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Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) ordered the scrapping of an Rs 1,950 crore tender for the BharatNet project in Tamil Nadu.Q. What is Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade?A. It comes under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It was established in 1995 and has been reconstituted in the year 2000 with the merger of the Department of Industrial Development. Read More...

  Jul 30, 2020   Science and Technology

Why in news?The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the Ease of Living Index 2018 in August 2018.What is Ease of Living Index?The Index was launched in 2017 by MoHUA.  The Index captures the quality of life in cities and seeks to:Drive an evidence-based approach for future interventions and investments to deliver ease of living outcomes;Catalyse actions to improve the quality of life... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2020   Economy

Why in news?The State of Forest Report (SFR) 2019, while showing an increase in the carbon stock trapped in Indian forests in the last two years, also shows why it is going to be an uphill task for India in meeting one of its international obligations on climate change. India, as part of its contribution to the global fight against climate change, has committed itself to creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030. What is the relationship between forests and carbon?F... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Discuss the status of tuberculosis deaths globally as well as in India and mention Government’s efforts to control tuberculosis (TB). What are the other related risks associated?TB affects an estimated 10 million people globally every year, of which around 3.2 million are women. An estimated 1.6 million people die of TB every year, of whom 0.84 million are men and 0.5 million are women. An estimated 3.6 million people with TB are not reported to health systems across the world.India has the highest annual incidence of TB in t... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2020   Science and Technology

What is DAY-NRLM?The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) is a programme for social and economic empowerment of women through community institutions of the poor. It touches the lives of over 6.47 crore women who have, to date, formed 59 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs). In the last five years, over three crores of these women have been sanctioned Rs 2.12 lakh crore from banks.This rural livelihood mission, through self-help groups, is transforming the lives of women.What are outcomes from DAY-NRLM? Read More...

  Jul 29, 2020   Polity

Despite being the world's fourth-largest producer, India is the second-largest importer of the dry-fuel.  Therefore, in line with the vision to build an ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’, a slew of reforms to promote commercial mining of coal in India, has been announced.Q. What are some of reforms recently announced In Coal Sector?Commercial mining of coal is allowed, with 50 blocks to be offered to the private sector.Entry norms will be liberalised as it has done away with the regulation requiring power plants to use “washe... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is the Social Security System?A  According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Social Security is a comprehensive approach designed to prevent deprivation, give assurance to the individual of a basic minimum income for himself and his dependents and to protect the individual from any uncertainties.Q. What it basically comprised of?A. It basically comprised of two elements, namely:Right to a Standard of Living adequate for the h... Read More...

  Jul 29, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is GeM?A.  GeM is a one-stop National Public Procurement Portal to facilitate online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Central and State Government Departments/Organisations/Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).                                   Q. When was this launched?A. It was launched in 2016 to bring transparency and efficiency in the government buying p... Read More...

  Jul 28, 2020   Economy

Bayannur, a city in northern China, is on high alert after a suspected case of Bubonic plague was reported. Recently Authorities in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control.Q. What is the plague?A. The plague is a disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, which is found in animals, particularly rodents.It can be transmitted to humans through infected animals and fleas.&n... Read More...

  Jul 28, 2020   Current Affairs

What is logistics?Logistics is management of flow of goods from origin to destination to meet customer requirements in minimum time at minimum cost.Logistics is used more broadly to refer to the process of coordinating and moving resources – people, materials, inventory, and equipment – from one location to storage at the desired destination. The term logistics originated in the military, referring to the movement of equipment and supplies to troops in the field.Logistics include packaging, warehousing, transport and delivery of raw mate... Read More...

  Jul 27, 2020   Economy

What are the main features of it?The proposed Bill restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous material, which applies irrespective of whether a ship is meant for recycling or not. For new ships, such restriction or prohibition on use of hazardous material will be immediate. That is, from the date the legislation comes into force, while existing ships shall have a period of five years for compliance. Restriction or prohibition on use of hazardous material would not be applied to warships and non-commercial ships operated by Government. Ships shall be surveyed and certified on the inventory of hazardous... Read More...

  Jul 27, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

What is this news?Union Minister Harsh Vardhan recently inaugurated the Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) facility at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad.What is use of NSG?The facility includes technology for high genome sequencing and also diagnostic sequencing of clinical samples. The state of art machine can sequence 18,000 samples in 8 minutes. The NSG would help prenatal genetic screening and counselling, thereby generating large scale genomic data critical for diagnosis and therapy. NSG facility would help in finding drugs for rare genetic diseases, which the ... Read More...

  Jul 27, 2020   Science and Technology

What is India Justice Report?The India Justice Report ranks 18 large and 7 small states according to their capacity to deliver justice to all. It uses government data to assess the budgets, infrastructure, human resources, workloads, diversity and 5-year trends of police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid in each state, against its own declared standards. Four Pillars of Justice assessed in reportPoliceJudiciaryPrisonLegal ... Read More...

  Jul 27, 2020   Polity

In the wake of global pandemic COVID-19, there is steep surge in bio-medical waste, journal “Guardian” recently reported that there are possibly more masks than Jellyfish in world. Q. What is bio-medical waste?A. Any waste which is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunisation of human beings or animals or in research activities pertaining thereto or in the production or testing of biologicals. Q. What does it consists of?Human anatomical... Read More...

  Jul 27, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. What is Hydrogen fuel?A.  Hydrogen is the lightest and first element on the periodic table. Since the weight of hydrogen is less than air, it rises in the atmosphere and is therefore rarely found in its pure form, H2. At standard temperature and pressure, hydrogen is a nontoxic, nonmetallic, odorless, tasteless, colorless, and highly combustible diatomic gas. Hydrogen fuel is a zero-emission fuel burned with oxygen. It can be used in fuel cells or internal combustion engines. It is also used as a fuel for spacecraft propulsion. Read More...

  Jul 27, 2020   Science and Technology

What is a chit fund?Chit fund is defined as per the Section 2(b) of the Chit Fund Act, 1982. According to this act; A chit fund is a type of rotating savings and agreement among different persons i.e. friends, relatives, neighbors and family members to subscribe a certain sum of money for a specified period of time. Chit funds are often microfinance organizations. Chit Funds are also known as the Chitty, Kuree, chit.In simple terms, a chit fund is an arrangement that a group of people arrive at to contribute money in a defined manner at periodic intervals into a pool or ... Read More...

  Jul 25, 2020   Economy

India and SAARCPakistan and India boycotted each other’s statements at a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Foreign Ministers here on Thursday.Pakistan has been protesting India’s decision to boycott the SAARC summit due to be held in Islamabad since 2016, until cross-border terrorism ends, which has meant that the SAARC summit, which requires all leaders to attend, cannot be held.India has engaged all other SAARC members at different fora. Read More...

  Jul 25, 2020   International Relations

What is IREDA?Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) is a Mini Ratna (Category – I) Government of India Enterprise under the administrative control of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).IREDA is a Public Limited Government Company established as a Non-Banking Financial Institution in 1987 engaged in promoting, developing and extending financial assistance for setting up projects relating to new and renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency/conservation with the mott... Read More...

  Jul 25, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Why does India need EVs?To reduce import dependency on oil, which is more than 80% of our needReduce air pollutionSpill over benefits in heath sector, reduced spending on illnessPollution causes premature death of working age population; this will be eliminated with of EVsOpportunities for disruptive technology in automobile sector, entrepreneurshipCreation of jobs in sectorEase of livin... Read More...

  Jul 25, 2020   Science and Technology

Discuss the SC’s judgment on disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs.14 rebel MLAs of the Congress and 3 of the JDS were disqualified under the anti-defection law by the Speaker in July 2019. The Karnataka speaker disqualified them under anti defection law and also barred them from contesting polls again till 2023. The MLAs had then approached the SC against the speaker’s order.The Supreme Court confirmed the disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs whose revolt triggered the collapse of the Janata Dal Secular-Congress governmen... Read More...

  Jul 25, 2020   Polity