Category: Current Affairs

PRELIMS Black Carbon Topic: Environment Why in news? According to a new study by climate researchers, airplanes may be ejecting significant amounts of black carbon (BC). More about Black Carbon: They have evidence of such particles existing up to 18 km into the stratosphere. Black carbons derive from emissions from aviation fuel and can linger…

PRELIMS Ramsar Convention Topic: Environment More about Ramsar convention It is an international treaty It aims conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands The convention provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. It was signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 India is one…

PRELIMS Telemedicine: Odisha shows the way Topic: Important aspects of governance Why in news? A telemedicine project started by an Odisha-based social entrepreneur is slowly going national after the Central government adopted it as a model project two years ago. About the project: Through this micro-entrepreneurship programme the government attempts to tackle two problems- unemployment…

PRELIMS Odisha govt and Facebook launches ‘SheMeansBusiness’ programme Topic: Role of women and women’s organization Why in news? Odisha government has launched ‘She Means Business’ programme of Facebook for women entrepreneurs. Odisha government’s partnership with Facebook aimed to reduce the digital divide and empower nearly 25,000 women entrepreneurs and SHGs. Highlights of the programme: Under…

PRELIMS Lok Sabha passes State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 Topic: Economy- Banking sector Why in news? The Lok Sabha has passed the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill seeks to repeal the two Acts namely State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, and State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956.…

PRELIMS India ratifies 2nd commitment period of Kyoto Protocol Topic: Environment – Treaties and Agreements  Why in news? India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (or Doha Amendment) that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). In this regard, India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha…

PRELIMS India, Iran call for early operationalisation of Chabahar Port Topic: International relations Why in news? India and Iran have expressed commitment for early completion and operationalization of Chabahar Port besides strengthening bilateral ties. Both countries in a series of meetings held during the Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari two-day visit…

PRELIMS Centre extends Assam’s ‘disturbed area’ tag for another month under AFSPA Topic: Challenges to internal security Why in news? The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Assam for one more month, declaring the entire state of Assam as a “disturbed” area due to various violent activities by insurgent groups…

PRELIMS 7 August: National Handloom Day Topic: General Why in news? The National Handloom Day is being observed every year on 7 August to honour the handloom weavers in the country and also carter an impetus to India’s handloom industry. This year it was third edition of the National Handloom Day after it was instituted…

PRELIMS New Bill to allow States to drop no-detention policy Topic: Government policies and interventions for development Why in news? The Ministry of Human Resource Development is looking to introduce a Bill to amend the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, to enable States to do away with the no-detention policy…