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As massive protests after the death of George Floyd continued to rock the United States, President Donald Trump has announced that the far-left group ANTIFA would be designated as a terrorist organisation by his government. Even in the past, Trump has described Antifa as a terrorist group. Other right-wing politicians have also criticised the group. Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   International Relations

Data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) surprised most economists and forecasters.The Q4 growth rate is found to be at 3.1%, as released in the provisional estimates.For instance, markets expected Q4 GDP to grow at “minus” 1.5% — that’s a contraction by 1.5%. Other most estimates suggested a growth rate of just 1% to 2% in Q4. Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Economy

Context: The Visakhapatnam gas leak highlights the need for industries to be extra cautious while starting production after the lockdown.News: The Gas leak incident at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, in the early morning of May 7, 2020, was not the only industrial accident in the country that day.  Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020  

Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and came into effect in 2002. It is an agreement that allows its 34 signatories countries to monitor arm development by conducting surveillance flights (unarmed) over each other’s territories. Therefore, the treaty established an aerial surveillance system for its participants. Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   International Relations

Recently, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has started looking into allegations against the Alphabet Inc’s Google.According to the allegations, Google is abusing its market position to unfairly promote its mobile payments app (Google Pay) in the country.The complaint alleges the USA tech giant more prominently showcases its Google Pay app inside its Android app store in India, giving it a... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Economy

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to allow banks to assign zero risk weight for loans that will be extended to the Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) under the Rs.20 lakh crore economic package announced by the Union government.After banks highlighted the issue of risk weight associated with the loan with the government, the government has asked the RBI to waive the requirement of assigning a risk weight to the loans. Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Economy

Open Source refers to a source which people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.Source code is the part of software that computer programmers can manipulate its working and function. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features. Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Health

The third advance estimates released released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare said that horticultural crops output is expected to go up marginally to 313.85 million tonnes (mt) in 2018-19 compared with 311.71 mt produced in the previous year. Production of fruits and vegetables such as potato, onion, banana and citrus fruits will go up significantly.How are vegetables expected to perform?production of vegetables is projected to go up to 185.... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Economy

What is the background?India and France became strategic partners in 1998 and this traditional relationship is enduring, like-minded, and all-encompassing. India- France relationship developed into a structured partnership, both at bilateral level as well as in international bodies. France and India have decided to give a new ambition to this partnership by opening it to new areas of cooperation.In what ways did France support India in security matters? Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   International Relations

Conference of Parties (COP14)What is UNCCD all about? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.The Convention entered into force in 1996. It is the only int... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Why has it been in news for some months?The Union Health Ministry in 2018 notified a ban on private firms from manufacturing and selling oxytocin on the ground that it wanted to restrict the responsibility of supplying the drug to Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), a Karnataka-based public sector manufacturer to avoid its misuse in the veterinary field. Delhi High Court quashed the ban on various grounds, including that it lacked scientific basis.... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Science and Technology

When was the Dam safety bill introduced? The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 was passed by the Parliament in the budget session in July 2019. It provides for the surveillance, inspection, operation, and maintenance of specified dams across the country. It also provides for an institutional mechanism to ensure the safety of such dams. What is the applicability of the Act? The Bill applies ... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Polity

What is the new Reserve Bank of India rule?The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made it compulsory for banks to link their new floating rate home, auto and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), that is small scale industries, loans to an external benchmark from October 1 so that the borrowers can enjoy lower rate of interest.The new regime will only apply to banks and not to Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).  Read More...

  Jun 02, 2020   Economy

What are the respective motives for India-UK trade deal post-Brexit?The UK is among India’s main trading partners from the EU bloc. Trade totalled €13.6 billion in 2018, accounting for 17% of India’s overall trade with the EU. Moreover, trade between India and the UK increased at an average rate of 8.8% a year between 2002 and 2018.Machinery and transport equipment constitute 40% of India’s exports, and accounts for nearly 20% of total UK’s trade with India. The UK’s exp... Read More...

  Jun 02, 2020   International Relations

How do we know that the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is now critically endangered and at threat of imminent extinction?In 1969, over 1,000 Great Indian Bustards roamed the country’s grasslands. Today, this beautiful bird has vanished from 90 per cent of its geographical range, and has a global population of fewer than 150 individuals. Where do we find the GIB?The majority of the surviving bird... Read More...

  Jun 02, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is Pretomanid?The USFDA approved a new drug called Pretomanid. It is only the third new anti-TB drug approved for use by USFDA in over 50 years.It offers hope for the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) -- the two dreaded forms of TB that defy most drugs.What are MDR-TB and XDR-TB?Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis ... Read More...

  Jun 02, 2020   Science and Technology

When was this bill passed? The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Parliament in the Budget Session 2019. It seeks to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The Act contains provisions to deal with domestic and international arbitration, and defines the law for conducting conciliation proceedings. Features of the ActWhat is Arbit... Read More...

  Jun 02, 2020   Polity

What are its recommendations?To address gaps in credit delivery to the agriculture sector, Government of India, in partnership with State governments, should set up a credit guarantee fund for the agriculture sector. This scheme for the agriculture sector should be on the lines of credit guarantee schemes implemented in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.In order to consult States and build consensus among them over reforms related to agriculture, felt that... Read More...

  Jun 01, 2020   Economy

What is Brexit?It comes from two words: "British" and "exit". It is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Why is it taking place?A referendum was held in 2016 due to popular pressure as a part of backlash against globalisation and immigration, in which 51.9 per cent of those voting supported leaving the EU. Read More...

  Jun 01, 2020   International Relations

Which parts of India are vulnerable to landslides?Landslides and avalanches are among the major hydro-geological hazards that affect large parts of India besides the Himalayas, the Northeastern hill ranges, the Western Ghats, the Nilgiris, the Eastern Ghats and the Vindhyans, in that order, covering about 15 % of the landmass. Are they triggered by human activities?Landslides triggered by huma... Read More...

  Jun 01, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment