India opposes attempt to link action on emissions to farming

Source: The post is based on the article “India opposes attempt to link action on emissions to farming” published in Hindustan Times on 20th November 2022. What is the News? India has communicated strong objections to discussions under the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture(KJWA) which has sought to expand efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse… Continue reading India opposes attempt to link action on emissions to farming

Tri-services Missile Command on anvil as stand-off weapons era dawns

Source: The post is based on the article “Tri-services Missile Command on anvil as stand-off weapons era dawns” published in the Hindustan Times on 3rd October 2022. What is the News? The government is considering setting up of a tri-services missile/rocket command on the lines of the space and the cyber command as the first… Continue reading Tri-services Missile Command on anvil as stand-off weapons era dawns

Swedish defence firm Saab plans to manufacture Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon in India

Source: The post is based on the article “Swedish defence firm Saab plans to manufacture Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon in India” published in Hindustan Times on 27th September 2022 What is the News? Swedish defence firm Saab has announced its plan to set up a manufacturing facility in India for the Carl-Gustaf M4 shoulder-fired weapon system… Continue reading Swedish defence firm Saab plans to manufacture Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon in India

PM inaugurates Atal Bridge on Sabarmati river

Source: The post is based on the article “PM inaugurates Atal Bridge on Sabarmati river” published in Hindustan Times on 27th August 2022. What is the News? The Prime Minister has inaugurated the pedestrian-only ‘Atal Bridge’ on Sabarmati river in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city. What is Atal Bridge? Atal Bridge is a foot-over bridge (FOB) on… Continue reading PM inaugurates Atal Bridge on Sabarmati river

F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jet: Competition heats up for naval fighter deal ahead of Vikrant’s commissioning

Source: The post is based on the article “F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jet: Competition heats up for naval fighter deal ahead of Vikrant’s commissioning” published in Hindustan Times on 25th August 2022. What is the News? Ahead of India commissioning its first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant, the US aviation major Boeing has proposed… Continue reading F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jet: Competition heats up for naval fighter deal ahead of Vikrant’s commissioning

Over 7.9 million enrolled under Bal Aadhaar initiative

Source: The post is based on the article “Over 7.9 million enrolled under Bal Aadhaar initiative” published in Hindustan Times on 16th August 2022. What is the News? Over 7.9 million children aged up to five were enrolled under the Unique Identification Authority’s Bal Aadhaar initiative from April to July. What is Bal Aadhar? Baal… Continue reading Over 7.9 million enrolled under Bal Aadhaar initiative

Centre launches several edu initiatives to mark 2 years of NEP 2020

Source: The post is based on the article “Centre launches several edu initiatives to mark 2 years of NEP 2020” published in Hindustan Times on 30th July 2022. What is the News? The Government of India has launched several initiatives on the second anniversary of the National Education Policy(NEP) 2020. What are the initiatives launched… Continue reading Centre launches several edu initiatives to mark 2 years of NEP 2020

Explained: Monkeypox declared ‘public health emergency’ by WHO – What this means

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: Monkeypox declared ‘public health emergency’ by WHO – What this means” published in Hindustan Times on 24th July 2022. What is the News? The Monkeypox outbreak has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern(PHEIC) by the World Health Organization(WHO). What is a Public Health… Continue reading Explained: Monkeypox declared ‘public health emergency’ by WHO – What this means

Home ministry amends FCRA rules; gives more time to declare funds

Source: The post is based on the article “Home ministry amends FCRA rules; gives more time to declare funds” published in Hindustan Times on 3rd July 2022. What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs has amended certain provisions in the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and its rules. What are the key amendments… Continue reading Home ministry amends FCRA rules; gives more time to declare funds

The Global Liveability Index 2022: These are the world’s ‘most’ and ‘least’ liveable cities

What is the News? The Global Liveability Index 2022 has been released. What is the Global Liveability Index? Published by: Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU) annually Aim: To quantify the challenges presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 173 cities. Categories: The index ranked the cities based on these categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.… Continue reading The Global Liveability Index 2022: These are the world’s ‘most’ and ‘least’ liveable cities

Extreme poverty dipped in India: World Bank report

What is the News? The World Bank has published the paper titled ‘Poverty has Declined over the Last Decade But Not As Much As Previously Thought’. What are the key findings of the report? Decline in Extreme Poverty: Extreme poverty in India declined by 12.3 percentage points between 2011 and 2019. It decreased from 22.5%… Continue reading Extreme poverty dipped in India: World Bank report

Colombo Security Conclave Virtual Conference on Investigation of Terrorism Cases

What is the News? The Colombo Security Conclave Virtual Conference on Sharing of experiences in the investigation of terrorism cases was organised by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) of India. What is the Colombo Security Conclave(CSC)? Formed in: 2011 as a trilateral maritime security grouping of India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Aim: To provide a… Continue reading Colombo Security Conclave Virtual Conference on Investigation of Terrorism Cases

Earth Hour: Lights out at 8:30pm, time to conserve energy. All you need to know

What is the News? Every year on the 26th of March, people around the world take an hour off the electricity by switching off their lights at homes and offices as a show of support for the conservation of energy during Earth Hour. What is Earth Hour? Started by: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)… Continue reading Earth Hour: Lights out at 8:30pm, time to conserve energy. All you need to know

Indian grey hornbill reintroduced in Gir after decades

What is the News? Gujarat Forest Department is reintroducing the Indian grey hornbill(IGH) in Gir Forest after almost ninety years when they vanished from this largest contiguous forest tract in western India. What is an Indian Grey Hornbill? Indian Grey Hornbill ( Ocyceros birostris) is a fairly common hornbill species found only in the Indian… Continue reading Indian grey hornbill reintroduced in Gir after decades

Govt expedites FDI from neighboring countries

What is the News? The Government of India is fast-tracking the approval process for Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) from countries that share a land border with India. Background In April 2020, the Government of India had made prior government approval mandatory for foreign direct investments(FDI) from countries that share a land border with India or where… Continue reading Govt expedites FDI from neighboring countries

India to help Sri Lanka launch its version of Aadhaar

What is the news? India has agreed to provide a grant to Sri Lanka to implement a ‘Unitary Digital Identity framework’. What is the Unitary Digital Identity framework (UDIF)? UDIF is apparently similar to India’s Aadhaar card. The proposed UDIF is expected to introduce a: – Personal identity verification device based on biometric data –… Continue reading India to help Sri Lanka launch its version of Aadhaar

Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Gurugram declared as India’s first OECM site

What is the News? Aravalli Biodiversity Park was declared India’s first “other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECM) site. What are the other effective area-based conservation measures (OECM) Sites? The OECM tag is given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The tag is conferred upon areas that have achieved effective in-situ conservation of… Continue reading Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Gurugram declared as India’s first OECM site

PM Modi talks about ‘Kaavi’ Art on Mann Ki Baat, stresses ancient art’s preservation

What is the news? During his Mann Ki Baat address, the Prime Minister spoke about a dying form of art known as Kaavi Art. He has urged people to work towards preserving such ancient forms in the country. What is Kaavi Art? Kaavi is a form of wall art found in Konkan region, especially in… Continue reading PM Modi talks about ‘Kaavi’ Art on Mann Ki Baat, stresses ancient art’s preservation