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Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) conducted a special drive across all the 19 Benches of the Tribunal for disposal of cases of most vulnerable section of applicants like the senior citizens / pensioners.Q. What is Central Administrative Tribunal?A.About: It had been established under Article 323 - A of the Constitution.It provides for adjudication of disputes and complaints with respect to recruitment and cond... Read More...

  May 06, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying will set up a seaweed park in Tamil Nadu to improve the livelihood of fishermen.Tamil Nadu has been requested to set aside space for a Special Economic Zone for seaweed farming.In 2021, the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) had launched a Seaweed Mission.Q. What is Seaweed?A.About:They are ... Read More...

  May 06, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment informed that a total of 971 people lost their lives while cleaning sewers or septic tanks since 1993.Earlier, the Union Cabinet approved the extension of the tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) for three years beyond 31st March, 2022. The major beneficiaries would be the Safai Karamcharis and identified manual scavengers in the country.Q. What is Manual Scavenging?A.Manual scavenging is defined as  Read More...

  May 05, 2022   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the groundbreaking ceremony was performed for the first-of-its-kind World Health Organization (WHO) Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat.Additionally, the Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit will be held later this month in Gandhinagar which is aimed at increasing investments and showcase innovations in the field of traditional medicine.It is a unique attempt to foster long-lasting partnerships, boost exports and nurture a sustainable ecosyste... Read More...

  May 05, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched the Awareness Mascot ‘Prakriti’& Green Initiatives for Effective Plastic Waste Management.The mascot will spread greater awareness among masses about small changes that can be sustainably adopted in our lifestyle for a better environment.Earlier in February, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change announced the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2022.Q. What are the Green Initiati... Read More...

  May 04, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, a 50-year-old woman in Mumbai, may have been infected with the newly-discovered ‘XE’ variant of the coronavirus.XE is a sub-variant of Omicron, which caused the third wave of Covid-19, which had not been found in India until now.So far, there is no indication that it is more dangerous than other variants.Q. What is the XE Variant of Coronavirus?A.The Omicron variant, which is responsible for over... Read More...

  May 04, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?A. The United Kingdom has signed a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers to the East African nation — a move that PM Boris Johnson said will “save countless lives” from human trafficking.Q. What are the details of Immigrants crisis in UK?A. Since 2018, there has been a marked rise in the number of refugees and asylum seekers that undertake dangerous crossings between Calais in France and Dover in England.Most such migrants and asylum seekers hail from war-torn countries like Sudan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, or developing countries like Iran and ... Read More...

  May 03, 2022   International Relations

Q. Why is this in News?A. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has launched the ‘Digital Dashboard for District Ganga Committees (DGCs) Performance Monitoring System’ (GDPMS) under Namami Gange Programme.The Digital Dashboard has been devised to help the DGCs in enhancing people-river connections.Q. What are District Ganga Committees?A.District Ganga Committees were constituted in the districts on the Ganga River basin for putting in place a mechanism at the district level to ensure people’s participa... Read More...

  May 03, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Government has allowed genome-edited plants without the cumbersome GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) regulation at the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).The government has exempted Site Directed Nuclease (SDN) 1 and 2 genomes from Rules 7-11 of the Environment Protection Act, thus allowing it to avoid a long process for approval of GM crops through the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).The Institutional BioSafety Committee (IBSC) under the Environment Protection Act would now be entrus... Read More...

  May 02, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. What is Collegium System?A.The Collegium of judges is the Indian Supreme Court’s invention.It does not figure in the Constitution, which says judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts are appointed by the President and speaks of a process of consultation.In effect, it is a system under which judges are appointed by an institution comprising judges.After some judges were superseded in the appointment of the CJI in the 1970s, and attempts made subsequently to effect a mass transfer of High Court judges across the country.Hence there was a perception that the independence of the judiciary was unde... Read More...

  May 02, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has launched a pilot project in the state of Uttarakhand to implement the One Health Framework by One Health Support Unit.The key objective of the Unit is to develop a national One Health roadmap based on the learnings of the pilot project implementation.Some of the key activities to be undertaken as part of the pilot project include institutionalizing the mechanism for data collection on disease outbreaks, prevalence, management, and development of targeted surveillance plan, integrating network of lab... Read More...

  May 01, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Government of India introduced in the Lok Sabha the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022.The bill envisages to prohibit financing of any activity in relation to WMD and to empower to act against financiers of such activities.Q. What are the highlights of the Bill?A.Background: The bill seeks to modify the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their ... Read More...

  May 01, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The Supreme Court has upheld the Centre’s one rank, one pension (OROP) scheme for the armed forces.Q What is the news?A The Supreme Court has ruled that there was “no constitutional infirmity” in the way the government had introduced ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) among ex-service personnel.The scheme, notified by the Defence Ministry on November 7, 2015, was challenged by Indian Ex-Service Movement, an association of retired defence personnel.Q What is OROP Scheme?A OROP m... Read More...

  Apr 30, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A Parliament’s Standing Committee on Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has asked the government to roll back the system of caste-based wages, under which NREGS workers are paid based on whether they belong to a Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, or Others.Q What is the caste-based payment system?A Last year, the Rural Development Ministry sent an advisory to states asking them to take necessary action for payment of wages to NREGS workers according to their categories — SC, ST, and Others.Under the new system, if 20 individuals (say, six SCs... Read More...

  Apr 30, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The tribals in Gujarat held a public meeting in Kaprada in Valsad district to protest against the Centre’s Par Tapi Narmada (PTN) river-linking project.Q What is Par Tapi Narmada river-linking project ?A The PTN link project was envisioned under the 1980 National Perspective Plan under the former Union Ministry of Irrigation and the Central Water Commission (CWC).The project proposes to transfer river water from the surplus regions of the Western Ghats to the deficit regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.It proposes to link three rivers — Par, or... Read More...

  Apr 29, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q What is the context  ?A In a highly notorious move, the OIC has invited Kashmiri separatist leaders in the Foreign Ministers’ meet in Islamabad.Q What is OIC?A The OIC — formerly Organisation of the Islamic Conference — is the world’s second-largest inter-governmental organization after the UN, with a membership of 57 states.The OIC’s stated objective is “to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world”.OIC has reserved membership for Muslim-ma... Read More...

  Apr 29, 2022   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A Last week, the Assam government informed the Assembly that nearly 1.44 lakh illegal foreigners had been identified in the state this year based on the 1985 Assam Accord, and around 30,000 of them had been deported to their country of origin.Q Who is a foreigner under the Assam Accord?A The Assam Accord was signed in 1985 by the Centre and the Assam government with the All Assam Student Union (AASU) and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad.This movement had spearheaded the 1979-85 Assam Movement against migration from Bangladesh.It was against al... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2022  

Q What is the context  ?A The Kerala High Court has asked organizations associated with the film industry to take steps to constitute a joint committee to deal with cases of sexual harassment of women, in line with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013.During the #MeToo movement, a number of women in India called out influential men — actors, standup comics, senior journalists — for alleged sexual harassment.Hence the HC underlined that film production units must comply with the law against sexual harassment, commonly known as the prevention of sexual harassment... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2022  

Main Examination PatternInstructionsAnswer all TEN of the following questions.Time : 90 MinutesThe number of marks carried by each question and world limits are indicated at the end of the question.Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line.Q1. In your opinion, did lateral entry into the civil services undermine its neutrality? (10 Marks, 150 words)Q2. Critically... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A The cheetah, which became extinct in India after Independence, is all set to return with the Union Government launching an action plan in Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.According to the plan, about 50 of these big cats will be introduced in the next five years, from the Africa savannas, home to cheetahs, an endangered species.Q How has been distribution of cheetahs in India ?A Historically, Asiatic cheetahs had a very wide distribution in India.There are authentic reports of their occurrence from as far north as Punjab to Tirunelveli distri... Read More...

  Apr 27, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment