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Que. When the agricultural performance is good, why is there food inflation in the country? Read More...

  Oct 06, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Three Apple Inc.’s top contract manufacturers are planning to invest a total of almost $900 million in India in the next five years to tap into a new production-linked incentive plan.Q. What is PLI scheme?Notified on April 1 as a part of the National Policy on Electronics.It proposes a financial incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the electronic... Read More...

  Oct 06, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news ?A. India has been ranked at the 116th position in the latest edition of the World Bank’s annual Human Capital Index that benchmarks key components of human capital across countries.Q. What is Human Capital Project ?As part of this World Development Report (WDR), the World Bank has launched a Human Capital Project (HCP).The HCP programme is claimed to be a program of advocacy, measurement, and analytical work to raise aw... Read More...

  Oct 06, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, a new Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) (erstwhile Defence Procurement Procedure or DPP), 2020 was released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).Q. What is this ?A. The DAP contains policies and procedures for procurement and acquisition from the capital budget of the MoD in order to modernise the Armed Forces including the Coast Guard.Q. Is there earlier procurement ... Read More...

  Oct 05, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?The presence of the Cat Que virus has been largely reported in Culex mosquitoes in China. In a study published in July in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, scientists from the Pune-based Maximum Containment Laboratory and ICMR-National Institute of Virology have noted the presence of antibodies against the Cat Que virus (CQV) in two human serum samples.Q. What does the study say?The presence of the Cat Que virus has been largely reported i... Read More...

  Oct 05, 2020   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in news ?A.  As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves touched a record high of USD 541.431 billion in the week ended 28th August 2020.Q. What are Forex Reserves?A.  Foreign exchange reserves are assets denominated in a foreign currency that are held on reserve by a central bank. These may include foreign currencies, bonds, treasury bills and other government securities.... Read More...

  Oct 05, 2020   Economy

Q. Why is this in news ?A. Scientists have warned that extra-tropical storms in the Mediterranean Sea, known as ‘Medicanes’ or ‘Mediterranean Hurricanes’, could become more frequent due to human-induced climate change.Q. What are Medicanes?Medicanes are tropical-like cyclones formed over the Mediterranean Sea.With the surrounding dry climate and the relatively shallow waters of the sea, the occurrence of tropical-like cyclones is infrequent. Read More...

  Oct 05, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why in NewsRecently, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to lay down guidelines pertaining to disposal of cigarette and beedi butts within three months.NGT held that tobacco is undoubtedly harmful and it is mainly concerned with the manner of disposal of cigarette and beedi butts.Q. What is the issue? An NGO ‘Doctors for You’ sought instructions to regulate the disposal of cigarette and beedi butts apart from prohibiting... Read More...

  Oct 03, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is it in News? A.  Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has provided Y-plus category of CRPF security to an actress.Q What is VIP Security , and to whom it is provided? The protection is informally called “VIP security”, and it is generally given only to someone who holds a position of consequence either in the government or in civil society.Certain individuals, by reason of positions they hold in government, are automatically entitl... Read More...

  Oct 03, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?Recently, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has replaced the Medical Council of India (MCI), as per the gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Q. What is MCI?MCI was established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1933 with the main function of establishing uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical qualifications in India and abroad.The old Act was repealed ... Read More...

  Oct 03, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ?The country’s largest lender State Bank of India has raised Rs 7,000 crore by issuing Basel III compliant bonds.Q. What are Basel III compliant Bonds?The bonds qualify as tier II capital of the bank, and has a face value of Rs 10 lakh each, bearing a coupon rate of 6.24 per cent per annum payable annually for a tenor of 10 years.There is a call option after 5 years and on anniversary thereafter.Call option mean... Read More...

  Oct 03, 2020   Current Affairs

Q. What is this debate now ?The government’s push to reform India’s agriculture sector has divided opinions and triggered a debate about the state of Indian agriculture. In the context of this debate, two long-standing characteristics of Indian agriculture are noteworthy.One, Indian agriculture is highly unremunerative. Two, it has been heavily regulated by the government and protected from the free play of market forces.According to the government, the new Bills passed by Parliament attempt to make it easier for farmers to sell... Read More...

  Oct 01, 2020   Economy

Q. Why in News?A. Recently, an investigation by the global watchdog Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has shown that various food, cosmetics and finance companies have links with companies implicated in the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem, a forest area on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia,Q. What is Leuser Ecosystem ?A. Leuser Ecosystem i... Read More...

  Oct 01, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is it in News ? A. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the commencement of solar cycle 25.Q. What is the Solar Cycle? Like seasons on Earth, the Sun follows a cycle of 11 years, during which solar activities fluctuate between solar minima and maxima.Depending on the number of sunspots detected on the Sun, scientists term it is as solar maxima (highest number of sunspots) or solar minima (lowest numbe... Read More...

  Sep 30, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is it in News ?A. While extending support to the move for salary-cut, most Members of Parliament have demanded that the MPLADS funds, meant for development work in constituencies, be restored immediately.Q. What is the MPLAD scheme?The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) is a programme first launched during the Narasimha Rao Government in 1993.It was aimed towards providing funds for developmental works recommended by individual MPs. Read More...

  Sep 30, 2020   Polity

Que. What are the challenges facing the United Nations in the 75th year of its existence? Read More...

  Sep 29, 2020   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. The court has also asked India not to pursue the tax demand any more against Vodafone Group.In a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague on Friday ruled that India’s retrospective demand of Rs 22,100 crore as capital gains and withholding tax imposed on the British telecommunication company for a 2007 deal was “in breach of the guarantee of fair and equitable treatment”.The court has also asked India not to pursue the tax demand any more agains... Read More...

  Sep 29, 2020   Economy

Q. What is this new research?While wildfires are typical in both California and parts of Australia in the summer months, the intensity and scale of wildfires that these areas have seen in recent years has raised some concerns among scientists about the linkages between human-induced climate change and fire risk.In an updated review of scientific articles that try to establish a link between climate change and fire risk published since January 2020, scientists note that human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, enhancing their likelih... Read More...

  Sep 29, 2020   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why in news ?The Indian Navy recently announced selection of two women officers as Observers in the helicopter stream, making them first women airborne combatants who would be operating from warships. In another significant development in March, the Supreme Court had upheld that the women Short Service Commission officers in the Navy were eligible for Permanent Commission. The Navy had also inducted the first woman pilot in December last year.Q. What is status of Women in Indian Navy? Read More...

  Sep 28, 2020   Security and Disaster Management

To understand how we communicate or send messages today via the Internet across continents – and then how this communication is disrupted – we first need to understand the fundamental nature of electrical force.Q. What is Electrons in communication?All matter consists of many, many electrons. Like the other Lego bricks, electrons have a property called mass, which indicates how strongly the gravitational force acts on them, and is therefore directly related to their weight.Another property of electrons called electric charge indic... Read More...

  Sep 28, 2020   Science and Technology