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Q Why is it in News ?A Thailand has officially legalized the growing and consumption of marijuana in food and drinks, becoming the first Asian country to do so.Films like ‘Udta Punjab’ have graphically portrayed the crisis faced by the society and its youth with regard to the drug menace.Q What is Marijuana?A Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used primarily for medical or recreational purposes.The main psychoactive component of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is one of the 483 known com... Read More...

  Jul 23, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A The RBI has proposed to allow the linking of credit cards with the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).Integrating Credit Cards to UPIThe integration will first begin with the indigenous RuPay credit cards.Both the RuPay network and UPI are managed by the same organisation – the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).Q What is UPI?A UPI is an instant real-time payment system developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) facilitating inter-bank transactions.The interface is reg... Read More...

  Jul 23, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A A trial on 18 colorectal cancer patients in the US found that cancer could be treated without chemotherapy or surgery. The world is sitting up and taking note of Dostarlimab, which has been called a wonder drug.Q What is Dostarlimab?A Dostarlimab is an experimental drug. It contains laboratory-produced molecules.It acts as substitute antibodies. It is sold under the brand name Jemperli.It was approved for medical use in the United States and the European Union in 2021.Its side-effects include vomiting, joint pain, itching, rash, fever ... Read More...

  Jul 22, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in four states, various parties have accommodated legislators from at least three states in resorts, away from potential poaching by rival parties.Only two UTs elect members to the Rajya Sabha, not all.Polling is held only if the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies.Independent members can also be elected etc.Q What are the details about Rajya Sabha Polls ?A A third of MPs in the Rajya Sabha (which is a permanent House and is not subject to dissolution), from each State, r... Read More...

  Jul 22, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi following a trial court order in a tax assessment case of his not-for-profit company.Q What is the case?A A case alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds on part of the leaders in acquiring the newspaper.The alleged persons acquired it through a Section 25 company — in which they have 86% stake.Q What is a Section 25 company?A It is defined under the Companies Act, 1956.It is a not-for-profit... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) recently issued a circular on passive funds covering matters related to transparency, liquidity and operational aspects of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and index funds.Q What are Passive Funds?A A passive fund is an investment vehicle that tracks a market index, or a specific market segment, to determine what to invest in.Unlike with an active fund, the fund manager does not decide what securities the fund takes on.This normally makes passive funds cheaper to invest in than active funds, which require th... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2022   Economy

Q Why is it in News ?A The finance ministry said the Rs 6,000-crore National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL) or bad bank is expected to take over the first set of non-performing accounts of banks next month.Q What is a Bad Bank?A A bad bank conveys the impression that it will function as a bank but has bad assets to start with.Technically, it is an asset reconstruction company (ARC) or an asset management company that takes over the bad loans of commercial banks, manages them and finally recovers the money over a period of time.Such a bank is not involved in len... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context   ? A The Supreme Court has directed that every protected forest, national park and wildlife sanctuary across the country should have a mandatory eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of a minimum one km starting from their demarcated boundaries.Q Why such move?A The purpose of declaring ESZs around national parks, forests and sanctuaries is to create some kind of a “shock absorber” for the protected areas.These zones would act as a transition zone from areas of high protection to those involving lesser protection.Q What are the Eco-sensitive Z... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A India’s one million Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) volunteers have received World Health Organization’s Global Health Leaders Awards 2022.Q What is background of the ASHA program ?A In 1975, a WHO monograph titled ‘Health by the people’ and then in 1978, an international conference on primary health care in Alma Ata (in the then USSR and now in Kazakhstan), gave emphasis for countries recruiting community health workers to strengthen primary health-care services that were participatory and people centric.Soo... Read More...

  Jul 19, 2022   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q What is the context  ?A The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and India’s public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati are exploring ‘direct-to-mobile’ (D2M) broadcasting.Q What is D2M Technology?A The technology is based on the convergence of broadband and broadcast, using which mobile phones can receive terrestrial digital TV.It would be similar to how people listen to FM radio on their phones, where a receiver within the phone can tap into radio frequencies.Using D2M, multimedia content can also be beamed to phones directly.Q Wh... Read More...

  Jul 19, 2022   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News ?A The Union Civil Aviation Ministry is exploring the possibility of inviting manufacturers of Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft to set up base in India.Q What is eVTOL?A EVTOL aircraft is one that uses electric power to hover, take off, and land vertically.Most eVTOLs also use what is called as distributed electric propulsion technology which means integrating a complex propulsion system with the airframe.There are multiple motors for various functions; to increase efficiency; and to also ensure safety.It works on e... Read More...

  Jul 18, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A Attero Recycling, one of India’s largest electronic waste management companies, is set to invest close to $1 billion in expanding their electronic waste recycling facilities in India.Q What is E-waste Management ?A E-waste management is a complicated process given the multitude of actors that are involved in the process.The major stakeholders in the value chain include importers, producers/manufacturers, retailers (businesses/government/others), consumers (individual households, businesses, government and others), traders, scrap dealers, disse... Read More...

  Jul 18, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitioner in the Supreme Court barely escaped having to pay ₹18 lakh for indulging in a “luxury litigation”.A Supreme Court Bench of Justice B.R. Gavai and Hima Kohli initially asked the litigant to pay ₹18 lakh, that is, ₹1 lakh for every one of the 18 minutes the case took up.However, the court later, in its order, slashed the amount to ₹2 lakh on the request of the litigant’s counsel.Q Why did the apex court got disgusted?A The bench criticized the highly derogatory practice of filin... Read More...

  Jul 17, 2022   Polity

Q What is the context  ?A The Supreme Court suspended pending criminal trials and court proceedings under Section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code, while allowing the Union of India to reconsider the British-era law.Q What did the Supreme Court say?A All pending trials, appeals and proceedings with respect to the charge framed under Section 124A of the IPC be kept in temporary suspension.The court also restrained centre and states from registering FIRs, continuing investigations or take coercive measures under Section 124A.Q What is the Sedition Law?... Read More...

  Jul 17, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, provisional results of the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) was released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.The survey was conducted during April 2021 to January 2022 through ASI Web Portal.Q. What is the ASI?A. ASI, the principal source of industrial statistics in India, is the most comprehensive data on organised manufacturing.It covers all factories employing 10 or more... Read More...

  Jul 16, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a draft proposal for public comment on a set of proposed amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.The draft document was however withdrawn the same day.The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021) was notified in February 2021.Q. What is the Law?A.  Read More...

  Jul 16, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in News?A. Central banks across the World are trying to formulate policies to ensure that Inflation, in some advanced economies including the U.S., is cooled without triggering a Recession, since some of the experts are seeing Stagflation in the near future.Q. What is Stagflation?A. About:Stagflation means a situation characterized by simultaneous increase in prices and stagnation of economic growth.The term Stagflation was coined by  Read More...

  Jul 15, 2022   Economy

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, a new biomass-based boiler technology was launched in India (Kurukshetra, Haryana) that claims to accommodate all kinds of agricultural residue as fuel and can be greener and may also help reduce the burden of stubble burning.Biomass-based electricity is gaining the attention of regulators and policy makers, as the country moves towards power generation that is not carbon-intensive.Around 2.6% of the country’s electricity demand is met by biomass.Q. What are the Key Highlights?A. Read More...

  Jul 15, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in News?A. India’s first private train, under the Bharat Gaurav scheme has been flagged off from Coimbatore.The train will cover several historical destinations on the route while giving the passengers an insight into the cultural heritage of the country.Q. What is Bharat Gaurav Scheme?A.About:Launched in November 2021, under the scheme, trains now have a third segment for tourism. Till now, the Railways had passenger segments... Read More...

  Jul 14, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ?A. The Union Labour Ministry is organizing a program aimed at sharing information and good experiences on policies and global practices relating to gig and platform workers and their social security.Q. What is the Gig Economy?A. In a gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees.A gig economy undermines the traditional economy of full-time workers who rarely change positions and instead focus on a lifetime career. e.g Employee models of Uber,... Read More...

  Jul 14, 2022   Economy