Category: Current Affairs

PRELIMS Walled City of Ahmedabad Topic: Art and Culture More aboutWalled City of Ahmedabad: The 600-year-old Walled City in Gujarat’s commercial capital Ahmedabad was formally accorded status of India’s first World Heritage City by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) The walled city of Ahmedabad was founded in the 15th century by Ahmed…

PRELIMS National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Topic: Polity More about National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC): National Commission for Backward Classes is under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It was constituted pursuant to the provisions of the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993. Constitutional status: In 2017, a bill seeking to…

PRELIMS The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Topic: Science and Technology About MTCR: 35 nation (India is 35th member) grouping that controls export of missile technology, including drones and UAVs. Setup in 1987 by the G7 countries Aims to limit the proliferation of missile and other unmanned delivery systems that could be used for chemical…

PRELIMS IRNSS (NAVIC) Topic: Science and Technology About IRNSS: IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. Simply put, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is similar to the GPS (global positioning system) of the US, Glonass of…

PRELIMS Cabinet approves MoU with Myanmar for the Conservation of Pagodas at Bagan Topic: International-Relations Why in news? The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar for the conservation of earthquake-damaged pagodas at Bagan, Myanmar. Significance of this MoU: Implementation of the project will further strengthen India’s enduring ties…

PRELIMS Geographical Indication Tag Topic: Economy What is Geographical Indication? Geographical Indication is a genre of Intellectual Property. GI tag is an insignia on products having a unique geographical origin and evolution over centuries with regards to its special quality or reputation attributes. The status to the products marks its authenticity and ensures that registered…

PRELIMS Gobindobhog rice gets geographical indication status Topic: Geography Why in news? Gobindobhog rice, a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal, has got the geographical indication (GI) status. Significance of this move: As a result of getting the GI tag, as the certification is also called, rice from other regions or rice of other…

PRELIMS Ocean forecasting system unveiled Topic: Science and Technology Why in news? The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences inaugurated the Ocean Forecasting System for Comoros, Madagascar, and Mozambique at the third Ministerial Meeting of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Asia and Africa (RIMES), held…

PRELIMS Moss Topic: Environment More aboutMoss: Mosses are a common flowerless plant found in all cities especially in damp (humid) or shady locations. It generally absorb water and nutrients from their immediate environments, so it can reflect changes to ecosystems. So it can be used as potential bioindicators to monitor urban pollution and to measure…

PRELIMS Non-Banking Financial Company Topic: Economy What is a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC)? A NBFC is a financial institution that provides banking services without meeting the legal definition of a bank, i.e. one that does not hold a banking license. It is established as a company registered under the Companies Act, 1956 but its operations…