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Q. Why is this in news?A. India has embarked on a new journey — a new free trade agreement (FTA) journey to be precise — with renewed zeal and vigor.Q. What is India’s revamped FTA strategy?A. Gaining meaningful market access: India’s approach towards FTAs is now focusing more on gaining meaningful market access and facilitating the Indian industry’s integration into global value chains.Under the revamped FTA strategy, the Government of India has prioritized at least six countries or re... Read More...

  Mar 03, 2022   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. An MP from Telangana submitted a Privilege Motion against PM regarding his remarks over the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh.Q. What is Parliamentary Privilege?A.Parliamentary privilege refers to the right and immunity enjoyed by legislatures.The legislators are granted protection against civil or criminal liability for actions done or statements made in the course of their legislative duties.They are granted so that the MPs/MLAs can effectively discharge their func... Read More...

  Mar 03, 2022   Polity

Today's Current Affairs Question:How should the Russian invasion of Ukraine be seen under international law? Read More...

  Mar 02, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Supreme Court has decided to examine a habeas corpus plea made by the children of a Pakistan national who they believe has been unlawfully detained for seven years.Q. What is Habeas Corpus?A.Habeas corpus is a recourse in law through which a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment to a court.He/she can request that the court order the custodian of the person, usually a prison official, to bring the prisoner to court, to determine whether the detention is lawful.In India the power to issue a writ of habeas corpus is vested only in... Read More...

  Mar 02, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. In the backdrop of the 2070 carbon neutrality target set by India at the CoP26 in Glasgow, the Union Budget for 2022-23 has listed “climate action” and “energy transition” as one of the four priorities for the Amrit Kaal.Q. What are the Climate related announcement in Budget 2022-23?A. An additional allocation of Rs 19,500 crore for solar PV modules has been made.The finance minister also talked of co-firing of 5-7 per cent of biomass pellets in thermal power plants, “sovereign green bonds” and a “battery... Read More...

  Mar 02, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Today's Current Affairs Question:The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a global body of scientists that makes periodic reviews of climate science,  released the second part of its sixth assessment report yesterday with important alerts for India. Elaborate. Read More...

  Mar 01, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new partnership under the Sustainable Access to Markets and Resources for Innovative Delivery of Healthcare (SAMRIDH) initiative.The collaboration will focus on innovations across the healthcare landscape with the common goal to mount an effective response to the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 and build health system preparedness for future infectious disease outbreaks and health emergencies. Read More...

  Mar 01, 2022   Government Schemes

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Ministry of Health virtually launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 4.0.India is implementing the largest immunisation programme globally where it annually covers more than three crore pregnant women and 2.6 crore children through the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).Q. What is IMI 4.0?A.It will ensure that Routine Immunization (RI) services reach unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children and pregnant women. Read More...

  Mar 01, 2022   Government Schemes

Q What is the context  ?A The latest order in Rahul Ramesh Wagh v. State of Maharashtra &Ors makes it mandatory that the principles laid down by the Supreme Court for providing reservation to OBCs in local bodies shall be followed across the country.Q What is the background of the Case ? AMaharashtra had constituted a Commission to ascertain the backwardness of OBCs in June 2021.But without waiting for an empirical report, an ordinance was promulgated to amend the Maharashtra Zilla Parishads Act, Panchayat Samitis Act and the Maharashtra Village Panchayat Act. Read More...

  Feb 28, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A The iconic Amar Jawan Jyoti (AJJ) at India Gate was extinguished as a part of its merger with the flame at the National War Memorial (NWM). This has sparked a political controversy.Q What is the Amar Jawan Jyoti?A The eternal flame at the Amar Jawan Jyoti underneath India Gate in central Delhi was an iconic symbol of the nation’s tributes to the soldiers who have died for the country in various wars and conflicts since Independence.Established in 1972, it was to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War Read More...

  Feb 28, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A Recent developments warrant a comprehensive review of border management to ensure the all-weather security of our borders.Q What makes India’s border management difficult?A India shares land borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, which stretch approximately 15,106 km.In addition, we have an approximately 3,323 km-long LoC with Pakistan, which further extends to the rechristened 110 km stretch of “Actual Ground Position Line” (AGPL) dividing the Siachen glacier region. Read More...

  Feb 27, 2022   Security and Disaster Management

Q What is the context  ?A The Supreme Court has pronounced its decision upholding the constitutional validity of providing 27% quota to Other Backward Classes (OBC) in NEET All India Quota (AIQ) seats for UG and PG medical courses.Q What is the issue?A The petitioners, several NEET aspirants, had argued that since the top court had limited reservation to 50% in the Indira Sawhney judgment, the government should have first applied to the court before tinkering with the quota calculations.The court further confirmed that there was no need for the Centre to have got the pri... Read More...

  Feb 27, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A The Central Government has proposed four amendments to Rule 6(1) of the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 dealing with deputation, and has sought the views of State governments before January 25, 2022.Q What is the historical background of All India Services ?A It was Sardar Patel who had championed the creation of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) as “All India Services” (AIS) whose members would be recruited and appointed by the Centre and allotted to various States, and who c... Read More...

  Feb 26, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A Indonesia passed a bill replacing its capital Jakarta with East Kalimantan, situated to the east of Borneo island. The new capital city of the country will be called Nusantara.Q What are some details about Nusantara ?A The New State Capital Law Bill has been drafted by a special committee set up by Widodo’s government and makes Nusantara, also called IKN, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia.The transfer of the status of Jakarta as Indonesia’s capital to Nusantara, where 256,142 hectares of land has been set aside for the project, will t... Read More...

  Feb 26, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A Air India said Boeing had cleared its B777 aircraft for flights to the US following concerns that the 5G roll-out there could interfere with critical aircraft functions.Q What is 5G Technology?A 5G or fifth generation is the latest upgrade in the long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks.It’s a unified platform which is much more capable than previous mobile services with more capacity, lower latency, faster data delivery rate and better utilization of spectrum.Q How can 5G affect flight safety?A&... Read More...

  Feb 25, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A Recently PM Modi has made a special address ahead of the theme-setting World Economic Forum (WEF) Agenda on the ‘State of the World’ at Davos.Q What is World Economic Forum (WEF) ?AWEF is an international non-governmental and lobbying organisation based in Cologny, canton of Geneva, Switzerland.It was founded on 24 January 1971 by German engineer and economist Klaus Schwab.The foundation, which is mostly funded by its 1,000 member companies – typically global enterprises with more than five billion US dollars in turnover – as well as... Read More...

  Feb 25, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano which massively erupted lies along the Pacific ‘Ring of fire’, and is just over 60 kilometers from the island nation of Tonga.Q What is the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’?A The Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ or Pacific rim, or the Circum-Pacific Belt, is an area along the Pacific Ocean that is characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.Volcanic arcs and oceanic trenches partly encircling the Pacific Basin form the so-called Ring of Fire.It is home to about 75 per cent of the world’s volcanoe... Read More...

  Feb 24, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q What is the context  ?A The Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance (GRAM) report published in The Lancet provides the most comprehensive estimate of the global impact of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) so far.Q What is AMR?A Antimicrobial resistance (AMR or AR) is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medication that once could successfully treat the microbeAntibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorr... Read More...

  Feb 24, 2022   Science and Technology

Today's Current Affairs Question:India’s mangroves along the Bengal coastline, already at risk due to climate change, sea-level rise and land-use changes, are beginning to erode. What should be done and why? Read More...

  Feb 23, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A Some researchers in New Delhi have observed paradoxical phenomena near the smog towers. The air closest to the tower should be cleanest, but the device recorded the opposite in several instances.Q What are Smog Towers?A Smog towers are structures designed to work as large-scale air purifiers. They are fitted with multiple layers of air filters and fans at the base to suck the air.After the polluted air enters the smog tower, it is purified by multiple layers before being re-circulated into the atmosphere.Q What is is Structure of th... Read More...

  Feb 23, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment