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Why in news?The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 has set off protests across the country, with many fearing that the controversial legislation which grants to select minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Indian citizenship will be used in conjunction with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to deem minorities as "illegal immigrants".The NRC first gained national prominence with its implementation in the northeastern state of Assam, but the citizens' registry is fuelling fear and panic in the nation. Read More...

  Aug 06, 2020   Polity

Why in news?The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to conduct Census 2021 and update the National Population Register (NPR). While the Census will be conducted in 2021, the NPR update will take place from April to September 2020 in all the States/UTs except Assam. According to sources, the Union Cabinet has approved a proposal of the Home Ministry to spend Rs 8,754 crore for the Census 2021 and Rs 3,941 crore for updating the NPR.What is NPR?The NPR exercise ... Read More...

  Aug 06, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. In the current kharif season, farmers would undertake mass sowing of GM seeds for maize, soybean, mustard brinjal and herbicide tolerant (Ht) cotton, although these are not approved. So, in this regard, Shetkari Sanghatana a farmers union has announced fresh plans in its agitation for use of genetically modified seeds.Q. What is the movement about?• The Sanghatana has announced that this year they are going to undertake large-scale sowing of unapproved GM crops... Read More...

  Aug 06, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is G7?A. The G7, originally G8, was set up in 1975 as an informal forum bringing together the leaders of the world’s leading industrial nations.The summit gathers leaders from the European Union (EU) and the following countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Q. How did G7 become G8?A. Russia was formally inducted as a member in the g... Read More...

  Aug 06, 2020   Current Affairs

What is the objective of the Act?The 2015, Act, the objective is to make litigation less cumbersome and expeditious especially related to Commercial Disputes. The Bill brings down the specified value of a commercial dispute to 3 Lakhs from the present one crore. Therefore, commercial disputes of a reasonable value can be decided by commercial courts. This would bring down the time taken (presently 1445 days) in resolution of commercial disputes of lesser value and thus further improve India's ranking in the Ease of Doing Business. Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Polity

Discuss the purpose of Nirbhaya Fund with example(s). 1. Government of India has set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund in 2013 for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security of women in the country. 2. Under the Nirbhaya Fund, the proposed projects should have the features like direct impact on safety and security concerns of women and promote optimum use of existing infrastructure and innovative use of technology. 3. The Fund is administered by Department of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry.  Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

Discuss Diamond Quadrilateral Bullet Train Network Project. Also mention the progress in the project so far. 1. In the Railway Budget 2014-15, it was announced to undertake planning of high speed rail connectivity on Diamond Quadrilateral network connecting major metros and growth centres of the country. 2. Accordingly, Ministry of Railways has undertaken feasibility studies for some routes namely Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Nagpur and Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru. 3. However, being highly capital inte... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

What are Integrated Textile Parks? Why there are delays in creation of such parks? 1. The Government is implementing the Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP) which provides support for creation of world-class infrastructure facilities for setting up of textile units. 2. The parks have Government of India (GoI) grant up to 40% of the project cost subject to a ceiling of Rs. 40 crore. 3. However, GoI grant is up to 90% of the project cost for first two projects (each) in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur,... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

What is National Infrastructure Pipeline?Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech had said that Rs 100 lakh crore would be invested on infrastructure over the next five years. These will include social and economic infrastructure projects.To implement an infrastructure program of this scale, it is important that projects are adequately prepared and launched, NIP will provide a forward-looking policy and program in this regard. NIP will be complemented by an annual infrastructure pipeline. To achieve this a Task force ... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

Why in news?The massive locust attack of December 2019 has affected about 25,000 hectares of land in two of the worst-hit North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha and Patan. Farmers to get Rs 18,500 as relief assistance following the worst locust attack in two decades.What are the crops attacked by locusts?Kharif crops like groundnut, castor and cotton and rabi c... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

What is this HS Code?The Harmonized System, or simply ‘HS’, is a six-digit identification code developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). Called the ‘universal economic language’ for goods, it is a multipurpose international product nomenclature. Over 200 countries use the system as a basis for their customs tariffs, gathering international trade statistics, making trade policies, and for monitoring goods. The system helps in harmonizing of customs and trade procedures, thus reducing costs in international trade.Of the six digits, the first two denote the HS C... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

Discuss the status of infant deaths in India. According to a UNICEF estimate on January 1, 2020, an estimated 67,385 babies were born in India!It accounted for 17% of the estimated 392,078 births globally. This is higher than the 46,299 babies born in China that day, the 26,039 born in Nigeria and 16,787 born in Pakistan.At the same time India witnesses the death of an estimated 2,350 babies per day aged less than one year. It varies from state to state. For example In 2017, the infant ... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

aWhat is nature and extent of minerals on sea floor?The vast repository of minerals, including the precious cobalt, zinc, manganese and rare earth materials are present in three forms of orePolymetallic manganese nodules that remain strewn across the ocean floor;Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts that cover the seamounts; Massive polymetallic sulfide (PMS) deposits around hydrothermal vents. PMS, containing iron, copper, zinc, silver, gold, platinum... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

Indian banking sector have been reeling with NPAs, which poses formidable challenge to Indian Economy in terms of investment, jobs, demand and exports.What are NPAs?Non-performing assets, also called non-performing loans, are loans, made by a bank or finance company, on which repayments or interest payments are not being made on time. Generally speaking, NPA is any asset of a bank which is not producing any income. Once the borrower has failed to make interest or principal payments for 90 days the loan is considered to be a non-performing asset. Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

What are the new mergers announced by the govt.?Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India will combine to form the nation’s second-largest lender.Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank will merge.Union Bank of India will amalgamate with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank.Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank. Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Economy

The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan Yojana (PM-SYM), a mega pension scheme for unorganised sector. The scheme was announced in the Interim Budget 2019. What is the scheme all about?PM-SYM is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme that will engage as many as 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector.  Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojna seeks to provide assured monthly pension of 3000 rupees per month, with a contribution of 100 rupees per month, ... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Polity

What is the amendment about?Personal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019, seeks to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws – Hindu Marriage Act, Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, Divorce Act (for Christians), Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act.The amendments introduced in the Bill omit the provisions which stigmatise and discriminate against leprosy-affected persons. What did the law say before?The condition under Section 18 (2) (c... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. Scientists have recently discovered tiny flashes of radio light emanating from all over the Sun, which they say could help in explaining the long-pending coronal heating problem. The data was collected with the help of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope.Q. What is it?A. The radio lights or signals under study result from beams of electrons accelerated in the aftermath of a magnetic explosion on the Sun. These observations are the strongest evidence till date that the tiny... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Current Affairs

What is this study?A study was conducted by researchers at University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) which analysed population trends in 195 countries. It used data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 to model future population in various scenarios as a function of fertility, migration, and mortality rates.Q. What are some important findings of report?A. According to this study:World population will peak in 2064, at 9.73 billion which is 36 years earlier than the 11 ... Read More...

  Aug 05, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is HOPE Mission?A. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mars Mission or ‘Hope’ which is scheduled for launch on 16th July, 2020 is one of three missions launching to Mars this month. The USA and China, both have surface rovers in the late stages of preparation.Q. What are some of its Key Points?It is the first interplanetary mission for the Arab World.The ‘Hope Orbiter’ will be lifted on an H-IIA rocket from Mitsubi... Read More...

  Aug 04, 2020   Science and Technology