere reserve area in February and has been raging for nearly a week , was finally brought under control.Q. What is the Simlipal Biosphere reserve?Similipal, which derives its name from ‘Simul’ (silk cotton) tree, is a national park and a tiger reserve situated in the northern part of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. Similipal and the adjoining areas, comprising 5,569 s... Read More...

  Mar 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?World Health Organization (WHO) in a new report said that One in every four individuals, or around 2.5 billion people, across the world will experience mild-to-profound hearing loss by 2050. It is estimated that at least 700 million people will suffer from disabling hearing loss and require ear and hearing care, WHO said.Q. What is the limit of disabling hearing loss as per WHO?WHO defines disabling hearing loss as greater than 40 decibels (dB) los... Read More...

  Mar 10, 2021   Miscellaneous

Q. What is the news?Recently we have seen Indian stock markets tumbling as the most influential development, especially for the Indian stock markets, was the sharp spike in the yields that one earns from United States government bonds.Q. What is the issue?Across the world, governments sell bonds to raise money to meet their expenditure. These bonds have a selling price and a fixed coupon rate (or the absolute amount of money that you will earn). So if a 10-year government bond (call... Read More...

  Mar 10, 2021   International Relations

 Q. Why is this in news? Recently, the Central Government opposed same-sex marriage in Delhi High Court stating that a marriage in India can be recognised only if it is between a “biological man” and a “biological woman” capable of producing children.Q. What is the background for it?Petitions, seeking recognition of same sex marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), 1955 and the&nbs... Read More...

  Mar 09, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. What is the news?A. The Union Government has informed that the ‘E-Daakhil’ portal for consumer grievance redressal is now operational in 15 states and Union Territories (UTs).Q. What is E-Daakhil? The Consumer Protection Act, 2019, which came into force on July 20, 2020, has a provision for e-filing of consumer complaints in the consumer commissions and online payment of the fees for filing a complaint.A web application for e-filing of consumer complaints... Read More...

  Mar 09, 2021   Miscellaneous

Q. What is the news?A. The ISRO has joined hands with MapmyIndia to combine their geospatial expertise and build holistic solutions by leveraging their geoportals.Q. What is the Project?It combines the power of MapmyIndia’s digital maps and technologies with ISRO’s catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data.Indian users would not be dependent on foreign organisations for maps, navigation and geospatial services, and leverage made-in-India solutions... Read More...

  Mar 08, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?By 2023, Mumbai will be home to India’s first undersea tunnel, which will be part of the city’s Coastal Road project. Q. Where are Mumbai’s undersea tunnels being built?The twin tunnels, which have a length of 2.07 km of which a kilometre will be under the sea, are being built as part of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project, a 10.58-km stretch starting from the Marine Drive promenade to the Worli-end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The road, which will comprise of land-filled roads on areas recla... Read More...

  Mar 08, 2021   General Category

Q. What is the news?NITI Aayog, along with a working subgroup of officials and members of civil society, has prepared a draft national migrant labour policy.Q. What is in the draft?A rights-based approachThe draft describes two approaches to policy design: one focussed on cash transfers, special quotas, and reservations; the other which “enhances the agency and capability of the community and thereby remove aspects that come in the wa... Read More...

  Mar 07, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news?Recently 1,040 militants of five militant groups of Karbi Anglong district ceremonially laid down arms at an event in Guwahati in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a development which further bolsters the ‘terrorism-free Assam’ image of the current BJP-led government. Among the surrendered militants is Ingti Kathar Songbijit, a primary accused in multiple cases of militancy and ethnic violence in the state. Read More...

  Mar 07, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q. What is the news?According to Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Zero-waste programmes and policies have the potential to create good, environment-friendly jobs and help reduce pollution and improve community health.Q. What is GAIA?GAIA is an alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-profits and individuals whose vision is to create a toxic-free world without incineration, according to its website. Q. What are the findings of report? ... Read More...

  Mar 06, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news ?The National Informatics Centre has launched an instant messaging platform called Sandes on the lines of WhatsApp. Like WhatsApp, the new NIC platform can be used for all kinds of communications by anyone with a mobile number or email id.Q. Why has NIC launched this instant messaging platform?Following the nationwide lockdown imposed in March 2020 to contain the spread of Covid-19, the government felt the need to build a platform to ensure secure communication between its employees a... Read More...

  Mar 06, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?The CPI (M)-led Kerala government is under fire for allegedly inking a deal with an American firm for deep sea fishing and allied processing, what the Congress-led Opposition calls a bid to sell off the state’s marine wealth, endangering the livelihood of lakhs of fishermen in the state.Q. What is the controversial deal all about?During the global investors meet, ASCEND-2020, in January 2020, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, under Industries Dep... Read More...

  Mar 05, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Chandigarh became the first state or Union Territory in India to launch Carbon Watch, a mobile application to assess the carbon footprint of an individual. Although the app can be accessed by everyone, it has specific options for the residents of Chandigarh to compile a detail study.The application can be downloaded through a QR code in Android supported smart cell phones.Q. What is Carbon Footprint?Carbon footprint is the amount of green... Read More...

  Mar 05, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?Sri Lanka has confirmed that it will develop the West Container Terminal (WCT) at the Colombo Port along with India and Japan.The decision comes a month after the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka ejected the two partners from a 2019 tripartite agreement to jointly develop the East Container Terminal (ECT), citing resistance to “foreign involvement”.Neither India nor Japan has officially commented on the offer, or on the said private investment from the countries. Read More...

  Mar 04, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?NITI Aayog, through a discussion paper, has recommended reducing the rural and urban coverage under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, to 60% and 40%, respectively.It has also proposed a revision of beneficiaries as per the latest population which is currently being done through Census- 2011.Q. What is the objective of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013?A. To... Read More...

  Mar 04, 2021   Economy