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Q. Why is this in news?A.Recently, the Government of India told the Lok Sabha that nearly 1,200 paramilitary troopers died by suicide in last 10 years.Also, more Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel died by suicide in the Covid-19 pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.Domestic problems, illness and financial problems are some of the contributory factors among others behind the incidents of suicide.Q. What is Central Armed Police Forces?A. The Ministry of Home Affairs maintains seven CAPFs:The Ce... Read More...

  Nov 11, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A.  The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) flagship State of World Population Report 2022 titled “Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of uTnintended pregnancy” was launched.Q. What are the key Findings of the Report?A.  Rising Unintended Pregnancies:Between 2015 and 2019, there were roughly 121 million unintended pregnancies globally each year.Lack of Safe, Modern Methods of Contraception: Read More...

  Nov 10, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Minister of Railways has launched Indian Railway Innovation Policy- “StartUps for Railways”.Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Policy?A.About:Grant up to Rs. 1.5 Crore to innovators on equal sharing basis with provision of milestone-wise payment.The complete process from floating of problem statement to development of prototype is online with defined time line to make it transparent and objective.Trials of prototypes will be done in Railways.Enhanced... Read More...

  Nov 10, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Centre pointed out that India is already importing and consuming oil derived from Genetically Modified (GM) crops in a plea challenging the clearance for environmental release of GM mustard.Also, around 9.5 million tonnes (mt) of GM cotton seed is produced annually and 1.2 mt of GM cotton oil is consumed by human beings, and about 6.5 mt of cotton seed is consumed as animal feed.Q. What is the State of Edible Oil Sector in India?A. Place in Cou... Read More...

  Nov 09, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the Report on Municipal Finances, compiling and analyzing budgetary data for 201 Municipal Corporations (MCs) across all States.The RBI Report explores ‘Alternative Sources of Financing for Municipal Corporations’ as its theme.Q. What is a Municipal Corporation?A. About:In India, the Municipal Corporation is the urban local government&n... Read More...

  Nov 09, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. During the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the UAE and Indonesia announced the "Mangrove Alliance for Climate."Q. What is the Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC)?A. It includes UAE, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Japan, and Spain.It seeks to educate and spread awareness worldwide on the role of mangroves in curbing global warming and its potential as a solution for climate change.However, the intergover... Read More...

  Nov 08, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Union Minister addressed the Indian Tea Association’s (ITA’s) International Small Tea Grower's Convention.Founded in 1881, the ITA is the premier and the oldest organization of tea producers in India. It has played a multi-dimensional role towards formulating policies and initiating action towards the development and growth of the industry.Q. What is the State of Indian Tea Industry?A. Production:India is the second-largest producer... Read More...

  Nov 08, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A.The Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir has organised a saffron festival in the Karewa of Pampore.Q. What is Saffron?A. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the “saffron crocus”.The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected and dried for use mainly as a seasoning and colouring agent in food.Q. What is Kashmir Saffron?A. It is cultivated and harvested in the Karewa (highlands) in some regions of Kashmir, including Pulwa... Read More...

  Nov 07, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A.While inaugurating north India’s first hyperscale data centre ‘Yotta D1’, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh explained that the state achieved the target of installing 250 MW of storage capacity with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore within a year of launching its data centre policy.Q. What is Yotta D1?A. About:Yotta D1, built at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore, is the country’s biggest and UP’s first data centre.It is spread over an ar... Read More...

  Nov 07, 2022   Current Affairs

 Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the railway ministry is planning to bid out 16 stations under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. These railway stations will be upgraded to ensure improved basic facilities and accessibility for passengers.This is in addition to the 1253 railway stations that have been identified for development under the Adarsh Station Scheme.Q. What is Public Private Partnership Model?A. About:It is an arrangement betwe... Read More...

  Nov 06, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Union Cabinet approved a new Scheme, Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE).PM-DevINE was announced in the Union Budget 2022-23 to address development gaps in the North Eastern Region (NER).Q. What is PM-DevINE Scheme?A. About:It is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% Central funding.The new scheme, to be implemented during the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Comm... Read More...

  Nov 06, 2022   Current Affairs

Main Examination PatternInstructionsAnswer all TEN of the following questions. Test duration is 90 Minutes.Answers to questions no. 1 to 5 should be in 150 words (10 Marks), whereas answers to Questions No. 6 to 10 should be in 250 Words (15 Marks).Q1. The resistance to the colonial rule in India was as old as the rule itself. Comment. Q2.  Mahatma Gandhi was born in India but was made in South Africa. Elaborate. Q3. To what extent did the ac... Read More...

  Nov 22, 2022   History

InstructionsAnswer all TEN of the following questions. Test duration is 90 Minutes.Answers to questions no. 1 to 5 should be in 150 words (10 Marks), whereas answers to Questions No. 6 to 10 should be in 250 Words (15 Marks).Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line. Q1. Recognising unpaid work of women is a necessary but challenging task. Discuss. Q2. Given the deeply g... Read More...

  Nov 14, 2022   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news?A. Emphasising sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth while preserving the ecosystem's health, the Defence Minister of India during the 18th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) in New Delhi said India stands for open and rule-based maritime borders in Indo-Pacific.Q. What is Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM)?A. It is an apex level forum facilitating the congregation of all the major Coast Guard Agencies of the Asian region, it was established in 2004.It is a  Read More...

  Nov 05, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, Government of India has announced a month-long programme named the ‘Kashi-Tamil Sangamam’ “to strengthen” and “rekindle” the cultural and civilisational bond between Tamil Nadu and Varanasi.This programme would be a part of the Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat initiative.Q. What is Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat?A. Launched: It was launched in 2015 to promote engagement amongst the people of different States/UTs so as to enhance mutual und... Read More...

  Nov 05, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Supreme Court has sought the government's position on petitions challenging the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order of 1950, which allows only members of Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist religions to be recognised as SCs.Q. What is the Petition about?A. The petitions arguing for inclusion Dalit Christians and Muslims have cited several independent Commission reports that have documented the existence of caste and caste inequalities among Indian Christians and Indi... Read More...

  Nov 04, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Carolyn R Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K Barry Sharpless have been awarded the Nobel Prize 2022 in Chemistry “for the development of Click Chemistry and Bioorthogonal Chemistry”.Sharpless (won second time) came up with the term ‘click chemistry’ and worked extensively on it.Meldal, independently of Sharpless, came up with a special chemical structure called ‘triazole’ which has many significant applications.Bertozzi Read More...

  Nov 04, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland for another six months.Q. What are the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA)?A. Background:A reincarnation of the British-era legislation that was enacted to quell the protests during the Quit India movement, the AFSPA was issued by way of four ordinances in 1947.The ordinances were replaced by an Act in 1948 Read More...

  Nov 02, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, UNESCO released a list of 50 exclusive and iconic heritage textile crafts of the country.One of the major challenges to the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Asia is lack of proper inventory and documentation.Q. What are Some of the Important Textiles Crafts Listed?A. Toda embroidery and Sungudi from Tamil NaduHimroo weaves from HyderabadBandha tie and dye weaving from Sambalpur in OdishaKunbi weaves from ... Read More...

  Nov 02, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The government plans to start a GPS-based toll system in place of FASTag to ensure seamless payment and vehicle movement on national highways.The move would end the role of toll plazas across the country.Q. How will a GPS-based tolling system work?A. Vehicles will be fitted with an electronic device that can track their movement.Highways will be geo-fenced, creating virtual boundaries. The system will use GPS or radio frequency identification technologies.The software will recognize when a mobile device enters or leaves a p... Read More...

  Nov 01, 2022   Current Affairs