539 species discovered in India in 2017

Context: As many as 539 new species of plants and animals were discovered by scientists and taxonomists in the country in 2017, say publications from two major survey organisations: the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and the Botanical Survey of India (BSI). Other discoveries: Plant Discoveries, 2017 lists as many as Read More …

Nitrogen emissions going up: study

Context: Nitrogen particles make up the largest fraction of PM2.5, the class of pollutants closely linked to cardiovascular and respiratory illness, says the first-ever quantitative assessment of nitrogen pollution in India. The Indian Nitrogen Assessment assesses the sources, impacts, trends and future scenarios of reactive nitrogen in the Indian environment. Other Read More …

Fortification of rice

Fortification is the practice of deliberately increasing the content of an essential micronutrient, i.e. vitamins and minerals (including trace elements) in a food, so as to improve the nutritional quality of the food supply and provide a public health benefit with minimal risk to health. Rice is cultivated in many Read More …

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an independent non-profit foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. GAIN was developed at the UN 2002 Special Session of the General Assembly on Children. GAIN is an organization driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. To achieve its goal, GAIN mobilises public-private partnerships and provides financial and Read More …

Rice fortification – what are the methods to fortify?

Rice fortification has been an under-utilized opportunity. Technologies that have been used cost-effectively for nearly a century in wheat and maize milling could not be adapted to rice milling. Rice fortification is complex. Here we highlight the main technologies available to fortify rice: Hot extrusion passes dough made of rice flour, Read More …

Centre not to file counter-affidavit on Article 35A

Context: The Centre has decided not to file any “counter-affidavit” on Article 35A, which has been challenged in the Supreme Court through a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition. Other details: Article 35A allows the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to decide the “permanent residents” of the State, prohibits a non-State resident Read More …

70+ Questions in UPSC Prelims-2018 from IAS ABHIYAN

Shocked???? Stay cool now. Prelims is over now and start preparing for Mains from now onwards. Please go through the download link and see where and how we have covered even the unexpected questions in our initiatives which helped to our followers and subscribers too. Click here to Download Use Read More …

Must Read News Articles – June 6-2018

Centre not to file counter-affidavit on Article 35A Familiar moorings ‘Army will abide by govt. peace plan’ It will be a war on single-use plastic Kerala to remain on public health emergency alert A failure of governance Preventing the next health crisis Life in plastic Environment Day bouquet: 539 species Read More …