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Q. What is the news? With the beginning of the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration in 2021, an even wider scale of discussions of Nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate change adaptation strategy at COP26 is envisaged.Q. What are Nature-Based Solutions?Nature-based solutions (NBS) refer to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling socio-environmental challenges.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines NbS as actions to protec... Read More...

  Mar 18, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Recently India’s auction of telecommunications spectrum concluded , with the government generating a revenue of ₹77,815 crore from the exercise. On offer was over 2,308 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum valued for the auction by the government at ₹3.92 lakh crore, and bids were successfully received for 37% or 855.6 MHz. The auction lasted less than two days.Q. How has the industry been since the last auction?A lot has changed in the industry since 2016, when the previous auction took place. The part... Read More...

  Mar 18, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? GAIL (India) Ltd has put West Bengal on the gas map of India after it completed laying a Rs 2,433-crore pipeline that will bring to the state cooking fuel that is cheaper than LPG and CNG that costs less than petrol and diesel, and fuel to produce urea for all its requirement.The 348-kilometer pipeline from Dobhi in Bihar to Durgapur in West Bengal is part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project.Q. What are the objectives of the project?  Read More...

  Mar 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? Recently, CSIR Floriculture Mission has been approved for implementation in 21 States and Union Territories of India.Q. What is this mission?Floriculture is a branch of horticulture that deals with the cultivation, processing and marketing of ornamental plant vis-à-vis landscaping of small or large areas, and maintenance of gardens so that the surroundings may appear aesthetically pleasant. Read More...

  Mar 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), under Commerce Ministry, has initiated a probe to review the need for continuing imposition of anti-dumping duty on certain types of steel products imported from China following complaints from domestic industry.Q. What’s the issue?Few companies have filed an application before the DGTR for a sunset review of anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of seamless ... Read More...

  Mar 16, 2021   Economy

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  Mar 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare inaugurated the second edition of Global Bio-India-2021Q. What is this?Mega international congregation of Biotechnology. India was ranked 48th in the Global Innovation Index Report 2020.According to the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Report 2020, ... Read More...

  Mar 15, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Recently the state government of Haryana has notified a new law that requires 75% of private-sector jobs in the state, up to a specified salary slab, reserved for a local candidate.Haryana’s move has renewed the debate on whether the government force should private companies to adopt its reservation policy in jobs. While constitutional guarantees for reservation have been limited to public employment, attempts to extend it to private sector are not new either.Q. What is Haryana Quota Rule?&nbs... Read More...

  Mar 15, 2021   Polity

Q. What is the news?The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on March 1 announced this year’s summer season onset officially over India. The Met department released the ‘Seasonal Outlook for temperatures for March to May 2021’. The season ahead is expected to be warmer than usual over most regions of India except some southern states.Q. What does the summer season 2021 forecast suggest?Most meteorological sub-divisions and regions along the North, Northwest and Northeast India, in addition to a few are... Read More...

  Mar 14, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Recently , Maharashtra Power Minister announced that a State Cyber Cell probe had found 14 Trojan horses in the servers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company. These malwares had the potential to disrupt power distribution in the State. The announcement came in the wake of a report from Recorded Future, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, stating that a group linked to the Chinese government, which it called ‘Red Echo’, had targeted 10 vital nodes in India’s power distribution system and two seaports. Q. How di... Read More...

  Mar 14, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q. What is the news?Around 500 farmers across villages in Doda district in Jammu had their incomes quadrupled after shifting from maize to lavender cultivation which is being called purple revolution. It was possible due to initiatives taken under Aroma Mission.Q. What is Purple Revolution (Under Aroma Mission)?About:First-time farmers were given free lavender saplings and those... Read More...

  Mar 13, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the News?Recently, the government has notified Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.These new rules broadly deal with social media and over-the-top (OTT) platforms.These rules have been framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.These IL rules would have a ... Read More...

  Mar 13, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.Q. What are the focus area?To further the port-led development along the 7,516-km long coastline.India will invest USD 82 billion in port projects by 2035 (under Sagarmala Programme), raise the share of clean renewable energy sources in the maritime sector,  Read More...

  Mar 12, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Bharat Biotech has reported around 81% interim efficacy for Covaxin, its vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection, in large-scale human clinical trials.Q. What does the ‘efficacy’ of a vaccine mean?Efficacy is a measure of how much the shot protects people against a virus or bacteria, compared with the situation in which they were not vaccinated. Efficacy looks at the ability of the vaccine to protect the inoculated population using vari... Read More...

  Mar 12, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?Recently the Freedom in the World 2021 report was released which has downgraded India’s status from ‘Free’ to ‘Partly Free’.Pointing to a decline in global democracy over the last 15 years, the report said that nearly 75% of the world’s population lived in a country that faced deterioration over the last year.The most free countries in the world, with a score of 100, are Finland,... Read More...

  Mar 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?The Simlipal forest reserve area frequently witnesses forest fires during dry weather conditions. A fire which started in the biosphere reserve area in February and has been raging for nearly a week , was finally brought under control.Q. What is the Simlipal Biosphere reserve?Similipal, which derives its name from ‘Simul’ (silk cotton) tree, is a national park and a tiger reserve situated in the northern part of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. Similipal and the adjoining areas, comprising 5,569 s... Read More...

  Mar 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?World Health Organization (WHO) in a new report said that One in every four individuals, or around 2.5 billion people, across the world will experience mild-to-profound hearing loss by 2050. It is estimated that at least 700 million people will suffer from disabling hearing loss and require ear and hearing care, WHO said.Q. What is the limit of disabling hearing loss as per WHO?WHO defines disabling hearing loss as greater than 40 decibels (dB) los... Read More...

  Mar 10, 2021   Miscellaneous

Q. What is the news?Recently we have seen Indian stock markets tumbling as the most influential development, especially for the Indian stock markets, was the sharp spike in the yields that one earns from United States government bonds.Q. What is the issue?Across the world, governments sell bonds to raise money to meet their expenditure. These bonds have a selling price and a fixed coupon rate (or the absolute amount of money that you will earn). So if a 10-year government bond (call... Read More...

  Mar 10, 2021   International Relations

 Q. Why is this in news? Recently, the Central Government opposed same-sex marriage in Delhi High Court stating that a marriage in India can be recognised only if it is between a “biological man” and a “biological woman” capable of producing children.Q. What is the background for it?Petitions, seeking recognition of same sex marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), 1955 and the&nbs... Read More...

  Mar 09, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. What is the news?A. The Union Government has informed that the ‘E-Daakhil’ portal for consumer grievance redressal is now operational in 15 states and Union Territories (UTs).Q. What is E-Daakhil? The Consumer Protection Act, 2019, which came into force on July 20, 2020, has a provision for e-filing of consumer complaints in the consumer commissions and online payment of the fees for filing a complaint.A web application for e-filing of consumer complaints... Read More...

  Mar 09, 2021   Miscellaneous