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The Supreme Court has referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench a batch of petitions challenging the 103rd Constitution Amendment of 2019 that provides 10% reservation for Economically Backward Section (EWS).Q. What is the amendment?A. It provides for 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for EWS, by amending Articles 15 and 16 that deal with the fundamental right to equality.While Article 15 prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, Article 16 guarantees... Read More...

  Aug 19, 2020   Current Affairs

The RBI has cleared a loan restructuring scheme for borrowers under stress because of the pandemic. In its monetary policy review, the Reserve Bank of India gave the green signal to a loan restructuring scheme for stressed borrowers. A special window providing one-time loan restructuring to companies and individuals, it will provide relief specifically to those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.Q. Who will benefit from the scheme?A. Only those companies and individuals whose loans accounts are in default for not more th... Read More...

  Aug 19, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is it in News?A.  Recently Delhi government has announced its new electric vehicle policy to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles, this has brought notice of environmentalist and field experts to recycling of electric vehicle batteries. Electric vehicles (EV) are a part of the new normal as the global transportation sector undergoes a paradigm shift, with a clear preference towards cleaner and greener vehicles.Like its western counterparts and China, India has pushed the mandate for EVs as well, through... Read More...

  Aug 18, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this is News?A. The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has denied reports about placing of a time capsule under the ground at Ram Temple construction site in Ayodhya.The Time Capsule, also known as Kaal Patra, was supposed to contain the history of Ayodhya and Rama Janma Bhoomi Movement.Q. What is a Time Capsule?A. It is a container of any size or shape, which accommodates documents, photos and artefacts typical of the current era and ... Read More...

  Aug 18, 2020   Current Affairs

When a Sunspot reaches up to 50,000 km in diameter, it may release a huge amount of energy that can lead to solar flares.Q. What is the news?A. A massive Sunspot group, AR2770, was observed recently, spaceweather.com claimed using images of the Sun’s surface from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). According to the report, a few minor space flares have been emitted by this particular Sunspot group already, which has not caused anything major other than “minor waves of ionization to ripple through Earth’s upper atmosphere”. Read More...

  Aug 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?A. At a time when the economy is under stress and the growth is expected to contract in 2020-21, the rising forex reserves have come as a breather for the economy as it can cover India’s import bill of more than one year.Covid-hit India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by a record $11.9 billion in the week ending July 31 to hit a fresh high of $534.5 billion, making it the fifth largest holder of reserves in the wor... Read More...

  Aug 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is this ASEEM Portal ?A. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched ‘Aatamanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM)’ portal to help skilled people find sustainable livelihood opportunities.Q What is objective of this New Portal ?A. The Portal is expected to improve the information flow and bridge the demand supply gap in the skilled workforce market. It will provide real-time data analytics about the demand and supply patterns including - ... Read More...

  Aug 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is it in News?A. The Haryana Forest Department has started aerial seeding across the state on a pilot basis with special focus on the Aravalli region.Q. What is Aerial Seeding?A. Aerial seeding is a technique of plantation wherein seed balls seeds covered with a mixture of clay, compost, char and other components. Read More...

  Aug 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is the news?A. Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupted recently, sending a column of ash and smoke more than 16,000 feet into the air. The volcano became active in 2010, erupting after nearly 400 years of inactivity. The latest eruption spewed 5000-metre high column of ash and smoke into the air, with ash covering three districts and darkening the sky.Q. What are few stats related to volcano eruptions globally? A. According to the National Museum of Na... Read More...

  Aug 17, 2020   Current Affairs

The Perseids meteor shower is going to be active from August 17-26. The annual celestial event is considered the best meteor shower because of many bright meteors and fireballs shooting through the sky making it easy for people to watch it from Earth.Q. What are meteor showers?A. Meteors are bits of rock and ice that are ejected from comets as they manoeuvre around their orbits around the sun. Meteor showers, on the other hand, are witnessed when Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by a comet or an asteroid.... Read More...

  Aug 17, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why this issue is in News? A. The recent Rajasthan government crisis has brought into the spotlight the role of the Governor in summoning the House of the State Assembly.Q What is the ongoing Rajasthan issue ?A. The Rajasthan Governor has returned the proposal by the State Cabinet, seeking to convene a session of the Assembly, for the second time, which would have allowed the Rajasthan chief minister to prove his strength on the floor of the House.This has raised legal questions on the powers of the... Read More...

  Aug 14, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in News ? A. Global electronics giants are set to expand their presence in India under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for making mobile phones and certain other specified electronic components.Q. What is the PLI scheme ?As a part of the National Policy on Electronics, the IT ministry had notified the PLI scheme on April 1 this year. Read More...

  Aug 14, 2020   Current Affairs

Former Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu was recently appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).Q. What is CAG?The Constitution of India provides for an independent office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in chapter V under Part V.The CAG is mentioned in the Constitution of India under Article 148 – 151.He is the head of the Indian Audit and Account... Read More...

  Aug 13, 2020   Polity

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) made public a high-level committee’s confidential report on the implementation of 1985 Assam Accord’s Clause 6, which pertains to safeguards for the preservation and promotion of Assamese identity and heritage.Q. Which committee is this?A. In February, a government-appointed committee had submitted its recommendations for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, a key provision that has been contentious for decades.The committee was set up by the Home Ministry in 2019. Headed by... Read More...

  Aug 13, 2020   Polity

Q. What is Malnutrition?A. It refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of nutrients. It includes both under and over nutrition.Malnutrition manifests itself in the form of: Stunting low height for age; Wasting low weight compare to height; Underweight- low weight for age.Q. What is Global Nutrition Report?A. It is an assessment of the state of global nutrition conceived following the first Nutrition for Growth Ini... Read More...

  Aug 12, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. What is HCNG?A. The blending of hydrogen with CNG provides a blended gas termed as HCNG. HCNG stands for hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas and it combines the advantages of both hydrogen and methane. HCNG allows customers early hydrogen deployment with nearly commercial technology. It is being treated as the first step towards future hydrogen economy.Hydrogen has been regarded as a future secondary fuel for power system due to carbon-free opera... Read More...

  Aug 12, 2020   Science and Technology

Q.What is this news ?A. India should remain on high alert against locust attack for the next four weeks, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned amid the country facing the worst locust attack in 26 years.• Spring-bred locust swarms, which migrated to the Indo-Pakistan border and travelled east to northern states, are expected to return back to Rajasthan with the start of the monsoon in coming days.The current locust attack (2019-2020) has been categorised as an upsurge. Read More...

  Aug 12, 2020   Current Affairs

Haryana CM Manohar has distributed ‘Parivar Pehchan Patra’ to the eligible families and announced that welfare schemes of all departments would be linked with the PPP within the next three months.Q.What is Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP)?A. It is an 8-digit Unique Identity Card number meant for each family to enable smooth and automatic delivery of several citizen-centric services.The government will establish the scheme-wise eligibility of a particular family using this 8-digit code according to the information available in... Read More...

  Aug 12, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is PLFS?A. PLFS is India’s first computer-based survey which gives estimates of key employment and unemployment indicators like the labour force participation rate, worker population ratio, proportion unemployed and unemployment rate in rural households annually and on a quarterly basis for the urban households.• The PLFS also gives the distribution of educated and unemployed people, which in turn can be used as a basis for skilling of youth to make them more employable by industry.• The survey was launched in 2017 and the firs... Read More...

  Aug 11, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is the Tenth Schedule of Indian Constitution?A. The Tenth Schedule contains article related to Anti-Defection law, it was inserted in the Constitution in 1985 by the 52nd Amendment Act.1. It lays down the process by which legislators may be disqualified on grounds of defection by the Presiding Officer of a legislature based on a petition by any other member of the House.2. The decision on question as to disqualification on ground of defection is referred to the Chairman or the Speaker of such House, and his decision is final. Read More...

  Aug 11, 2020   Current Affairs