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Q, Why is this in News?A. There has been a 69% decline in the wildlife populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish, across the globe in the last 50 years, according to the Living Planet Report 2022 by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).This report is released every two years.Q. What are the Key Findings of the Report?A. Region-wise Decline in Wildlife Populations:The highest decline in the wildlife p... Read More...

  Oct 12, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why in News?A. According to a report, the backlog of appeals or complaints under the Right to Information (RTI) Act is steadily increasing in Information Commissions every year.Q. What are the Findings of the Report?A. Pendency of Cases:At present, nearly 3.15 lakh complaints or appeals pending with 26 information commissions across India.The number of appeals and complaints pending in 2019 was 2,18,347 which increased to 3,14,323 in 2022.The highest number of pending cases were in Maharas... Read More...

  Oct 12, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, a new study was published titled Climate Risk Index for Marine Life, which captures the climate risk for nearly 25,000 marine species and their ecosystems.This new index lays the groundwork for supporting climate-smart approaches to managing and conserving marine life.Q. What are the Findings?A. Altering Marine Ecosystems:Warming oceans and climate extremes are driving species into deeper, more nor... Read More...

  Oct 11, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, in a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India allowed abortions up to 24 weeks for all women,including unmarried women.Q. Why is there a Debate over Abortion Rights and the Ethical Dilemma?A. Issues with Respect to Women’s Right:Woman’s Right over her Body:A woman's right over her body has been advocated as a premise for freedom.One cannot force a woman to bear a child in her womb and give birth to a child if she does not want to do s... Read More...

  Oct 11, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A .According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s recently released report titled “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Forestry Report”, integrating biodiversity into such 'production forests' is paramount.Mainstreaming Biodiversity is the process of embedding biodiversity considerations into policies, strategies, and practices of key public and private actors to promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.Q. What are the Threats to Mainstreaming Biodiversity?A. ... Read More...

  Oct 10, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. World Migratory Bird Day was recently celebrated on 08 October 2022.Q. What is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)?A. About: It is a bi-annual global campaign organised to raise awareness about migratory birds, the need for their conservation, and the importance of the preservation of their habitat.It is celebrated on the second Saturday in May and then in October. This year it was celebrated on 14 May and 8 October 2022.WMBD is organized by a collaborative partnership among&n... Read More...

  Oct 10, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Quality Council of India (QCI) has completed the 25 years of its existence.The QCI has also launched a campaign, ‘Gunvatta Se Atmanirbharta: India’s Quality Movement’ to celebrate India’s quality hubs, create awareness about India’s landmark achievements and inform people about initiatives to enhance the quality of life of all citizens.Q. What is the Quality Council of India (QCI)?A. History:Quality Council of India (QCI) was established as... Read More...

  Oct 09, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. A clean steel sector in Eastern India can become essential for the country's transition to ‘Green Steel’.To move towards ‘Green Steel’, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry launched Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project in Eastern India in 2019 to provide gas to all steel plants located in the area.Q. What is Green Steel?A. About:Green Steel is the manufacturing of steel without the use of fossil fuels.This c... Read More...

  Oct 09, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to a recent study, vultures mostly forage outside Protected Areas (PAs) and if threats such as poison-laced carcasses are removed from these places, the decline in vulture populations can be stemmed.Q. What are the Findings of the Report?A. About:Vultures avoided areas with high livestock density when feeding, which suggests that vultures did not use cattle as a main food source and avoided areas with high human habitation.The finding of the study regarding cattle not... Read More...

  Oct 08, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry has notified the credit guarantee scheme for start-ups.Q. What is the Credit Guarantee Scheme for Startups (CGSS)?A. The scheme has been approved for the purpose of providing credit guarantees to loans extended by Member Institutions (MIs) to finance eligible borrowers being startups.MIs include financial intermediaries (banks, financial institutions,  Read More...

  Oct 08, 2022  

Q. Why is this in News? A. Recently, the US imposed sanctions against a Mumbai based petrochemical company, Tibalaji Petrochem Pvt Ltd. as it was accused of selling Iranian petroleum products. It is the first Indian entity to face the US designation under unilateral sanctions passed in 2018-19,after the US walked out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Q. What was the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)? A.  The deal is also known ... Read More...

  Oct 07, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, India has emerged as the world’s largest producer and consumer of sugar and the world’s 2nd largest exporter, due to the record production of more than 5000 Lakh Metric Tons (LMT) of sugarcane.Q. What are the Reasons for Good Production of Sugar?A. Impressive Sugar Season (Sep-Oct): All records of sugarcane production, sugar production, sugar exports, cane procured, cane dues paid and ethanol production was made during the season.High exports: Read More...

  Oct 06, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. To establish uniform safety standards for electric vehicles (EVs), India will begin its first ever testing of EVs from April 1, 2023.This comes amid concerns over multiple instances of fires in electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers in recent months.Q. What are the Key Points about EV Testing?A. Current Scenario:As of now, there are no centralised testing facilities for EVs in India and manufacturers have their own benchmarks.... Read More...

  Oct 06, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s recently released report titled “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Forestry Report”, integrating biodiversity into such 'production forests' is paramount.Mainstreaming Biodiversity is the process of embedding biodiversity considerations into policies, strategies, and practices of key public and private actors to promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.Q. What are the Threats to Mainstreaming Biodiversity?A. ... Read More...

  Oct 05, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, North Korea flew 12 warplanes near its border with South Korea, prompting the latter to scramble 30 military aircraft in response.Tensions have risen sharply on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea’s recent barrage of missile tests prompted South Korea, the United States and Japan to conduct joint drills in response.Q. What is the Conflict in the Korean Peninsula?A. Origin:The root of the conflict lies in the Japanese occupation of Korea be... Read More...

  Oct 05, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, leaks were found in the pipelines comprising the Nord Stream pipelines (Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2) located near Denmark and Sweden.The leaks happened just before the ceremonial launch of the Baltic Pipe carrying gas from Norway to Poland, which is an effort by Poland to decrease its dependence on Russia for energy.Q. What are the Nord Stream Pipelines?A. Nord Stream consists of two pipelines, which have two lines eac... Read More...

  Oct 04, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Ministry of Finance released the monthly installment of revenue deficit grant of Rs.7,183 crore to 14 States.Q. What is the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit (PDRD)?A. About:The Centre provides the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit (PDRD) Grant to the States under Article 275 of the Indian Constitution.Article 275 provides for the payment of the sums as Parliament may by law provide as grants-in aid to the States in need of assistance.The grants are pai... Read More...

  Oct 03, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s forex reserves have fallen by USD 110 billion in the last 13 months.Q. What are Forex Reserves?A. About: Forex reserves are assets held on reserve by a central bank in foreign currencies, which can include bonds, treasury bills and other government securities.Most foreign exchange reserves are held in US dollars.Components:Foreign Currency AssetsGo... Read More...

  Oct 03, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News? A. Recently, the Ministry of Education informed Lok Sabha that, during 2021-22, more than 3 Lakh women were trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme.   Q. What is PMKVY? A.  Background: Skill India Mission was launched by the government in 2015 under which the flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is run. It aims to train over 40 crore people in India in different skills by 2022. ... Read More...

  Oct 02, 2022   General Category

Q. Why is this in News? A. Recently, Microsoft has partnered with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), and Capacity Building Commission (CBC) to empower India’s civil servants with future-ready skills. The partnership under the project ‘Capacity Building by MSDE in Microsoft Digital Productivity Skills’aims to enhance the functional computer literacy of nearly 2.5 million civil servants of Government of India (GoI). This project is in line with the Mission Karmayogi.   Q. What is Digital Li... Read More...

  Oct 02, 2022   General Category