India to contribute USD 100 million to UN partnership fund

Context: India has pledged an additional USD 100 million towards the UN partnership fund, significantly scaling up its support to sustainable development projects across the developing world. About India-UN Development Partnership Fund: The India-UN Development Partnership Fund was set up earlier this year as a partnership between India and the United Read More …

2017 ‘very likely’ in top three warmest years on record

Context: According to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional Statement on the State of the Climate, the year 2017 is “very likely” to be in the top three warmest years on record. Facts: Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Temperatures Read More …

Banaganapalle mangoes, six others get GI tag

Famous Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and Tulapanji rice of West Bengal are among the seven commodities that have been granted Geographical Indications this fiscal year by the Indian patent office. A Geographical Indication (GI) is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from Read More …

“Quadrilateral” grouping

Context: By accepting an invitation to join the Japan-proposed, U.S.-endorsed plan for a “Quadrilateral” grouping including Australia to provide alternative debt financing for countries in the Indo-Pacific, India has taken a significant turn in its policy for the subcontinent. The Quad pivot? As Prime Minister of India heads to the East Asia summit Read More …

IIT Guwahati uses superhydrophobic cotton to remove oil-spill

Context: Removing up to 95% of oil-spill of different densities — light and heavy oils — repetitively at least 100 times using superhydrophobic (extremely water repelling) medical cotton has been demonstrated by a team of researchers led from the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati. More Read More …

Global watchdog FATF puts Pakistan on notice

Context: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global antimoney laundering watchdog, in its just concluded meet at Beunos Aires, Argentina has put Pakistan on notice for terror financing. More Details: FATF has sought from Pakistan, notwithstanding opposition from China, a compliance report by February 2018 on action taken against Read More …

What are the Paradise Papers?

Context: The Paradise Papers are set of 13.4 million documents mainly from Appleby, an offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond related to offshore investment in some of the world’s most secretive countries. It is a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s Read More …