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Q. Why is this in news?A. The 193 member states of the United Nations have thus far failed to agree on a peacekeeping budget for the year beginning July 1, which could lead to “a freeze on all missions” should a deal not soon materialize.The roadblock stems from China and African countries making multiple last-minute requests.Q. What’s the issue?A. The budget for the UN’s global peacekeeping operations — about 20 missions worldwide, with nearly 100,000 Blue Helmets mobilized — amounts to about $6.5 billion and covers a... Read More...

  Aug 02, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) has made the discovery of gravitational waves from a pair of neutron star-black hole (NS-BH) mergers.The reverberations from these two objects were picked up using a global network of gravitational wave detectors, the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built.Until now, the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration (LVC) was only able to observe collisions between pairs of black holes or neutron stars. The NS-BH merger is a hybrid collision. Read More...

  Aug 02, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?A.The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for the Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary. It also approved the decision to support the Gram Nyayalayas by proving recurring and non-recurring grants for a period of 5 years with a total outlay of Rs 50 crores.Q. What are the details of the Scheme?A. A Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary has been in operation since 1993-94.Adequacy of judicial infrastructure is critical for the reduction ... Read More...

  Aug 01, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The government has decided to continue the National Ayush Mission (NAM) as a centrally sponsored scheme till 2026.The project will have a total cost of Rs. 4,603 crore, of which the Centre will bear Rs 3,000 crore share, and the states will cover the rest.Recently, new portals on the Ayush sector were also launched.Q. What is the meaning of 'Ayush'?A. Traditional & Non-Conventional Systems of Health Care and Healing Which Include Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturo... Read More...

  Aug 01, 2021   Government Schemes

Today's Current Affairs Question:India and US  have renewed Triangular Cooperation Agreement for global development. Comment Read More...

  Jul 31, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's International Relations Question: Which European country has emerged as India's leading strategic partner in Indo-Pacific. Discuss the reasons. Read More...

  Jul 31, 2021   International Relations

Today's History Question:Discuss the relative importance of native and foreign sources in the construction of the history of Mauryas. Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   History

Today's International Relations Question:Explain the maritime security aspects that are driving India-Africa strategic engagement. Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   International Relations

Today's History Question:Explain how the Buddhist art and architectural  forms reflect Buddhist philosophy. Read More...

  Jul 29, 2021   History

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are cloudbursts? Is their frequency increasing? Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's History Question:Explain how the Buddhist art and architectural  forms reflect Buddhist  philosophy. Read More...

  Jul 28, 2021   History

Today's Current Affairs Question:Comment on how New Education Policy (NEP) can transform higher education in India. Read More...

  Jul 29, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's International Relations Question:Do you agree with the statement that strategic convergence has been main driver of India-US relations despite areas of strategic divergence? Read More...

  Jul 29, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?A. With the re-emergence of the Wuhan lab-leak origin theory, questions are also being raised on what gain-of-function research is, and whether the benefits of conducting such research outweigh the risks of pathogens escaping from labs.Q. What is gain-of-function research?A.In virology, gain-of-function research involves deliberately altering an organism in the lab, altering a gene, or introducing a mutation in a pathogen to study its transmissibility, virulence and immunogenicity.It is believed that this allows researchers to study potential therapies, va... Read More...

  Jul 31, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why  is this in news?A. Recently, an Indian named Ganesan Sandhirakasan has won the top prize in a government-initiated competition for migrant workers in Singapore for his performance of Silambam.Q. What is Silambam?A. Silambam is an ancient weapon-based martial art that emerged in Tamilakam, which is now Tamil Nadu region of India. It is one of the oldest martial arts in the world.The term Silambam contains a meaning which itself reveals abo... Read More...

  Jul 31, 2021   Art & Culture

Q. Why is this in news?A. China’s crackdown against cryptocurrencies, which are those that aren’t sanctioned by a centralized authority and are secured by cryptography, is said to have a lot to do with the crashing of the value of cryptocurrencies.Background : The price of the world’s most prominent cryptocurrency Bitcoin has more than halved in the last two months after hitting a peak in mid-April.The second-most valuable cryptocurrency, Ether, has seen a similar fall from its peak last month.Q. What is Cryptocurrency?A. Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. A Rubber Board research farm on the outskirts of Guwahati now sports the world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber plant tailored for the climatic conditions in the Northeast.Q. What is GM rubber?A. The GM rubber has additional copies of the gene MnSOD, or manganese-containing superoxide dismutase, inserted in the plant.The plant was developed at the Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII).It is expected to tide over the severe cold conditions during winter — a major factor affecting the growth of young rubber plants in the... Read More...

  Jul 30, 2021   Current Affairs

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  Jul 29, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is this news?A. India has joining the OECD-G20 framework for a global minimum tax. Q. What is this tax deal?A.The proposed solution consists of two components:Pillar One is about the reallocation of an additional share of profit to the market jurisdictions andPillar Two consists of minimum tax and subject to tax rulesSome significant issues including share of profit allocation and scope of subject to tax rules, remain open and need to be addressed.Further, the technical details of the proposal will be worked... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2021   Economy

Today's International Relations Question:India is a natural partner of G-7 countries to take on global challenges. Comment. Read More...

  Jul 28, 2021   International Relations