Facts Corner-Part-79

CriSidEx CriSidEx is a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters and measures MSE business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative) to 200 (extremely positive). CriSidEx will have 2 indices, one for the ‘survey quarter’ and another for the ‘next quarter’ once a trend emerges Read More …

Limit trans fats to 1% of calorie intake to keep diseases at bay

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that adults and children should consume a maximum of 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of saturated fat (found in meat and butter) and 1% in trans fats.  Other facts & Figures: These draft recommendations, the first since 2002, Read More …

What is the reason behind the fall in water reserves?

What is it? According to a sample assessment in 2011, groundwater in 19 of India’s 71 districts were exploited, meaning that nearly as much or more water was being pulled out than their reservoirs’ natural rechargeability. Groundwater is exploited unequally. The maximum overdraft is in the northwestern States of Rajasthan, Read More …

First record of invasive “aphid” in Kashmir Valley

Context: The brown peach aphid – an insect that attacks temperate fruit trees – has been recorded in Kashmir Valley for the first time. The spread of the aphid could affect the local economy which is dependent on fruit trees to a large extent. Other facts: Aphids feed on the Read More …

Facts Corner-Part-78

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran agreed to rein in its nuclear programme in a 2015 deal struck with the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) Tehran agreed to significantly cut its stores of centrifuges, enriched uranium and heavy-water, all key Read More …

Facts Corner-Part-77

Bogibeel In a major boost to defence logistics along the border with China, India’s longest road and railway bridge connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be inaugurated later this year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The bridge will be the second longest in Asia. It will Read More …

Fifteenth Finance Commission constitutes an Advisory Council

The Fifteenth Finance Commission has constituted an Advisory Council to advise and assist the Commission. The role and functions of the Advisory Council will be: To advise the Commission on any issue or subject related to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Commission, which may be of relevance; To Read More …

World’s second oldest rock is from Odisha

Context: A rock sample recovered nearly eight years ago from Champua in Odisha’s Kendujhar district has put India at the forefront of geological research in the world.  Singhbhum rock: Scientists have found in the rock a grain of magmatic zircon (a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes) that is Read More …

Rethinking wind energy

Context: The bald tops of the Western Ghats are a pristine ecosystem replete with innumerable animal species and, apparently, an abundance of wind and windmills. Target of 175 GW: As the country tries to achieve an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW, windmills have popped up in at least 65 sq Read More …

Must Read News Articles – May 10-2018

Why it makes sense for India and China to cooperate on Iran’s Chabahar project Focus on building trust: on India and Nepal’s bilateral ties Improving social audits ‘SC has power to review laws’ Walmart to buy control of Flipkart Walmart, Flipkart kick off ‘new era in Indian retail’ Only 20% Read More …