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For TRPs it does not matter what the entire country is watching, but essentially what the 45,000 odd households, that are supposed to represent the TV viewership of the country, have watched.Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that police are looking into a scam about manipulation of TRPs (Television Rating Points) by rigging the devices used by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India, which has the mandate to measure television audience in India.What is TRP?In simple term... Read More...

  Oct 20, 2020   Science and Technology

GS II Q1. Winds of Normalization in West Asia will bring a New Middle East in existence, which would not only lead to integration, trade and connectivity in the region but also have peace-dividends for India and the globe. Discuss. GS II Q2. COVID-19 has exposed the insecure and exploitative nature of domestic wo... Read More...

  Oct 18, 2020   General Category

GS II Q1. Though the United Nations Human Rights Council is a big improvement over the erstwhile UN Commission on Human Rights, it still faces credibility issues and challenges. Explain. GS2/GS3 Q2. “Nutrition Deficiency poses the greatest challenge to the demographic dividend of India”. Elaborate upon this in the light of the recent Global Hunger Index report? GS3 Q3. Read More...

  Oct 18, 2020   General Category

Q. Why is this in news? Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna share Prize for the chemistry of CRISPR, which allows scientists to ‘cut-paste’ inside a genetic sequence. This has a variety of potential uses, but also raises ethical concerns.Its simplicity has often been compared to the ‘Cut-Copy-Paste’ mechanism in any word processor (or probably, the equally common ‘Find-Replace’ mechanism), while its uses can potentially transform human beings, and all other life forms. It can potentially eliminate genetic, and other, diseases, multiply agricultural... Read More...

  Oct 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ? While the World Health Organization (WHO) cautions that there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the coronavirus, the jury is still out on the precise impact of temperature on the coronavirus.Experts agree, in fact, that most of the evidence for seasonal viruses indicate they are more active during the cooler months of the year. For instance, in many parts of the world, there is a winter seasonality for influenza, and in India and regions of similar climate, there is a monsoon peak and a smaller winter peak. Experts, h... Read More...

  Oct 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ? “Only 6% of Indian farmers benefit from minimum support prices (MSP)”. So widely-quoted is this figure — especially in the context of the recently-passed Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act — that it has become a factoid or even truism.Q. What is the source of this claim and what is that isn’t counted? The apparent source of the 6% figure is the Shanta Kumar-headed High Level Committee on Restructuring of Food Corporation of India... Read More...

  Oct 16, 2020   Economy

Q. What is the news?India’s involvement in the Quad — the forum that also involves the US, Japan and Australia — has been criticised as a deviation from New Delhi’s traditional policy of non-alignment. Over the years, India has experimented with alliances of different kinds – during World War I, some nationalists aligned with imperial Germany to set up the first Indian government-in-exile in Kabul; during World War II, Subhas Chandra Bose joined forces with imperial Japan to set up a provisional government in Port Blair;... Read More...

  Oct 16, 2020   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?India successfully conducted the flight test of a Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).Q. What is SMART system?Torpedoes, self-propelled weapons that travel underwater to hit a target, are limited by their range. In the mid-2010s, DRDO undertook a project to build capacity to launch torpedoes assisted by missiles; Monday’s was the first known flight test of the system. Read More...

  Oct 15, 2020   Science and Technology

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award one half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics to Roger Penrose and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for furthering the understanding of black holes, the most “enigmatic” objects in the universe.A day before three biologists shared the Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of the vaccine for the hepatitis C virus.Q. What are black holes?A black hole is formed when stars collapse and can be defined as a space in the universe with an escape v... Read More...

  Oct 15, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. According to a new study, the fire regimes in the Arctic are changing rapidly, with ‘zombie fires’ becoming more frequent in addition to fires occurring in the once-frozen tundra.Q. What is Zombie Fire?It is a fire from a previous growing season that can smoulder under the ground which is made up of carbon-rich peat. When the weather warms, the fire can reignite. These are also known as holdover fires. Read More...

  Oct 14, 2020   Current Affairs

If Trump does end up withdrawing from the race, his running mate, current Vice President Mike Pence, seems to be the most likely replacement.SINCE US President Donald Trump announced that he and Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19, it has led to uncertainty about how the presidential election of November 3 will now play out.So, what happens if the illness forces Trump out of the race?No rules about a presidential candidate’s replacement are mentioned in the US Constitution. This is decided by the candidat... Read More...

  Oct 14, 2020   Current Affairs

Que. Do you think the recently passed three laws for agricultural reforms are related? Substantiate your view. Read More...

  Oct 14, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why in news ?The UP government wants to carry out sweeping tests on ‘all people on the accused and victim side’, as well as ‘police officers involved in the (Hathras) case and other persons related to the case’.A spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh government said on Friday (October 2) that polygraph and narcoanalysis tests would be conducted as part of the investigation into the alleged gangrape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman by four men of the Thakur caste in Hathras last month.The spo... Read More...

  Oct 13, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?A successful trial of the nuclear capable Shaurya missile was conducted by India.Shaurya is a land-based parallel of the submarine launched K-15 missile. These ballistic weapons belong to the K missile family — codenamed after late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam — which are launched from Arihant class of nuclear submarines.Q. What are these K Family of missiles?The K family of missiles are primarily Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs), wh... Read More...

  Oct 13, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news? Last week, China made an unexpected announcement that ensured that there was no lack of climate change excitement this season. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping made two promises that came as a welcome surprise to climate change watchers.Q. What has China announced?First, Xi Jinping has said, China would become carbon net-zero by the year 2060. Net-zero is a state in which a country’s emissions are compensated by absorptions and removal of greenho... Read More...

  Oct 12, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news ?The Defence Ministry came up with its latest Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP 2020)  which comes into effect from, October 1. Changing a 15-year old policy, the government has decided to remove the clause for offsets if the equipment is being bought either through deals or agreements between two countries, or through an ab initio single-vendor deal.Q. What are defence offsets? Read More...

  Oct 12, 2020   Security and Disaster Management

Que. What are the main features of cultural diplomacy of India. What is the aim of it? Read More...

  Oct 10, 2020   Current Affairs

Why is this in news?A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge has found that the ventilation systems used in modern office spaces, designed to keep conditions uniform in all parts of the room, disperse airborne contaminants evenly throughout the space. Their findings were published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.Why are researchers interested in studying the role of airflow in the spread of COVID-19?Researchers are studying the role... Read More...

  Oct 10, 2020   Science and Technology

What is CBD oil?CBD oil is an extract from the cannabis plant. The two main active substances in it are cannabidiol or CBD and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The high that is caused by the consumption of cannabis is due to THC. CBD, however, does not cause a “high” or any form of intoxication. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.What are the effects of Cannabidiol?Cannabidiol has effects on the brain, preventin... Read More...

  Oct 10, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news ?India’s first Pan India time use survey was released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Q. What are time use surveys?A time use survey measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socialising. The primary objective of a time use survey (TUS) is to measure participation of men and women in paid and unpaid activities.TUS is an important source of infor... Read More...

  Oct 09, 2020   Current Affairs