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Amendments To Juvenile Justice (Care And Protection Of Children) Act, 2015

The Union Cabinet has approved Amendments to Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The amendments, once approved by Parliament, will strengthen Child Protection set-up to ensure best interest of children.

Budget Introduces Agriculture Infrastructure And Development Cess (AIDC)

Agriculture Infrastructure & Development Cess (AIDC), has been introduced in the Budget 2021-22 to aid the agri sector. The cess is not uniform and varies from product to product. Proposed Agriculture Cess Items ...

Sector-wise Highlights Of The Union Budget 2021-22

In the Union Budget for 2021-22, the proposals for this financial year rest on six pillars — health and well-being, physical and financial capital and infrastructure, inclusive development for aspirational India, reinvigorating human capital, innovation and R&D, and 'Minimum Government, Maximum Governance'.

Treaty On The Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons Enters Into Force

  • The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force on 22nd January 2021.

Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

The Netherlands government hosted an online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS Online) on 25-26 January 2021. CAS Online was built on the advances of the UN Climate Action Summit by showcasing ...

The Production Gap 2020

On 2nd December, 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)released the Production Gap Report, 2020.

IMO Recognizes Indian Navigation System (IRNSS)

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognized Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) as a part of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS).Now India is the fourth country in ...

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Flight Test Of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology from Integrated Test Range Chandipur off the coast of ...

India Proposes Inclusion Of Chabahar Port In INSTC

At the 2nd Maritime India Summit 2021, Chabahar Day was observed on 4th March where India proposed to include Chabahar port in the 13-nation International North South Transport Corridor. It ...

UNGA Adopts 2023 As ‘International Year Of Millets’

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on March 3, 2021, adopted India sponsored resolution to mark 2023 as ‘International Year of Millets’.The resolution was initiated by India along with Bangladesh, ...

Ease Of Living Index 2020 & Municipal Performance Index 2020

On 4th March 2021, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the final rankings of Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 and the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2020. Ease ...

First Export Consignments Of ‘Red Rice’ From Assam To The USA

In a major boost to India’s rice exports potential, the first consignment of ‘red rice’ was flagged off on 4th March 2021 to the USA.Iron rich ‘red rice’ is grown ...

IAF To Participate In EX Desert FLAG

The Indian Air Force is participating for the first time in Exercise Desert Flag-VI along with air forces of United Arab Emirates, United States of America, France, Saudi Arabia, South ...

GI Mahotsav Being Organized To Sensitize IAS Probationers

The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India is organizing “GI Mahotsav” in collaboration with Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), ...

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Swachhta Saarthi Fellowships

The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India under its “Waste to Wealth” Mission launched the “Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship” to recognize students, community workers/self-help groups, and ...

City Innovation Exchange (CiX) Launched For Fostering Innovation In Urban Ecosystem

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform.The City Innovation Exchange (CiX) will connect cities to innovators across the national ecosystem to design innovative ...

12 Sites Will Be Developed In Phase-IV Of Swachh Iconic Places

For transforming iconic heritage, spiritual and cultural places in the country as ‘Swachh Tourist Destinations’ under Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), the Department of ...

Fishery Sector In Budget 2021-22

Finance Minister has allocated an amount of Rs. 1220.84 crores for the Department of Fisheries, which is the highest ever annual budgetary support for the Department. This marks a 34% ...

Nuclear Energy Production & India

There are presently 22 reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW in operation and one reactor, KAPP-3 (700 MW) has been connected to the grid on January 10, 2021.In ...

Strategic Crude Oil Reserves Facilities In India

Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Limited (ISPRL), a Government of India Special Purpose Vehicle, has established Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) facilities with total capacity of 5.33 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) at ...

Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) 2.0

During her Budget speech, the Finance Minister announced that Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) 2.0 will be launched under the “Health and Wellbeing” vertical.In this mission, focus will be on complete ...

National Non-Communicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS)

Union Health Minister released the ‘National Non-communicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS)’, the largest comprehensive national Survey on risk factors and health systems preparedness of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).NNMS was conducted during ...

Parliament Q & A
Harmful Effects Of Consuming Trans Fats

Question by: Bidyut Baran Mahato, Sanjay Sadashivrao Mandlik, Shrirang Appa Barne, Sudheer Gupta

  1. Whether people in the country are still not aware about the harmful effects of consuming trans-fats and if so, the details thereof;
  2. whether the FSSAI has launched a new mass media campaign in order to create awareness about trans-fats and if so, the details thereof;
  3. whether the Government is planning to eliminate the use of trans-fats in the country by the year 2022 and if so, the details thereof;
  4. whether the FSSAI has issued any draft regulations to meet the World Health Organizations mandated two percent limit regarding trans-fat elimination in oils, fats and extracted fat of food products and if so, the details thereof;
  5. the time by which said regulations are likely to be notified by the Government; and
  6. whether the Government has set any procedure to record the compliance of regulations issued and if so, the details thereof?

Use Of Pesticides-Chemicals In Production Of Foodgrain

Question by: Keshari Devi Patel

  1. Whether Government has taken note of people falling ill due to excessive use of pesticides-chemicals in production of foodgrains and other items and if so, details thereof;
  2. the steps taken to check adulteration and limit the use of pesticides in view of the health hazards;
  3. whether the Government proposes to take stern action in order to check adulteration in food, if so, the details thereof;
  4. whether the Government has initiated any programme to create awareness among public regarding the method employed to identify such adulteration in food and mitigate its ill effects;
  5. if so, the details thereof; and
  6. the steps being taken by the Government to explore alternative methods and technology for replacing use of chemicals in foodgrains?

Trial By Media

Question by: Manish Tewari

  1. Whether the Government has taken note of increasing spectre of trials by the Media in matters that are still in the process of being investigated under the relevant provisions of the IPC & CRPC and if so, the details thereof;
  2. Whether government has received any complaints/representations from people regarding trials by media in pending criminal matters, if so, the details thereof along with action taken thereon;
  3. The number of alerts/internal references made to the Ministry by the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) on the matter and details of action taken against the erring entities, indicating the names of such TV channels;

Arth-Ganga Project

Question by: Jayanta Kumar Roy, Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo, Bhola Singh, Vinod Kumar Sonkar, Raja Amareshwara Naik, Sukanta Majumdar

  1. Whether the Government has proposed Arth-Ganga Project to channelize economic activity along the banks of Ganga river if so, the details thereof;
  2. Whether the Government is considering to corporatise at least one major port and subsequently its listing on the stock exchanges, if so, the details thereof;
  3. Whether the Government had decided that governance framework is in keeping with global benchmarks needed for more efficient sea-ports and if so, the details thereof;
  4. whether the Government has approved Major Port Authority Bill, 2020 to replace existing Major Port Trust Act to provide more operational autonomy to ports; and
  5. If so, the other steps being taken by the Government in this regard?

Poverty Of Farmers

Question by: Devendrappa Y

  1. whether the reason for poverty of farmers is low productivity (yield per hectare) of all major crops in the country;
  2. if so, the details thereof and the reasons for low productivity of agriculture in the country;
  3. whether the increase in agricultural productivity requires greater investment in farm inputs; and
  4. if so, the steps taken by the Government to increase investment, both public and private, in agriculture sector in the country?

Informal And Unorganised Sector

Question by: Feroze Varun Gandhi

  1. whether the Government maintains a distinction between ‘informal ‘and ‘unorganised‘ sector;
  2. if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;
  3. the total number of unorganised and informal workforce and its proportion to the total workforce and the percentage of working females employed in the unorganised or informal sector; and
  4. the steps taken by Government to promote formalisation of workforce?

Artificial Intelligence

Question by: Jayant Sinha

  1. The steps taken by the Government to boost the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector in the country;
  2. The objectives that the Global Partnership on AI seeks to achieve; and
  3. The steps taken by the Government to empower the youth with AI skill- set?

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Consider the following statements:

  1. Cess is a form of tax levied or collected by the government for the development or welfare of a particular service or sector.
  2. Surcharge is an additional charge or tax levied on an existing tax.
  3. Unlike a cess, which is meant to raise revenue for a temporary need, surcharge is usually permanent in nature.
  4. Currently, the cess and surcharge collected by the Centre are not part of the tax devolution.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct? Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

1 and 2
2 and 3
3 and 4
1,2 , 3 and 4

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