First draft of Assam’s NRC recognises 1.9 crore people as citizens

Context: The much-awaited first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published with the names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore total applicants in Assam recognising them as legal citizens of India. The rest of the names are under various stages of verification, Registrar General of India Read More …

Ancient jumping genes may give corals new lease of life

Context: Scientists have identified a gene that improves the heat tolerance of the algae that live symbiotically with coral species, and could potentially help the corals adapt to some warming. About Symbiodinium: Symbiodinium is a unicellular algae that provides its coral host with photosynthetic products in return for nutrients and Read More …

Two new Ginger species found in the northeast

Context: Scientists have discovered two new species of Ginger in easternmost districts, Ukhrul in Manipur and Tuensang in Nagaland, both bordering Myanmar. Hedychium chingmeianum, the species discovered in Tuensang district, is an epiphytic plant and grows on tall trees, while Caulokaempferia dinabandhuensis was found growing in rock crevices, boulders and humus rich Read More …

Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is implementing Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), which is a major credit-linked subsidy programme, aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and unemployed youth. General category beneficiaries can avail of margin Read More …

The Central Pension Accounting Office

Context: The Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) celebrated here today its 29th Foundation Day in the service of the Central (Civil) Pensioners. CPAO   (website www.cpao.nic.in) was established on 1st January, 1990; primarily to cater to the needs of central civil pensioners and other stakeholders in the Ministries/ Departments and Banks. The Central (Civil) pensions Read More …

‘Participation of wilful defaulters may weaken IBC’

Context: The Lok Sabha passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 last Friday. However, we are likely to witness a wave of demands seeking to allow failed promoters to participate in the bidding and resolution process of their respective firms. About IBC Bill, 2017: The Corporate Affairs Ministry Read More …

Why farmers don’t have electoral clout

Context: The Union government in the 2017-18 budget allocated just 11 per cent of its expenditure to the entire rural sector, including Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or MGNREGA, rural housing, crop insurance, irrigation, roads, fertilisers and all. Speak to ordinary farmers and they hardly sound like sovereign Read More …