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Q. What is the news?The Union Cabinet approved two production-linked incentive schemes for white goods (air-conditioners and LED lights) and high-efficiency solar photovoltaic modules.The Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took step towards the vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India) with the approval for the ₹6,238-crore PLI scheme for air-conditioners and LEDs. The prime objective of the PLI scheme is to make manufacturing in India globally competitive by removing sectoral disabil... Read More...

  Apr 21, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news? The central government has promulgated an ordinance allowing the use of pre-packs as an insolvency resolution mechanism for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with defaults up to Rs 1 crore, under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.The government had last year also increased the minimum default threshold for insolvency proceedings from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1 crore.  Q. What are pre-packs?A pre-pack is the r... Read More...

  Apr 20, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?After genome sequencing of over 10,000 COVID-19 cases in India, researchers have discovered a new variant with two new mutations which may be better at evading the immune system.In 15-20 per cent of samples from the Indian state of Maharashtra (the state accounting for 62 per cent of cases in the country) a new, double mutation in key areas of the virus has been detected. These are now known as the E484Q and L452R mutations.Q. What makes the variant different? Read More...

  Apr 20, 2021   Health

Q. Why is  this in news? The rupee recently dropped sharply against the US dollar, approaching the 75 mark. The currency was trading at around 74.86 per dollar down 0.33% from its previous close. The rupee has lost nearly 2.4% against the US dollar so far this year.However, The RBI based its growth and inflation forecasts for the Indian economy on the assumption that the exchange rate would be Rs 72.60 per US dollar.Q. Why did Rupee drop To Eight-Month Low against the US dollar? Read More...

  Apr 19, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? NITI Aayog, along with a working subgroup of officials and members of civil society, has prepared a draft National Migrant Labour policy.Draft policy puts forward several radical ideas including the adoption of a rights-based approach and creating an additional layer of institutions to create a more enabling policy environment for migrants.Q. What are the proposals of draft policy?It proposes a new Nationa... Read More...

  Apr 19, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is in the news? The US President’s Special Envoy on Climate, is on a visit to India with purpose to exchange notes ahead of the virtual Climate Leaders’ Summit convened by US President on April 22-23 where Prime Minister of Indian is one of the invitees. One of the objectives of his visit is to explore whether India can be nudged to drop its hard opposition, and open up to the possibility of pledging itself to a 2050 net-zero goal.Q. What is the background? Read More...

  Apr 18, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?A recent study shows how dust coming from the deserts in the West, Central and East Asia plays an important role in the Indian Summer Monsoon.The researchers also explain how the Indian Summer Monsoon has a reverse effect and can increase the winds in West Asia to produce yet more dust.Q. What is Positive feedback loop?Dust swarms from the desert when lifted by strong winds can absorb solar radiation and become hot. This can cause heating of the atmosph... Read More...

  Apr 18, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?There is a massive surge in the daily fresh cases of Covid 19 with over 1,00,000 cases reported recently , the seven-day average test positivity rate climbing to 6.8% and with the reproduction number (R0) i.e. how many people each infected person will infect on average — above 1.5 and steadily increasing over the last two–three weeks, the second wave has well and truly begun in many States. Q. What are the reasons for this surge?The Health Ministry has cited the general laxity amo... Read More...

  Apr 17, 2021   Health

Q. Why is this in news?The election results in Kerala will have a major bearing on the path of development that the State would take in the coming years and thus can alter Kerala model of development. Q. What is Kerala model of development?The Kerala model of development refers to the practices adopted in Kerala, which is characterized by strong social indicators such as high literacy, improved access to healthcare, high life expectancy, low infant mortality and low birth ... Read More...

  Apr 17, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news? The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee, has decided to keep its short term lending rate or the repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent, in line with market expectations.It has also announced a series of measures to inject liquidity in the government securities market and the financial system.Central bank will maintain its ‘accommodative stance’ as long as required to sustain growth on a durable basis.Q. What is Growth vs i... Read More...

  Apr 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?RBI Governor recently enthused the markets with a new programme — Government Securities Acquisition Programme (G-SAP) — through which it will purchase government securities worth Rs 1 lakh crore in the first quarter of FY22. The RBI also announced that it will continue with a variable rate reverse repo to suck excess liquidity. Q. What do this mean?In the backdrop of the government’s elevated borrowing for this year, which the RBI has to ensure goes through without causing disru... Read More...

  Apr 16, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? According to the recent data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s Foreign Exchange (Forex) reserves declined by USD 2.986 billion to reach USD 579.285 billion in the week ended 26th March 2021.The gold reserve component of the Forex Reserve increased whereas the other components - Special Drawing Rights (SDR), the Foreign Currency Assets (FCA) and the Reserve Position witnessed decline. Read More...

  Apr 15, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved the National Rare Disease Policy 2021.Q. What is its aim? To increase focus on indigenous research and local production of medicines.To lower the cost of treatment of rare diseases.To screen and detect rare diseases early at early stages, which will in turn h... Read More...

  Apr 15, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. What is the news?The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare has launched the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP).Q. What is Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP)? The new version of IHIP will house the data entry and management for India’s disease surveillance program.In addition to tracking 33 diseases now as compared to the earlier 18 diseases, it shall ensure near-real-time data in digital mode,... Read More...

  Apr 14, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news?There has been a series of forest fires in many states of India like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh , Nagaland causing huge economic and environmental loss. Q. What are Forest Fires? Also called bush or vegetation fire or wildfire, it can be described as any uncontrolled and non-prescribed combustion or burning of plants in a natural setting such as a forest, grassland, brush land or tundra, which consumes the natural fuels and spreads... Read More...

  Apr 14, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A  The Centre government must increase the amount of pensions provided for poor senior citizens, widows and disabled people, said the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development.Q What are the issues pointed out by committee? AIssues Pointed Out by the Parliamentary Standing Committee:The panel pointed out that it had previous... Read More...

  Apr 13, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q Why is it in News ?Multi billion deals for armed drones from the USA and advanced submarines under Project-75I are to be taken by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).Defence Acquisition CouncilThe Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is the highest decision-making body in the Defence Ministry for deciding on new policies and capital acquisitions for the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Indian Coast Guard. Read More...

  Apr 13, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News?The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways has suggested rationalisation of both freight and passenger fares.Q What has been Observation of Committee? Committee’s Observation:Social Service Obligations:The losses incurred by the railways in passenger services purportedly due to the social service obligations which include pricing tickets at fares l... Read More...

  Apr 12, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why in News? The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) celebrated the 3rd Janaushadhi Diwas (7th March 2021) to spread awareness about quality generic medicines, available at low prices.Theme of Janaushadhi Diwas was “Seva Bhi Rozgar bhi”. The Janaushadhi week was celebrated across the country from 1st-7th March 2021.As a part of celebrations, the Prime Minister inaugurated the 7,500th Janaushadh... Read More...

  Apr 12, 2021   Government Schemes

Q Why is it in News ?Recently, an international team of astronomers has discovered the most distant ‘Radio-Loud’ Quasar with the help of European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT).Q What is Quasar ?Quasars are very luminous objects in faraway galaxies that emit jets at radio frequencies.The word quasar is short for "quasi-stellar radio source".Most quasars are faint r... Read More...

  Apr 11, 2021   Science and Technology