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Q. What is the news? A new study conducted by Public Health England (PHE) says that people infected with COVID-19 in the past are likely to be protected against reinfection for several months, supporting similar findings surrounding immunity from this disease.Even so, experts have warned that even people with immunity may still be able to carry the virus in their nose and throat and therefore have a risk of transmitting it to others. Therefore, it is important that individuals who have acquired the disease and recovered from it continue to take... Read More...

  Jan 20, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?Himachal Pradesh frequently witnesses forest fires during dry weather conditions. This month, a forest fire which started near Kullu raged for several days before being brought under control. Forest fires were also reported in Shimla and other parts of the state.Q. What is the forest cover of Himachal Pradesh?Although two-thirds of the total geographical area of Himachal Pradesh is legally classified as forest area, much of this area is permanently under snow, glaciers, col... Read More...

  Jan 20, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is the news? A team of archaeologists has discovered what may be the world’s oldest known cave painting dating back to more than 45,000 years. The cave painting depicts a wild boar endemic to the Sulawesi island of Indonesia, where the painting was found.  The central Indonesian island, which occupies an area of over 174,000 sq. km, is situated between Asia and Australia and has a long history of human occupation, the archaeologists note in their findings that have been published in the journal Science Advances. Read More...

  Jan 19, 2021   Art & Culture

Q. What is the news?Recently, The World Health Organisation team of international researchers arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan on  hopes to find clues to the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic.The visit has been marred with secrecy, with neither China nor WHO revealing exactly what the team will do or where it will go. The search for the origins is likely to be a years-long effort that could help prevent future pandemics.Q. WHY WUHAN?The industrial and tran... Read More...

  Jan 19, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?India’s retail inflation decelerated appreciably to 4.59% in December, from 6.93% in November, dipping below 6% for the first time since March 2020 as food prices cooled. Other data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) however, showed that a nascent industrial recovery, which had begun in September, retreated in November as industrial output shrank 1.9%.Q. What is Inflation?Inflation refers to the rise in the prices of most goods and... Read More...

  Jan 18, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister recently released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the country.It was also announced that from the year 2021 onwards, 10 best national parks, five coastal and marine parks and top five zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded every year.Moreover according to the survey, Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary and Great Himalayan National P... Read More...

  Jan 18, 2021   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is this news? The prospects of a K-shaped economic recovery from COVID are increasing both in India and across the world.Q. What is K-Shaped Recovery?A K-shaped recovery occurs when, following a recession, different parts of the economy recover at different rates, times, or magnitudes.This is in contrast to an even, uniform recovery across sectors, industries, or groups of people.A K-shaped recovery leads to changes in the structure o... Read More...

  Jan 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is Bioterrorism?It is the deliberate and intentional ill intended release of biological agents such as viruses, bacteria, toxins, or other harmful agents to cause illness or death among humans, food crops, and livestock to terrorize the civilian population. They are very harmful because they can be accordingly altered, tailored, or mutated. They generally consist of two parts – a weaponized agent and a delivery mechanism.A small quantity is enough to bring about a disastrous effect and also any disease-causing organis... Read More...

  Jan 17, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? The detailed project report for a National Mission on Quantum Technology and Applications (NMQTA) has been drawn out and finalised recently. Union Budget 2020-21 proposed to spend Rs 8,000 crore on the newly launched NMQTA.In 2018, the Department of Science & Technology unveiled a programme called Quantum-Enabled Science & Technology (QuEST) and committed... Read More...

  Jan 16, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?The major demand of the protesting farmers in Delhi border has been that the government guarantee in writing the MSP system, which assures them of a fixed price for their crops, 1.5 times of the cost of production.Q. What is MSP?Minimum Support Price (MSP) is a form of market intervention by the Government of India to insure agricultural producers against any sharp fall in farm prices. The minimum support prices are announced by the Government of India at the beginning of the sowing season for certai... Read More...

  Jan 16, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?India’s first spectrum auction in over four years will kick off from March 1, setting the stage for Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel NSE -0.92 % and Vodafone Idea NSE -1.67 % (Vi) to bid for airwaves worth Rs 3.92 lakh crore at base price. In the spectrum auctions scheduled to begin on March 1, the government plans to sell spectrum for 4G in the 700, 800, 900, 1,800, 2,100, 2,300, and 2,500 MHz frequency bands.The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said on Wednesday (January 6) that auctions for 4G spect... Read More...

  Jan 15, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?Recently various cases of Bird flu has been reported among wild geese in Himachal Pradesh, crows in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and ducks in Kerala. In Haryana, around one lakh poultry birds have died mysteriously in the last few days.In Himachal Pradesh’s Pong Dam Lake, around 1,800 migratory birds have been found dead. In Kerala, the flu has been detected in two districts, prompting authorities to order culling of ducks. A bird flu alert has been s... Read More...

  Jan 15, 2021   Health

Q. What is the news?According to recently released advance estimates by central Statistics Office , India’s Real GDP is estimated to contract by 7.7% in FY21 compared to a growth of 4.2% in FY20, this released  estimates ahead of the Union budget suggest. India’s annual GDP last contracted in FY80 by 5.24%. However, this is the steepest contraction since independence, suggest figures collated from the CSO.According to MoSPI, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) — the total value of all final goods and services produced within the country in one financial y... Read More...

  Jan 14, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?US President Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election took a dangerous turn recently, when an armed and angry mob of his supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police just as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win.The pandemonium appears to have deepened the divide within the Republican Party, with several leaders pointing a finger at Donald Trump for inciting violence by urging his supporters to reject the results of the pres... Read More...

  Jan 14, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news? Recently, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s Delhi visit came with a declaration of immediate and longer-term goals for the India-U.K. relationship.It prepares the way for PM Johnson’s India visit, as the chief guest at Republic Day and to invite PM Modi to the U.K. to the G-7 and the Climate Change (COP26) summits next year. Read More...

  Jan 13, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the context? India’s coasts have always been vulnerable to anti-national activities. Numerous cases of the smuggling of goods, gold, narcotics, explosives, arms and ammunition as well as the infiltration of terrorists into the country through these coasts have been reported over the years. The Government had been aware of the activities that are carried out through the country’s coasts and had been implementing corrective measures from time to time.  Read More...

  Jan 13, 2021   Security and Disaster Management

Q. Why is this in news?Recently, Governor of Kerala turned down the recommendation of the state government to convene the session of the state legislature. It also points to the trend of declining sittings of the state legislature and issues with it.Q. What is this Governor-Government conflict? The Kerala government made a recommendation to the governor for summoning the state’s legislature for a one-day session.The government wanted to discuss the situation arising out of the... Read More...

  Jan 12, 2021   Polity

Q. What is this bill? The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 seeks to provide for an autonomous and independent institution for better management of arbitration in country.Arbitration is basically a settlement of dispute between two parties to a contract by a neutral third party i.e. the arbitrator without resorting to court or judicial action.  Arbitrators can be chosen for their expertise. It is confidential and can be speedier and cheaper than court. There are limited grou... Read More...

  Jan 12, 2021   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of Rs. 6,700 crore for the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP).This is a major step towards economic development of the North Eastern Region through strengthening of Intra - State Transmission and Distribution systems.Q. What is North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project? The Scheme was in... Read More...

  Jan 11, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Prime Minister has recently launched the ambitious National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) with the tagline of 'One Nation One Card' service for the Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line. Q. What is National Common Mobility Card? The idea of NCMC was floated by the Nandan Nilekani committee set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The committee had suggested that NCMC should contain two instruments ... Read More...

  Jan 11, 2021   Science and Technology