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Q Why is it in News?India has been ranked 86th in a “Covid-19 Performance Index” comprising 98 countries.Q What is Covid-19 Performance Index? Covid-19 Performance Index was compiled by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, which sought to measure the response of countries to the Pandemic.The Institute also took into account the impact of geography, political systems and economic development in assessing outcomes.  Read More...

  Feb 19, 2021   Health

Q Why is it in  News?  Recently, Russia approved the extension of the New START treaty . It is the last remaining nuclear Russia-USA arms control treaty which is about to expire in February 2021.Q  How and when was it approved? Both houses of Russian Parliament (Kremlin) approved the extension of the New START treaty for five years. It was done after a recent telephonic conversation between the newly elected USA President and the Russian President.At the World Economic F... Read More...

  Feb 18, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News? The redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) has become the first project to be undertaken on the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) concept in the NCR. The project has been approved by the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) which is a statutory body under the Ministry of Railways responsible for the development of vacant railway land.Currently, the Indian Railways has approximately 43,000 hectares of vacant land across the country.The Government, in recent times, has been promoting ‘transit-oriented ... Read More...

  Feb 18, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News? As per a recent study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the cost of issuing green bonds has generally remained higher than other bonds in India, largely due to asymmetric information.Q What are Green Bonds? A bond is a fixed income instrument that represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower (typically corporate or governmental).Bonds traditionally paid a fixed interest rate (coupon) to investors.A green bond is a de... Read More...

  Feb 17, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ? Recently, Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers to make digital copyright payments for online news content.Q What is this Google-French Deal? France became the first country to enshrine the European Union copyright rules into national law. This brought into effect 'neighbouring rights' law. The newly adopted EU directive ensures that media are paid for original content, typically news, offered online by tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Read More...

  Feb 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The total allocation for the five autonomous institutes under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has been reduced in the Union Budget 2021-2022. Q. Which are these bodies? 1. GB Pant Himalayan Institute of Environment and Development2. Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education3. Indian Institute of Forest Management4. Indian Plywood Industries Research and Tr... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in its first-ever Declaration for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, pressed for stronger action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.It also stressed on the need to recover from the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.Q. What does it said?The declaration was a part of the 34th session of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI34), which e... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? A team of scientists at the Berkeley Lab has reported some of the properties of element 99 in the periodic table called “Einsteinium”, named after Albert Einstein. It was discovered in 1952 in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb (the detonation of a thermonuclear device called “Ivy Mike” in the Pacific Ocean). Since its discovery, scientists have not been able to perform a lot of experiments with it because it is difficult to create and is highly radioactive. Therefore, very little is known about this element.With this new study publ... Read More...

  Feb 15, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Major oil-producing countries had cut oil production last year amid a sharp fall in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The price of Brent crude crossed the $60 per barrel mark on Feb 8th  after over a year on the back of oil-producing countries maintaining production cuts and expectations of improvements in global demand as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out across the world. The price of Brent Crude has risen by over 50 per cent since the end of October after prices had remained around $40 per barrel for five months... Read More...

  Feb 14, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?The Joe Biden administration in The United States is set to reengage with the much-maligned UN Human Rights Council that former Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago.Q. Why did the US pulled-out from UNHRC earlier?Trump pulled out of the world body’s main human rights agency in 2018 due to its disproportionate focus on Israel.Israel had received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country. Read More...

  Feb 13, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in News? Recently, the Union Minister of Science & Technology addressed the Mission Innovation (MI) to mark the beginning of phase-2 of the mission or Mission Innovation 2.0.India played a leadership role in MI Steering Committee and is a member of the Analysis and Joint Research and Business & Investor Engagement sub-groups.Q. What is Mission Innovation?Formation: Read More...

  Feb 12, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Recently, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) have come up with a way to generate clean fuel hydrogen from water at a low-cost.It is a significant step towards efforts across the globe that are being made to look for cleaner and greener energy sources.Hydrogen gas is a viable choice as a renewable substitute for fossil fuels, and can help mitigate emissions to reduce pollution. Read More...

  Feb 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Recently, a glacial break in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand led to massive Flash Flood in Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda Rivers, damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.On February 7, 2021,  we witnessed another disaster induced by climate change due to negati... Read More...

  Feb 10, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?According to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the number of registered unrecognised political parties has increased two-fold from 2010 to 2019.Q. What is ADR?ADR is an Indian non-governmental organization established in 1999 situated in New Delhi.Q. What are the findings of the report?  Read More...

  Feb 09, 2021   General Category

Q. What is the news?A massive glacier burst at Chamoli in Uttarakhand yet again bringing back our focus to the dangers of climate change.Uttarakhand is often at the heart of various Himalayan disasters such as flash floods, cloud bursts, avalanches and earthquakes. Read More...

  Feb 08, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?India has recently been ranked 86th in a “Covid-19 Performance Index” comprising 98 countries.Q. What about the Index? Institution Involved:Covid-19 Performance Index was compiled by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, an Australian t... Read More...

  Feb 07, 2021   Health

Q. What is the news?The share of agriculture in gross domestic product (GDP) has reached almost 20 per cent for the first time in the last 17 years, making it the sole bright spot in GDP performance during 2020-21, according to the Economic Survey 2020-2021.The resilience of the farming community in the face of adversities made agriculture the only sector to have clocked a positive growth of 3.4 per cent at constant prices in 2020-21, when other sectors slid.... Read More...

  Feb 06, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? Stardust 1.O was recently launched from Maine, the US has become the first commercial space launch powered by biofuel.Q. What is Stardust 1.O?Stardust 1.O is a launch vehicle suited for student and budget payloads.The rocket is manufactured by bluShift, an aerospace company based in Maine that is developing rockets that are powered by bio-derived fuels.The rocket is 20 feet tall and has a mass of roughly 250 kg. Read More...

  Feb 05, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news? United Nations (UN) recently released a report titled  "Ageing water infrastructure: An emerging global risk", according to which over 1,000 large dams in India will be roughly 50 years old in 2025 and such ageing embankments across the world pose a growing threat.Q. Which is the organization responsible for its compilation?The report, compiled by Canada-based Institute for Water, Environment and H... Read More...

  Feb 05, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?Government think-tank, NITI Aayog recently released the second edition of the India Innovation Index 2020. Read More...

  Feb 04, 2021   Economy