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One year Current Affairs for UPSC/State PSCs 2021

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY)

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) was launched in 2016, it allows individuals to deposit money that has not been taxed. ...

May 11, 2021

The National Food Security Act 2013

The National Food Security Act 2013 aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India's people. It in...

May 11, 2021

Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PM-VDY) and TRIFED

Manipur has emerged as the Champion state where the Van Dhan programme has emerged as a major source of employment for the local tribals...

May 08, 2021

European Investment Bank (EIB)

The Government of India (GoI) and European Investment Bank (EIB) signed the finance contract for second tranche of Euro 150 million for Pune...

May 08, 2021

WTO and Developing Countries, S&DT, GSP

What is World Trade Organization (WTO) The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization dealing with the regulatio...

May 07, 2021

United Nations Refugee Convention of 1951 : UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a UN agency mandated to ...

May 07, 2021

Ebola : symptoms, transmission, prevention and treatment

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially declared the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak, which killed six people. Another outbreak in the we...

May 07, 2021

Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU)

NPPA, under its Central Sector Scheme named Consumer Awareness, Publicity and Price Monitoring (CAPPM), has already set up of PMRUs ...

May 04, 2021

Drugs regulation in India : "Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940" and "Drugs Control Act, 1950"

Amid, shortage of oxygen, non-availablity of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab injections, and hospital beds in the country - the Bombay High Court asked the Ce...

May 04, 2021

Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH)

Recently, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) inaugurated the fi...

May 04, 2021

Net-zero or carbon-neutrality

US is widely expected to commit itself to a net-zero emission target for 2050 at the upcoming virtual Climate Leaders' Summit. UK and ...

May 01, 2021

Aditya-L1 : Mission to study the Sun

Aditya or Aditya-L1 is a spacecraft mission to study the Sun. It has been designed and will be built in collaboration between the Indian Spa...

May 01, 2021

HAL Tejas aircraft : Light Combat Supersonic Fighter

The HAL Tejas is an Indian single-seat, single-engine, fourth-generation, multirole light fighter aircraft designed by the Aeronautical Deve...

May 01, 2021

ISRO Launch Vehicles - (ASLV, PSLV & GSLV)

Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV) The Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle or Advanced Satellite Launch Vehicle, also known a...

May 01, 2021

The Disaster Management Act, 2005

Invoking the Disaster Management Act, the Centre ordered States that all liquid oxygen, including the existing stock with private plants shall be made...

Apr 28, 2021

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) or NavIC

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) or NavIC The IRNSS or NavIC is an independent regional navigation satellite syste...

Apr 27, 2021

Chandrayaan 1,2,3 (Indian Lunar Exploration Mission)

The Chandrayaan programme (Indian Lunar Exploration Programme) is an ongoing series of outer space missions by the Indian Space Research Organisation ...

Apr 27, 2021

Mangalyaan - 1, 2 : Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) planned to launch Mangalyaan - 2 mission by 2025. Mangalyaan-2, the second mission to ...

Apr 26, 2021

What is "Swamitva Yojana" ?

In a bid to revolutionise property record maintenance in India, PM Modi launched "Swamitva Yojana(स्वामित...

Apr 25, 2021

Living Planet Report 2020 (Living Planet index (LPI)) : WWF

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the Living Planet Report 2020 (LPR) along with the Living Planet index (LPI). T...

Apr 25, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter

NASA's Perseverance rover Launched on July of 2020, after sailed through space for nearly seven months, covering 472 million km, NA...

Apr 24, 2021

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)

UNICEF and the Geena Davis Institute released a report on Gender in Media (GDI) titled Gender Bias and Inclusion In Advertisin...

Apr 24, 2021

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

G C Murmu, who is India's Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), has been appointed as external auditor of the Organisation for the P...

Apr 24, 2021

What is "The World Press Freedom Index - 2021" ?

India is ranked 142nd (unchanged from 142 in 2020) out of 180 countries in the annual "World Press Freedom Index 2021" released by Repor...

Apr 23, 2021

What is "South China Sea dispute" ?

According to People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, they have used ships and aircraft to "track, monitor, verify, identify and expel" a U.S. warship...

Apr 23, 2021

State of the Global Climate 2020 : World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

State of the Global Climate 2020 The State of the Global Climate report is published annually by World Meteorological Organization (WMO...

Apr 23, 2021

Global Carbon Project (GCP) - Global Carbon Budget

GCP researchers say fossil-fuel CO2 emissions fell by 7 per cent last year, with the pandemic-lockdowns across nations. The Global Carb...

Apr 23, 2021

National Centre of Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR)

The National Centre of Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) found the largest decline in the Arctic Sea ice in the last 41 years due to global warm...

Apr 23, 2021

Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21) : UNFCCC

Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21) : UNFCCC Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change whi...

Apr 23, 2021

The International Solar Alliance (ISA)

India and France were re-elected as president and co-president of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a term of two years at its third a...

Apr 23, 2021

NIXI initiatives regarding IPv6 adoption in India

The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), announced three new initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the IPv6 protocol in India. ...

Apr 19, 2021

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Emissions Gap Report 2020, Adaptation Gap Report 2020

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UNEP was established after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockhol...

Apr 19, 2021

Decriminalization of Section 377 : Judgement and History

Why in news ? The Delhi High Court granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, i...

Apr 18, 2021

What are "Institutions of Eminence" ?

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended its regulations, allowing Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) to set up campuses abroad after receiving...

Apr 18, 2021

State of World Population Report 2021 - UNFPA

United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) launched its flagship State of World Population Report 2021 with title My Body is My Own....

Apr 16, 2021

FASTag (an electronic toll collection system) in India

FASTag is a sticker or a tag usually pasted on the windscreen of the car. The device uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to c...

Apr 16, 2021

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a China led mega trade bloc comprising 15 countries, it consists of the...

Apr 16, 2021

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

The Centre Government said it has transferred over Rs 1.15 lakh crore directly to bank accounts of more than 10.75 crore farmers under t...

Apr 15, 2021

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a U.S. pull-out by September 11 Around 7,000 non-...

Apr 15, 2021

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 was enacted to prevent and punish the inflict...

Apr 15, 2021

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) & India

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN), charged with ensuring international peace...

Apr 15, 2021

India's Gaganyaan human spaceflight programme

Gaganyaan mission was announcemen in August 2018 to send three Indians (including a woman) to space by 2022, the government approved fur...

Apr 15, 2021

What is Open Skies Treaty (OST) ?

What is Open Skies Treaty (OST) ? The Open Skies Treaty (OST) was first proposed in 1955 by former US President Dwight Eisenhower as a mean...

Apr 14, 2021

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY 3.0)

PMKVY 3.0 The third phase of the government's flagship skilling scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY 3.0) was lauched in J...

Apr 14, 2021

Avian influenza (Bird flu) - H5N1, H5N8, H1N1

Russia has reported the first case of bird flu virus being passed to humans, this strain of bird flu is named A(H5N8). Bird flu,...

Apr 13, 2021

"Bad bank", "Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs)" and "Non Performing Assets (NPA)"

The "bad bank" was proposed in the Union Budget 2021, the proposed entity would take over stressed loans from banks to sell to alternative investme...

Apr 13, 2021

Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS)

Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) Under ETPBS, postal ballot is send electronically to a service voter. The service...

Apr 13, 2021

What are electoral bonds ?

The Supreme Court has agreed to urgently hear a plea by NGO who claims that - The sale of electoral bonds may become an avenue for shell corporatio...

Apr 12, 2021

National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam and Assam Accord 1985

Following widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, Ministry of Home Affairs appointed a 14-member committee, headed by ...

Apr 12, 2021

CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI)

CSIR has divested Rakesh Kumar, Director, NEERI of his post after the ...

Apr 12, 2021

Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991

What is Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 ? The act was brought in by the P V Narasimha Rao-led Congress government during th...

Apr 11, 2021

All India Financial Institutions (NABARD, Exim Bank, SIDBI and NHB)

To help mitigate the impact of COVID, RBI would extend fresh support of Rs 50,000 crore to the All India Financial Institutions. There are four All I...

Apr 10, 2021

New Development Bank (NDB)

Speaking in the sixth annual meeting of the NDB, Finance Minister Sitharaman urged the bank to consider working closely with India's new development f...

Apr 08, 2021

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popular as the Iranian nuclear deal, was one of the key foreign policy achievements of the Obam...

Apr 07, 2021

National Health Policy for Rare Diseases

The Delhi High Court asked the Centre to finalise and notify the National Health Policy for Rare Diseases and directed to setup a National C...

Apr 07, 2021

World Economic Forum : Global Gender Gap Report 2021

The WEF was founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a business professor at the University of Geneva. It is a Switzerland based international NGO...

Apr 07, 2021

Stand-Up India Scheme

Five years after the Stand Up India scheme was launched, banks have sanctioned more than Rs 25,000 crore to over 1.14 lakh accounts. Th...

Apr 07, 2021

Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS)

In May 2020, the Union Cabinet had approved additional funding of up to Rs 3 lakh crore at a concessional rate of 9.25 per cent through the Eme...

Apr 03, 2021

Baikal-GVD (Gigaton Volume Detector) and Neutrinos

Russian scientists launched one of the world's biggest underwater neutrino telescopes called the Baikal-GVD (Gigaton Volume Detector) in the wa...

Apr 02, 2021

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC)

The era before IBC had various scattered laws relating to insolvency and bankruptcy which caused inadequate and ineffective results with undue delays....

Mar 27, 2021

The Fifth and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed the Lok Sabha that, there is no proposal to implement Panchayat system in Sixth Schedule areas of Assam. P...

Mar 26, 2021

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a Geneva, Switzerland based UN body to promote and protect human rights around the world. ...

Mar 26, 2021

The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Bill, 2017

The Goods and Service Tax Act was passed in the Parliament on 29th March 2017 and came into effect on 1st July 2017 to replaced many ind...

Mar 26, 2021

Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)

Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was invented by MB Haneefa in 1980 and was first used in 1982 in th...

Mar 23, 2021

What is a "Lithium-ion battery" ?

India's first Lithium refinery which will process Lithium ore to produce battery-grade material will be set up in Gujarat. ...

Mar 22, 2021

Anti-defection law - Tenth Schedule

What is Anti-defection law ? The Tenth Schedule of the Constitution or better known as the anti-defection law sought to preven...

Mar 18, 2021

International Energy Agency (IEA)

The World Energy Outlook is released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) annually, the report is considered as the most authoritative sour...

Mar 16, 2021

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana - Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna is a small deposit scheme for girl child, launched by PM Modi on 22nd January 2015 in Panipat, Haryana as a part...

Mar 16, 2021

What is "Jal Jeevan Mission" ?

Jal Jeevan Mission, is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to al...

Mar 15, 2021

National Education Policy, 2020

India has had three National Education Policies to date. Parliament passed the first education policy in 1968 - on the suggestions of a 17-memb...

Mar 15, 2021

"One Nation, One Ration Card" system and 'Mera Ration' App

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the national rollout of a "One Nation, One Ration Card" system in all states and Union Ter...

Mar 14, 2021

What is "Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD)" ?

What is QUAD ? The idea of Quad was first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. In November 2017...

Mar 14, 2021

Petrol refuelling stations major source of benzene emissions and PM 2.5

Petroleum And Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) PESO administers Explosives Act 1884, Explosive Substance Act, Petroleum (Productio...

Mar 14, 2021

Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C or ICCCC) and CERT-In

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C or ICCCC) is a government initiative to deal with Cybercrime in India, in a coordinated and eff...

Mar 13, 2021

Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021

The "Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021", introduced two distinct sets of regulations - one, d...

Mar 13, 2021

India's Aircraft Carriers and Submarines

India's Aircraft Carriers India acquired its first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, from the United Kingdom in 1961, being the...

Mar 13, 2021

National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)

The Centre must increase the "meagre" pensions provided for poor senior citizens, widows and disabled people - the Parliamentary Standing Committee on...

Mar 12, 2021

Afghanistan, Taliban and Biden's Afghanistan peace plan

USA has proposed a UN-led conference of representatives of Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and the U.S. to discuss a unified approach to s...

Mar 12, 2021

What is The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 ?

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, amended the "Citizenship Act of 1955" to grant citizenship to religiously persecuted people of 6 mino...

Mar 11, 2021

Sub-categorisation of OBCs: G Rohini Commission

The tenure of The Commission to Examine Sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is extended until July 31, 2021. The commission was...

Mar 11, 2021

Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands is an intergovernmental organization established by a treaty ...

Mar 11, 2021

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA)

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is aimed at prevention of unlawful activities associations in India. Unlawful ac...

Mar 11, 2021

India China border Important Locations

The Indian-China border dispute is an ongoing territorial dispute over the sovereignty of two relatively large, and several smaller, separated ...

Mar 10, 2021

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY)

Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), launched in 2018 is a centrally sponsored scheme to address health issues...

Mar 09, 2021

India Energy Forum by CERAWeek

India Energy Forum India Energy Forum is an Indian Organization which represents the energy sector as a whole. The theme of this ed...

Mar 07, 2021

Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2021

Published annually since 2005, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool for tracking the climate protectio...

Mar 05, 2021

Relation between "NPR, NRC, CAA and Census 2021"

The Registrar-General of India (RGI) is preparing to conduct field trials of the first phase of the Census and the National Population Register (NPR) ...

Mar 04, 2021

What is Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) ?

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), opened in January 2016, is a new multilateral development bank that that provides finan...

Mar 01, 2021

Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA)

Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), was enacted in 2002 to prevent and control money-laundering and to confiscate and seize any prope...

Mar 01, 2021

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM): ATLs, AICs, MOCP, ACIC and ARISE

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is Government of India's flagship initiative established under NITI Aayog to promote a culture of innovation a...

Mar 01, 2021

What are H1B, L-1A, L-1B, H-2B and J-1 Visas ?

The Biden administration revoked Trump's suspension of new immigrant visas which had been in effect since April 2020. Biden however di...

Feb 27, 2021

Who are the Uighurs and what is happening with them ?

What's the issue ? Since 2015, it has been estimated that over a million Uyghurs have been detained in internment camps established...

Feb 26, 2021

National Urban Digital Mission, SmartCode and Urban Data Exchange(IUDX)

National Urban Digital Mission The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry (MoHUA) launched National Urban Digital Mission to create a dig...

Feb 26, 2021

Right to Information Act, 2005

The Right to Information Act was passed on 15 June 2005 and came into force on 12 October 2005, it replaced the former Freedom of Information A...

Feb 24, 2021

Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)

Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) also called chamki bukhar, is a very complex syndrome and it ca...

Feb 24, 2021

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), headquartered in Vienna (Austria), is an international organization that seeks to promote the ...

Feb 23, 2021

'One Nation One Standard', 'Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)' and FSSAI

While reviewing the work of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) the Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal stressed on the need fo...

Feb 23, 2021

Export Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank)

EXIM Bank was founded in 1982 under the Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is a who...

Feb 23, 2021

One Rank One Pension (OROP)

One Rank One Pension (OROP) OROP means the payment of the same pension to military officers for the same rank for the same length of se...

Feb 23, 2021

"Participatory-Notes" and "Foreign portfolio investment (FPI)"

Participatory Notes or P-Notes A participatory note, commonly known as a P-notes, is an instrument issued by a registered foreign portfoli...

Feb 23, 2021

Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP)

Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) Integrated Guided Missile Development Program was conceived by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kala...

Feb 23, 2021

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), founded in 1989 during the G7 Summit in Paris...

Feb 19, 2021

United Nations Peace Keeping (UNPK)

United Nations Peace Keeping (UNPK) UN Peacekeeping helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. Peacekeeping is a wa...

Feb 19, 2021

Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) - 2020

Defence Minister Mr Rajnath Singh unveiled the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 in New Delhi. A review committee was constituted in Aug...

Feb 19, 2021

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra ...

Feb 18, 2021

National Coal Index (NCI) and Commercial coal mining

In May 2020, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a mechanism for commercial coal and lignite mine to be auctioned based on th...

Feb 17, 2021

Arjun Main Battle Tank MK-1A

PM Modi handed over the indigenously developed Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army at a ceremony in Chennai. The ...

Feb 17, 2021

Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI)

Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) is a full scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social de...

Feb 17, 2021

Soil Health Card Scheme

The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj tnaugurating the National Workshop on Soil Health ...

Feb 16, 2021

India-China border standoff 2020-21

Troops from both sides have started disengaging from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh, the disengagement process seems restricted to the north a...

Feb 12, 2021

Urban local bodies reforms

Goa has become the 6th State in the country to successfully undertake Urban Local Bodies (ULB) reforms, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Prades...

Feb 12, 2021

Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project

PM Modi dedicated to the nation several infrastructure projects in the oil and gas sector in West Bengal's Haldia. It includes the ambitious 348-km...

Feb 10, 2021

What is geothermal energy ?

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is all set to setup India's first Geothermal Field Development Project in Ladakh. ...

Feb 09, 2021

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) was launched on 18 February 2016 by PM Modi in...

Feb 08, 2021

One District One Product Scheme (ODOP)

One District One Product (ODOP) is an initiative to convert each District of the country into an Export Hub, by: 1) ...

Feb 08, 2021

National Agriculture Market (eNAM)

Modi government has targeted to double farmer's income by 2022, but most farmers in the country are unable to reap the benefits of their hard l...

Feb 07, 2021

What is Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) Scheme ?

The EPFO had created a special withdrawal window for EPF subscribers on March 28 as a part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. Using the same p...

Feb 07, 2021

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana has crossed 1.75 crore eligible women till financial year 2020. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yo...

Feb 07, 2021

97.50% of registered parties are unrecognised - ADR

According to the Association For Democratic Reforms (ADR) - The contribution reports of only 3.39% registered unrecognised political parties ar...

Feb 06, 2021

Integrating more countries in "Coastal Radar Chain Network"

In a bid to further expand the coastal radar chain network, efforts are in advanced stages to set up coastal radar stations in Maldives, Mya...

Feb 02, 2021

Human Development Index 2020: UNDP

India dropped two ranks in the UN's Human Development Index 2019, standing at 131 out of 189 countries, according to the Human...

Feb 02, 2021

MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)

The standing committee on MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds of the Rajya Sabha asked the government to release funds for the projects sanctioned...

Feb 02, 2021

NITI Aayog's megacity plan for Little Andaman

NITI Aayog presented a document "Sustainable Development of Little Andaman Island - Vision Document", to leverage the strategic location and na...

Feb 01, 2021

Skill India undertakes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

In a bid to promote local governance for implementation of skill development programmes, Skill India undertakes Recognition of Prior Learnin...

Feb 01, 2021

World Health Organization (WHO)

If 2020 was the year of discovery of COVID-19 vaccines, 2021 will be the year India faces the challenge of getting them to people across the world who...

Jan 30, 2021

Honey FPO(Farmer Producer Organization) Programme by NAFED

The Honey FPO (Farmer Producer Organization) Programme of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED)...

Nov 30, 2020

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

Why in news ? India will host the 19th Heads of Government (HoG) council meeting of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisa...

Nov 30, 2020

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Sputnik V vaccine has been developed by Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute and piloted by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), t...

Nov 27, 2020

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019

Why in news ? In a bid to do away with visits to government office, the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry on Wednesday launch...

Nov 26, 2020

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)

Why in news ? The Union Cabinet approved equity infusion of ₹6,000 crore in NIIF Debt Platform sponsored by National I...

Nov 26, 2020

The National Nutrition Mission (Poshan Abhiyaan)

Why in news ? As per a review report of NITI Aayog - The National Nutrition Mission (Poshan Abhiyaan) must be stepped up in order to meet ...

Nov 24, 2020

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Serum Institute of India said the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and also known as AZD1222) should be available for healt...

Nov 20, 2020

MAKE-II - Make In India Defence Production

Make-II guidelines will greatly help import substitution and promote innovative solutions. This simplified "Make-II" procedure will ame...

Nov 18, 2020

Lancet Commission on Diabetes warns of damaging effects of Coronavirus 2

A Lancet Commission on Diabetes, warns, with evidence, of possible damaging effects of coronavirus 2 on the pancreatic islets and...

Nov 16, 2020

"General Consent" to CBI: what this means ?

The Punjab government has withdrawn the general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation for investigating cases in the State. Punjab is t...

Nov 10, 2020

Pauses and reversals of infant mortality decline in India in 2017 and 2018

According to a study titled "Pauses and reversals of infant mortality decline in India in 2017 and 2018" - according to the Sample Registration Sys...

Nov 10, 2020

Western Ghats Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA)

The Western Ghats, also known as Sahyadri, is a mountain range traversing the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat...

Nov 08, 2020

What are the new Agricultural Reform Bills ?

Three farm bills - The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreem...

Nov 06, 2020

India Energy Forum by CERAWeek

Speaking at the India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, PM Modi said India is likely to see energy consumption double over the long term. ...

Oct 26, 2020

India's first "saviour sibling" experiment

A one-year-old sibling named Kavya has saved her 6 year old brother Abhijeet's life by donating her bone marrow, Abhijeet was suffering from ...

Oct 16, 2020

What are "Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs)" ?

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a seventh tranche of the gold bonds linked to the market price of gold on behalf of the governmen...

Oct 13, 2020

What is a TRP (Target Rating Point) ?

The Mumbai police claimed that they are looking into a scam about manipulation of TRPs by rigging the devices used by the Broadcast Audience Research ...

Oct 09, 2020

Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP)

India has committed to Maldives a financial package consisting of a grant of 100 million USD and new line of credit of 400 million USD. ...

Aug 23, 2020

Sri Lanka to Draft a New Constitution

The Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (elected in 2019) said that Sri Lanka will draft a new Constitution and abolish the 19th ...

Aug 23, 2020

Student Entrepreneurship Programme 2.0: Atal Innovation Mission

Atal Innovation Mission has launched the second edition of its Student Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP 2.0) in collaboration with Del...

Aug 17, 2020

Russian Covid Vaccine: Sputnik V

Russia became the first country to officially register a Covid-19 vaccine and declare it ready for use. The vaccine is named "Sputnik V" after ...

Aug 17, 2020

SalivaDirect : Covid-19 Test

USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised a new saliva-based rapid laboratory diagnostic test for Covid-19, called ...

Aug 17, 2020

Whta Is "Fly Ash" ?

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has developed an infrastructure to transport fly ash from power plants in bulk to cement plants...

Aug 17, 2020

National Digital Health Mission (NDHM)

National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) is launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on on 74th Independence Day. It is complete digital health ecosy...

Aug 17, 2020

RTI on PM-CARES Fund

Prime Minister's Office (PMO) denied information on the number of applications and appeals related to PM-CARES and the Prime Minister...

Aug 17, 2020

Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO)

In a bid to foster innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence, the Defence Minister of India has launched Naval Innovati...

Aug 16, 2020

Transparent Taxation platform

In a bid to benefiting honest taxpayers, PM Narendra Modi launched the platform for 'Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest'. The platform ...

Aug 16, 2020

Solar power in India

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has received proposals from various players for over 10 gigawatts (GW) of fresh solar equipment man...

Aug 16, 2020

Mega Covid Testing Lab by CSIR

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working on developing mega labs to speed up testing as well as improve th...

Aug 16, 2020

Dwarf planet "Ceres" has salty water underground - Dawn spacecraft

The data collected by NASA's Dawn spacecraft revealed that the dwarf planet "Ceres" reportedly has "salty water underground". ...

Aug 16, 2020

The hornbills (Bucerotidae)

Satellite data has indicated a high rate of deforestation in major hornbill habitats "Papum Reserve Forest (RF)" in Arunachal Pradesh an...

Aug 16, 2020

What is "Budapest Convention" ?

Budapest Convention, also known as the Council of Europe's (CoE) Cybercrime Convention (CETS No.185) was open for signature in 2001 and came in...

Aug 13, 2020

What is "Contract Farming" ?

Contract farming is a pre-harvest agreement between buyers (food processing units, exporters etc), and producers (farmers, farmer organisations...

Aug 13, 2020

Global Migration Report 2020

Global Migration Report 2020 has been released by International Organisation for Migration's (IOM). As per the report, India ...

Aug 13, 2020

India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Meeting

Defence Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of India and Japan met in New Delhi on 30 November 2019 for the first India-Japan 2...

Aug 13, 2020

What is Bharat Biotech's Covaxin ?

Covaxin is India's "first" indigenous Covid-19 vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech in collab...

Jul 21, 2020

BS-VI emission norms for L7 (quadricycles)

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has introduced emission norms for L7 (quadricycle) category for BS-VI, the notification completes the p...

May 27, 2020

What is "Hong Kong security law" ?

China has decided to impose a national security legislation on Hong Kong, the draft national security law for Hong Kong would prohibit "splittism, ...

May 26, 2020

What are GI tags and how are they awarded ?

What are GI tags ? A GI or Geographical Indication is a name or a sign used on certain products that relates to a specific geographical...

May 25, 2020

Explained : SpaceX Demo-2 mission

Elon Musk's company SpaceX is scheduled to launch its first crewed mission, a test flight called Demo-2 that will send NASA astronauts Bob Behn...

May 24, 2020

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA)

Over 96 per cent of gram panchayats across the country have registered demand for work under NREGS from April till November-end, signalling that the r...

May 23, 2020

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)

Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched to address health hazards/diseases and air pollution and empower women in rural and semi-urban areas by prov...

May 23, 2020

Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG)

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), launched "National Weather Services" from India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the existing Unified M...

May 23, 2020

Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP)

The Vaccine Action Program (VAP) is a 33-year immunization and vaccine related research collaboration between the U.S. National Institutes o...

May 21, 2020

The "Konark Sun Temple", Odisha

Konark Sun Temple The "Konark Sun Temple" located in the eastern state of Odisha, is a architecture marvel and a symbol of India's heritage....

May 21, 2020