Current Affairs

End of ISIS

ISIS fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Timeline of ISIS How threat still exist?...

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West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a single-stranded RNA virus that causes West Nile fever. It is a member of the family Flaviviridae, specifically from the genus Flavivirus, which also contains the Zika virus, dengue virus, and yellow fever virus. West Nile Virus...

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Global Energy Transition index

About the index Global Energy Transition Index 2019 released by WEF for shaping the future energy with sustainable use along with environment protection. It is System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy. The index benchmarks 115 countries on the...

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Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

Multidimensional Poverty Index was launched by the UNDP and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) in 2010. MPI is a measure that takes into account the incidence of poverty and the extent of deprivation. Going beyond just monetary...

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CCEA approves KUSUM Scheme

Recently the Government Tuesday approved the launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) with a central aid of ₹34,422 crore to provide financial and water security to farmers through harnessing solar energy capacities of 25.75...

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Operation Digital Board (ODB)

About the Scheme The Operation Digital Board (ODB) aims at converting a classroom into a digital classroom and in addition to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students. "Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will...

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National War Memorial

About National War Memorial Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the country’s National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the capital, nearly 60 years after it was mooted to honour the fallen soldiers...

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Tribunal Rationalisation

The government has merged several powerful administrative tribunals and assumed powers to appoint and remove their chiefs, triggering fears that the move will undermine the authority and independence of these quasi-judicial institutions. In a bid to...

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Official Secrets Act

Why in news : Rafale Deal - The Hindu Issue Attorney-General’s request for “criminal action” against those responsible for making“stolen documents” on the Rafale deal public, has brought the Official Secrets Act into focus. AG’s statement was in context of...

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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

About OIC The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents.The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world....

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Lokpal

Background A Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or ombudsman who represents the public interest. This concept is borrowed from Sweden. An ombudsman is an official who is charged with representing the interests of public by investigating and addressing...

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Independent Fiscal Council

The NK Singh committee on fiscal responsibility and budget management had recommended setting up an independent fiscal council to keep tabs on and better manage public debt. The proposal has recently been endorsement by the International Monetary Fund....

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Golan Heights

The Golan Heights, a rocky plateau in south-western Syria, has apolitical and strategic significance which belies its size.Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the closing stages of the 1967 Six-Day War. Most of the Syrian Arab inhabitants fled...

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First Batch Reforms in Indian Army

First Batch Reforms in Indian Army Issues with Indian Army First Batch Reforms in Indian Army Issues with Indian Army Skewed Promotions Trends – Bypassing seniority : Service related bias – Favour towards one service wing Regiment bias Nutritional Issues –...

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ASAT – Mission Shakti

Background Recently PM had announced that India had carried out a successful anti-satellite missile test (ASAT), Mission Shakti. ASAT is the technological capability to hit and destroy satellites in space through missiles launched from the ground. The...

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Forest Rights Act

Recent News In a writ petition filed before the SC by some ‘conservation’ groups and a few relics of the forest bureaucracy challenged the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 or the Forest Rights...

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Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Assessment Report

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) recently released the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Assessment report. Findings of the report: Regions in higher altitudes tend to warm faster than low-lying lands. So, a global temperature...

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India – Pakistan Relations and Terrorism

Context In response to the terror attack against a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, India announced that it would revoke the most favoured nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan. After that India launched air...

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FAME-India Phase-II

In order to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicle technology and to ensure sustainable growth of the same, Department of Heavy Industry is implementing FAME-India Scheme. FAME II Scheme: Features In the Phase-II, the Scheme proposes to give...

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