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Madhya Pradesh is planning to sell Kadaknath chicken meat at milk outlets to cater to the growing demand. The government has launched the project on a pilot basis.So what is Kadakhnath?Kadaknath or Kali Masi is a breed of chicken originating from the Jhabua and Dhar districts of western Madhya Pradesh.Why is it important?The Grami... Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Economy

What is Far East?In general, the Far East as a geographical term refers to East Asia (including Northeast Asia), the Russian Far East (part of North Asia), and Southeast Asia.The Russian Far East comprises the Russian part of the Far East, the easternmost territory of Russia, between Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia and the Pacific Ocean.Why did India launch Look East Policy in 1991? Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   International Relations

How important are forests for reversing climate change?Deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 17 percent of carbon emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. It is now clear that in order to constrain the impacts of climate change within limits that society will reasonably be able to tolerate, global average temperatures must be stabilized within two degrees Celsius. This will be practically impossible to achieve without reducing emissions from the forest sector, in addit... Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is EQUINOO?Equatorial Indian Ocean Oscillation (EQUINOO) is considered to be the atmospheric component of the Indian Ocean dipole mode. EQUINOO is defined as the oscillation between a state in which the convection/precipitation is enhanced over Western Equatorial Indian Ocean (WEIO) and suppressed over the Eastern Equatorial Indian Ocean EEIO convection/precipitation is enhanced over EEIO and that in which convection/precipitation is enhanced over EEIO and suppressed over WEIO. Although the distinguishing attribute of EQUINOO is the see-saw in ... Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Science and Technology

What does the Act do? A. The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Act, 2019 amends the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956. The Act fixes the maximum number of judges in the Supreme Court at 30 judges (excluding the Chief Justice of India). This increases the number from 30 to 33. How is the strength of the Supreme Court fixed?The strength of Supreme Court is fixed by law enacted Parliament as per Article 124 (1) of Constitution of India. Therefore, strength of Supreme Court judge... Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Polity

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the Government of India’s foreign-currency and local-currency long-term issuer ratings to “Baa3” from “Baa2”. It stated that the outlook remained “negative”.The latest downgrade reduces India to the lowest investment grade of ratings and brings Moody’s ratings for the country in line with the other two main rating agencies in the world — Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch  Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Economy

After the Home Ministry announced fresh guidelines pertaining to the countrywide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic, India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights would continue until midnight on June 30. Domestic passenger flight services resumed in the country from May 25, two months after the announcement of the lockdown and suspension of all scheduled commercial passenger flight... Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   General Category

As massive protests after the death of George Floyd continued to rock the United States, President Donald Trump has announced that the far-left group ANTIFA would be designated as a terrorist organisation by his government. Even in the past, Trump has described Antifa as a terrorist group. Other right-wing politicians have also criticised the group. Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   International Relations

Data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) surprised most economists and forecasters.The Q4 growth rate is found to be at 3.1%, as released in the provisional estimates.For instance, markets expected Q4 GDP to grow at “minus” 1.5% — that’s a contraction by 1.5%. Other most estimates suggested a growth rate of just 1% to 2% in Q4. Read More...

  Jun 04, 2020   Economy

Context: The Visakhapatnam gas leak highlights the need for industries to be extra cautious while starting production after the lockdown.News: The Gas leak incident at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, in the early morning of May 7, 2020, was not the only industrial accident in the country that day.  Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020  

Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and came into effect in 2002. It is an agreement that allows its 34 signatories countries to monitor arm development by conducting surveillance flights (unarmed) over each other’s territories. Therefore, the treaty established an aerial surveillance system for its participants. Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   International Relations

Recently, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has started looking into allegations against the Alphabet Inc’s Google.According to the allegations, Google is abusing its market position to unfairly promote its mobile payments app (Google Pay) in the country.The complaint alleges the USA tech giant more prominently showcases its Google Pay app inside its Android app store in India, giving it a... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Economy

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to allow banks to assign zero risk weight for loans that will be extended to the Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) under the Rs.20 lakh crore economic package announced by the Union government.After banks highlighted the issue of risk weight associated with the loan with the government, the government has asked the RBI to waive the requirement of assigning a risk weight to the loans. Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Economy

Open Source refers to a source which people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.Source code is the part of software that computer programmers can manipulate its working and function. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features. Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Health

The third advance estimates released released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare said that horticultural crops output is expected to go up marginally to 313.85 million tonnes (mt) in 2018-19 compared with 311.71 mt produced in the previous year. Production of fruits and vegetables such as potato, onion, banana and citrus fruits will go up significantly.How are vegetables expected to perform?production of vegetables is projected to go up to 185.... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Economy

What is the background?India and France became strategic partners in 1998 and this traditional relationship is enduring, like-minded, and all-encompassing. India- France relationship developed into a structured partnership, both at bilateral level as well as in international bodies. France and India have decided to give a new ambition to this partnership by opening it to new areas of cooperation.In what ways did France support India in security matters? Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   International Relations

Conference of Parties (COP14)What is UNCCD all about? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.The Convention entered into force in 1996. It is the only int... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Why has it been in news for some months?The Union Health Ministry in 2018 notified a ban on private firms from manufacturing and selling oxytocin on the ground that it wanted to restrict the responsibility of supplying the drug to Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), a Karnataka-based public sector manufacturer to avoid its misuse in the veterinary field. Delhi High Court quashed the ban on various grounds, including that it lacked scientific basis.... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Science and Technology

When was the Dam safety bill introduced? The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 was passed by the Parliament in the budget session in July 2019. It provides for the surveillance, inspection, operation, and maintenance of specified dams across the country. It also provides for an institutional mechanism to ensure the safety of such dams. What is the applicability of the Act? The Bill applies ... Read More...

  Jun 03, 2020   Polity

What is the new Reserve Bank of India rule?The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made it compulsory for banks to link their new floating rate home, auto and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), that is small scale industries, loans to an external benchmark from October 1 so that the borrowers can enjoy lower rate of interest.The new regime will only apply to banks and not to Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).  Read More...

  Jun 02, 2020   Economy