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Today's Current Affairs Question:What is One China Policy and India’s stand on it? Read More...

  Oct 11, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A A recent report titled “Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region” by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) reveals that India has warmed up 0.7° C during 1901-2018.Q What are the key highlights of the report?A (a) Climate severityThe 2010-2019 decade was the hottest with a mean temperature of 0.36° C higher than average.Heatwaves continued to increase with no signs of diminishing greenhouse gas emissions despite lower activity since the novel coronavirus pandemic.India may experience a 4.4° C rise by the end of this century. Read More...

  Oct 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q What is context ?A Covid-19 pandemic has ascertained the need of a well-functioning  future ready disease surveillance system can reduce the impact of diseases and outbreaks.Q Importance of disease surveillance system ?A Successful tackling of cholera in 1854 in London by use of the health statistics and death registration data from the General Registrar Office (GRO) started the beginning of a new era in epidemiology.Importance of data: The application of principles of epidemiology is possible through systematic collection and timely analysis, and... Read More...

  Oct 11, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News ?A The government is in talks with exporters to help them deal with an international container shortage that has led to freight rates rising by over 300 per cent in the past year for key shipping routes.Q Why is there an international container shortage?A The reduction in the number of shipping vessels operating as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to fewer empty containers being picked up.This has left many containers in inland depots and stuck at ports for long durations.Long waiting times at key ports such as those in the US due to cong... Read More...

  Oct 10, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The resumption of North Korea’s largest fissile material production reactor, has sparked speculation about its real and symbolic significance.Q What is background of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development ?A In 1994, Pyongyang barred IAEA access to the Yongbyon complex amid suspicions that the country was generating plutonium from spent fuel.1994 Agreed Framework, an executive agreement signed by President Bill Clinton, required Pyongyang to freeze all nuclear activity and allow inspection of its military sites in return for the constructi... Read More...

  Oct 10, 2021   International Relations

Today's International Relations Question:Is there strategic convergence between India's Act East and Indo Pacific policy? Discuss. Read More...

  Oct 10, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A On the face of it, the summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, is well placed to lead the stabilization of Afghanistan after the American retreat.Q What are some key details about SCO ? A After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the then security and economic architecture in the Eurasian region dissolved and new structures had to come up.The original Shanghai Five were China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.The SCO was formed in 2001, with Uzbekistan included. It expanded ... Read More...

  Oct 09, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A India has performed poorly in every major global democracy report in the past few years.Q What are some details about India’s declining performance ?AThe Freedom House Index for 2021 pushed India down four points from last year, bringing its score from 71 to 67.V-Dem, the world-renowned think-tank from Sweden, has similarly downgraded India. It has labelled India an “electoral autocracy”.The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) study has shown India’s ranking has taken a nosedive from 27 to 53 out of 167 countries. Read More...

  Oct 09, 2021   Polity

Today's Current Affairs Question: Rule of law denotes a way of life and commitment to certain principles and values. Illustrate. Read More...

  Oct 09, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's International Relations Question:Highlight some of the initiatives taken up by India to emerge as a net security provider in the Indian Ocean Region. Read More...

  Oct 08, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:In his address to the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Guterres spoke about the urgent need to build bridges for six Great Divides. Write on them with suggestions for remedies. Read More...

  Oct 08, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A In big bang reforms, the Union Cabinet approved a relief package for the telecom sector that includes a four-year moratorium on payment of statutory dues by telecom companies as well as allowing 100% foreign investment through the automatic route. Read More...

  Oct 08, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News ?A The Biden administration has announced a new trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, between Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. (AUKUS).Q What is AUKUS?A AUKUS, as the partnership is being called, will strive over the next 18 months to equip Australia with nuclear propulsion technology.As part of this, Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines with help from the UK and the US.It will also involve a new architecture of meetings and engagements between the three countries, as well as cooperation across emerging technologies (... Read More...

  Oct 08, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a bill exempting the State from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate (UG) medical courses.Q What is NEET ? A The NEET has replaced the formerly All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT).It is an all-India pre-medical entrance test for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses.The exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).Q What is TN law for  Permanent Exemption f... Read More...

  Oct 07, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A A total of  52 companies have filed their application with a committed investment of Rs 5,866 crore under the PLI scheme to incentivize the domestic manufacturing of components of White Goods.Q What are White Goods?A White goods refer to heavy consumer durables or large home appliances, which were traditionally available only in white.They include appliances such as washing machines, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, etc. The white goods industry in India is highly concentrated.Q Why PLI scheme for white goods? Read More...

  Oct 07, 2021   Government Schemes

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered remains of an ancient temple dating back to the Gupta period (5th century) in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district. Read More...

  Oct 06, 2021   Art & Culture

Q Why is it in News ?A UNESCO has designated Mura-Drava-Danube (MDD) as the world’s first ‘five-country biosphere reserve’. Read More...

  Oct 06, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Today's Current Affairs Question:It is said that Svamitva Scheme is revolutionary in its potential outcomes. Justify. Read More...

  Oct 07, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's International Relations Question:India's Eurasian policy faces certain challenges as New Delhi moves closer to the idea of Indo Pacific. Highlight the challenges. Read More...

  Oct 07, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:What is Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme, launched in 2019? How is it working? Read More...

  Oct 06, 2021   Current Affairs