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Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Bhopal Railway Station has been awarded a 4- star 'Eat Right Station' certification for providing high-quality, nutritious food to passengers.The 4-star rating indicates full compliance by the station to ensure safe and hygienic food is available to passengers.Q. What is 'Eat Right Station' Certification?A. About:The 'Eat Right Station' certification is awarded by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to railway stati... Read More...

  Nov 21, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has announced the “National Suicide Prevention Strategy”.It is the first of its kind in the country, with time-bound action plans and multi-sectoral collaborations to achieve reduction in suicide mortality by 10% by 2030.The strategy is in line with the World Health Organisation’s South East-Asia Region Strategy for suicide prevention.Q. What is National Suicide Prevention Strategy?A.... Read More...

  Nov 20, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News? A. Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given environmental clearance for the ambitious Rs 72,000 crore development project on the strategically important Great Nicobar Island. The project is to be implemented in three phases over the next 30 years. Q. What is the Proposal? A.  A greenfield city has been proposed, including an International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT), a greenfield int... Read More...

  Nov 20, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the US secretary of treasury has pushed for "friendshoring" to diversify trade away from countries that are present at geopolitical risk.Q. What is Friendshoring?A. Friendshoring is a strategy where a country sources the raw materials, components and even manufactured goods from countries that share its values. The dependence on the countries considered a "threat" to the stability of the supply chains is slowly reduced.It is also called "allyshoring".For the US, Russia has long presen... Read More...

  Nov 19, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, a consortium of countries that includes India has jointly opposed the Carbon Border Taxes proposed by the European Union (EU) at 27th edition of the Conference of Parties (COP) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.Q. What is a Carbon Border Tax?A. A carbon border adjustment tax is a duty on imports based on the amount of carbon emissions resulting from the production of the product in question. As a price on carbon, it discourages emissions. As a trade-related measure, it aff... Read More...

  Nov 19, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Supreme Court has concluded that ex post facto (after being started) Environmental Clearances (EC) are acceptable.The court has concluded in response to a claim that a bio-medical treatment facility was set up and run without an EC and it raises concern over Environmental Degradation.Q. What is an Ex Post Facto Environment Clearance?A. Ex post facto environmental clearance refers to allowing functioning of an industry or project which has started operating witho... Read More...

  Nov 18, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry has notified the credit guarantee scheme for start-ups.Q. What is the Credit Guarantee Scheme for Startups (CGSS)?A. About:The scheme has been approved for the purpose of providing credit guarantees to loans extended by Member Institutions (MIs) to finance eligible borrowers being startups.MIs include financial intermediaries (banks, financial institutions... Read More...

  Nov 18, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. To establish uniform safety standards for electric vehicles (EVs), India will begin its first ever testing of EVs from April 1, 2023.This comes amid concerns over multiple instances of fires in electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers in recent months.Q. What are the Key Points about EV Testing?A. Current Scenario:As of now, there are no centralised testing facilities for EVs in India and manufacturers have their own benchmarks.... Read More...

  Nov 17, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Union Cabinet approved a new Scheme, Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE).PM-DevINE was announced in the Union Budget 2022-23 to address development gaps in the North Eastern Region (NER).Q. What is PM-DevINE Scheme?A. About:It is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% Central funding.The new scheme, to be implemented during the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Comm... Read More...

  Nov 17, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Centre pointed out that India is already importing and consuming oil derived from Genetically Modified (GM) crops in a plea challenging the clearance for environmental release of GM mustard.Also, around 9.5 million tonnes (mt) of GM cotton seed is produced annually and 1.2 mt of GM cotton oil is consumed by human beings, and about 6.5 mt of cotton seed is consumed as animal feed.Q. What is the State of Edible Oil Sector in India?A. Place in Cou... Read More...

  Nov 16, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to recent findings, Andhra Pradesh has the largest anthropomorphic burial site collection in Tirupati district.Anthropomorphic sites are those marked by a representation of human form above the megalithic burials.Q. What are Megaliths?A. A megalith is a large stone that has been used to construct a prehistoric structure or monument, either alone or together with other stones.Megaliths were constructed either as burial sites or commemorative (non-sepulch... Read More...

  Nov 16, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, government has set up ‘Indian Biological Data Bank’ at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad.Indian Biological Data Bank is better known as ‘Indian Biological Data Centre (IBDC)’.Q. What is IBDC?A. About:IBDC is the first national repository for life science data in India, where the data will not only be submitted from across India but can be accessed by researchers from across IndiaIt is ma... Read More...

  Nov 15, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in  News?A. Recently, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlighted the importance of Data Localisation for economies to protect data during cross-border transfers.The UNCTAD in its report found that businesses using the internet for global trade have a higher survival rate than those who do not.Q. What is Data Localisation?A. Data Localisation is storing critical as well as non-critical data within the territorial boundaries of the country. Read More...

  Nov 15, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. The government is pushing to set up 740 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) for Scheduled Tribe (ST)students.Q. What are EMRS?A. EMRS is a scheme for making model residential schools for STs across India.It started in the year 1997-98.Its nodal ministry is Ministry of Tribal Affairs.The aim of the scheme to build schools at par with the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas with focus on special s... Read More...

  Nov 14, 2022   Current Affairs

 Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, it has been reported that projects launched to track small fishing vessels along India’s coast are making progress.The third edition of the ‘pan-India’ coastal defence Exercise Sea Vigil-22 is also scheduled to be held on 15th-16th November to test coastal security.Q. What are Different Projects to Track Small Fishing Vessels?A. Automatic Identification System:An Automatic Identificatio... Read More...

  Nov 14, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Norway’s Ambassador to India has reported that the bilateral trade between India and Norway has doubled to $2 billion in the last two years.Q. What are the Upcoming Areas of Cooperation in India Norway Relations?A. Norway would invest $1 billion from its climate investment fund in five years worldwide, how much of the funds would be invested in India would depend on the projects.Norway is working with the National Institute of Wi... Read More...

  Nov 13, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has come out with a regulatory framework for online bond platform providers in a bid to streamline their operations.Online Bond Platform Providers (OBPPs) would be companies incorporated in India and they should register themselves as stock brokers in the debt segment of the stock exchange, as per the framework that would be effective immediately.Q. What is the Need for a Regulatory Framework?A. With the bond market offering tremendous scope for de... Read More...

  Nov 13, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to the Lancet Countdown report on Health and Climate Change: Health at the Mercy of Fossil Fuels, reliance on fossil fuels is increasing the risk of disease, food insecurity and other illnesses related to heat.Q. What are the Findings of the Report?A. Impact on Health:Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health — clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.Populat... Read More...

  Nov 12, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre to step in and make very serious and sincere efforts to tackle the issue of Forced Religious Conversion.Q. What was Petition and the Court's Ruling?A. The petition sought a declaration that fraudulent religious conversion by “intimidation, threatening, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits” offends Articles 14, 21, 25 of the Constitution.The plea pointed out that in the 1977 ruling in the Rev Stainisla... Read More...

  Nov 12, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, Australia has announced a new Defence Space Command Agency to counter the growing influence of Russia and China in space.It will help Australia in developing and advocating space-specific priorities within the government, industry, allies and even international partners.Q. What are the Function of the Defence Space Command Agency:?A. The agency will provide training to people to become space specialists, help conduct strategic space planning, and be able to be a part of any developments regarding the refinement of space policy. Read More...

  Nov 11, 2022   Current Affairs