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Q. Why is this in news?A. Wildlife scientists and conservationists in Arunachal Pradesh flagged threats to local biodiversity from the proposed Etalin hydroelectric (3,097 MW) project in Dibang Valley. To raise the issue,they approached the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).WildLIfe Institute of India (WII) and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) have suggested taking cognizance of certain safeguards and mitigation measures... Read More...

  Jul 13, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. According to a study, it is stated that parts of the Arctic region near Norway are warming at as much as seven times the rate of warming in the rest of the world.The region around the northern Barents Sea has been warming two to two-and-a-half times the average warming of the Arctic region and five to seven times the warming in the rest of the world.Such intense warming has never been observed in the Arctic region before. This is leading to the phenomenon of Atlantification. Read More...

  Jul 13, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

The Flag Code of India, 2002, allowed only hand-woven and handspun khadi to be used for making the national flag. In an amendment to the code in December 2021, “handspun or hand-woven or machine-made cotton, polyester, wool silk, khadi bunting” was also allowed to make the national flag.One of the arguments behind the amendment is that it would make the national flag affordable for people and help ensure the success of the Centre’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme. Set to be launched on August 15 this year, under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence, the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme aims to encourage every citizen to hoist the nati... Read More...

  Jul 12, 2022   Polity

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  Jul 12, 2022   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Government has informed the Supreme Court that the appointment of Chairperson and Members of the 22nd Law Commission of India is under consideration.The setting up of the 22nd Law Commission was constituted by the Government on February 21, 2020.However, no progress has been made in the appointments till date.The Government invoked the ‘doctrine of separation of power’, which says that one arm of governance should not encroach into that of another.Q. What are the Issues over appointment?A. The last chairman of the l... Read More...

  Jul 12, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. The PM has hoped to extend the Aspirational District Programme (ADP) to block and city levels.Q. What is Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP)?A. Launched in January 2018, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ initiative aims to remove this heterogeneity through a mass movement to quickly and effectively transform these districts.The broad contours of the program are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts dri... Read More...

  Jul 11, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered some cases on allegations that huge losses to the exchequer was caused by leasing out prime-value land under the Custodian of Enemy Property for India (CEPI) on forged documents. Hectares of commercial land located in Uttar Pradesh were leased out at nominal rates in favour of the lessees through manipulation.Q. What is “Enemy Property”?A.In the wake of the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, there was the migration of people from India to Pakistan.Under the Defen... Read More...

  Jul 11, 2022   Current Affairs

 Q. Why in this in News?A.Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched National Air Sport Policy 2022 (NASP 2022).It has been drafted based on the inputs received from policy makers, air sports practitioners and public at large and will ensure establishment of good quality of infrastructure, equipment, instructors and services.Q. What is NASP 2022?A.About:NASP 2022 lays out the vision of making India as one of the top sports nations by 2030, by providing a safe, affordable, acce... Read More...

  Jul 10, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in News?A . In the recently released Environment Performance Index-2022, India was at the bottom among 180. Read More...

  Jul 10, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered some cases on allegations that huge losses to the exchequer was caused by leasing out prime-value land under the Custodian of Enemy Property for India (CEPI) on forged documents.Hectares of commercial land located in Uttar Pradesh were leased out at nominal rates in favour of the lessees through manipulation.Q. What is “Enemy Property”?A.In the wake of the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, there was the migration of people from India to Pakistan.Under the Defence of India R... Read More...

  Jul 10, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The newly elected Punjab government’s announcement of providing up to 300 units of free power to every household has raised questions: What constitutes “freebies”?Two categories for providing supportIn India government provides two types of support.1] support to low-income households for augmenting their consumption of selected goods and services.2] Government also provides incentives to support selected categories of investors and producers.Different objectives: The econo... Read More...

  Jul 09, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. In a study published in the Science journal, researchers have claimed that the bubonic plague was originated in modern day northern Kyrgyzstan around 1338-1339 – nearly 7-8 years before it ravaged large parts of the world.Q. What is Black Death?A.The term Black Death refers to the bubonic plague that spread across Western Asia, Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe in 1346-53.Most scholars agree that the Black Death, which killed millions, was caused by bacterium Yersinia pestis and was spread by fleas that were carried by r... Read More...

  Jul 09, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Agnipath scheme for recruitment of short-term contracted soldiers was announced.Q. What is Agnipath Scheme?A. This will be the only form of recruitment of soldiers into the three defence services from now.The scheme aims at strengthening national security and for providing an opportunity to the youth to serve in the armed forces.Recruits under the scheme will be known as ‘Agniveers’.After completing the four-year service, they can apply for regular employment in the armed forces.They may be given priority ... Read More...

  Jul 08, 2022   Security and Disaster Management

Q. Why is this in news?A. Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin wrote to PM asking that at least three meetings of the Inter-State Council should be held every year to “strengthen the spirit of cooperative federalism”.TN CM suggested that bills of national importance should be placed before the Council before being tabled in Parliament.He said this was because there is no “effective and interactive communication” between the states and the Centre on issues of common interest.Q. What is the Inter-State Council?A.The... Read More...

  Jul 08, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently announced his vision for a new decentralized web platform that is being called Web 5.0 and is being built with an aim to return “ownership of data and identity” to individuals.It's being developed by former Twitter CEO Bitcoin business unit, The Block Head,The World Wide Web (WWW) is the primary tool used by billions of people to interact with other people and also read and write information. Evolution has happened from Web 1.0 to Web 5.0.Q. ... Read More...

  Jul 07, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has declared IT resources of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and UPI managing entity NPCI as ‘critical information infrastructure’. Q. What is Critical Information Infrastructure (CIC)?A.The Information Technology Act, 2000 explicitly gives definition of CIC.It defines CIC as a computer resource, the incapacitation or destruction of which shall have debilitating impact on national security, economy, public health or safety.It basically ai... Read More...

  Jul 07, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Minister of Railways has launched Indian Railway Innovation Policy- “StartUps for Railways”.Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Policy?A.About:Grant up to Rs. 1.5 Crore to innovators on equal sharing basis with provision of milestone-wise payment.The complete process from floating of problem statement to development of prototype is online with defined time line to make it transparent and objective.Trials of prototypes will be done in Railways. Read More...

  Jul 06, 2022   Economy

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, Digital News Report 2022 was released by Reuters Institute.The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is dedicated to exploring the future of journalism worldwide through debate, engagement, and research.This year’s report, the eleventh overall, is based on a survey conducted by YouGuv, a British market research and data analytics firm, in January/February 2022 through online questionnaires.It covers 46 markets in six continents.Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Report? Read More...

  Jul 06, 2022   Economy

Q. Why in News?A.The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) is taking a hard look at the neobank business model where fintechs plug into a conventional bank’s network and become customer-facing banking service providers.The concern is that the digital model business can scale up very fast and could grow to be bigger than the underlying bank in terms of customers. Although neobank customers continue to be accountholders of the underlying bank, the only channel available to these users is the fintech-owned digital platform. Read More...

  Jul 05, 2022   Economy

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the government has unveiled Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the Three services (Army, Navy and Airforce). Read More...

  Jul 05, 2022   Security and Disaster Management