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Q. Why is this in news?The High-Level Group on Agricultural Exports set up by the Fifteenth Finance Commission has submitted its report to the Commission.Q. Why is there a focus on Agri-exports?India’s agricultural export has the potential to grow from USD 40 billion to USD 70 billion in a few years.The estimated investment in agricultural export could be in the tune to USD 8-10 billion across inputs, infrastructure, and processing and demand enablers. Read More...

  Sep 02, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Supreme Court held Prashant Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt of court for his tweets against the CJI .So, here arises a case of remedy of curative petition is available to him.Q. What is Curative Petition?The concept was first evolved by the Supreme Court of India in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs. Ashok Hurra and another case (2002) ... Read More...

  Sep 02, 2020   Polity

Que. 1. How do you explain the statistics that show that the sex ratio in Tribes in India is more favourable to women than the sex ratio among Scheduled Castes? (UPSC 2015) (150 Words) Ans. Sex ratio in tribes are more favourable to women than sex ration among Scheduled caste as according to Census 2011 Sex ratio among scheduled tribes is 990, while for scheduled caste is 945 and overall it is 943.  Reason for this favourable sex ratio among scheduled tribes are:  Since antiquity they enjoyed matriarchal society and there is no gender inequ... Read More...

  Sep 02, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news?A. Amidst these proliferating space missions world over, along with advances in commercial space flight, astrobiologists have expressed concerns about possible ‘interplanetary contamination’.Q. What is Interplanetary Contamination?Interplanetary contamination refers to biological contamination of a planetary body by a space probe or spacecraft, either deliberate or unintentional.Q. What are types of interplanetary contamination? Read More...

  Sep 01, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has constituted the National Council for Transgender Persons, under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.Q. What is its aim?To mainstream the transgender community’s concerns, focusing on livelihood issues as well as to raise awareness about the trans community, so that trans persons are accepted within families and in the larger society.To ensure that transgender... Read More...

  Sep 01, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Que.1. Critically examine whether population is responsible for poverty or poverty is responsible for population. (150 Words) (UPSC - 2015) Ans. TR Malthus, in an Essay on the “Principles of Population” establishes the kind of cause-effect relationship between both Population and Poverty and said that both are quite interlinked. The focus of question here is basically on two issues which are intertwined :  1. Is population responsible for Poverty:  Increase in the population results in more family expenses. It leads to rise... Read More...

  Sep 01, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently ,the revival of the demand for two autonomous councils has made political parties and community-based groups call for bringing the entire Arunachal Pradesh under the ambit of the Sixth Schedule or Article 371 (A) of the Constitution.Q. What is the Sixth Schedule?The Sixth Schedule of Indian Constitution consists of provisions for the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram, according to Article 244 of the Indian Constitution.Passed by the Constituent Assembly in 1949, it seeks to safeguard the rights of t... Read More...

  Aug 31, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. Senior advocates of Supreme Court recently expressed concern over Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal not being heard in detail during the Prashant Bhushan contempt-of-court hearings in the Supreme Court.Q. What is the case for prior approval in Contempt Cases?The prior consent in writing of the Attorney General is required for the Supreme Court to initiate criminal contempt action in a case account to the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.AGI... Read More...

  Aug 31, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. In the backdrop of frequent elections and related administrative as well as financial burden over India on elections it has been frequently suggested that India should adopt the presidential form of government instead of the parliamentary style of democracy, inherited from the British.Q. What is Parliamentary System of Government?The Constitution of India provides for a parliamentary form of government, both at the Cent... Read More...

  Aug 31, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?For the first time in the world, researchers at the GRAPES-3 muon telescope facility in Ooty (short for Udhagamandalam) Tamil Nadu have measured the electrical potential, size and height of a thundercloud that passed overhead on December 1, 2014. At 1.3 gigavolts (GV), this cloud had 10 times higher potential than the previous record in a cloud. Q. What is GRAPES-3 Experiment?GRAPES-3 (Ga... Read More...

  Aug 31, 2020   Science and Technology

Main Examination Pattern Instructions Answer all FIVE of the following questions. Each answer should be within 250 words. It takes 9-10 minutes to write each answer. Q1. What are the distinct aspects of Amaravati school of art? Discuss its importance. Ans.: The Amravathi school of art flourished in Deccan durin... Read More...

  Aug 31, 2020   History

Que.: The status of women in a society is intimately linked to the demographic dynamics. Comment in the context of India. Key points about status of women and demographic dynamics. 1. Child marriages and the reproductive span is more Read More...

  Aug 29, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is it in News? A. In the last week, India’s online pharmacy market saw two significant merger and acquisition deals. This has suddenly caused activity in a sector from which large investors have shied away due to lack of proper regulations.Q. How is the pharmacy market in India currently shaped?India is a fragmented market with over 8 lakh pharmacies.This gives online pharmacies an opportunity to capture their space without opposing large traditional re... Read More...

  Aug 29, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is it in News? A. The Prime Minister, during his address to the nation on the 74th Independence Day, announced that the central government has set up a committee to reconsider the minimum age of marriage for women, which is currently 18.Q. What are various issues which committee will look into? On 2nd June 2020, the Union Ministry for Women and Child Development set up a committee to examine matters pertaining to age of motherhood, imperatives of lowering Maternal Mortality Ratio and th... Read More...

  Aug 29, 2020   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, Chhattisgarh government filed a petition against NIA Act saying that the Act “ultra vires the Constitution” and “beyond the legislative competence of the Parliament.Q. What is NIA Act?The law governs the functioning of India’s premier counter-terror agency. It was passed in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks.It makes the National Investigation Agency the only truly federal agency in the country, along the lines ... Read More...

  Aug 28, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently US drug regulator FDA has  issued emergency-use authorisation to Yale School of Public Health’s diagnostic kit, called SalivaDirect.Q. How useful are saliva tests for Covid-19?A.  A saliva test is reported to be prone to less error than has been reported in nasal swab collection, which sometimes give false negatives.Q. What is a saliva test for Covid-19? Read More...

  Aug 28, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news?A. For the second time in a week, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had to reduce water production capacity by 25 per cent after high levels of ammonia were detected in the Yamuna river.Q. What is Ammonia and what are its effects?Ammonia is a colourless gas and is used as an industrial chemical in the production of fertilizers, plastics, synthetic fibres, dyes and other products.Ammonia occurs naturally in the environment from the breakdown o... Read More...

  Aug 28, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?Recently, scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune have found the first synthetic route for producing flavonoids molecules related to the treatment of tuberculosis and chikungunya.ARI is an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.It is for the first time that scientists have been able to synthesize the flavonoid molecules such as&nb... Read More...

  Aug 28, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why in News ? A.  The United States was further isolated over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member U.N. Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing that United State's move is void given it is using a process agreed under a nuclear deal that it quit two years ago.Q. What is the Iran Nuclear deal?• Iran agreed to rein in its nuclear programme in a 2015 deal struck with the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany.• Under the ... Read More...

  Aug 27, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What are Immunity Passports?They are the recovery or release certificate or a document attesting that its bearer is immune to a contagious disease.The concept has drawn much attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as a potential way to contain the pandemic and permit faster economic recovery.The can be used as a legal document granted by a testing authority following a serology test demonstrating that the bearer has antibodies making them immune to a disease.Q. What is the ongoing d... Read More...

  Aug 27, 2020   Current Affairs