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Q. What is the news?The Bombay High Court recently granted transit anticipatory bail to Shantanu Shivlal Muluk in the Greta Thunberg toolkit case registered by the Delhi Police in connection with the ongoing protests against the three farm laws. The transit anticipatory bail has been granted to Muluk for 10 days to allow him to approach the competent court in the national capital for a pre-arrest bail. On Wednesday, the High Court also granted transit bail for three weeks to lawyer and activist Nikita Ja... Read More...

  Mar 03, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news?Recently , Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution issued separate guidelines for sugar mills and cane commissioners in regards to sale of sugar below the Minimum Selling Price (MSP) of Rs 3,100/- per quintal. While sugar mills have been threatened with action for selling sugar below the government-mandated MSP, the cane commissioners have been asked to track the sale of sugar and report any breach of MSP.Q. What is MSP and why was it introduced?To control the constant slide in ex-... Read More...

  Mar 02, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?With the coronavirus number showing an increasing trend over the last two weeks, Maharashtra has reintroduced some restrictions on the assembly and movement of people. The state government has warned that it could even bring back the lockdown if it was felt necessary.Q. What is the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra?Every day of the last week, for the first time since mid-January, Maharashtra has reported more than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus infectio... Read More...

  Mar 02, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?For several days during the last two months, zero visibility and dense fog has engulfed parts of Delhi and all of Punjab and Haryana keeping up with cold weather conditions. Last week alone, multiple road accidents due to poor visibility killed close to a hundred people. What is behind this intense fog which has stayed on for several days this season?Q. What is fog?.Fog is a phenomenon of small droplets rem... Read More...

  Mar 01, 2021   Geography

Q. What is the news?Union Cabinet has ushered in some major amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 in a bid to bring in clarity and also entrust more responsibilities on bureaucrats when it comes to implementing provisions of the law.Q. What is the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act) 2015?The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act was introduced and passed in Parliament in 2015 to replace the Juvenile Delinque... Read More...

  Mar 01, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news? Recently, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways released the World Bank Report titled “Traffic Crash Injuries And Disabilities: The Burden on India Society”.The Report has been prepared in collaboration with the NGO-Save Life Foundation.The survey data was collected from four Indian states i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.Q. What are the Global Fatalities due to Road Accidents? Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) - Eighth leading cau... Read More...

  Feb 28, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?Recently, the Ministry of Communications has decided to set up a Digital Intelligence Unit (DIU) as a nodal agency to deal with complaints of unsolicited commercial communication (UCC) and cases of financial fraud, especially in the digital payments space.Apart from the DIU a Telecom Analytics for Fraud Management and Consumer Protection (TAFCOP) will also be set up at all the 22 license service area levels.It would also ensure stri... Read More...

  Feb 28, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?The Ministry of Science and Technology Monday released new guidelines for the Geo-spatial sector in India, which deregulates existing protocol and liberalises the sector to a more competitive field.Q. What is geo-spatial data?Geospatial data is data about objects, events, or phenomena that have a location on the surface of the earth. The location may be static in the short-term, like the location of a road, an earthquake event, malnutrition among children, or dynamic like a moving vehicle ... Read More...

  Feb 27, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The first-ever voluntary guidelines on food systems and nutrition meant to end hunger and malnutrition were endorsed by members of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) The endorsement took place at the 47th Session of CFS that was held virtually February 8-11.Q. What is Committee on World Food Security (CFS)?CFS is an international and intergovernmental platform for stakeholders to work towards ensuring food security and nutrition for all. It... Read More...

  Feb 27, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?In the first major breakthrough in talks to resolve the nine-month military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, China’s Defence Ministry announced that Chinese and Indian troops on the southern and northern shores of Pangong Tso began “synchronized and organized disengagement” in line with the consensus reached between Corps Commanders when they last met on January 24.While there was no statement from the Indian Army , Defence Minister... Read More...

  Feb 26, 2021   Polity

What is leading to massive gatherings at Maha Panchayats; What is its relevance? Q. What is the news?Punjab’s first Kisan Mahapanchayat in Ludhiana’s Jagraon drew a massive gathering of farmers. It was in continuation of similar gatherings at the Mahapanchayats in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan in past couple of days. The attendance at these panchayats shows the growing support to the ongoing agitation against the three farm laws. Read More...

  Feb 26, 2021   Polity

Q. Why in News?The Union Budget 2021 has announced the privatisation of two public sector banks and one general insurance company in the upcoming fiscal 2021-22.The move, coming after 51 years of nationalisation of government-owned banks in 1969, will give the private sector a key role in the banking sector.Presently, India has 22 private banks and 10 small finance banks. Read More...

  Feb 25, 2021   Economy

Context : Parliament saw the first instance of division voting in times of the pandemic, with Major Ports Authorities Bill 2020 passed in Rajya Sabha as members voted through slips in view of social distancing norms in place.Q. What is the news?The Bill provides for the regulation of major ports and will replace the Major Port Trusts Act of 1963, and a board of Major Port Authority for each major port will replace the current port trusts.The Opposition has charged that the Bill is aimed at privatization of ports.... Read More...

  Feb 25, 2021   Polity

Q. Why is this in news? Recently, the Ministry of Coal has started commercial auction of coal mines on a revenue share basis using the National Coal Index (NCI).NCI was rolled out in June 2020.Q. What about the national coal index? It is a price index which reflects the change of price level of coal in a particular mont... Read More...

  Feb 24, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? The Budget 2021-22 unveiled the National Rail Plan 2030. Q. What are the key provision in the Budget for railways? First, there is a National Rail Plan (NRP) for 2030.Second, the Western dedicated freight corridor (DFC) and the Eastern DFC will be commissioned by June 2022.Parts of DFC will be in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.Third, there will be... Read More...

  Feb 24, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has launched a Seaweed Mission.Q. What is its Background? Out of the global seaweed production of 32 million tons fresh weight valued around 12 billion US dollars, China produces 57%, Indonesia 28% followed by South Korea, whereas India is having a mere share of 0.01-0.02%.Despite several advantages, commercial se... Read More...

  Feb 23, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this news?The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has launched two new initiatives - SAKSHAM (Shramik Shakti Manch) Job Portal and a Seaweed Mission.Q. What is TIFAC?TIFAC is an autonomous organization set up in 1988 under the Department of Science & Technology to look ahead in the technology domain, assess the technology trajectories, and... Read More...

  Feb 23, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?China and Israel offer two important lessons for India to transform its agriculture: agri-market reforms and water accounting.Q. What are the lessons from Israel and China? India, China and Israel — started off their new political journey in late 1940s, but today China’s per capita income in dollar terms is almost five times that of India, and Israel’s almost 20 times higher than India.China produces  Read More...

  Feb 22, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in News? Recently, the Parliament has passed the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to provide greater autonomy in decision-making to 12 major ports in the country and professionalise their governance by setting up boards.It also seeks to replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.India has 12 major ports - Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, ... Read More...

  Feb 22, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the present stats of Female labour force participation?There are 149.8 million women workers, out of which 121.8 million are in rural areas and 28 million in urban areas, according to Census 2011. Yet, women constitute only 18.6 per cent of the population working or looking for work, whereas the number is 55.6 per cent for men as of 2018-19.Q. How Covid has worsened the situation?This is the lowest the female labour force participation r... Read More...

  Feb 21, 2021   Economy