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Lecanorchis Taiwaniana

Why is it in News?

A Conservator of forests has discovered ‘Lecanorchis taiwaniana’ in Assam, which is the smallest orchid in terms of size and duration of bloom to be recorded ever botanically.


Bt Brinjal Cultivation

Why is it in News?

A legal notice to the Union Environment Minister has been sent by Prashant Bhushan, asking for a freeze on all genetically modified organisms, including field trials after reports of illegal Bt Brinjal cultivation in Haryana were cited.


IMF Loan To Pakistan

Why is it in News?

  • Pakistan has reached an agreement with the IMF to receive $6 billion over the next three years to meet its foreign debt obligations.

Sabotage Attacks On Saudi Arabia’s Oil Tankers

Why is it in News?

Saudi Arabia’s two oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on 13th May in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to be transported to the US.


WTO’s Assessment Of Trade Policies

Why is it in News?

India hosted a two-day WTO ministerial meet of 16 developing and six least developed countries at New Delhi from 13 May-14 May. In the meeting India highlighted the issue of WTO’s assessment of a country’s services trade.


Karnataka Reservation Act, 2018

Why is it in News?

  • The SC on 10th May backed the constitutional validity of the Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (to the Posts in the Civil Services of the State) Act, 2018.

Mediation Of Ayodhya Dispute

Why is it in News?

  • Constitution bench of the Supreme Court has extended the time given to the Ayodhya mediation panel to complete the process till August 15. The SC decided to extend the time in order to enable the committee to complete the task assigned to it.

Shortage Of Healthcare Providers In India

Why is it in News?

According to a WHO database, India faces the problem of acute shortages and inequitable distributions of skilled health workers whose figures are lower than those of Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, United Kingdom and Brazil


Appointment Of SC Judges

Why it is in the News?

  • The Supreme Court collegium recommended the names of two judges and rejected the government’s disapproval of the elevation of two other judges whose names were sent earlier by the collegium.

North Korea Missile Test

Why it is in the News?

  • North Korea fired two short-range missiles on 9th May less than a week after it test-fired multiple rockets and a missile.

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