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Q.  Why is it in News ? A. In the recent monsoon session, Parliament passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021.Q. What are the Key features of AERA Bill, 2021 ? A.It seeks to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008.The 2008 Act established the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA).AERA regulates tariffs and other charges (such as airport development fees) for aeronautical services rendered at major airports in India.The 2008 Act designates an airport as a major airport if it... Read More...

  Sep 03, 2021  

Q  Why is it in News ? A Water pollution caused by detergents has become a big concern in the global context.The per capita (per person) detergent consumption in India is around 2.7 kilogram per year.It is around 3.7 kg in the Philippines and Malaysia and 10 kg in the United States of America.Q  What is Water Pollution ? A Water pollution occurs when harmful substances often chemicals or microorganisms contaminate a stream, river, lake, ocean, aquifer, or other body of water, ... Read More...

  Sep 02, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, a petition was filed in the Supreme court (SC), that seeks a relook into the Sedition Law.Q What are the issues raised in petition ? A The 1962 judgment in the KedarNath case, which upheld Section 124A (sedition), a relic of the colonial legacy, was given at a time when doctrines such as ‘chilling effect’ (Deterring effect resulting from restrictive law) on free speech were unheard of. It was delivered at a time when scope and inter-relationship of fundamental rights were rather restrictive.In th... Read More...

  Sep 02, 2021   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Union Agriculture Minister has inaugurated the world’s second-largest refurbished gene bank at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources.Q. What is National Gene Bank?A. The National Gene Bank was established in the year 1996 to preserve the seeds of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) for future generations.It has the capacity to preserve about one million germplasm in the form of seeds.Presently it is protecting 4.52 lakh accessions, of which 2.7 lakh are Indian germplasm and the rest have been imported from other countries.Nati... Read More...

  Sep 01, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Defence Ministry has announced that it will soon issue Requests For Proposal (RFPs) to set up eight defence testing facilities in the country in partnership with the private sector.These RFPs would be issued under the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS).The RFP is a business document that announces a project, describes it, and invites bids for completing it.Q. What is its Background? Read More...

  Sep 01, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended to the government nine names for appointment as judges in the court, and in the process, scripted history by naming Karnataka High Court judge B.V. Nagarathna, who may become India’s first woman CJI a few years from now. Q. What are the Key Recommendations?A. The Collegium has for the first time, in one single resolution, recommended three women judges. It has thus sent a strong signal in favour of the representation of women in  Read More...

  Aug 31, 2021   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Centre has notified the rates and norms for the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) scheme asserting that it would put ‘direct cash in the pockets of exporters’ soon.Q. What is RoDTEP Scheme?A. RoDTEP is a scheme for Exporters to make Indian products cost-competitive and create a level playing field for them in the Global Market.It has been kicked in from January 2021, replacing the earlier Merchandise and Services Export Incentive Schemes (MEIS and SEIS) that were in violation of WTO norms.The new RoDTEP Scheme ... Read More...

  Aug 31, 2021   Economy

Today's Current Affairs Question:Which country is India taking up  a  'food corridor' project with? What is its importance? Read More...

  Sep 02, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:Is India’s rooftop solar sector being neglected for large-scale projects? Read More...

  Sep 01, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the interests of India in Central Asia? Describe the state of relations. Read More...

  Aug 31, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Current Affairs Question:Fortified rice will be distributed through the various food schemes to combat malnourishment among the poor. Is it enough to stamp out malnutrition in India? Read More...

  Aug 30, 2021   Current Affairs

Body temperature new normal: why is body temperature declining over time?Q. Why is this in news ?A. For several years now, doctors and researchers have known that 98.6°F is not really the gold-standard “normal” body temperature it was once considered to be. Studies in the US and Europe have found average body temperatures declining over time. But does this trend also hold good outside of high-income countries?Indeed, body temperatures have declined in an indigenous rural population in Bolivia, a 16-year study has fund. Published in Science Advances, the study also looks at possible reasons t... Read More...

  Aug 30, 2021   Science and Technology

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  Aug 30, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has inaugurated the pilot run/soft launch of the International Bullion Exchange scheduled to go live on October 1, 2021.Q. What is Bullion?A.Bullion is gold and silver that is officially recognized as being at least 99.5% and 99.9% pure and is in the form of bars or ingots.Bullion is often kept as a reserve asset by governments and central banks.To create bullion, gold first must be discovered by mining companies and removed from the earth in the form of gold ore, a combination of gold a... Read More...

  Aug 29, 2021   Economy

Q. What is Central Bureau of Investigation?A. The CBI is the premier investigating agency of India operating under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.It was originally set up to investigate bribery and governmental corruption.In 1965 it received expanded jurisdiction to investigate breaches of central laws enforceable by the Government of India, multi-state organized crime, multi-agency or international cases.The agency has been known to investigate several economic crimes, special crimes, cases of corruption, and other cases.CBI is exempted from the provis... Read More...

  Aug 29, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will conduct an open market purchase of government securities of ₹25,000 crore under the G-sec Acquisition Programme (G-SAP 2.0).Q. What are Government Securities?A.These are debt instruments issued by the government to borrow money.The two key categories are:Treasury bills (T-Bills) – short-term instruments which mature in 91 days, 182 days, or 364 days, andDated securities – long-term instruments, which mature anywhere between 5 years and 40 yearsQ. ... Read More...

  Aug 28, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Unregulated inflow of relief to the Sundarbans has resulted in a new crisis in the cyclone-battered region as plastic has been accumulated in the area.The threat posed by plastic is so great for the Sundarbans because the region is witnessing frequent tropical storms, which lead to devastation.Q. What is Plastic Pollution?A. Plastic pollution is caused by the accumulation of plastic wa... Read More...

  Aug 28, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Today's Current Affairs Question:What are the aims and content of the new drone policy? Read More...

  Aug 27, 2021   Current Affairs

Today's Geography Question:What do you understand by “Pacific Ring of Fire”? Read More...

  Aug 27, 2021   Geography

Q  Why is it in News ? A The Leader of Opposition in the Goa Legislative Assembly is set to move a private member’s resolution to recommend to the Central government to address the various issues associated with the anti-defection law.Q What is Ant-Defection Law ? A The Tenth Schedule popularly known as the Anti-Defection Act  was included in the Constitution via the 52nd Amendment Act, 1985 and sets the provisions for disqualification of elected members on the grounds of defection to another political party.... Read More...

  Aug 27, 2021   Polity