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Q  Why is it in News ? A The Union Government has approved Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Textiles.  This move is a part of the overall announcement of PLI Schemes for 13 sectors made earlier during the Union Budget 2021-22.Q What is PLI Scheme?A As the name suggests, the scheme provides incentives to companies for enhancing their domestic manufacturing apart from focusing on reducing import bills and improving the cost competitiveness of local goods.PLI scheme offers incentives on incremental sales for products manufactured in India.The ... Read More...

  Sep 30, 2021   Government Schemes

Q Why is it in News ?A Studies have found that a powerful solar storm can cause a disruption of the internet, damage submarine cables, and communication satellites.Q What is a Solar Storm?A A solar storm or a Coronal Mass Ejection as astronomers call it is an ejection of highly magnetized particles from the sun.These particles can travel several million km per hour and can take about 13 hours to five days to reach Earth.Earth’s atmosphere protects us, humans, from these particles.But the particles can interact with our Earth’s magnetic field, induce stro... Read More...

  Sep 30, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q  Why is it in News ? A The use of leaded petrol has been eradicated from the globe, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).Q  What is Leaded Petrol?A Tetraethyl-lead (TEL) is a petro-fuel additive, first being mixed with petrol beginning in the 1920s as a patented octane rating booster that allowed engine compression to be raised substantially.This in turn caused increased vehicle performance and fuel economy.The practice of adding tetraethyl lead to petrol had spread widely to all countries soon after its anti-knock and octane-boosting pro... Read More...

  Sep 29, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A Carrying out the first-ever comprehensive analysis of blue stragglers, Indian researchers found that half of the blue stragglers in their sample are formed through mass transfer from a close binary companion star.Q What are Blue Stragglers?AA blue straggler is a main-sequence star in an open or globular cluster that is more luminous and bluer than stars at the main sequence turnoff point for the cluster.The most likely explanation is that blue stragglers are the result of stars that come too close to another star or similar mass object and collide.T... Read More...

  Sep 29, 2021   Science and Technology

Q  Why is it in News ? A. Following its Budget announcement in February, the Finance Ministry has now notified the rules for taxing interest income on contributions made to the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) beyond Rs 2.5 lakh (for private-sector employees) and Rs 5 lakh (for government sector employees).Q  What is Provident Fund?A Provident Fund is a government-managed retirement savings scheme for employees, who can contribute a part of their savings towards their pension fund, every month.These monthly savings get accumulated every month and can be access... Read More...

  Sep 28, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A With the Taliban’s seize of Kabul, a huge exodus of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers is outpouring into Pakistan along the Durand Line.Q What is Durand Line ?A The Durand Line is a legacy of the 19th century Great Game between the Russian and British empires in which Afghanistan was used as a buffer by the British against a feared Russian expansionism to its east.The agreement demarcating what became known as the Durand Line was signed on November 12, 1893 between the British civil servant Henry Mortimer Durand and Amir Abdur Rahman, then the A... Read More...

  Sep 28, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the pros and cons of the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) for policing? Read More...

  Sep 28, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:India’s DNA COVID-19 vaccine is a world first. Elaborate. Read More...

  Sep 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A The April-June quarter GDP numbers indicated at 20.1 per cent growth.Q What does these numbers mean ? A The higher GDP growth was driven by high indirect tax collections, largely GST.The more representative measure of economic activity, gross value added (GVA), grew by 18.8 per cent.These numbers are over a base quarter that had contracted sharply due to the lockdowns during the first Covid wave last year.The revival of manufacturing GVA was the most robust, with mining and electricity growth somewhat mo... Read More...

  Sep 27, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News?A In a major discovery, footprints of three species of dinosaurs have been found in the Thar desert in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district.Q What are details of the footprints? A The footprints, made in the sediment or silt of the seashore, later become permanently stone-like.They belong to three species of dinosaurs — Eubrontes cf. giganteus, Eubrontes glenrosensis and Grallator tenuis.While the giganteus and glenrosensis species have 35 cm footprints, the footprint of the third species was found to be... Read More...

  Sep 27, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q  Why is it in News ? A Forty Central universities will kick off the implementation of innovative measures such as the academic credit bank and the glue grant meant to encourage multidisciplinary in UG courses.Q What is Glue Grant Scheme ? A Under the glue grant, announced in this year’s budget, institutions in the same city would be encouraged to share resources, equipment and even allow their students to take classes from each other.This is the first step for multidisciplinary.We intend to start this from the second semester of the current academi... Read More...

  Sep 26, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for China to achieve “common prosperity”, seeking to narrow a yawning wealth gap that threatens the country’s economic ascent and the legitimacy of Communist Party rule.Q What is ‘Common Prosperity’?A “Common prosperity” was first mentioned in the 1950s by Mao Zedong, founding leader of what was then an impoverished country.The idea was repeated in the 1980s by Deng Xiaoping, who modernized an economy devastated by the Cultural Revolution.Deng said that allowing some people and regions to ge... Read More...

  Sep 26, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:Compare AUKUS and Quad. Read More...

  Sep 25, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A   The Indian government is going to launch an electronic voucher based digital payment system e-RUPI.There are already many countries using the voucher system for example the US, Colombia, Chile, Sweden, Hong Kong, etc. Read More...

  Sep 25, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, West Africa’s first case of the extremely contagious and deadly Marburg virus was confirmed in Guinea.Its first case was first identified just two months after the country was declared free of Ebola.Both the Marburg case and this year’s Ebola cases were detected in Guinea’s Gueckedou district.The first cases of the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic, the largest in history, also were from the same region in Southeastern Guinea’s forest region. Read More...

  Sep 25, 2021   Science and Technology

Q  Why is it in News ? A Recently, the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, was passed by both the houses of the parliament.It seeks to amend the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972.Q What are key provisions of the Bill ? A Government Shareholding Threshold:It seeks to remove the mandatory requirement of the Central government holding not less than 51% of the equity capital in a specified insurer.Defines General Insurance ... Read More...

  Sep 24, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, the Prime Minister has announced a new national initiative on palm oil production to help increase farm incomes.The scheme, called National Edible Oil Mission-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), for self-reliance in edible oil involves investment of over Rs. 11,000 crore (over a five year period).Palm OilPalm oil is currently the world’s most consumed vegetable oil.It is used extensively in the production of detergents, plastics, cosmetics, and biofuels.Top consumers of the commodity are India, China, and the European Union (EU).... Read More...

  Sep 24, 2021   Government Schemes

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the main points of difference between the Union government and the Supreme Court with regard to The Tribunals Reforms Act, 2021? Read More...

  Sep 24, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:Comment on the need for wildlife corridors in India with examples. Read More...

  Sep 23, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A This Union cabinet has recently approved a Reforms-based and Results-linked, Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme.The scheme requires that DISCOMs (Power Distribution Companies) submit detailed project reports (DPRs) on how they plan to reduce their operational losses to avail of funding.Initially, the preliminary timeline given to discoms was 31st October 2021. It is now extended to 31st December 2021.Q What are objectives of this Scheme ? A Reduction of AT&C (aggregate technical ... Read More...

  Sep 23, 2021   Government Schemes