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Why in news?The National Ganga Council (NGC), which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time at Kanpur on Saturday with the proposal to save and enhance the population of the Gangetic Dolphin. There was an expectation that at the meeting a programme called “Project Dolphin”, along the lines of “Project Tiger” would be cleared to enhance the population of these dolphins.What is status of the status of Gangetic dolphins in India?The Gangetic river dolphins were officially discovered in... Read More...

  Jul 22, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

The Union Cabinet has approved the “Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)” for Flood Management Works in entire country and River Management Activities and works related to Border Areas for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. How the FMBAP has been framed?The Scheme “FMBAP” has been framed by merging the components of two continuing XII Plan schemes titled “Flood Management Programme (FMP)” and “River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas (RMBA)”  Read More...

  Jul 22, 2020   Science and Technology

What is NISHTHA?NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic AdvancementIt is a National Mission to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme of Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of HRD as part of its National Mission to improve learning outcomes at the Elementary level under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha.It is an integrated programme aims to build the capacities of around 42 lakh teachers and Heads of Schools, faculty members of SCERTs and DIETs and Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators.Basica... Read More...

  Jul 22, 2020   Polity

Q. What is Prerak Dauur Samman?A. Recently, a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ has been announced as part of Swachh Survekshan 2021.Q. What are categories under it?A. The Prerak Dauur Samman has a total of five subcategories namely, Divya (Platinum) Anupam (Gold)Ujjwal (Silver) Udit (... Read More...

  Jul 22, 2020   General Category

Q.What is Winter Diesel ?A. It is a specialised fuel specifically for high altitude regions and low-temperature regions such as Ladakh, where ordinary diesel can become unusable. The winter diesel was introduced as a technological solution by the Indian Oil Corporation an oil PSU of GOI in 2019 in high-altitude sectors like Ladakh, Kargil, Kaza and Keylong, which face the problem of freezing of diesel in their vehicles in extreme weather conditions.Q. Why is Winter Diesel in News?A.&... Read More...

  Jul 22, 2020   General Category

What is WPI? Discuss the latest data and trends.The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation, base year 2011-12, rebounded to 3-months high of 0.6% in November 2019.It was falling consistently for last six straight months to 0.2% in October from 3.2% in April 2019.Among the three major sub-groups(Primary products, Manufacturing and electricity), the inflation for primary articles and fuel and power increased, while inflation for manufactured products group was steady i... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   Economy

Indo – Nepal RelationsMotihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum product pipeline: Prime Ministers of India and Nepal have jointly inaugurated a cross-border petroleum products pipeline. Pipeline carries petroleum products from Motihari in India to Amlekhgunj in Nepal. This is South Asia’s first cross-border petroleum products pipeline.Territory of Kalapani: India’s new mapof the country did not revise anything as far as the border with Nepal is concerned. The response came after Nepal’s Foreign Ministry complained tha... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   International Relations

The Centre has launched a programme to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024.The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was formally unveiled on Thursday, is envisaged as a scheme to provide the States and the Centre with a framework to combat air pollution.What is the NCAP?The National Clean Air Programme is a pollution control initiative that was launched by the Ministry of Environment with the intention to cut the concentration of coarse (particulate matter of diameter 10 mi... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the National Policy on Electronics 2019 (NPE 2019), proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).What does the Policy envision? The Policy envisions positioning India as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing - (ESDM) by encouraging and driving capabilities in the country for developing core components, including chipsets, and creating an enabling environment for the industry to compete globally.The new National Policy on Ele... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   Science and Technology

What is this DHRUV program of government?Union HRD Ministry launched a unique initiative for talented students Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme- DHRUV, which will act as a turning point in the lives of extra ordinarily talented students. Salient Features of the DHRUVThe programme is named after a pole star called DHRUV TARA. The main objective of the program is to allow students to realize their complete potential and contribute to the society.The programme will be c... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   Polity

What are FPOs?Farmer Producer Organisations, (FPO) consists of collectivisation of producers especially small and marginal farmers so as to form an effective alliance to collectively address many challenges of agriculture such as improved access to investment, technology, inputs, and markets.  Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) is providing support for the promotion of FPOs.The resource agencies leverage the support available from governments and agencies like NABARD to promote and nurture FPOs.What is current status of FPOs? Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   Current Affairs

What are Biofuels?Any hydrocarbon fuel that is produced from an organic matter (living or once living material) in a short period of time (days, weeks, or even months) is considered a biofuel.What are states of their existence?Biofuels may be solid, liquid or gaseous in nature.What are the different categories of Biofuels?There are generally 4 categories of biofuels:First generation biofuels: These a... Read More...

  Jul 21, 2020   Science and Technology

What is Consumer Expenditure Survey? What is the status of it’s recent survey?The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) is usually conducted at quinquennial intervals and the last survey on consumer expenditure was conducted in the 68th round between July 2011 to June 2012.The NSS Consumer Expenditure Survey generates estimates of household Monthly Per Capita Consumer Expenditure (MPCE) and the distribution of households and persons over the MPCE classes.Designed to collect information regarding expenditure on consumption of goods and... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   Economy

Indo- Pak RelationsKartarpur pact: India and Pakistan signed an agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor that will facilitate pilgrims from India to visit the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.The agreement is valid initially for five years. India will hand over the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days in advance and those granted permission to go may be informed only four days before the proposed date of travel.3 PoK terror camps destroyed: Taken retaliatory action aga... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   International Relations

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for implementation of scheme titled 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles’ in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)' for promotion of Electric Mobility in the country.What is FAME and what are its objectives?The main objective of the scheme is to encourage Faster adoption of Electric and hybrid vehicle by way of offering upfront Incentive on purchase of Electric vehicles and also by way of establishing a necessary charging Infrastructure for electric vehicles. ... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is the news?The SI, the modern metric system, has seven base units from which all other measurement units can be derived. On May 20, 2019, four of them — the kilogram, kelvin, ampere and mole — were redefined in terms of constants of nature. Initially artefacts or physical objects were used to define base units. This created inaccuracies particularly for small measurements as physical object decay with time. The remaining three — the second, meter, and candela — are already based on universal constants.The fundamental const... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   Science and Technology

Launched on Good Governance Day, December 25, by Government of India. The Good Governance Index is a uniform tool across States to assess the Status of Governance and impact of various interventions taken up by the State Government and UTs. The GGI takes into consideration ten sectors: 1). Agriculture and Allied Sectors, 2). Commerce & Industries, 3). Human Resource Development, 4). Public Health, 5). Pub... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   Polity

India has recently inaugurated its first dedicated underpass for Wildlife Corridor on NH 44 which passes through Kanha-Pench Corridor. There has been Proofs through camera installed that wild animals are using it. Q. How do roads impact wildlife, and why should anyone bother?A.  Wild animals are vulnerable to vehicular traffic passing through forests, especially at night when, blinded by bright headlights, even swift species like cats freeze.Over time, as animals learn to avoid roads, busy multilane highways become... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Why is it in News? Recently, the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme has been activated as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. There has also been a new guideline by Health Ministry that all pneumonia patients must be notified to the IDSP so that they can be tested for COVID-19. When was it launched? The Integrated Disease Surveillance Project was l... Read More...

  Jul 20, 2020   Current Affairs

How are e-pharmacies different?E-pharmacies receive request for prescription and non-prescription medicines. For prescription drugs, the doctor’s instruction note has to be uploaded. These platforms then forward the orders to a licensed pharmacy in their network that is registered with the government authorities. They deliver the order to the customer through a courier. Some e-pharmacies also stock medicines and thus dispense directly. E-pharmacies have always claimed that their business model is well covered by the Information Technology Act, 2000 under the concept of... Read More...

  Jul 18, 2020   Economy