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Q. Why is this in news?India’s first spectrum auction in over four years will kick off from March 1, setting the stage for Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel NSE -0.92 % and Vodafone Idea NSE -1.67 % (Vi) to bid for airwaves worth Rs 3.92 lakh crore at base price. In the spectrum auctions scheduled to begin on March 1, the government plans to sell spectrum for 4G in the 700, 800, 900, 1,800, 2,100, 2,300, and 2,500 MHz frequency bands.The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said on Wednesday (January 6) that auctions for 4G spect... Read More...

  Jan 15, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Recently various cases of Bird flu has been reported among wild geese in Himachal Pradesh, crows in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and ducks in Kerala. In Haryana, around one lakh poultry birds have died mysteriously in the last few days.In Himachal Pradesh’s Pong Dam Lake, around 1,800 migratory birds have been found dead. In Kerala, the flu has been detected in two districts, prompting authorities to order culling of ducks. A bird flu alert has been s... Read More...

  Jan 15, 2021   Health

Q. What is the news?According to recently released advance estimates by central Statistics Office , India’s Real GDP is estimated to contract by 7.7% in FY21 compared to a growth of 4.2% in FY20, this released  estimates ahead of the Union budget suggest. India’s annual GDP last contracted in FY80 by 5.24%. However, this is the steepest contraction since independence, suggest figures collated from the CSO.According to MoSPI, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) — the total value of all final goods and services produced within the country in one financial y... Read More...

  Jan 14, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?US President Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election took a dangerous turn recently, when an armed and angry mob of his supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police just as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win.The pandemonium appears to have deepened the divide within the Republican Party, with several leaders pointing a finger at Donald Trump for inciting violence by urging his supporters to reject the results of the pres... Read More...

  Jan 14, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news? Recently, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s Delhi visit came with a declaration of immediate and longer-term goals for the India-U.K. relationship.It prepares the way for PM Johnson’s India visit, as the chief guest at Republic Day and to invite PM Modi to the U.K. to the G-7 and the Climate Change (COP26) summits next year. Read More...

  Jan 13, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the context? India’s coasts have always been vulnerable to anti-national activities. Numerous cases of the smuggling of goods, gold, narcotics, explosives, arms and ammunition as well as the infiltration of terrorists into the country through these coasts have been reported over the years. The Government had been aware of the activities that are carried out through the country’s coasts and had been implementing corrective measures from time to time.  Read More...

  Jan 13, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q. Why is this in news?Recently, Governor of Kerala turned down the recommendation of the state government to convene the session of the state legislature. It also points to the trend of declining sittings of the state legislature and issues with it.Q. What is this Governor-Government conflict? The Kerala government made a recommendation to the governor for summoning the state’s legislature for a one-day session.The government wanted to discuss the situation arising out of the... Read More...

  Jan 12, 2021   Polity

Q. What is this bill? The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 seeks to provide for an autonomous and independent institution for better management of arbitration in country.Arbitration is basically a settlement of dispute between two parties to a contract by a neutral third party i.e. the arbitrator without resorting to court or judicial action.  Arbitrators can be chosen for their expertise. It is confidential and can be speedier and cheaper than court. There are limited grou... Read More...

  Jan 12, 2021   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of Rs. 6,700 crore for the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP).This is a major step towards economic development of the North Eastern Region through strengthening of Intra - State Transmission and Distribution systems.Q. What is North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project? The Scheme was in... Read More...

  Jan 11, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Prime Minister has recently launched the ambitious National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) with the tagline of 'One Nation One Card' service for the Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line. Q. What is National Common Mobility Card? The idea of NCMC was floated by the Nandan Nilekani committee set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The committee had suggested that NCMC should contain two instruments ... Read More...

  Jan 11, 2021   Science and Technology

 Q. What is the news? Recently, India has added Tso Kar Wetland Complex in Ladakh as its 42nd Ramsar site, a conservation status conferred by International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.Q. What is Tso Kar Wetland Complex?The Tso Kar Basin is a high-altitude wetland complex, consisting of two principal waterbodies:Startsapuk Tso, a freshwater lake o... Read More...

  Jan 10, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. Prime Minister recently inaugurated a 351-km section between Khurja and Bhaupur in Uttar Pradesh for commercial operations of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) .He also dedicated to the nation a state-of-the-art Operation Control Centre in Prayagraj.The total 2,843-km project — billed as the largest rail infrastructure being built in independent India — has been in the making since 2006 with little movement on the ground. It is finally ready to take off, albeit in p... Read More...

  Jan 10, 2021   Economy

Q. What is this news? As part of its ongoing investigations in the SolarWinds cyberattack, Microsoft has revealed that its internal source code was likely accessed by the attackers. The company had earlier confirmed that it too was compromised is what is being seen as one of the world’s largest cyberattack, that primarily targeted the United States (US) government and several other private organisations. The SolarWinds cyberattack was first revealed in December by cyber-security firm FireEye.Q. What has Microsoft revealed in its new investi... Read More...

  Jan 09, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?A. Indian women and children are overwhelmingly anaemic, according to the National Family Health Survey 2019-20 released earlier this month, and the condition is the most prevalent in the Himalayan cold desert. Q. What is anaemia?The condition of having a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells or quantity of haemoglobin. It can make one feel tired, cold, dizzy, irritable and short of breath, among other symptoms. A diet which does not contain enough iron, folic acid or... Read More...

  Jan 09, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), has launched a a web based application Digital Ocean to share information on marine data and forecast services.Indian National Centre for Ocean Information provides ocean information and advisory services to various stakeholders including data based on oceanographic research, advisory services such as fishing zone advisories, ocean state forecast, high wave alerts, tsunami early warnings, storm surge and oil... Read More...

  Jan 08, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is this news? Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections in December (for sales in November) rose 11.6 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1.15 lakh crore, the highest level since the July 2017 rollout of the indirect tax regime.The Finance Ministry said this has been the highest growth in monthly revenues in the last 21 months. This has been due to the combined effect of the rapid economic recovery post-pandemic and the nationwide drive against GST evaders and fake bills along with many systemic changes introduced recently, which have led to improved complianc... Read More...

  Jan 08, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? India’s urban mass rapid transit will mark a milestone on December 28 when Prime Minister is scheduled to flag off the country’s first ‘driverless’ metro in Delhi.The first ‘driverless’ train will roll out on the 38-km Line 8 or Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, which has a 390-km-long network spread across the national capital and adjoining cities such as Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Bahadurgarh.Delhi Metro, now the country’s largest urban mass rapid transit ... Read More...

  Jan 07, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?The government has recently used financial innovation to recapitalise Punjab & Sind Bank by issuing the lender Rs 5,500-crore worth of non-interest bearing bonds valued at par. The funds raised through issuance of these instruments, which are a variation of the recapitalisation bonds issued earlier to public sector banks, are being deployed to capitalise the state-run bank.Though these will earn no interest for the subscriber, market participants term it both a ‘financial illusion’ and ‘great innovation’ by the government where it is using R... Read More...

  Jan 07, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will conduct simultaneous purchase and sale of government securities under open market operations (OMOs) for Rs 10,000 crore each on January 7.The decision was taken after a review of current liquidity and financial conditions, the RBI said in a statement.Q. What are Open Market Operations? Open market operations are the sale and purchase of government securities and treasury bi... Read More...

  Jan 06, 2021   Economy

Q. What are Gram Nyayalayas? Gram Nyayalayas are established under the Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008 for speedy and easy access to justice system in the rural areas of India . The Law Commission of India in its 114th report recommended the establishment of Gram Nyayalayas for providing speedy, substantial and inexpensive justice.Subsequently, the Parliament of India passed the Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008 providing for its establishment. Read More...

  Jan 06, 2021   Polity