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Q What is the context  ?A Twelve Opposition members of the Rajya Sabha were suspended for the entire winter session for unprecedented acts of misconduct, unruly and violent behaviour and intentional attacks on security personnel.Q What is decorum of the Parliament ?A Freedom of speech is one of the most important privileges enjoyed by Members of Parliament.This freedom is circumscribed, however, by the necessity of maintaining order and decorum when debate is taking place.Thus discipline, decorum and dignity of Parliament are of paramount importance for the effi... Read More...

  Dec 19, 2021   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A As Iran has refused to hold direct talks with the U.S., European officials will shuttle between the Iranian and American delegations, exchanging talking points and seeking common ground over the nuclear deal.After a gap of five months, Iran, Russia, China and the European countries resumed negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).The 2015 JCPOA agreement sought to cut Iran off a possible path to a nuclear bomb in return for lifting of economic sanctions.Q What is Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)? Read More...

  Dec 18, 2021   International Relations

Q What is the context  ?A Australian PM Scott Morrison has introduced a contentious piece of anti-discrimination legislation called the “Religious Discrimination Bill” in their parliament.Q What is the Bill about?A The bill aims to eliminate discrimination on the ground of religious beliefs or activities.It will ensure Australians are protected from discrimination on the basis of religious belief or activity.The timing of the introduction of this bill, ahead of the federal elections is being seen as an attempt by the Morrison government to target religious vote... Read More...

  Dec 18, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:India is looking to secure a string of bilateral free trade trade pacts of late. Why? Read More...

  Dec 17, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A A new lineage of SARS-CoV-2 has been designated as a Variant of Concern (VoC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has been named Omicron.Q What are reasons behind the name Omicron ?A The WHO has been using Greek letters to refer to the most widely prevalent coronavirus variants, which otherwise carry long scientific names.It had already used 12 letters of the Greek alphabet before the newest variant emerged in South Africa this week.After Mu, the 12th named after a Greek letter, WHO selected the name Omicron, instead of Nu or Xi, the two... Read More...

  Dec 17, 2021   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A The Union Government has decided to revisit the criteria set out for eligibility for its 10% reservation under the economically weaker sections (EWS) category within a month.The decision came after the Supreme Court closely questioned it on how it arrived at the income figure.The Supreme Court is considering a case to the implementation of 27% reservation for the Other Backward Classes and 10% for the EWS under the all-India quota for medical admissions.Q How was EWS reservation introduced?A The 10% reservation was introduced t... Read More...

  Dec 17, 2021   Economy

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the social implications of the proposal to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 that was cleared by the Union Cabinet ? Read More...

  Dec 16, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Central Government is contemplating creation of the National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA).NIRA is supposed to be an independent autonomous body for planning, investigation, financing and the implementation of the river interlinking projects in the country.Q. What about National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA)?A. NIRA will function as an umbrella body for all river linking projects and to be headed by a Government of India Secretary-rank officer.It will replace the... Read More...

  Dec 16, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. Union Home Minister has said that the Northeast States will be linked by road and railway to Bangladesh in a year or two under the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA).Q. What is the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA)?A. India and Bangladesh have signed the LBA in 2014 to ensure proper connectivity in the region.The operationalization of LBA lays the way for the exchange of 162 enclaves under the control of either country as per the 1974 pact.Under the Agreement, 111 border enclaves will be transferred to Bangladesh in exchange for 51 that will... Read More...

  Dec 16, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:How have India’s new drone rules (August 2021) been liberalised and why? Read More...

  Dec 15, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Good Samaritan scheme, meant to encourage and felicitate those helping road accident victims, has received a poor response from the states more than a month since its launch.Q. What is Good Samaritan Scheme?A. The Road Transport and Highways Ministry announced this scheme so that taking a road crash victim to hospital is not just hassle-free but there is also the incentive of a reward and recognition.Historically, Indians are reluctant in taking victims to hospital because of associated legal processes and investigations that follow.To addr... Read More...

  Dec 15, 2021   Government Schemes

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  Dec 15, 2021   Economy

Today's Current Affairs Question:American withdrawal from Afghanistan is  a development with a far-reaching impact on global politics. Analyse. Read More...

  Dec 14, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ?A. Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Srinagar as a part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).After Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Jaipur, Srinagar is the sixth Indian city to achieve this distinction.About the News:The Srinagar city has been designated the creative city in the field of Crafts and Folk Arts  only second city in India in this category after Jaipur.It will not only give global recognition to the Srinagar city but also help it in i... Read More...

  Dec 14, 2021   Art & Culture

Q. Why is this in news?A. Russia has successfully placed into orbit a military satellite believed to be part of the Kremlin’s early warning anti-missile system. This launch could be delivering a Tundra satellite.Q. What is Tundra Satellite?A. The Tundra or EKS (Edinaya Kosmicheskaya Sistema) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early-warning satellites.The development of the EKS started in 2000.These satellites carry a secure emergency communications payload to be used in case of a nuclear war.They are launched on Soyuz-2-1b Fregat boosters int... Read More...

  Dec 14, 2021   Science and Technology

Today's Current Affairs Question: Women are emerging a vocal and influential group of voters. What influences Indian women voters in their electoral behaviour? Read More...

  Dec 13, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The 7th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by the French Navy at Paris from 15th-16th Nov 21.The inaugural edition of IONS was held in Feb 2008 at New Delhi, with the Indian Navy as the Chair for two years. The IONS Chair is presently held in France.Q, What is Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)?A. The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium is a voluntary and inclusive initiative that brings together navies of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) littoral states ... Read More...

  Dec 13, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ?A. The Dual Command System of Policing is being implemented in Bhopal and Indore.Q. What is the ‘Dual Command’ System?A.Under the dual command system, the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police (SP) share powers and responsibilities in a district.Under this structure, the DM is entrusted with issuing arrest warrants, licenses while the SP has powers and responsibilities to investigate crime and make arrests.The system is designed to ensure a lower concentration of power and making the police more accountable to the DM at the district level.... Read More...

  Dec 13, 2021   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The Ministry of Mines has notified the Mineral Conservation and Development (Amendment) Rules (MCDR), 2021.The MCDR have been framed under section 18 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.It aims to provide rules regarding conservation of minerals, systematic and scientific mining, development of the mineral in the country and for the protection of environment.Q What are Key highlights of the amendments ?A Digital aerial imaging of the minesDigital mapping: All plans and sections related to m... Read More...

  Dec 12, 2021   Polity

Q What is the context  ?A Citing economic recovery, the Union Cabinet has restored the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) till 2025-26.Q What is the MPLAD scheme?A The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) is a program first launched during the Narasimha Rao Government in 1993.It is a Central Sector Scheme fully funded by Government of India.It was aimed towards providing funds for developmental works recommended by individual MPs.Q How much Funds are  available in thi... Read More...

  Dec 12, 2021   Polity