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Q. What is the news?A. The Government has informed in the Rajya Sabha that Deep Ocean Mission (DOM) will be implemented at a total budget of Rs. 4077 Cr for 5 years. And all the components of the mission will commence in 2021. Q. What is this Mission about?A. The focus of the mission will be on deep-sea mining, ocean climate change advisory services, underwater vehicles and underwater robotics related technologies.The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be the nodal Ministry implementing this multi-institutional mission.   Read More...

  Aug 16, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Bill was recently passed by the Lok Sabha.The Bill aims to prevent the staff of the government-owned ordnance factories from going on a strike.  Q. What are the Highlights of the Bill?A.  It is meant to “provide for the maintenance of essential defence services. The Bill defines Essential Defence Services: It includes any service in any establishment or undertaking dealing with production of goods or equipment required for defence related purposes or any establishment o... Read More...

  Aug 14, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q. Why is this in news?A. In the past, the Obama and Trump administrations had supported a permanent seat for India on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). However, the recent statements by the State Department under the new US President Joe Biden, reflects an ambiguous or half-hearted view on this issue.Q. What are the highlights of the recent viewpoint?A. The US supports a reformed Security Council that is representative, that is effective, and that is relevant.However, ... Read More...

  Aug 14, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:What steps are taken to decriminalise the electoral system in India? Read More...

  Aug 14, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Government has launched ‘Sabki Yojna Sabka Vikas’ campaign for inclusive and holistic preparation of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).Q. What is Sabki Yojna Sabka Vikas?A. Under Article 243 G of the Constitution, Panchayats have been mandated for the preparation and implementation of plans for economic development and social justice.Thus, Panchayats have a significant role to play in the effective and efficient implementation of flagship schemes/programs on subjects of national importance for transforming rural India.The objec... Read More...

  Aug 13, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Bihar chief minister wants the central government to reconsider its refusal to hold a caste-based census, as he feels such data can help his government design more focused policies for the really needy among OBCs.However, the Government of India has decided as a matter of policy not to enumerate caste-wise populations other than SCs and STs in Census.Q. How have caste details been collected so far?A.While SC/ST details are collected as part of the census, deta... Read More...

  Aug 13, 2021   Indian Society & Social Justice

Today's International Relations Question:Elucidate the role of North Eastern States of India in Act East policy. Read More...

  Aug 12, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:At UNSC, PM Modi proposed five principles  for maritime security and cooperation. What is its significance? Read More...

  Aug 12, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The much-awaited sea trials of India’s maiden indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1), built by the public sector Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) have begun.Q. What is Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1?A. IAC is the first aircraft carrier designed and built in India.It has been designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and is being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping.The IAC-1, the biggest warship made indigenously, has an overall length of 263 m and a breadth of 63 m. Read More...

  Aug 12, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?A. India and Nepal have signed a Letter of Exchange (LoE) to the India-Nepal Rail Services Agreement (RSA) 2004.It will allow all authorized cargo train operators to utilize the Indian railway network to carry Nepal's container and other freight - both bilateral between Indian and Nepal or third country from Indian ports to Nepal.The authorized cargo train operators include public and private container trains Operators, automobile freight train operators, special freight train operators or any other oper... Read More...

  Aug 12, 2021   International Relations

Today's International Relations Question:Russia has an important role in maintaining balance of power in Asia. Do you agree? Read More...

  Aug 11, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:Critically examine the issues around the right to be forgotten. Read More...

  Aug 11, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A.The CSIR-CMERI has recently inaugurated a “naturally ventilated polyhouse facility” and laid the foundation stone of “retractable roof polyhouse”.Q. What is a Polyhouse?A.A polyhouse is a specially constructed structure like a building where specialized polythene sheet is used as a covering material under which crops can be grown in partially or fully controlled climatic conditions.It is covered with a transparent material as to permit the entry of natural light. Polyhouses are also helpful in reducing threats such as extreme heat and pest atta... Read More...

  Aug 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. Florida has been battling outbreaks of red tide, caused by the algae Karenia brevis, for several years.This year's bloom may have been aggravated due to the release of contaminated water into Tampa Bay earlier.Tampa Bay, arm of the Gulf of Mexico, indenting the west coast of Florida, US. Read More...

  Aug 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Today's International Relations Question:Why maritime domain awareness is important for India? Highlight some of the initiatives taken by India in this regard. Read More...

  Aug 10, 2021   International Relations

Today's Current Affairs Question:Comment on the contents and importance of the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021. Read More...

  Aug 10, 2021   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Cassini spacecraft had detected an unusually high concentration of methane, along with carbon dioxide and dihydrogen, in the moons (Titan and Enceladus) of Saturn by flying through their plumes (in 2017).It found that Titan has methane in its atmosphere and Enceladus has a liquid ocean with erupting plumes of gas and water.An international research team has used new statistical methods to understand if methanogenesis or methane production by microbes could explain the molecular hydrogen a... Read More...

  Aug 10, 2021   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News ?A In recent years, countries around the world have been attempting to pass effective 'right to repair' laws.The movement traces its roots back to the very dawn of the computer era in the 1950s.The goal of the movement is to get companies to make spare parts, tools and information on how to repair devices available to customers and repair shops to increase the lifespan of products and to keep them from ending up in landfills.The United States President has signed an executive order calling on the Federal Trade Commission to... Read More...

  Aug 10, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question: What are the pros and cons of privatising passenger trains? Read More...

  Aug 09, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's International Relations Question:Do you agree that regional cooperation mechanisms have come under strain in South Asia in recent years? How has it changed India's policy? Read More...

  Aug 09, 2021   International Relations