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Q. What is the news? The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has launched a Seaweed Mission.Q. What is its Background? Out of the global seaweed production of 32 million tons fresh weight valued around 12 billion US dollars, China produces 57%, Indonesia 28% followed by South Korea, whereas India is having a mere share of 0.01-0.02%.Despite several advantages, commercial se... Read More...

  Feb 23, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this news?The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has launched two new initiatives - SAKSHAM (Shramik Shakti Manch) Job Portal and a Seaweed Mission.Q. What is TIFAC?TIFAC is an autonomous organization set up in 1988 under the Department of Science & Technology to look ahead in the technology domain, assess the technology trajectories, and... Read More...

  Feb 23, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news?China and Israel offer two important lessons for India to transform its agriculture: agri-market reforms and water accounting.Q. What are the lessons from Israel and China? India, China and Israel — started off their new political journey in late 1940s, but today China’s per capita income in dollar terms is almost five times that of India, and Israel’s almost 20 times higher than India.China produces  Read More...

  Feb 22, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in News? Recently, the Parliament has passed the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to provide greater autonomy in decision-making to 12 major ports in the country and professionalise their governance by setting up boards.It also seeks to replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.India has 12 major ports - Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, ... Read More...

  Feb 22, 2021   Current Affairs

Q. What is the present stats of Female labour force participation?There are 149.8 million women workers, out of which 121.8 million are in rural areas and 28 million in urban areas, according to Census 2011. Yet, women constitute only 18.6 per cent of the population working or looking for work, whereas the number is 55.6 per cent for men as of 2018-19.Q. How Covid has worsened the situation?This is the lowest the female labour force participation r... Read More...

  Feb 21, 2021   Economy

Q. What is Net Wire?Net Wire, which first surfaced in 2012, is a well-known malware.It is also one of the most active ones around.It is a remote access Trojan, or RAT, which gives control of the infected system to an attacker. Such malware can log keystrokes and compromise passwords.Q. What are threats posed by it ?This malware essentially does two things:One is data exfiltration, whic... Read More...

  Feb 21, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. Why in News? Recently, the Central Government admitted that no actual assessment of farm income has been carried out since 2013.The Government of India in its Annual Budget 2016-17 set a policy target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.About:Agriculture sustains livelihood for more than half of India's total population. Doubling farmers’ income in such a short... Read More...

  Feb 20, 2021   Economy

Q. Why is this in News?The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has endorsed the first-ever Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSyN) which aim to support countries to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by utilizing a food systems approach.The endorsement took place during the CFS 47th Session.Q. What does this Guidelines says ?Food Systems Approach:The Guidelines highlight the complex and multidi... Read More...

  Feb 20, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News?In the Budget 2021-22, Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) have been proposed to be set up by state-owned and private sector banks, and there will be no equity contribution from the government.The ARC, which will have an Asset Management Company (AMC) to manage and sell bad assets, will look to resolve stressed assets of Rs. 2-2.5 lakh crore that remain unresolved in around 70 large accounts.This is being considered as the government's version of a bad bank.Q What is Asset Reconst... Read More...

  Feb 19, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News?India has been ranked 86th in a “Covid-19 Performance Index” comprising 98 countries.Q What is Covid-19 Performance Index? Covid-19 Performance Index was compiled by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, which sought to measure the response of countries to the Pandemic.The Institute also took into account the impact of geography, political systems and economic development in assessing outcomes.  Read More...

  Feb 19, 2021   Health

Q Why is it in  News?  Recently, Russia approved the extension of the New START treaty . It is the last remaining nuclear Russia-USA arms control treaty which is about to expire in February 2021.Q  How and when was it approved? Both houses of Russian Parliament (Kremlin) approved the extension of the New START treaty for five years. It was done after a recent telephonic conversation between the newly elected USA President and the Russian President.At the World Economic F... Read More...

  Feb 18, 2021   International Relations

Q Why is it in News? The redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) has become the first project to be undertaken on the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) concept in the NCR. The project has been approved by the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) which is a statutory body under the Ministry of Railways responsible for the development of vacant railway land.Currently, the Indian Railways has approximately 43,000 hectares of vacant land across the country.The Government, in recent times, has been promoting ‘transit-oriented ... Read More...

  Feb 18, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News? As per a recent study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the cost of issuing green bonds has generally remained higher than other bonds in India, largely due to asymmetric information.Q What are Green Bonds? A bond is a fixed income instrument that represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower (typically corporate or governmental).Bonds traditionally paid a fixed interest rate (coupon) to investors.A green bond is a de... Read More...

  Feb 17, 2021   Economy

Q Why is it in News ? Recently, Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers to make digital copyright payments for online news content.Q What is this Google-French Deal? France became the first country to enshrine the European Union copyright rules into national law. This brought into effect 'neighbouring rights' law. The newly adopted EU directive ensures that media are paid for original content, typically news, offered online by tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Read More...

  Feb 17, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The total allocation for the five autonomous institutes under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has been reduced in the Union Budget 2021-2022. Q. Which are these bodies? 1. GB Pant Himalayan Institute of Environment and Development2. Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education3. Indian Institute of Forest Management4. Indian Plywood Industries Research and Tr... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news?The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in its first-ever Declaration for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, pressed for stronger action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.It also stressed on the need to recover from the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.Q. What does it said?The declaration was a part of the 34th session of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI34), which e... Read More...

  Feb 16, 2021   Economy

Q. What is the news? A team of scientists at the Berkeley Lab has reported some of the properties of element 99 in the periodic table called “Einsteinium”, named after Albert Einstein. It was discovered in 1952 in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb (the detonation of a thermonuclear device called “Ivy Mike” in the Pacific Ocean). Since its discovery, scientists have not been able to perform a lot of experiments with it because it is difficult to create and is highly radioactive. Therefore, very little is known about this element.With this new study publ... Read More...

  Feb 15, 2021   Science and Technology

Q. What is the news? Major oil-producing countries had cut oil production last year amid a sharp fall in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The price of Brent crude crossed the $60 per barrel mark on Feb 8th  after over a year on the back of oil-producing countries maintaining production cuts and expectations of improvements in global demand as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out across the world. The price of Brent Crude has risen by over 50 per cent since the end of October after prices had remained around $40 per barrel for five months... Read More...

  Feb 14, 2021   International Relations

Q. What is the news?The Joe Biden administration in The United States is set to reengage with the much-maligned UN Human Rights Council that former Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago.Q. Why did the US pulled-out from UNHRC earlier?Trump pulled out of the world body’s main human rights agency in 2018 due to its disproportionate focus on Israel.Israel had received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country. Read More...

  Feb 13, 2021   International Relations

Q. Why is this in News? Recently, the Union Minister of Science & Technology addressed the Mission Innovation (MI) to mark the beginning of phase-2 of the mission or Mission Innovation 2.0.India played a leadership role in MI Steering Committee and is a member of the Analysis and Joint Research and Business & Investor Engagement sub-groups.Q. What is Mission Innovation?Formation: Read More...

  Feb 12, 2021   Science and Technology