How single-origin coffees in India disappeared

Context: Under the Constitution, agricultural income can be taxed by the State and not by the Centre. However, in the case of tea, the Centre contended that there was a substantial manufacturing process involved in the production of tea; hence, income from tea could not be classified as fully agricultural Read More …

Bangladesh lifts ban on hilsa exports

Context: Bangladesh  lifted a 2012 ban on the export of its national fish hilsa, whose key markets include India, to check its smuggling and tap into the growing global demand for the popular but scarce food species. According to literature on fish resources, the roaming ground of hilsa ranges from Persian Read More …

Facts Corner-Part-6

World Business Council for Sustainable Development: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global advocacy association of some 200 international companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development. Its origins date back to the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit of 1992. The WBCSD was created in 1995 in a merger of the Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Read More …

Food poisoning, a common outbreak in 2017

Context: Recent data put out by the Union Health Ministry’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) has indicated that food poisoning is one of the commonest outbreaks reported in 2017. This is apart from acute diarrhoeal disease (ADD). According to the data, 312 of the 1,649 outbreaks reported till the third Read More …

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

Context: SpaceX blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature — and the agency behind it — remains a mystery. Just what exactly needed such special protection and secrecy is still unknown. It was for the U.S. government and would be delivered to low-Earth Read More …

India jumps to fourth place in computing capacity for weather forecasting

Context: India today took a major step ahead in upgrading computing capacity in weather forecasting and climate monitoring.  With this, India will now occupy the fourth position, next only to United Kingdom, Japan and the US in terms of dedicated capacity for HPC resources for weather and climate purposes. The Read More …

Facts Corner-Part-5

What is Nirbhay missile? India successfully conducted a flight test of its state-of-the-art sleek cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’, which is capable of carrying warheads of up to 300 kg. The indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile was launched from a test range at Chandipur along the Odisha coast. Defence Research Read More …

Hwasong-15, North Korea’s latest missile

What is the Hwasong-15? North Korea claims the intercontinental ballistic missile is ‘significantly more’ powerful than previous missiles even as analysts concurred that North may have made a jump in missile capability with the Hwasong-15. A government statement said the Hwasong-15 is the ‘greatest ICBM’ that could be armed with Read More …

Facts Corner-Part-4

What is the Katas Raj Temple case? Pakistan’s Supreme Court is hearing a suo motu case relating to the Katas Raj temple complex in Chakwal district of Punjab province. The court took cognizance of media reports, which stated that the pond in the temple complex was drying up as surrounding Read More …

Facts Corner-Part-3

What is anti-smog gun? With Delhi grappling with deteriorating air quality, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government will run a test trial of “anti-smog gun”, a machine that sprays water into the air, in Anand Vihar on Wednesday. Pollution levels in the national capital usually remain poor during winters primarily due to stubble Read More …