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Why is this in news?Recently, the Lok Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 that seeks to strengthen and streamline the provisions for protection and adoption of children.The Bill amends the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and contains provisions related to children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection.Q. What is th... Read More...

  Mar 30, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news? The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has proposed several amendments to the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 (FCA), which may enable infrastructure projects to come up in the forest areas more easily.Q. What are the amendments?They propose to grant exemptions to railways, roads, tree plantations, oil exploration, wildlife tourism and ‘strategic’ projects in forests.The proposal also aims to empower state governments to lease forest... Read More...

  Mar 30, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news? Recently, the Prime Minister addressed the opening ceremony of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) through video conference.ICDRI is the annual international conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in partnership with member countries, organizations and institutions to strengthen the global discourse on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.Q. What is Coalition for Disaster Resili... Read More...

  Mar 29, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?A unique “double mutant” coronavirus variant with a combination of mutations, not seen anywhere else in the world, has been found in India.Q. What is Mutation? Mutation is an alteration in the genetic material (the genome) of a cell of a living organism or of a virus that is more or less permanent and that can be transmitted to the cell’s or the virus’s descendants.The genomes... Read More...

  Mar 28, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?Various experts have recently flagged the carbon footprint issue of bitcoins that leave behind a carbon footprint of 38.10 Mt a year. Q. What is carbon footprint of Bitcoins?A recent study by Alex de Vries, a Dutch economist, has shown that Bitcoins leave behind a carbon footprint of 38.10 Mt a year.The annual carbon footprint of Bitcoins is almost equivalent to that of Mumbai, or to put it to a global perspective, as high as the carbon footp... Read More...

  Mar 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news? The Science and Engineering Board (SERB) has set up a portal called Project Information System & Management (PRISM) that offers real time information on the various research projects supported by it.Q. What is Project Information System & Management (PRISM)?It is called ‘SERB – PRoject Information System & Management (SERB – PRISM)’.The e-platfor... Read More...

  Mar 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news? Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh signed a memorandum of agreement to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project (KBLP), the first project of the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers.The two states signed a tripartite agreement with the Centre on World Water Day (22nd March) to finally implement this ambitious project.Q. What is Ken Betwa Link Pro... Read More...

  Mar 26, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Himanchal Pradesh government recently announced that they are coming up with a policy to allow controlled cultivation of hemp or cannabis in the state.This means the state wants to legalise commercial cultivation of the plant for non-recreational uses such as making medicines and fabrics.Q. Isn’t cannabis cultivation illegal in India?It has a subjective aspect. In 1985, India banned the cultivation of cannabis plant under the Narcotic Drugs and Psycho... Read More...

  Mar 25, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?The government has questioned the methodology and data accuracy of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, alleging that children considered healthy were also counted to determine the ranking.The government has already written to NGO Welthungerhilfe, which compiles the report, expressing concerns about their methodology, data accuracy and sample size and was yet to hear from them.Q. What’s the issue?.In the... Read More...

  Mar 24, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?   The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the World Happiness Report 2021, a day before the International Happiness Day.Q. What is International Happiness Day?It is celebrated every year on 20th March to highlight the importance of happiness in the diurnal lives of people.Th... Read More...

  Mar 24, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?India imports helium for its needs and with the U.S. which is appearing set to cut off exports of Helium from 2021, the Indian industry stands to lose out heavily.Q. What about the presence of Helium on Earth?Helium is a chemical element with the symbol He and atomic number 2.It is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-toxic, inert, monatomic gas, the first in the noble gas group in the periodic table. Its boiling point is the lowest among all the elements.... Read More...

  Mar 23, 2021   Government Schemes

Q. What is the news?Recently, the Government has launched the Gram UJALA Programme - an ambitious scheme offering the world’s cheapest LED bulbs in rural areas at a mere Rs. 10.Q. What is its extent of coverage? In its first phase launched from Arrah in Bihar, 15 million LED bulbs will be distributed across villages of 5 districts - Aarah (Bihar), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharas... Read More...

  Mar 23, 2021   Government Schemes

Q. What is the news?The Rajya Sabha has passed the Insurance Amendment Bill 2021 that increases the maximum foreign investment allowed in an insurance company from 49% to 74%.Q. What is Insurance Amendment Bill?The Bill seeks to amend the Insurance Act, 1938.The Act provided the framework for functioning of insurance businesses and regulates the relationship between an insurer, its policyholders and its shareholders.It also had provisions regardin... Read More...

  Mar 22, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news? India’s biggest floating solar power plant by generation capacity (100MW) is being developed by the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) at Ramagundam in Peddapalli district of Telangana.The project is in line with India's commitment to attain the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022 including 100 GW of solar installed capacity.Q. What are Float... Read More...

  Mar 22, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? A pilot project RE-HAB (Reducing Elephant-Human Attacks using Bees) has been launched in Karnataka which entails installing bee boxes along the periphery of the forest and the villages to mitigate human-elephant conflict.These spots are located on the periphery of Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve, which is a known conflict zone.Q. What is the project supposed to do ?  Read More...

  Mar 21, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Ministry of Mines has issued a National non-ferrous metal scrap recycling framework, 2020 in a bid to cut down the scrap imports.It also seeks to use a life cycle management approach for better efficiency in the mineral value chain process.Q. What are the objectives of the recycling framework?To work towards economic wealth creatio... Read More...

  Mar 21, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?Scientists have discovered the first moving supermassive black hole whose mass is about three million times that of our Sun.The black hole was travelling within its own galaxy (J0437+2456) which is around 228 million light years away from Earth.Q. What are the findings of study?Scientists studied 10 faraway galaxies with supermassive black hole... Read More...

  Mar 20, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?The latest MSME Credit Health Index indicates that MSME credit growth has accelerated in the quarter ending September 2020 as compared to the quarter ending in June 2020. The Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECGLS) has helped in the credit growth for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.Q. What is MSME Credit Health Index?The TransUnion CIBIL in partnership with the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has launched MSME C... Read More...

  Mar 20, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Uttarakhand government, in a recent meeting with Union Home Minister, had sought withdrawal of “inner-line permit” (ILP) system in Niti Valley of Chamoli district and Nelang Valley of Uttarkashi district for better border management and expansion of tourism and other economic activities in villages located there.Q. What is ILP System?The ILP system restricts movement in areas close to the border for everyone other than those with a formal permission. In Uttarakhand, tourists have to obtain ILP for... Read More...

  Mar 19, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news? Through the Covid-19 pandemic in India, Maharashtra has had the biggest influence on the national trajectory. With more than 22 lakh confirmed infections, the state accounts for over 20% of all cases in India. On individual days, it has contributed over 40% of all cases during its peak. But even by those standards, Maharashtra’s dominance in the ongoing second wave has been very high.Q. What  is the contribution of Maharashtra in total tally ?... Read More...

  Mar 19, 2021   General Category