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The Prime Minister of India announced the launch of National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) on 74th Independence Day..This is a part of three digital announcements by the Prime Minister including a new cyber security policy and optical fibre connectivity to six lakh villages in the country.Q. What are its key features?The NDHM is a complete digital health ecosystem. The digital platform will be launched with four key features — health ID, personal health records, Digi Doctor and health facility registry. Read More...

  Aug 22, 2020   Government Schemes

The Union Cabinet has decided to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) which will conduct a common preliminary examination for various recruitments in the central government.Q. What is the need for NRA?A. As of now, aspirants have to take different exams that are conducted by various agencies for central government jobs. According to Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, on an average 2.5 crore to 3 crore aspirants appear for about 1.25 lakh vacancies in the central government every year.As and when it will b... Read More...

  Aug 22, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is it in News? Recently, Manipur, Nagaland and Uttarakhand, along with the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir have been integrated with the One Nation-One Ration Card (ONORC) Scheme. Now a total of 24 States/UTs are connected under the ONORC scheme. The remaining states/UTs are targeted to be integrated into the scheme by March 2021.Q. What is  One Nation- One Ration Card Scheme? Read More...

  Aug 21, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is it in News? Recently, Pakistan has released a new political map that includes all of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Sir Creek and Junagadh. The map has been released on the eve of the first anniversary of the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.Q. What are some issues related to this new map? The map depicts entire Jammu & Kashmir as a disputed ter... Read More...

  Aug 21, 2020   Current Affairs

Que. Anti defection law needs to respect democracy and its spirit. Comment Ans.: 52nd Constitution Amendment in 1985 introduced the anti-defection law whose contents are kept in the Tenth Schedule. While it tried to introduce political morality by disincentivising defections, there is the avoidable slant towards suppressing dissent unduly. Read More...

  Aug 21, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?RBI announces special liquidity scheme for NBFCs and HFCs through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to avoid any potential systemic risks to the financial sector.Also, earlier Finance Minister had announced on 13th March 2020, launch of a Special Liquidity Scheme of Rs. 30,000 crore.Q. What are the basic features of this scheme?RBI will provide funds for the Scheme by subscribing to government guaranteed special securities issued by the Trust. Read More...

  Aug 20, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?Researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad have started using computational methods to understand the factors and impediments in incorporating biofuels into the fuel sector in India.Q. What does this research shows?A unique feature of this work is that the framework considers revenue generation not only as an outcome of sales of the biofuel but also in terms of carbon credits via greenhouse gas emission savings throughout the project lifecycle. Read More...

  Aug 20, 2020   Science and Technology

How do laws in India balance freedom of speech and expression with punishment for contempt of court? Mention the highlights of the national debate on this issue. (250 words and 10 minutes) Read More...

  Aug 19, 2020   Polity

What is the significance of the peace agreement between Israel and UAE? (250 words and 10 minutes) Read More...

  Aug 18, 2020   International Relations

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