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Today's Current Affairs Question:Escaping poverty is not a one-way journey. Comment Read More...

  Oct 20, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A India has climbed 2 spots and has been ranked 46th by the World Intellectual Property Organization in the Global Innovation Index 2021 rankings. Read More...

  Oct 20, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News  ?A Seven years, four committees and two draft regulations later, India still does not have a clear labelling system to warn consumers about harmful levels of fat, salt and sugar in processed foods.Q What is the Context ?A According to the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, every pre-packed processed food product sold in the country must be labelled with nutritional information.To ensure that consumers are able to easily see and interpret the nutritional information on food packets, an expert committee was esta... Read More...

  Oct 20, 2021   Economy

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are United Nation’s REDD and REDD Plus? Why should India be interested? Read More...

  Oct 19, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The World Bank Group has scrapped its flagship publication, the ‘Doing Business’ report.Q What is Doing Business Report ?A This report publishes the influential annual ranking of countries on the Ease of Doing Business (EDB) index.It ranks countries by the simplicity of rules framed for setting up and conducting businesses.Q Why did World Bank scrap the index?A Investigations into “data irregularities” in preparing the EDB index, as brought out by the independent agency, seem... Read More...

  Oct 19, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News  ?A A US intelligence officer traveling with CIA director William Burns has reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome.Q What is Havana Syndrome?A Havana Syndrome refers to a set of mental health symptoms that are said to be experienced by US intelligence and embassy officials in various countries.It typically involves symptoms such as hearing certain sounds without any outside noise being present, nausea, vertigo and headaches, memory loss and issues with balance.As the name suggests, it traces its roots to Cuba.In late 2016, US officials... Read More...

  Oct 19, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News ?A The religious composition of India’s population since Partition has remained largely stable according to a new study published by the Pew Research Centre, a non-profit based in Washington DC.  Read More...

  Oct 18, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News  ?A India has added 521 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar capacity in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2021, a 53% increase than earlier quarter showing good signs of popularity.Q What is Solar Rooftop?A A solar photovoltaic (PV) system mounted on a rooftop of a building is a mini-power requirement or feed into the grid.The size of the installation varies significantly depending on the availability of space, amount of electricity consumed by the property and the ability or willingness of the owner to invest the capital required. Read More...

  Oct 18, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The Centre has started the process to revise school textbooks by appointing former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan as the head of a 12-member steering committee responsible for developing a new National Curriculum Framework (NCF).Q What is National Curriculum Framework (NCF) ?A The new NCF is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.The committee will be headed by K Kasturirangan, who had also led the NEP 2020 drafting committee.The national curriculum framework serves as a guideline for syllabus... Read More...

  Oct 17, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News  ?A The announcement of the new Australia-U.K.-U.S. (AUKUS) trilateral security pact has naturally generated animated debate in strategic circles, before the QUAD summit.Q What is the AUKUS?A The first major initiative of AUKUS would be to deliver a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia.The nuclear-powered submarines will give Australia naval heft in the Pacific, where China has been particularly aggressive.While the US and Britain have had the capability for decades, Australia has never had a nuclear-powered submarine Read More...

  Oct 17, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A The Indian government has been encouraging agricultural exports to meet an ambitious target of $60bn by 2022.Q What is state India’s agri-exports ?A The Ministry of Food Processing Industries shows that the contribution of agricultural and processed food products in India’s total exports is 11%.Primary processed agricultural commodities form the majority share.India’s export earnings will increase by focusing more on value-added processed food products rather than primary processed agricultural ... Read More...

  Oct 16, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News  ?A Days after the Prime Minister’s announcement of a rice fortification plan, the Centre has issued “uniform” parameters for fortified rice kernels (FRK) for grade ‘A’ and common rice.Q What is Fortification?A FSSAI defines fortification as “deliberately increasing the content of essential micronutrients in a food so as to improve the nutritional quality of food and to provide public health benefit with minimal risk to health”.Biofortification is the process by which the nutritional quality of food crops is improved through agronomic pr... Read More...

  Oct 16, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its first-ever update since 2005 has tightened global air pollution standards.Q What are Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) 2021 ?AA WHO announces limits for six pollutant categories —particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and 10, ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon monoxide (CO). Read More...

  Oct 15, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News  ?A Recently the Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana has recommended to the government nine names for appointment as apex court judges.Q What is significance of this recommendation ?A The Collegium has for the first time, in one single resolution, recommended three women judges.It has thus sent a strong signal in favor of the representation of women in the highest judiciary.The process scripted history by naming Karnataka High Court judge B.V. Nagarathna, who may become India’s first woman CJI.... Read More...

  Oct 15, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A A meeting of foreign ministers from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, which was set to be held in New York has been cancelled.Q What is SAARC , what are its main functions ?A The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia.Its member states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The SAARC comprises 3% of the world’s area, 21% of the world’s populatio... Read More...

  Oct 14, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News  ?A In recent weeks, the Supreme Court of India’s collegium has been busy. New judges have been appointed to the Court on its advice and long overdue vacancies have been filled up.Q What is the matter of concern?A Transparency in appointmentsThese recommendations are seen as reflective of a new and proactive collegium.What ought to concern us, though, is that long-standing apprehensions about the collegium’s operation remain unaddressed: specifically, its opacity and a lack of independent scrutiny of its decisions.These misgivings are usu... Read More...

  Oct 14, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A Inflation for the last four months has been worryingly high. This is happening at a time when demand has been down, unemployment has been high, many have lost incomes and poverty has aggravated.Q Issues with the recent inflation data? A The shock of lockdowns not only made data collection difficult but the consumption basket for calculating CPI should have been changed.Issue with the base: In April and May 2020, data on production and prices could not be collected due to the strict lockdown.As such, the official inflat... Read More...

  Oct 13, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News  ?A According to the latest report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in India are able to treat a little more than a third of the sewage generated per day.CPCB is a statutory organisation which was constituted in September, 1974 under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.Q What are key highlights of the Report ?A Installed Capacity of STPs:India generated 72,368 MLD (million litres per day) whereas... Read More...

  Oct 13, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The Supreme Court has given its nod for e-transfer of orders to jails through the FASTER system for quick prisoner release.Recently, in a major reform, the Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to implement a system for electronic transmission of its orders.It will ensure effective implementation of Article 21 (right to life).Earlier, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based portal ‘SUPACE’ in the judicial system aimed at assisting judges with legal research.Q What i... Read More...

  Oct 12, 2021   Polity

Q What is context ?A The government has made it clear in the Supreme Court that a caste census of the Backward Classes is “administratively difficult and cumbersome”.Q What is Socio-Economic and Caste Census ?A The SECC 2011 was conducted for the 2011 Census of India.Then government approved the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 to be carried out after discussion in both houses of Parliament in 2010.The SECC 2011 was conducted in all states and union territories of India and the first findings were revealed in July 2015.SECC 2011 is also the first pap... Read More...

  Oct 12, 2021   Current Affairs