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Q What is the context  ?A Recently, the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine announced that it had successfully transplanted a genetically-modified pig heart into a patient with severe ailments.Q What is Xenotransplantation?A Xenotransplantation, or transplanting organs across different species, was first tried in humans in the 1980s.The experiment was abandoned after the famous case of the American Baby Fae who was born with a congenital heart defect and received a baboon heart in 1984.However, pig heart valves have been used for replacing damaged valves in h... Read More...

  Feb 21, 2022   Science and Technology

Today's Current Affairs Question:Differentiate between negative and positive liberty with Indian examples. What role does State have in this matter? Read More...

  Feb 19, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ? A India’s trade with China in 2021 crossed $125 billion, with imports from China nearing a record $100 billion, underlining continued demand for a range of Chinese goods, particularly machinery. Q What are the highlights of the bilateral trade ? A  Bilateral trade reached $125.6 billion in 2021, with India’s imports from China accounting for $97.5 billion. Trade fell from $92.8 billion in 2019 to $87.6 billion in 2020 on account of the pandemic. Trade has boomed in 2021 thanks to a recovery in demand as well as ris... Read More...

  Feb 20, 2022   International Relations

Q What is the context  ? A A distant undersea volcano has erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga sending large tsunami waves reaching the shore. Q What are some details about Hunga Volcano ? A  The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano has erupted regularly over the past few decades. It consists of two small uninhabited islands, Hunga-Ha’apai and Hunga-Tonga, poking about 100m above sea level 65km north of Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa. But hiding below the waves is a massive volcano, around 1800m high... Read More...

  Feb 20, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A NEAT, first-of-its-kind government scheme, set in motion over two years ago, has finally taken shape, bringing courses offered by a group of edtech platforms within the reach of college and university students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.Q What is NEAT Scheme ?A The National Education Alliance for Technology (NEAT) is implemented by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).It aims to act as a bridge between edtech companies, academic institutions and students.The initiative was taken after a Ministry of Educat... Read More...

  Feb 19, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ? A The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2021. Q What is India State of Forest Report ? A  ISFR is an assessment of India’s forest and tree cover, published every two years by the Forest Survey of India under the MoEFCC. The first survey was published in 1987, and ISFR 2021 is the 17th. It compiles data com... Read More...

  Feb 19, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Today's Current Affairs Question:What is the significance of India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) free trade agreement? Read More...

  Feb 18, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked for views on band plan, block size, and conditions for auction of spectrum in 5G bands, which includes Millimetre (mm) Wave band of 24.25-28.5 GHz.Q What is 5G technology?A 5G or fifth generation is the latest upgrade in the long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks.It’s a unified platform that is much more capable than previous mobile services with more capacity, lower latency, faster data delivery rate and better utilisation of spectrum.Q What are various bands... Read More...

  Feb 18, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A The Delhi High Court has told the Centre that it will continue hearing the petitions challenging the legal exception to marital rape and not wait for the government’s ongoing process of initiating reform in the criminal laws.Q What is Marital Rape?A Marital rape is the act of sexual intercourse with one’s spouse without her consent.It is no different manifestation of domestic violence and sexual abuse.It is often a chronic form of violence for the victim which takes place within abusive relations.Status in India... Read More...

  Feb 18, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A The ‘Mekedatu march’ has been launched for the implementation of a project to build a reservoir on the Cauvery at Mekedatu near the Tamil Nadu border.Q What is the Mekedatu Project?A Mekedatu, meaning goat’s leap, is a deep gorge situated at the confluence of the rivers Cauvery and Arkavathi, about 100 km from Bengaluru, at the Kanakapura taluk in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district.In 2013, then Karnataka announced the construction of a multi-purpose balancing reservoir project.The project aimed to alleviate the drinking water problems of ... Read More...

  Feb 17, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A There has been debate on the issue of MSP with some arguing against it while some favouring it.Q What are  issues with MSP ?A The broad strands of argument against MSP are:MSP hinders the price discovery: Providing MSP does not allow the market to discover the prices; if market cleared prices are less than MSP, then the only buyer would be the government; this would render the government bankrupt.FPO as a mechanism to deal with markets: If markets have any distortions, the way to negotiat... Read More...

  Feb 17, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A Bitcoin prices are rising these days and so will be its mining. As cryptocurrency will become mainstream, its carbon footprint cannot be ignored.Q What are Cryptocurrencies?A The 2019 Cryptocurrency Bill defined cryptocurrency as any information, code, number or token, generated through cryptographic means or otherwise, which has a digital representation of value and has utility in business activity, or acts as a store of value or a unit of account. According to professionals a system must need these six points to be called a cryptocurrency system:The system does not... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A The Supreme Court has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the police to respond to petitions that people accused of delivering hate speeches at a religious conference in Haridwar have not been arrested yet.Q What is ‘Hate Speech’?A There is no specific legal definition of ‘hate speech’.The Law Commission of India, in its 267th Report, says: “Hate speech generally is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief and the like … Read More...

  Feb 16, 2022   Polity

Today's Current Affairs Question:Assuming that All-India Environment Service is necessary, answer how the Constitution provides for its creation. Read More...

  Feb 17, 2022   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:What is the macroeconomic significance of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) disinvestment? Read More...

  Feb 16, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The Joint Committee report on the Bill has failed to provide robust draft legislation ensuring the privacy of citizens.Q What is the background of the Personal Data Protection Bill ?AThe Puttaswamy judgment held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right.The Puttaswamy judgment and the Justice B.N. Srikrishna committee report led to the Personal Data Protection Bill of 2019.The Joint Committee report on the Bill has failed to provide a robust draft legislation ensuring t... Read More...

  Feb 15, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A China’s status as a ‘developing country’ at the World Trade Organization (WTO) has become a contentious issue with a number of countries raising concerns. Q What are conditions for Defining a country’s ‘Development’ ?AThere are no WTO definitions of “developed” or “developing” countries.Developing countries in the WTO are designated on the basis of self-selection although this is not necessarily automatically accepted in all WTO bodies.The WTO however recognizes as least-developed countries (LDC... Read More...

  Feb 15, 2022   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:The pandemic has brought to the fore the fragility of the global supply chain of semi­ conductor manufacturing. Elaborate with India’s response. Read More...

  Feb 14, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A Red Sanders (Red Sandalwood) has fallen back into the ‘endangered’ category in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.A recently released and trending Telugu movie plot provides a fictional account of red sandal smuggling.Q What is About Red Sanders ?AThe species, Pterocarpus santalinus, is an Indian endemic tree species, with a restricted geographical range in the Eastern Ghats.It is endemic to a distinct tract of forests in Andhra Pradesh.It is mainly found in Chittoor, Kadapa, Nandhyal, Nello... Read More...

  Feb 14, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q What is the context  ?A Taking cognizance of multiple complaints that photographs of women had been posted on a mobile app for fake auctions, the police in Delhi and Mumbai have registered cases.Q What is the controversy?AHundreds of women in India including journalists, social workers, and other prominent personalities found their images and derogatory content about them on a new app.The app was created on hosting platform Github, offered an online “auction” of women (esp from a particular community).This controversy is part of the routine harassment women faced ... Read More...

  Feb 14, 2022   Indian Society & Social Justice