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International Whaling Commission (IWC) Recently Japan withdrawal from IWC. The withdrawal would enable Japan to resume commercial whaling activities. The International whaling commission was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed on 2nd December 1946 at Washington DC. The IWC aims at providing for Read More …

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Bilateral Swap Arrangement The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for entering into an Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between India and Japan. It authorizes the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to sign the Agreement for Bilateral Swap Arrangement between the RBI and the Bank of Japan for a Read More …

Parivesh

Context:  An ambitious web-based single-window system ‘Parivesh’ will be rolled-out at state levels by January 15, bringing an end to the clearance nightmare for entrepreneurs. The automated system for submission, clearance and monitoring has already been implemented at the Central level. About it: It is an environmental single window hub Read More …

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Kondaveedu fort The Department of Archaeology and Museums has found Buddhist remains under the ‘garbhagriha’ (sanctum sanctorum) of Sivalayam at Kondaveedu fort (Guntur, Andhra Pradesh). The remains date back to later Satavahana period–1st to 2nd century A.D. CMB-Bharat The scientific space project Cosmic Microwave Background-Bharat has been presented as a Read More …

Non-communicable diseases top killers in South-East Asia: WHO

Context: According to WHO, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)- mainly cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer — continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region. About the Report The four ‘major’ NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four modifiable behavioural risk factors: (a) tobacco use Read More …

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Rock Pigeons Rock pigeon is a medium-size compact pigeon with long wings and a short tail. This highly variable city pigeon is familiar to all urban dwellers. Multicoloured birds were developed over centuries of near domestication. The rock pigeon was introduced from Europe by an early settler. It is now Read More …

Indian students to participate in PISA 2021

Context: The HRD Ministry signed a pact with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the participation in Programme for International Student Assessment- PISA 2021. PISA-2021 is a competency-based test, which tests the learning levels of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. With the signing of the Read More …

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018

Context: The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International. Details about the Index: It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score Read More …

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Inosine-5′-monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) Scientists at the IIT, Gandhinagar have synthesized a new compound “IMPDH” that may help treat stomach infections caused by common bacteria, Helicobacter pylori. The inhibitor is based on an aromatic chemical compound, indole. It may help in treating H. pylori infection which is a cause for gastritis, Read More …

India can’t handle more tigers, say experts

Context: While conservation efforts are aimed at increasing the tiger count in India, global experts and officials in the government suggest that India must also prepare for a new challenge — of reaching the limits of its management capacity. Officially, India had 2,226 tigers as of 2014. An ongoing census Read More …