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Essay Competition

CHRONICLE ESSAY COMPETITION, published in the CSC English Magazine is an initiative to give our readers a chance to test their essay writing skills and win a prize money of Rs. 1000/-. Many readers across the country have shown interest and have been participating in the competition for several years now. The best essay gets published in the magazine and on the website every month.

‘The Idea of Self-Reliant India’

Last Date for Submission of the Essay: 30th of April, 2021

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RBI Amends India’s Inflation-forecasting Model

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised its inflation-forecasting model to better capture how fiscal and monetary policy, interact with real-economy elements.

Food Habit & Ritual Practices Of Harappan People Deciphered

A study, jointly conducted by the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow, and Archeological Survey of India (ASI), New Delhi has recently published their findings from material found during the excavation of a Harappan archaeological site at 4MSR (earlier known as Binjor) in western part of Rajasthan (near Pakistan border) between 2014 and 2017.

UN World Happiness Report 2021

The World Happiness Report 2021 has been released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

WCD Ministry Classified All Major Schemes Under 3 Umbrella Schemes

For effective implementation of various schemes and programmes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, all major schemes of the Ministry have been classified under 3 umbrella schemes viz. ...

Promotion Of Agroforestry In Silk Sector

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 7th March 2021 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Silk Board under the Ministry of Textiles on a convergence model for the implementation of Agroforestry in the silk sector under the ongoing Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme.

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 ...

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Researchers At ARIES Discovered The Most Distant Gamma-ray Emitting Galaxy

Scientists from the Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational sciencES (ARIES), Nainital in collaboration with researchers from other institutions, have discovered the most distant gamma-ray emitting Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxy ...

Sushil Chandra Appointed As Chief Election Commissioner Of India

On 13th April 2021, Sushil Chandra, the senior-most Election Commissioner, took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India. He succeeded Sunil Arora.Prior to joining the Election Commission of India, ...

India Energy Dashboards (Version 2.0)

The India Energy Dashboards Version 2.0 was launched on 12 April 2021 by NITI Aayog.India Energy Dashboards (IED) is an endeavour to provide single-window access to the energy data for ...

74th British Academy Film Awards

The 74th British Academy Film Awards, also known as the BAFTAs, were held on 10 and 11 April 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, honouring the best national ...

Divorced Daughter Entitled To Samman Pension: HC

The Calcutta High Court, in a recent judgment, said a freedom fighter’s widowed or divorced daughter is entitled to his pension and exclusion is violative of Article 14 of the ...

Singapore: First Country To Ratify ‘RCEP’

On April 9, 2021, Singapore became the first country among 15 participating countries to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.RCEP is the world’s largest free trade agreement, led ...

PCB Launches Own Hall Of Fame

The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to have its own ‘Hall of Fame’ to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of its stalwarts.As part of the launch, six members of the ...

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DBT Approves Funding For MRNA-based COVID-19 Vaccine - HGCO19 For Clinical Trials

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology has approved additional funding towards clinical studies of India's 'first of its kind' mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine - HGCO19, developed by ...

AICTE Lilavati Awards 2020

Union Minister of Education Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' presented the AICTE Lilavati Awards 2020 on women empowerment to the winners in New Delhi on 11 April 2021.The awards were based ...

Stories Of Madurai

On 30th March 2021, the Ministry of Tourism organised a webinar on “Stories of Madurai” under Dekho Apna Desh campaign. Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series is an effort to showcase ...

Draft Rules For Setting Up Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility

On 18th March 2021, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has notified draft rules for setting up Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF).The rules lay down the procedure for setting ...

KVIC Rolls Out Project RE-HAB To Prevent Elephant – Human Conflict

On 15th March, 2021 the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), has launched Project RE-HAB of creating “bee-fences” to mitigate human – elephant conflicts in the country.The pilot project was ...

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi

On 10th March 2021, the Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN) as a single non-lapsable reserve fund for share of Health from the proceeds of ...

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 ...

Parliament Q & A
Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana

Question by: Jagdambika Pal

(a) Whether the Government has been able to achieve its objectives laid under the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) and if so, the details thereof;
(b) the number of women benefited under the Pariyojana along with the details and fund allocation thereof;
(c) the steps being taken by the Government to increase the coverage under the scheme;
(d) the steps being taken by the Government to help revive agricultural livelihood options for women under the unlock programme?

Sexual Harassment Of Women At Workplace

Question by: Shri Rajeshbhai Chudasama, Shrimati Sumalatha Ambareesh, Shri D.K.Suresh, Dr. Virendra Kumar

  1. Whether the Government has taken cognizance of recent allegations of sexual harassment complaints filed by many women from various industries and if so, the details thereof;
  2. whether the Government has proposed to set up a committee to investigate such complaints;
  3. if so, the details thereof;
  4. whether the Government plans to set up a special court for speedy disposal of sexual harassment allegations and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and
  5. whether the Government has put an effective mechanism in place to create awareness among women about harassment/ exploitation in work places and if so, the details thereof?

Total Fertility Rate (TFR)

Question by: Vishnu Dayal Ram

(a) the status of implementation of the Mission Parivar Vikas implemented in 145 high focus districts with the highest TFR and the results derived from the scheme;
(b) the steps being taken by the government to address high Total Fertility Rate (TFR) in Jharkhand; and
(c) the challenges being faced by the government in providing access to family planning services and quality contraceptives?

E-Panchayats

Question by: Sunil Kumar Singh, Sumedhanand Saraswati

(a) Whether the Ministry is implementing e-Panchayat facility in the country to revamp the functioning of Panchayats;
(b) if so, the current status of the progress regarding e-Panchayats in all Panchayats of Rajasthan and Chatra constituency of Jharkhand;
(c) the number of Panchayats digitised in Sikar district of Rajasthan and Chatra in Jharkhand and the number of Panchayats yet to be digitised; and
(d) the time-limit fixed for the digitisation of all the Panchayats in the country including Sikar district of Rajasthan and Chatra district of Jharkhand?

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;

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Current Questions

Consider the following statements:

  1. Supplementary Grant is granted when the amount authorised by the Parliament through the appropriation act for a particular service for the current financial year is found to be insufficient for that year.
  2. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) brings the demand for an excess grant to the notice of Parliament through a report on appropriation account.
  3. Additional Grant is granted when a need has arisen during the current financial year for supplementary or additional expenditure upon some new service not contemplated in the Budget for that year.

Which of the statement(s) is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
2 and 3
C
1 and 3
D
1,2 and 3

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