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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

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to the latest census report prepared by the Madhya Pradesh forest department, the number of dolphins in Chambal River has been reduced by 13% in 4 years.There are just 68 dolphins left in the 435-kilometre-long Chambal river sanctuary which passes through three states i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Gangetic Dolphins are the sanctuary’s main attraction. The decreasing trend is continuing from 2016 when there were 78 dolphins. Read More...

  Aug 04, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Recently, Vikas Dubey, a gangster was killed by the Uttar Pradesh Police in an encounter (extra-judicial killing). However, many experts raised questions on the encounter and demanded a judicial enquiry into the matter.Q. What are rights of police in this regard? The police force has the right to injure or kill the criminal, for the sole and only purpose of self-defense or where it is imminently necessary for the maintenance of peace and order.Under Section-96 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), every human being has the right to pri... Read More...

  Aug 04, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is it in News?A. Recently, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has criticised the Rajasthan government for its new guidelines on elementary education.Rajasthan’s Department of School Education issued guidelines stating that admissions to private schools under the RTE Act, 2009 for the 2020-21 academic year would take place only from class 1 or above, excluding pre-schoolers (children in the nursery).The guidelines recommend the age of admission to be “5 years or above but less than 7 yea... Read More...

  Aug 04, 2020   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is considering replacing the Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act, 1993 (MMTG) with a National Logistics Efficiency and Advancement Predictability and Safety Act (NLEAPS).MMTG provides for the regulation of multimodal transportation of goods from any place in India to any place outside India. Multimodal transportation refers to a combination of more than one mode of movement, such as rail, road or sea, for end-to-end delivery of goods. It was introduced to facilitate the exporters and give them a sense of security in transporting their goods. Read More...

  Aug 04, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?Rajya Sabha member has filed a petition with the Chairman of the House seeking to initiate breach of privileges and contempt proceedings against the Chief Minister of Kerala after the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.Q. What are Parliamentary privileges?Parliamentary privileges are certain rights and immunities enjoyed by members ofParliament, individually and collectively, so that they can “effectively discharge their functions”. Read More...

  Aug 04, 2020   Polity

Why in news?In its boldest gambit yet to stir up the economy, the government in October, 2019, issued an ordinance to reduce the corporate tax rate for domestic firms and new manufacturing units by 10 to 12 percentage points, effectively bringing India’s tax rates on par with its competing Asian peers. Taxation Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019 replaces the ordinance. This move can be seen in the context of PM’s Independence Day speech, wherein he emphasized on respecting the “Wealth creators” in a country. However, of recent govt.... Read More...

  Aug 01, 2020   Economy

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for creation of special Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF). What is FIDF?It is an estimated fund size of Rs.7,522 crore, comprising Rs.5,266.40 crore to be raised by the Nodal Loaning Entities (NLEs), Rs. 1,316.6 crore beneficiaries contribution and Rs.939.48 crore budgetary support from the Government of India. What is the aim of FIDF? Read More...

  Aug 01, 2020   Economy

Who is a Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO)?A fugitive economic offender has been defined as a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for committing an offence listed in the schedule of the Bill, and the value of the offence is at least Rs 100 crore, and who (i) has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution; or (ii) being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution”. What is the objective of the Act?The FEO Act aims “to provide for measures to deter fugitive economic offenders f... Read More...

  Aug 01, 2020   Economy

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy released a scheme to support the promotion of biomass based cogeneration in sugar mills, and other industries.What is cogeneration?Cogeneration means generating both electricity and useful heat at the same time, therefore utilising the available energy in more than one form. What is the duration and financial outlay for the policy?The total central financial assistance towards the scheme will be Rs 170 crore for the period Read More...

  Aug 01, 2020   Economy