Dangerous Level of Air Pollution In Delhi/NCR

Context: Air quality is assessed under different Air Quality Index (AQI) categories namely, Good, Moderate, Satisfactory, Poor, Very Poor, and Severe. As per data on AQI in Delhi in NCR, there has been an improvement in the overall air quality in year 2017 as compared to the year 2016.  Steps Read More …

Digital Gender Atlas

Context: Digital Gender Atlas has been developed to identify the low performing geographic pockets for girls, particularly from marginalised groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslim minorities, on specific gender related education indicators. The Atlas is designed around the two broad areas of performance of girls’ education and Read More …

Prevention of Money-Laundering Act

The government has moved the amendments to the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) through Finance Act 2018. The government aims to make the Act more effective and to widen its scope and take care of certain procedural difficulties faced by the Enforcement Directorate in prosecution of PMLA cases. Here Read More …

Central Board of Excise and Customs to be renamed CBIC by April

Rechristening of the apex indirect tax policy-making body CBEC to Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is likely to happen by April after the budgetary exercise gets Parliament nod. With excise duty, service tax, alongside nearly a dozen other central and state levies being subsumed in the Goods Read More …

What is E-way Bill?

What is E-way Bill? E-way is an electronic billing system for traders who are moving their goods for sale beyond 10 km radius. Under the system, transporters carrying goods worth Rs 50,000 will be required to get goods pre-registered before transporting them from one location to another. While the mandatory Read More …

Deciphering LTCG tax on equity

What is LTCG? LTCG or long-term capital gains refer to the gains made on any class of asset held for a particular period of time. In case of equity shares, it refers to the gains made on stocks held for more than one year. In other words, if the shares Read More …

Understanding the HPV vaccine’s risk

Context: The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has run into more trouble. In January, a Rome-based epidemiologist, Tom Jefferson, of the Cochrane Collaboration highlighted in a paper worrying gaps in published data on the vaccine, designed to prevent HPV-related cervical cancer.  Clinical trials: Clinical trials — experiments to gauge the effectiveness Read More …

National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change

“The National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) is a Central Sector Scheme which was set up in the year 2015-16. The overall aim of NAFCC is to support concrete adaptation activities which mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. The activities under this scheme are implemented in a project Read More …

National mission for clean Ganga

Context: As per National mission for clean Ganga (NMCG) data , The Ganga is cleaner today than it was in 1986, when efforts to first clean the river were launched, with the quality of its water showing an improvement on two out of three parameters used for measurement , in Read More …

KUSUM scheme

Context: Central government has announced Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan – Kusum Scheme for farmers. Subsequently, govt. will provide subsidy on setting up pf solar power plants on their barren land. Accordingly, Kusum Scheme will solarize agricultural pump sets to double the income of farmers by 2022. Farmers can set Read More …