Torrefaction Technology

Pollution from stubble burning in winter is the key contributor to the sharp decline in air quality in northern India. In order to curb the menace of stubble burning, India is currently testing a Swedish technology — Torrefaction, that can convert rice stubble into bio-coal.


Databank Of Independent Director Launched

On 2nd December, 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs(MCA) launched the Independent Director’s Databank in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.


Consumer Expenditure Survey

Recently, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) decided not to release the results of the all-India Household Consumer Expenditure Survey.


UNEP Emissions Gap Report – 2019

Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report under the title- United Nations Gap Emissions Report-2019, which presents a grim assessment on the yawning gap between 'what countries have committed and what they actually require to do to limit greenhouse gas(GHG) targets'.


The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019

On 28th November, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019, aimed at reducing the compliance burden on chit funds and protecting subscribers that primarily comprises economically weaker sections of the society.


Dadra And Nagar Haveli And Daman And Diu (Merger Of Union Territories) Bill, 2019

On 27th November, 2019, the Lok Sabha passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union territories) Bill, 2019, by voice vote.


Sabrimala Review Petition

Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the clutch 49 review petitions and all pending applications against its verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple.


Golden Rice

Bangladesh is soon to announce the approval of golden rice for sale and use, making it first country in the world to embrace Golden Rice.


National Industrial Corridor Development And Implementation Trust

Recently, the government approved development of following five industrial corridor projects to be implemented through National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT).


Cabinet Approves Recycling Of Ships Bill – 2019

On 20th November, 2019, the Union approved the proposal for enactment of Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 as well as accession to the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.


Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges

Consider the following given statements about the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX):

  1. INSTEX was established by France, Germany and the United Kingdom in January 2019, to allow European entities to maintain trade with Iran.
  2. The Paris-based INSTEX functions as a clearing house allowing Iran to continue to sell oil and import other products or services in exchange.

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Power Of Siberia

Recently, in collaboration with which of the following given countries, Russia inaugurated cross border gas pipeline named Power of Siberia?


G20

On 1st December, 2019, Saudi Arabia became the first Arab nation to take over the G20 Presidency. Consider the following statements about the G20:

  1. The G20 is an informal group of 19 countries and the European Union, with representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  2. It was formed in 1999, in the wake of the Asian financial crisis, to unite finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s largest established and emerging economies.

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Tanbo Art

Consider the following statements about the Tanbo Art:

  1. Tanbo Art is a rice paddy art developed by the Chinese farmers to beautify their paddy fields.
  2. In this art, farmers use different dyes and colours in order to beautify their paddy fields.

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Accelerator Lab

Recently, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its Accelerator Lab in India in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission. Consider the following statements about the Accelerator Lab:

  1. The Accelerator Lab is an innovative new initiative by the UNDP, State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany to find 21st century solutions to today's complex new challenges.
  2. The Indian lab will be among the 60 global ones that will find, test and try to scale up innovative solutions that can help combat both climate change and social inequity.

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International Organisation For Migration

As per International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) latest report, ‘Global Migration Report 2020’, India continues to be the largest country of origin of international migrants with a 17.5 million-strong diaspora across the world.Consider the following statements about the IOM:

  1. Established in 1952, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partner.
  2. IOM works in the three broad areas of migration management: Migration and Development; Facilitating Migration and Regulating Migration.

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Shadow Banking

Consider the following statements about the Shadow Banking:

  1. The shadow banking system is made up of financial entities which have the same functions as traditional banks but which are subject to little, if any, regulation.
  2. Shadow banking includes money market funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, securitisation, securities lenders, and structured investment vehicles.

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Defence Acquisition Council

Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of weapons and equipment worth Rs. 22,800 crore. Consider the following statements about the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC):

  1. The DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body for capital acquisition proposals forwarded by the Indian armed forces.
  2. It is responsible to give policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans.
  3. It also clears all acquisitions, which includes both imported and those produced indigenously or under a foreign license.

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Assam Roofed Turtle

Consider the following statements about the Assam Roofed Turtle:

  1. The species is endemic to India, found only in the state of Assam.
  2. The turtle is classified as vulnerable and is listed in Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

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Etalin Hydroelectric Project

Recently, the Union Government recommended a biodiversity study of the proposed 3,097 MW Etalin Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh : Consider the following statements about the Etalin Project:

  1. The proposed hydropower project is supposed to be built in the biodiversity-rich Dihang valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
  2. The project involves the construction of two concrete gravity dams, one on the Tangon and other on the Dri rivers.

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Medicine for the Ailing Planet

Winner Of CSC January 2020 Essay Competition : Deepakshi Jindal

“The biggest threat to our planet is the belief that someone will save it” -Robert SwanMan himself can make or mar his own destiny. He can save human race or can destroy all forms of life. The present indications are not encouraging any hope or improvements. The increasing environmental pollution is creating survival problems. The forests are disappearing, the deserts are expanding, and the earth is becoming inhabitable. Our planet is in trouble chiefly because of a population boom. Rapid industrial growth has polluted the natural environment. Environment pollution causes globa


Poverty Anywhere is a Threat to Prosperity Everywhere

Winner Of CSC November 2019 Essay Competition : Tiya Singh

In a post-globalised world order, humanity rests on imbricated systems of trade, economy, the environment and a massive, ever- expanding flow of ideas. In such a scenario, poverty threatens the very foundations of this fragile world order. Various economic research studies point toward a recent trend in increasing income inequalities within nations, as marked by the standardised measure of inequality known as the ‘Gini Coefficient’, especially over the past few decades. However, it is important to remember that the consequences of living in grossly unequal societies with millions living in poverty, goes beyond the perspective that mere economic denominator


Role of India in Changing the Global World Order

Winner Of CSC December 2019 Essay Competition : Animesh Kumar

Strolling through the dusty, musty, dirt ridden, cobbled, vine covered, brick laden, concrete layered, and often tarmacked streets of India,one can see development sprawling and sprouting on the horizon. The Indian economy and communal space much like these assorted avenues is a complex mixture of crude and comprehensive. The multidimensional exposure that India receives because of its ethnic diversity and a gargantuan population has over time catapulted India onto the world stage. India is now in the race to reclaim its former glory and prestige. As it tries to purge itself form the sizable stains of poverty and precarious social order,the International forum


Deepfakes – Menace on AI based Creations

Winner Of CSC October 2019 Essay Competition : Alefiya Lokhandwala

“Deep dark monsters loom in the dark,Along the pathways and Recesses that perhaps a few might embark.Evil hidden in plain sight,Hideous masks shunning the right.” The world we live in today has witnessed drastic technological advancements, more so in the last few decades than, in perhaps, the last century. Yet the blade that still hangs on our necks is: Is our species ready for the scientific innovations that have swung by us through the millennia? In recent years AI based applications have received a tidal wave of new upgrades and developments. Acknowledging Artificial int


Data is the New Currency of the World

Winner Of CSC September 2019 Essay Competition : Mah Tilat Tayyab

Data seems to have become the holy grail of everything “DIGITAL”. Many experts extoll the significance of data in today’s world by calling it the most important currency of the times we live in. Every business, every organization, every government scheme seems to hinge its decisions, marketing and operations on the data involved. As per the TCS global trend study of 2015, the IoT (Internet of Things) owed its growth to the customer data that was available. The study extolled how customer data was key to delivering custom made products, better customer service, razor sharp targeted marketing and so on, which begs the question, “What is data that give


Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Winner Of CSC July 2019 Essay Competition : Amrita Brahmo

If we were to take a leap back to the early 20th century when Robert Frost penned this ubiquitous truth, we would find ourselves in a world where walls were both towering and crumbling. On the brink of the first World War, every major power was jealously guarding the last square inch of their existing territory even as it sought to outpace its contemporaries in acquiring newer domains. As the world map faced imminent rearrangement, the sentiment of neighbourly niceties embodied in the Bible was subsumed by shrewd alliances for strategic gain and national interest.Cut to the present day, and despite mankind’s great leaps in


Article 370: To Be Or Not To Be?

Article 370 is a contentious provision in the Constitution which incites many sentiments of the general public and political parties alike. This article has been in the news numerous times due to its combative nature


5G In India

Recently on 5th April 2019, South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks, giving access to super-fast wireless technology to its users. However, the buzzword around 5G technology is doing the rounds since long and has pitted major superpowers against one another to gain an edge over their rivals.


India's Engagement With The World-Part 2

India's Parliament plays a lesser role in formulation and execution of foreign policy than in other parliamentary democracies. This is not what the founders of modern India envidaged. The record of discussions in the Constituent Assembly soon after Independence shows that India's founding elite wanted Parliament to be supreme in the conduct of international affairs.


G-20 Summit 2018

It is an international forum that brings together the world's 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies which accounts for 85 per cent of world GDP, 80% of total global trade volume and two-thirds of its population. It serves as a convention for deliberate economic communication between industrialized and developing countries.


Is India Winning The Space Race?

China recently became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on January 2, 2019 but its operation is a more significant issue since the probe landed on the dark side of the moon- a historic feat which no other country has achieved.


Toppers Interview

Toppers Imagge

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

Rank-5, CSE-2018
“Manage time during Mains and attempt all questions”

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Vaishali Singh

Rank-8, CSE-2018
“Learn from your mistakes and improve on your weaknesses”

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K. Lalith

Rank- 626, CSE-2018
“Aspirants must develop an overall perspective”

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Jaijeet Kaur Hora

Rank 1, UPPCS 2016

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