Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Department has recently directed all government procurement agencies to link the bank accounts of farmers with the Public Finance Management System (PFMS) portal before the procurement of paddy begins.
Department has announced that if accounts are not linked with the PFMS portal, their commission, which is .... Read More
Recently the government, in consultation with the RBI has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs) in order to facilitate gold purchase by people during the festive season. These bonds were first introduced by the government in 2015.
Sovereign Gold Bonds
They are government securities denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold. .... Read More
India recently joined the league of 15 of the world’s leading city networks and technology governance organisations that will work towards advancing the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies.
G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance
It will create global norms and policy standards for the use of connected .... Read More
On 17th October, 2019, the first-ever India Innovation Index was launched by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Institute of Competitiveness in order to promote competitiveness among the states. The index examines the innovation capabilities and performance of 29 states and seven union territories.
Findings of India innovation Index 2019
Karnataka has .... Read More
The Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (MSME) Ministry will soon launch Enterprise Development Centres (EDCs) for developing a cadre of indigenous entrepreneurs in the MSMEs.
Enterprise Development Centres
They will be aimed at developing a cadre of indigenous entrepreneurs in the MSMEs. The EDCs will be similar to incubators for .... Read More
The World Cotton Day was observed from 7th October to 11th October 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.The World Trade Organisation (WTO) organized the World Cotton Day event in collaboration with the Secretariats of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the .... Read More
Government granted the ‘Maharatna’ status to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and power Grid Corporation of India recently.This will impart greater operational and financial autonomy thus enhancing powers of their Boards to take financial decisions.Boards of these PSUs will enjoy independence in forming joint ventures, acquisitions and mergers of specific .... Read More
On 9 October, 2019 the World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Global Competitiveness Index 2019 also hailed as GCI 4.0.
Findings of Global Competitiveness Index 2019
Singapore is the world’s most competitive economy in 2019, pushing the US to the second place. India is ranked at 68th position.
Hong Kong Special Administrative .... Read More
On 24th October, 2019, the World Bank released the Ease of Doing Business Report (EoDB) 2020.
Key Findings of the Report
India has improved its score in the World Bank’s global Ease of Doing Business rankings, rising 14 places up to 63 out of 190 countries on the back of “sustained business .... Read More
On October 23rd, 2019, the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative launched the Global Mobility Report.
Key Findings of the Report
The report highlighted that not even a single country either developed or developing is on track to achieve sustainability in the transportation sector and attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mandated .... Read More
On 30th September 2019, RBI’s report on States Finances: A Study of Budgets of 2019-20 was released.
Observations from the Report
Adherence to FRBM Act: States’ gross fiscal deficit was within the threshold of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) laws in the last two years ( threshold of 3% of GDP .... Read More
On 16th October, 2019, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying released the 20th Livestock Census.
Key Results of the Census
In the 20th Census various species of animals (Cattle, Buffalo, Mithun, Yak, Sheep, Goat, Pig, Horse, Pony, Mule, Donkey Camel, Dog, Rabbit and Elephant)/poultry birds .... Read More
Recently the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released the World Economic outlook Report.
Observations of the Report
The pace of global economic activity remains weak and the momentum in manufacturing activity, in particular, has weakened substantially, to levels not seen since the global financial crisis.
Rising trade and geopolitical tensions have increased uncertainty .... Read More
On 14 October, 2019 the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences for 2019 (Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences) was jointly awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, for ‘their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.’ Banerjee and Duflo are from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Michael Kremer .... Read More
Union Home Minister recently inaugurated an international seminar on the role of Gupta dynasty emperor Skandagupta at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.
He ascended the throne in 455 AD and ruled till 467 AD.
During the 12 year rule, he not only defended the great culture of India but also from external .... Read More
Graves of Chalukyan rulers have been found in a village temple near Huligemmanakolla in Pattadakal of Bagalkot district. This temple has 11 smaller temple-like structures which are nothing but the graves of the family members of the Chalukyan kings
The Chalukyan kings were famous for building gigantic temples with intricate .... Read More
Recently, Arogya Manthan event was organised by the National Health Authority (implementing authority of the scheme), to mark the completion of one year of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY. Prime Minister had launched the scheme on 23 September 2018 from Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Ayushman Bharat Scheme
It aims to reduce the financial burden on .... Read More
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released the first-ever Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey in collaboration with UNICEF.
The survey was conducted from 2016-2018 covering India’s 0-19 years age Children.
It recorded malnutrition that included micronutrient deficiencies and details of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and kidney function .... Read More
India has slipped to 102nd position in the Global Hunger Index 2019 of 117 countries and is among the 45 countries that have serious levels of hunger.
Hunger afflicts almost 821.6 million people worldwide as per its estimates, and nearly two billion people suffer from malnutrition worldwide.
The level of .... Read More
On 1st Oct, 2019, the Supreme Court recalled its directions in a March 20, 2018 verdict that had effectively diluted provisions of arrest under the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (SC/ST Act). This was done after a plea by the Centre seeking a review of .... Read More
Recently, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved the commutation of death sentence to life term of Babbar Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana for his role in Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassination on August 31,1995.Clemency Powers Under Article 72 of the Constitution, the President has the power to .... Read More
The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)set up in December 2018 has started functioning as an information sharing hub of maritime data and “cuing incident responses” to maritime security situations through a collaborative approach.
The centre is actively interacting with the maritime community and has already built linkages with .... Read More
Recently, a Bihar court directed the filing of an FIR against 49 eminent persons who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing concerns over mob lynching under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including sedition. However, later on Bihar Police dismissed the petition.
Section 124-A of IPC
IPC .... Read More
The state government of West Bengal is setting up Kanyashree University in Nadia district and Kanyashree colleges across the state so as to empower girls.Kanyashree is a conditional cash transfer scheme aiming at improving the status and well being of the girl child by incentivising schooling of teenage girls and .... Read More
The Uttar Pradesh government has granted the status of State Fair to the Deepotsav Mela held in Ayodhya during Deepavali.The festival, in which over 5.5 lakh lamps were lit on October 26.With the change in its status, the Mela will now be planned by the District Magistrate of Ayodhya. Earlier, .... Read More
Differently Abled People and those over 80 Years of Age put in Absentee Voters List
The Ministry of Law and Justice has amended the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, on October 22, allowing senior citizens and disabled people in the absentee voter list.
Differently abled people and those over 80 years of .... Read More
On 21st October 2019, Crime in India Report for the year 2017 was released by the National Crime Records Bureau.
Crime against Women
The number of crimes committed against women have increased in 2017 by 6% compared to 2016 and by 9% compared to 2015.
Majority of cases under crimes against women were .... Read More
On 10th October 2019, government launched the Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) scheme aiming zero preventable maternal and newborn deaths in India.SUMAN SchemeAll pregnant women, newborns and mothers up to 6 months of delivery will be able to avail several free health care services.The beneficiaries visiting public health facilities are entitled .... Read More
On 15th October 2019, UNICEF released its State of the World’s Children report for 2019 titled “Children, food and nutrition: Growing well in a changing world”.
The report analyses the global state of children’s health vis-a-vis malnutrition, obesity, anaemia and other health issues.
It has ranked countries in the order of ‘highest .... Read More
On 17th October 2019, World Health Organisation (WHO) released the Global Tuberculosis Report 2019. The report provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progressin the response at global, regional and country levels for India.
Globally, an estimated 10.0 million people fell ill with TB in .... Read More
On 29th October, 2019 the Prime Minister of India paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Highlights of the Meeting
The two sides welcomed the establishment of Strategic Partnership Council between the two countries and the signing of its founding document by both the countries. It would coordinate decisions .... Read More
On 5th October, 2019 the Prime Minister of Bangladesh paid an official visit to India.
Highlights of the Visit
India and Bangladesh inaugurated 3 projects and seven agreements during their meet.
Projects inaugurated include Import of Bulk LPG from Bangladesh; Inauguration of Vivekananda Bhaban (student’s hostel) at Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka; Bangladesh-India Professional Skill .... Read More
During 11-12 October, the Prime Minister of India and the President of the People’s Republic of China held their Second Informal Summit in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu.
Highlights of the Summit
Both leaders reiterated the consensus reached during the Wuhan Summit that India and China are factors for stability in the current international .... Read More
On 4 November, 2019, India decided not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal in the RCEP Summit in Bangkok as it did not get any “credible assurance for India on market access and non-tariff barriers”. The rest 15 countries decided to move ahead at the insistence .... Read More
Recently, India lodged a formal complaint at ICAO against Pakistan for its refusal to let the Prime Minister’s plane go through its airspace. India had sought Pakistan’s permission to use the country’s airspace on October 28, 2019 for Prime Minister, who had to make an official visit to Saudi Arabia.
ICAO .... Read More
On 18th October, 2019, during the annual meeting of Interpol in Chile, it was decided that India will host the 91st International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) General Assembly in 2022 as part of celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence.
The Interpol is a 194-member intergovernmental organization headquartered in Lyon, .... Read More
On 24 October, 2019 India and Pakistan signed a pact to open the Kartarpur Corridor project. The opening up of the land corridor between the two countries will allow Indian pilgrims to visit Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Kartarpur, in Narowal district of Pakistan.The Kartarpur corridor connects the Darbar Sahib Gurdwara .... Read More
During 25th -26th October, 2019 the 18th edition of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit was held in Baku, Azerbaijan with a theme “Upholding Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world.” India was represented by the Vice-President of India.
Highlights of the Summit
Vice-President lambasted .... Read More
Indio-French Strategy in Western Indian Ocean Region
India and France have taken concrete steps to firm up their strategic partnership in the western Indian Ocean, as part of their respective Indo-Pacific strategies.
Leaders of India, France and Vanilla Islands – consisting of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in the western Indian Ocean .... Read More
On 17 October, 2019, Britain clinched the Brexit deal with the European Union (EU) more than three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc. A referendum was held on June 23, 2016, to decide whether Britain should exit or remain in the European Union. 51.9% of the voters favoured .... Read More
Researchers at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have created the world’s first plant-powered camera at London Zoo, a breakthrough that promises to revolutionize field conservation. But just as importantly, a fern named Pete has used the camera to take the world’s first plant-powered selfie.
Scientists achieved this feat by .... Read More
The report charting out the process for implementing the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) has been completed. The Chairman of the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) Committee, J Satyanarayana submitted the final report to Union Health Minister recently.
National Digital Health Blueprint
NDHB aims to create a National Digital Health Eco-system that .... Read More
Nobel Prize in PhysicsThe Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded to James Peebles of Princeton University, who enhanced our understanding of the structure and history of the universe. The other half went to Michel Mayor of University of Geneva,and Didier Queloz of Cambridge University for their discovery of exoplanet, .... Read More
The popular messaging platform WhatsApp was used to spy on journalists and human rights activists in India earlier this year. The surveillance was carried out using a spyware tool called Pegasus, which has been developed by an Israeli firm, the NSO Group.
Pegasus and its Modus Operandi
Pegasus is the flagship spyware .... Read More
Google officially announced in the journal 'Nature' that it has achieved the milestone of “quantum supremacy.”
It is a term proposed in 2012 by John Preskill, professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
It describes the point where quantum computers can do things that classical computers cannot. .... Read More
Researchers from IIT Bombay have discovered special properties in a class of materials called “semi-Dirac metals”.
About Dirac Metals
Normal metals like gold and silver are good conductors of electricity. A key aspect that decides the quality of conduction is the way energy depends on the momentum of electrons. Dirac metals differ .... Read More
An alloy that undergoes a reversible temperature change of 31.5 Kelvin(K) when squeezed has been created by physicists in China, Spain and the US. Materials that exhibit such a “colossal elastocaloric effect” could be used to create new types of highly-efficient refrigeration systems.
Elastocaloric effect involves squeezing solid crystalline (or .... Read More
Scientists have accidentally discovered what they describe as “the footprints a monstrous galaxy” in the early universe. No evidence of any such galaxy had ever been found before. Hence, the scientists have equated these to the mythical Yeti-Like a cosmic Yeti.
Recent studies found that some of the biggest galaxies .... Read More
To mark the occasion of World Food Day, Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the ‘Food Safety Mitra (FSM)’ scheme, along with the ‘Eat Right Jacket’, and ‘Eat Right Jhola’ to strengthen food safety administration and scale up the ‘Eat Right India’ movement.
Food Safety Mitra
The ‘Food Safety Mitra (FSM)’ scheme will support .... Read More
On the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India, including Generation Unlimited, have launched ‘The Gandhian Challenge’. This innovation challenge provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their .... Read More
The Orionids meteor showers made their yearly appearance and reached their peak on October 22. These meteor showers are known for their brightness and speed, travelling at about 66 km/s into the earth’s atmosphere.
According to NASA, over 30 meteor showers occur annually and are observable from the earth.
They are .... Read More
The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center confirmed 20 new moons orbiting Saturn, making it the planet with the most moons in our Solar System, at 82.
The 20 new moons had been discovered by Scott S Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Until their confirmation, the planet with .... Read More
Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh will have the first e-waste clinic of the country. The facility would ensure scientific handling and disposal of electronic waste generate from households and commercial establishments.
An MoU to this effect was signed between the Bhopal municipal corporation and Central Pollution Control Board on 28th September.
The .... Read More
A Stable Form of Plutonium Discovered
A new compound of plutonium (Pu) with an unexpected, pentavalent oxidation state — Pu (V) has been discovered by scientists.
The new compound is solid and stable, and may represent a transient phase in radioactive waste repositories.
They figured it as Pu (V), pentavalent plutonium, a .... Read More
Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the “One Nation One FASTag” scheme at the Indian Mobile Congress in New Delhi. The plan aims to integrate the collection of toll digitally and ensure seamless mobility of vehicles across India.
The scheme will be implemented from December 1, 2019, and can be .... Read More
Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme- ‘DHRUV’, a 14 day learning programme, has been launched from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Headquarters at Bengaluru.
Objective of DHRUV Learning Programme
The objective of DHRUV would be to allow talented students realise their full potential and contribute to society.
The programme aims at identifying and encouraging .... Read More
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a satellite ICON to detect dynamic zones of earth’s Ionosphere. At the same time, it has to find the link between space and earth’s weather. NASA’s ICON mission started with a delay of two years.
About ICON Mission
The ICON satellite will study the .... Read More
In a new study, researchers have found that because of climate change, extreme El Niño events are likely to become more frequent. The study was done by a team of international climate researchers led by Bin Wang of the University of Hawaii at Manoa International Pacific Research Center (IPRC).
Highlights of .... Read More
The International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed on 13 October annually to raise awareness about disaster reduction.
2019 Theme: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.
The 2019 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. .... Read More
Scientists have discovered an antibiotic produced by a soil bacterium from a Mexican tropical forest that may help lead to a ‘plant probiotic,’ more robust plants and other antibiotics. The new antibiotic, known as phazolicin, prevents harmful bacteria from getting into the root systems of bean plants.
The bacterium that produces .... Read More
At a time when the world grapples with the menace of air pollution killing 7 million people prematurely every year, Sri Lanka, with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), convened a two-day event at which member states came together to adopt the “Colombo Declaration” with an ambition to halve .... Read More
A tiny new species of beetle that was found more than 50 years ago has been named after environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg as Nelloptodes gretae.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London have officially called the insect Nelloptodes gretae to honour the 16-year-old Swedish activist’s “outstanding contribution” in raising .... Read More
An iceberg, dubbed D28, broke away from the Amery ice shelf according to observations from European and American satellites.
It is about 210 metres thick and contains 315 billion tonnes of ice.
The east of Antarctica — where D28 broke off — is different from the west of the continent and Greenland, .... Read More
Senior Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award by the United Nations Environment Programme. The 1996-batch IFS officer, posted as Chief Conservator of Forest in Lucknow and Secretary, UP State Bio-diversity Board, is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on .... Read More
Fourteen start-ups have been selected for this year’s SEED awards. This year’s categories includes SEED Low Carbon, SEED Africa Awards, SEED South Africa Climate Adaptation Awards and SEED Gender equality award.
About the Seed Awards
The awards, an annual affair, are granted to organisations working on sustainable development. The award highlights the .... Read More
A Green Wall to Prevent Desertification
It is a 1,400km-long and 5km-wide green corridor all the way from Panipat in Haryana to Porbandar in Gujarat, at its conception stage.
The corridor will act as a barrier against the heat and dust that blows in from the west.
The Aravalli range, which separates .... Read More
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has come up with new and improved formulations in the manufacture of sound-emitting crackers and other fireworks keeping in view the pollution hazard and health risks.
Traditionally, firecrackers have been made with barium nitrate, antimony and a range of metals that have .... Read More
Defence Minister of India recently announced that the Siachen Glacier will be open for tourists, between the base camp and Kumar logistics base. The step has been taken to boost tourism in Ladakh and give people a window to appreciate the tough work done by army jawans and engineers in .... Read More
NASA has shown that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is the smallest it has been in decades, but it has nothing to do with human efforts.
Reason for the Smaller Size this Year
During September and October, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has been the smallest observed since .... Read More
The C40 Summit took place in Copenhagen between 9th October and 12th October, 2019. The 2019 summit, in specific, aims to build global coalition of cities, citizens and businesses that rallies around ambitious climate action that the earth needs right now.
Highlights of the Summit
Fourteen global cities have pledged to promote .... Read More
Recently, Jal Shakti Minister launched the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’, a month-long exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition, covering nearly 2,500 kilometers from Devprayag in Uttarakhand to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.
Features of the Project
This is the first ever effort by the National Mission for Clean Ganga to raft across the .... Read More
In recent years, U.S. military planners have shifted their focus from counterterrorism, low intensity conflict to great powers like China and high intensity threats. The most likely single scenario for a major military engagement against high intensity threats and China is centered on the South China Sea. Establishment of Military .... Read More
CSC: Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feet; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.Ans: Thank you very much.CSC: Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of Judicial Services?Ans: Yes, right from my childhood, I have seen my great grandfather .... Read More
1. With reference to Indian National Congress, consider the following statements:
1. Indian National Union formed by A.O Hume, became Indian National Congress.
2. First Session was held at Gokul Das Tejpal Sanskrit College in Bombay in December 1885.
3. First session was attended by 70 delegates and presided over by W.C. Bonnerjee.
4. .... Read More
51.Which of the following is/are not the feature/ features to the Indian federalism?1.Powers have been clearly divided between the Centre and the States.2.Independent judiciary3.Indian federalism is the result of an agreement among the federating units.Select the correct answer from the following codes:(a)1 and 2 only (b) 2 and 3 .... Read More
1. How can big data analysis boost agricultural growth? Examine
Ans. Big data analytics is the often complex process of examining large and varied data sets, or big data, to uncover information such as hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends and customer preferences that can help organizations make informed business decisions.
Momentum .... Read More
2. What are Biosimilars? How do they differ from Generic drugs? How are Biosimilars changing the potential of Pharmaceutical Industry?
Ans. A biosimilar is a biological medical product that is very similar to a reference biological medicine and for which there are no clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety, purity, .... Read More
3. What is 5G technology? Discuss its applications and the challenges facing it.Ans. 5G is the fifth generation cellular network technology. Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. With 5G, data transmitted over wireless broadband connections .... Read More
4. India has become the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), capturing the facial bio-metric data of seafarers. Explain its importance.Ans. The shipping sector is seeing major developments in the areas of coastal shipping, inland waterways and other maritime activities. This is leading to .... Read More
5. Man-made fires in the world’s largest rainforest have sent smoke to populated cities and the Atlantic coast. What impact will it have? Discuss.
Ans. The recent Amazon rainforest fires have alarmed environmentalists and governments worldwide as it not only destroyed the carbon-absorbing forest but the flames also emitted millions of .... Read More
6. Indian economy had been witnessing impressive growth rates since a few years but the unemployment rate has been hovering at high rates. Do you think India is witnessing jobless growth? (10 marks)
Ans.: India has been witnessing a respectable growth rate of over 7% since last 5 years, however, the .... Read More
Sharad Arvind Bobde
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde will take oath as the CJI on November 18th.
He previously worked in Bombay High Court (as additional Judge), Madhya Pradesh High Court (as Chief Justice) and Supreme Court (as Judge since .... Read More
Alexei Leonov, the Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space has passed away.
Leonov staked his place in space history on 18 March 1965, when he exited his Voskhod 2 space capsule secured by a tether.
She was the first woman and the first Japanese person .... Read More
First State to Enact Law on Contract Farming
Tamil Nadu has become the first State in the country to enact a law on contract farming with President Ram Nath Kovind giving assent to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act.
Mizoram: State with Highest HIV Prevalence .... Read More
Stations’ Cleanliness Survey Report 2019
Three railway stations in Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jodhpur and Durgapura – were adjudged as the cleanest Railway stations in India in Urban categories according to its annual cleanliness survey among 720 stations.
Andheri, Virar and Naigaon railway stations were the top three among 109 suburban stations.
Global Health .... Read More
India and Uzbekistan will carry out a joint military exercise ‘Dustlik-2019’, the first-ever exercise between the armies of the two nations from November 4 to 13 at Chirchiq training area in Uzbekistan.
It is an India-Myanmar Naval Exercise recently held in Visakhapatnam.
Indian and French armies conducted biennial joint counter-terrorism .... Read More
ASI Finds 8th Century Objects, Trade Centre Remains in Andhra
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a 2000-year old historic trade settlement in Andhra Pradesh’s Gottiprolu village, along with a Pallava-period Vishnu statue.
The bricks unearthed are comparable with the Satavahana or Ikshvaku period structures in Krishna river valley (Amaravati .... Read More
The Trak Island is in the Andaman Nicobar group of islands.
Recently, Indian Air Force fired two BrahMos missiles as a part of the routine operational training.
The Union government plans to make Ladakh the first Indian union territory (UT) to run completely on renewable energy.
The UT currently has .... Read More
‘Feed Our Future’ Campaign
To create awareness and take steps against hunger and malnutrition in India, the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the ‘Feed Our Future’ campaign in association with the help of Bollywood.
World’s 1st AI University
The world’s first dedicated AI University – Mohammad Bin Zayed University .... Read More
Nobel Prize 2019
Peace: Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister of Ethiopia) for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
Physics: One half to James Peebles (Canadian-American) for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half .... Read More
new rules for trans athletes by world athletics
World Athletics (formerly the IAAF) has ruled that transgender women must maintain testosterone levels at a maximum of 5 nanomoles per litre for 12 months before being declared eligible to compete. The limit is half the previous limit of 10 nmol/l, in .... Read More
It has been 22 years since talks between NSCN-IM and the government officially began in 1997. In August 2015, the Union government signed a framework agreement to seek a final solution with NSCN-IM. The seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) joined the talks later by signing a ‘Deed of Commitment’ .... Read More
What is Traditional Medical Knowledge
Traditional medical knowledge has social, cultural and scientific value and is important for many indigenous peoples and local communities. In some Asian and African countries, 80 percent of the population depend on traditional medicine, including for primary healthcare.
Traditional knowledge is generally considered as the collective heritage .... Read More
On 24thOctober, 2019 the Supreme Court upheld the definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) calculation as stipulated by the Department of Telecom (DoT). It has ordered telecom companies to pay up to Rs 92,641 crore dues to the DoT within three months calculated on the basis of the new definition .... Read More
India is one of the few countries where forest cover is on the rise and forests are teeming with wildlife. It has only 2.4% of the geographical area of the world, but harbours nearly 8% of the globally known floral and faunal species. India’s sixth National Report (NR6) to the .... Read More
What is Globalisation?
According to American economist Edward S. Herman, “Globalisation is the expansion across international borders of management and process. At the same time, it is a condition of facilities and economic relation which is constantly expanding and its simultaneously changing.”
In concept, globalization is a complex, economic, political, cultural and .... Read More
After a very long time, privatisation has re-entered the policy-making lexicon in India. A flurry of news reports has informed us that several public sector undertakings (PSUs) will be put on the block for privatisation. It certainly is a big departure from the last decade and a half, when successive .... Read More
One of the most enduring achievements of Indian civilization is undoubtedly its architecture. Indian architecture, which has evolved through centuries, is the result of socio-economic and geographical conditions. Different types of Indian architectural styles include a mass of expressions over space and time, transformed by the forces of history considered unique to India. As a result of diversities, a vast range of architectural specimens have evolved, retaining a certain amount of continuity across history.
Indus Valley Civilization
Traced as far back as third millennium BC.
On the banks of the river Indus particularly at the bends that provided water, easy means of transportation .... Read More