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Q. What is the news?The total allocation for the five autonomous institutes under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has been reduced in the Union Budget 2021-2022. Q. Which are these bodies? 1. GB Pant Himalayan Institute of Environment and Development2. Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education3. Indian Institute of Forest Management4. Indian Plywood Industries Research and Tr... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in its first-ever Declaration for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, pressed for stronger action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.It also stressed on the need to recover from the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.Q. What does it said?The declaration was a part of the 34th session of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI34), which e... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? A team of scientists at the Berkeley Lab has reported some of the properties of element 99 in the periodic table called “Einsteinium”, named after Albert Einstein. It was discovered in 1952 in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb (the detonation of a thermonuclear device called “Ivy Mike” in the Pacific Ocean). Since its discovery, scientists have not been able to perform a lot of experiments with it because it is difficult to create and is highly radioactive. Therefore, very little is known about this element.With this new study publ... Read More...

  Feb 15, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Major oil-producing countries had cut oil production last year amid a sharp fall in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The price of Brent crude crossed the $60 per barrel mark on Feb 8th  after over a year on the back of oil-producing countries maintaining production cuts and expectations of improvements in global demand as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out across the world. The price of Brent Crude has risen by over 50 per cent since the end of October after prices had remained around $40 per barrel for five months... Read More...

  Feb 14, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?The Joe Biden administration in The United States is set to reengage with the much-maligned UN Human Rights Council that former Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago.Q. Why did the US pulled-out from UNHRC earlier?Trump pulled out of the world body’s main human rights agency in 2018 due to its disproportionate focus on Israel.Israel had received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country. Read More...

  Feb 13, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in News? Recently, the Union Minister of Science & Technology addressed the Mission Innovation (MI) to mark the beginning of phase-2 of the mission or Mission Innovation 2.0.India played a leadership role in MI Steering Committee and is a member of the Analysis and Joint Research and Business & Investor Engagement sub-groups.Q. What is Mission Innovation?Formation: Read More...

  Feb 12, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Recently, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) have come up with a way to generate clean fuel hydrogen from water at a low-cost.It is a significant step towards efforts across the globe that are being made to look for cleaner and greener energy sources.Hydrogen gas is a viable choice as a renewable substitute for fossil fuels, and can help mitigate emissions to reduce pollution. Read More...

  Feb 11, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?Recently, a glacial break in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand led to massive Flash Flood in Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda Rivers, damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.On February 7, 2021,  we witnessed another disaster induced by climate change due to negati... Read More...

  Feb 10, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news?According to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the number of registered unrecognised political parties has increased two-fold from 2010 to 2019.Q. What is ADR?ADR is an Indian non-governmental organization established in 1999 situated in New Delhi.Q. What are the findings of the report?  Read More...

  Feb 09, 2021   General Category

Q. What is the news?A massive glacier burst at Chamoli in Uttarakhand yet again bringing back our focus to the dangers of climate change.Uttarakhand is often at the heart of various Himalayan disasters such as flash floods, cloud bursts, avalanches and earthquakes. Read More...

  Feb 08, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?India has recently been ranked 86th in a “Covid-19 Performance Index” comprising 98 countries.Q. What about the Index? Institution Involved:Covid-19 Performance Index was compiled by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, an Australian t... Read More...

  Feb 07, 2021   Health

Q. What is the news?The share of agriculture in gross domestic product (GDP) has reached almost 20 per cent for the first time in the last 17 years, making it the sole bright spot in GDP performance during 2020-21, according to the Economic Survey 2020-2021.The resilience of the farming community in the face of adversities made agriculture the only sector to have clocked a positive growth of 3.4 per cent at constant prices in 2020-21, when other sectors slid.... Read More...

  Feb 06, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? Stardust 1.O was recently launched from Maine, the US has become the first commercial space launch powered by biofuel.Q. What is Stardust 1.O?Stardust 1.O is a launch vehicle suited for student and budget payloads.The rocket is manufactured by bluShift, an aerospace company based in Maine that is developing rockets that are powered by bio-derived fuels.The rocket is 20 feet tall and has a mass of roughly 250 kg. Read More...

  Feb 05, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news? United Nations (UN) recently released a report titled  "Ageing water infrastructure: An emerging global risk", according to which over 1,000 large dams in India will be roughly 50 years old in 2025 and such ageing embankments across the world pose a growing threat.Q. Which is the organization responsible for its compilation?The report, compiled by Canada-based Institute for Water, Environment and H... Read More...

  Feb 05, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?Government think-tank, NITI Aayog recently released the second edition of the India Innovation Index 2020. Read More...

  Feb 04, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways has approved a proposal to levy a ‘green tax’ on old vehicles.Q. What Is Green Tax? Under green Tax , Personal vehicles will be charged a tax at the time of renewal of Registration Certification after 15 years.The policy will come into effect from April 1, 2022.The levy may differ depending on fuel (petrol/diesel) and type of vehicle. Read More...

  Feb 04, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? Government recently lists bill to ban Bitcoin in India, create official digital currency. Also Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, has crossed 30,000 US dollars in value. Bitcoin's price has always been volatile, and there is no clear explanation for its current rise.Q. What is Cryptocurrency?Cryptocurrency is a specific type of virtual currency, which is decentralised and protected by cryptographic encryption techniques. Read More...

  Feb 03, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The government’s fiscal deficit has increased to Rs. 11.58 lakh crore or 145.5% of the Budget Estimate (BE) at the end of December 2020 (accounting for the first nine months of the year 2020-21) mainly on account of lower revenue realisation.Q. What are the Fiscal Deficit Target Fixed for 2020-21 and previous year?A.  The Centre had pegged the fiscal deficit at Rs. 7.96 lakh crore or 3.5% ... Read More...

  Feb 03, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news? The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare addressed the 4th edition of the Future Investment Initiative Forum.The aim of the Forum hosted in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) was to find solutions on how businesses and governments can expand access to healthcare, train healthcare workers, remove regulatory barriers and encourage investment in advanced health technologies.Q. What is Future Investment Initiative Forum?  Read More...

  Feb 02, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Economic Survey released by the Union Ministry of Finance on January 29, 2021 highlighted the concept of setting up a social stock exchange (SSE) in India for raising capital by organisations working for the realisation of a social welfare objective. It will be under the regulatory ambit of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the survey said. Q. What is the background for it?SEBI constituted a working gro... Read More...

  Feb 02, 2021   Economy