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Context of the News?The intensity and frequency with which corona virus has taken the world has forced the countries both individually and multilaterally to find the correct vaccine for the COVID-19.How are people infected with Coronavirus treated currently?Currently, however, there is no cure for this coronavirus, and treatments are based on the kind of care given for... Read More...

  May 13, 2020   Science and Technology

Why in the news?Despite growing fears of the global coronavirus pandemic, India and France held a joint exercise in the Indian Ocean. The two navies conducted joint patrols from Reunion Island, the French naval base in the Indian Ocean. Why is it an exceptional and remarkable situation?India has so far generally conducted Coordinated Patrols (CORPAT) only with its ma... Read More...

  May 13, 2020   International Relations

News: Bihar, Punjab, UP, Himachal and Daman and Diu have been integrated with the 'one nation, one ration card' schemeWhat is One nation, One ration card scheme?Under the 'one nation, one ration card' initiative, eligible beneficiaries would be able to avail their entitled food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any fair-price shop in the country. The scheme was announced in June last year. Read More...

  May 12, 2020   Current Affairs

News: Utilise ICWF for COVID-19 emergencies, says an MP from Kerala to Government in LoksabhaWhat is the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)?The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF), set up in 2009, is aimed at assisting Overseas Indian nationals in times of distress and emergency in the ‘most deserving cases’ on a ‘means-tested basis’. ICWF has also been a critical support in the emergency evacuation of Indian nationals from conflict zones, countries affec... Read More...

  May 11, 2020   Current Affairs

News: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has clarified to all the stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy conversion among others shall be considered as renewable energy and shall be eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO).What is the status of the Ocean energy in India?As of date, there is not any installed Ocean Energy capacity in India. Some applicat... Read More...

  May 12, 2020   Current Affairs

News: The union government approved measures to promote the hydropower sector that include declaring large hydropower projects to be part of the non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO).Large hydropower projects have been declared a renewable energy source. Previously, only hydropower projects less than 25 MW were categorized as renewable energy, and these small projects were covered under the non-solar RPO. Read More...

  May 11, 2020   Current Affairs

The Iranian Parliament has authorised the replacement of the rial with another basic unit of currency called the toman. Each toman will be worth 10,000 rials under the new system.The COVID-19 pandemic, which turned Iran into a regional epicentre of the disease, appears to have played a decisive role, contributing to a further devaluation of the rial since February.Since 2018, when the Trump administration repudiated the nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran, the value of Iran’s currency has fallen by roughly 60%.Iran’s rationale be... Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Current Affairs

China on Tuesday successfully launched a new rocket ‘Long March 5B’ and prototype spacecraft, in a major test of the country’s ambitions to operate a permanent space station and send astronauts to the Moon.The spaceship will one day transport astronauts to a space station that China plans to complete by 2022 — and eventually to the Moon. It will have capacity for a crew of six.The spaceship and capsule are slated to return to a landing site after completing their test flightsThe United States is so far the only country to have successfully... Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Science and Technology

The International Labour Organization reports that nearly 50% of the world’s labour force is in immediate danger of losing their livelihood. The UN says women are especially suffering the deadly impact of lockdowns. At a conservative estimate, for over 50% of the world’s population, a two-year lockdown would mean the end of their world.On the other hand, there is widespread fear that lifting the lockdown would mean disaster. We are faced with two alternatives, both of which will lead to loss of lives.  Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Current Affairs

During the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, it has become clear that many activities can simply be done online. The pendency of cases in various courts in India is staggering. The Economic Survey of 2019-2020 dedicates a chapter to the pendency of tax cases and revenue cases. The Survey mistakenly argues for more court infrastructure and judges to solve the problem. On the contrary, the existing infrastructure is grossly under-utilised. There are tribunals such as the Income Tax Tribunal that function only half-day most of the time.  Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Current Affairs

The helplessness felt by the migrant workers calls for nothing short of a radical rethink. There is a need to plan for an economic growth driven by rising and not stagnant wages, and a development model that is dispersed far and wide across the country, and not centred in a few big cities.Out of India’s total workforce of 471.5 million, only 12.3% are regular workers receiving some form of social security, while the rest are mostly casual workers or petty producers surviving under various degrees of informality.A vast majority of migrant wo... Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Current Affairs

The COVID-19 catastrophe has challenged the tenets of economics that have dominated public policy for the past 50 years. There is a need to revamp the economy on the following lines to build a more resilient economy and a more just society.One, De-Growth- The obsession with GDP as the supreme goal of progress has been challenged oftenNow, Nobel laureates in economics (Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and others) are calling upon their profession to rethink the fundamentals of economics, especially the purpose of GD... Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Health

The Resistance Front (TRF), is a front of the LeT, and is promoted by Pakistan after the withdrawal of Article 370.The TRF had claimed responsibility for the April 5 incident along the Line of Control in the Kupwara sector, where five Army personnel were killed.Security forces say there is nothing alarming about The Resistance Front (TRF) as all attacks carried out by the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) are being pinned on the newly formed “seasonal” group in the Kashmir Valley in order to escape international scrutiny.This is also a bid... Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Current Affairs

India needs a large enough stimulus package to increase spending and revive demand to face the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.Apart from putting money in people’s hands to revive demand, the government must issue temporary ration cards for providing foodgrains and also cancel debt of the poor.By giving money in the hands of people, one can boost demand, which in turn would increase production and employment.This would create a virtuous cycle for the economic revival.Ration cards would provide food s... Read More...

  May 10, 2020   Science and Technology

ASF is a severe viral disease that affects wild and domestic pigs typically resulting in an acute haemorrhagic fever. The disease has a case fatality rate (CFR) of about 100 percent. Its routes of transmission include direct contact with an infected or wild pig (alive or dead), indirect contact through ingestion of contaminated material such as food waste, feed or garbage or through biolog... Read More...

  May 09, 2020   Current Affairs

Amid the economic slowdown due to the global and domestic lockdown, the Punjab’s textile industry players have pegged losses at around ₹2,000 crore so far.The collective turnover of the textile industry in Amritsar is between ₹7,000 crore-₹8,000 crore yearly. The shutdown has its huge cascading impact on the trade. The complete closure of the wholesale and retail markets has dismayed th... Read More...

  May 09, 2020   Current Affairs

As per the CII, the country’s high performing economic districts should be allowed to play by different rules in the third phase of the lockdown beginning May 4th. CII has called for changes in zone classifications, saying that the 100-150 districts with the highest economic value — identified either through GDP contribution or density of industrial clusters — should be allowed to restart industrial activity, even in containment areas, if stringent rules are followed.  Read More...

  May 09, 2020   Current Affairs

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection tower for rapid and chemical-free disinfection of high infection-prone areas.The equipment named UV Blaster is “useful for high-tech surfaces like electronic equipment, computers and other gadgets in laboratories and offices that are not suitable for disinfection with chemical methods. The ... Read More...

  May 09, 2020   Current Affairs

There is a wide scale opposition of the government’s recent move to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years.The government’s reason is to use these funds to strengthen the government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19 in the country.There are four reasons why the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme ... Read More...

  May 09, 2020   Current Affairs

In the global war against the novel coronavirus, emerging economies, many belonging to BRICS, have reached out to other countries. India has reinforced its credentials as a rapidly emerging pharmacy of the world. As the world’s largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, India has recently exported the drug not only to SAARC countries and to its “extended neighbourhood” in the Gulf, but also to Russia, Brazil, Israel and the U.S.  Read More...

  May 09, 2020   Current Affairs