Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

Context: The agriculture ministry plans to offer cash incentives to farmers who take up yogik farming, gou mata kheti and rishi krishi, obscure methods of cultivation that have little scientific evidence to prove they are beneficial. More details: According to revised guidelines of the centre’s flagship scheme to promote organic farming, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Read More …

New type of antibiotics to fight drug resistance

Context A new class of antibiotics, from an unconventional source which has a distinct way of killing bacteria, has been discovered which may help combat drug-resistant or hard-to-treat bacterial infections, according to scientists. More details According to the World Health Organisation, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to Read More …

Draft National Forest Policy-2018

• India’s environment ministry has unveiled a draft of the new National Forest Policy (NFP) that proposes to restrict “schemes and projects which interfere with forests that cover steep slopes, catchments of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, geologically unstable terrain and such other ecologically sensitive areas”. • The ecologically sensitive catchment areas shall Read More …

GST E-Way Bill System Came into Force

Context: The nationwide GST e-way (electronic-way) bill has came into force from 1st April 2018 for all inter-state movement of goods. About E-Way Bill: E-way bill is a document that is generated electronically, which is required for the movement of goods of more than Rs. 50,000 in value from one Read More …

Fake news: Here is how other countries are fighting this menace

Context: With fake news becoming a growing concern across the world, many countries have introduced anti-fake news bill which has attracted a lot of attention and widespread criticism as well. Here is how other countries are fighting fake news: Malaysia Malaysia’s parliament on Monday passed a law prohibiting fake news Read More …

Journalists found guilty of writing fake news will lose accreditation

Context: Journalists found guilty of writing or broadcasting “fake news” will have their accreditation withdrawn for a limited period or permanently, depending on the frequency of violations, the Union ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) announced on Monday, as India moved to crack down on the menace of fake news. Read More …