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Q What is the context  ?A The death of civilians in Nagaland in a security operation has revived the debate about Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).Q What are some key details about AFSPA ?A The AFSPA, 1958 came into force in the context of insurgency in the North-eastern States decades ago.It provides “special power” to the Armed Forces applies to the Army, the Air Force and the Central Paramilitary forces etc.It has been long contested debate whether the “special powers” granted under AFSPA gives total immunity to the armed forces for any action t... Read More...

  Jan 13, 2022   Security and Disaster Management

Q Why is it in News ?A Chaperones are a functionally related group of proteins assisting protein folding in the cell under physiological and stress conditions.Q What are Chaperones?A DNA is a linear chain of nucleotides, portions of which are faithfully transcribed into linear messenger RNA.The message in this RNA is translated into strings of amino acids – proteins.Proteins need to take a precise three-dimensional shape to become functional entities.This protein folding does not happen all by itself, at least most of the time.A special bunch of p... Read More...

  Jan 12, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A The PM has addressed depositors during a programme titled ‘Depositors First: Guaranteed Time-bound Deposit Insurance Payment up to ₹5 Lakh’.Q What is Deposit Insurance Programme ?A The bank savings are insured under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) Act providing full coverage to around 98 per cent of bank accounts.Earlier, account holders had to wait for years till the liquidation or restructuring of a distressed lender to get their deposits that are insured against default.Last year, the government r... Read More...

  Jan 12, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A The Union Cabinet has approved a ₹76,000 crore scheme to boost semiconductor and display manufacturing in the country.Q What are some key details about the Program ? AThe scheme would provide financial support of up to 50% of the project cost for setting up semiconductor and display fabrication units.The scheme was aimed at making India a global hub of electronic system design and manufacturing, the statement noted.In addition, the Centre would work with the States to set up high-tech clusters with the necessary infrastructure such as land an... Read More...

  Jan 11, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A The UN General Assembly has conferred Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance (ISA).Q What is the significance of  ‘Observer’ Status ?A Observer status is a privilege granted by some organizations to non-members to give them the ability to participate in the organization’s activities.It is often granted by intergovernmental organizations (IGO) to non-member parties and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) that have an interest in the IGO’s activities.Observers generally have a limited ability to pa... Read More...

  Jan 11, 2022   Science and Technology

Today's Current Affairs Question:Explain the causes and geopolitics of the crisis in Kazakhstan. Read More...

  Jan 11, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The Chalcolithic cultures of Central India are adequately investigated and studied informed the Ministry of Culture in particular reference to the sites of Eran and Tewar.Q Which are the major sites in Central India ?A [1] Eran (Dist. Sagar, MP )Eran (ancient Airikina) is situated on the left bank of the Bina (ancient Venva) river and surrounded by it on three sides.The recent excavation has unearthed a variety of antiquities including a copper coin, an iron arrowhead, terracotta bead, stone beads along with copper coins, stone celt, beads of steatite and ja... Read More...

  Jan 10, 2022   Art & Culture

Q What is the context  ?A A ruling party MP from Ladakh has demanded that the region be included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to safeguard land, employment, and cultural identity of the local population.Q What is the Sixth Schedule?A The Sixth Schedule under Article 244 provides for the formation of autonomous administrative divisions — Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).ADCs have some legislative, judicial, and administrative autonomy within a state.The Sixth Schedule applies to the NE states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram (three Councils each), a... Read More...

  Jan 10, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A India is aiming to manufacture silicon semiconductor chips.Q What are India’s efforts to set up chip fabrication plant ?A India has intensified efforts to set up a semiconductor fabrication plant with the help of Taiwan, the market leader.For this the government is investing over $7.5 billion.The Tata Group is in talks with three States — Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Karnataka — to invest over $300 million to set up a semiconductor manufacturing facility.In 2014, NASSCOM wanted to promote ... Read More...

  Jan 09, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A Seen purely from a revenue point of view and as a fiscal policy tool, India’s GST is still on a rocky road.Q What is the background of GST ?A The GST was launched by India on the midnight of July 1, 2017.Benefits of GST: Hailed as a landmark reform in India’s tax history, it was expected to improve tax-GDP ratio, end tax cascading, enhance efficiency, competitiveness, growth, and ensure lower prices.Fiscal federalism: It was also projected as a watershed in India’s  Read More...

  Jan 09, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A India has voted against a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) linking climate to security.Q What are some details about United Nations Security Council ?A The UNSC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions.It is the only UN body with the authority... Read More...

  Jan 08, 2022   International Relations

Q What is the context  ?A The government has decided to introduce a bill that seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India.Q What is the background of the bill ?A In 2018, the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court set aside the RBI circular that prevented crypto exchanges from dealing with the formal financial system on grounds of proportionality.Purpose of the bill: The current bill now attempts to define the rules of the game so that the RBI, tax authorities, SEBI and other agencies have much better legal guidance&n... Read More...

  Jan 08, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A NASA has launched a new mission named Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer or IXPE.Q What are some details about IXPE ?A IXPE observatory is a joint effort of NASA and the Italian Space Agency.The mission will study “the most extreme and mysterious objects in the universe – supernova remnants, supermassive black holes, and dozens of other high-energy objects.”The mission’s primary length is two years and the observatory will be at 600 kilometers altitude, orbiting around Earth’s equator.IXPE is expected to study about 40 celest... Read More...

  Jan 07, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A India has co-chaired along with Canada the Global Methane Initiative leadership meet held virtually.Q What are details about Methane ?A Methane is a greenhouse gas, which is also a component of natural gas.There are various sources of methane including human and natural sources.The anthropogenic sources are responsible for 60 per cent of global methane emissions.It includes landfills, oil and natural gas systems, agricultural activities, coal mining, wastewater treatment, and certain industrial processes. Read More...

  Jan 07, 2022   Science and Technology

 Q Why is it in News ?A The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued directives to create a framework as well as gather more information about the potential effects of 5G on crucial aviation safety equipment.Q What is 5G technology?A 5G or fifth generation is the latest upgrade in the long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks.It mainly works in 3 bands, namely low, mid and high-frequency spectrum  all of which have their own uses as well as limitations.Q On which bands does this Technology works ? Read More...

  Jan 06, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A Zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) is back on top of the Government’s agricultural agenda, with PM set to highlight it at a national conclave.Q What is Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) ?A ZBNF is a set of farming methods, and also a grassroots peasant movement, which has spread to various states in India.Subhash Palekar perfected it during the 1990s at his farm in Amravati district in Maharashtra’s drought-prone Vidarbha region.According to the “zero budget” concept, farmers won’t ... Read More...

  Jan 06, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A Amid the demand for a guarantee of MSP, many commentators fail to understand the true spirit of the demand for a legal MSP.Q How demand for legal backing for MSP is misinterpreted?A Mandatory enforcement of price above MSP: The demand has been interpreted as a mandatory enforcement of trade in agricultural produce, including private trade to be necessarily at or above the MSP for that crop.Nationalisation of agricultural trade: Another interpretation is the nationalisation of agricultural trade&... Read More...

  Jan 05, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A The Union Cabinet has approved the funding and implementation of the Ken-Betwa river interlinking project at the 2020-21 price level.Q What are some details about Ken-Betwa Interlinking Project ?A The Ken-Betwa Link Project is the first project under the National Perspective Plan for the interlinking of rivers.Under this project, water from the Ken River will be transferred to the Betwa River. Both these rivers are tributaries of the river Yamuna.The project is being managed by India’s National Water Development Agency (NWDA), under t... Read More...

  Jan 05, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A Online grocer Grofers has rebranded itself “Blinkit”, in line with its new focus on “quick commerce”, which essentially involves delivering customer orders much faster than it does currently.Q What is Q-Commerce Model ?A Q-commerce (‘quick commerce’) – sometimes used interchangeably with ‘on-demand delivery’ and ‘e-grocery’ – is e-commerce in a new, faster form.It combines the merits of traditional e-commerce with innovations in last-mile delivery.The premise is largely the same, with speed of delivery being the main dif... Read More...

  Jan 04, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A India remains committed to promoting a free, open and rules-based order rooted in international law and undaunted by coercion, the Centre informed Parliament while reiterating support for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).Q What is the Background of UNCLOS ?A UNCLOS replaces the older ‘freedom of the seas’ concept, dating from the 17th century.According to this concept, national rights were limited to a specified belt of water extending from a nation’s coastlines, usually 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi). Read More...

  Jan 04, 2022   International Relations