Category: Current Affairs

PRELIMS Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat Topic: Government policies Why in news? The programme is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students. Ministry:  Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) More about Program: The programme aims to provide a…

PRELIMS Border Road Organization (BRO) Topic: Security More about Border Road Organization (BRO): The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighbouring countries. It functions under Defence Ministry. It is staffed by officers and troops drawn from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers,…

PRELIMS Swine Flu Topic: Science and technology More about Block Swine Flu: Swine influenza, also called pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu and pig flu, is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses. Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV) is any strain of the influenza family…

PRELIMS Blockchain technology Topic: Science and technology More about Block chain technology: It is a decentralised digital ledger that records transactions on thousands of computers globally in such a way that the registered transactions cannot be altered retrospectively. It is a secured way of conducting online transactions and its use removes the characteristic of infinite…

PRELIMS Global Environment Facility(GEF) Topic: Environment More about Global Environment Facility: It is an independently operating financial organization It was setup as a fund under World Bank in 1991 In 1992, at the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF was restructured and moved out of the World Bank system to become a permanent, separate institution. Since…

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.…