The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019

Context:  India and four rhino range nations have signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting. 2nd Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting was held at New Delhi and organised by the Ministry Read More …

National Common Mobility Card (NCMC)

Context:  Prime Minister of India recently launched a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC). Key features: Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money. This card runs on RuPay card. With the Read More …

Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique

Context:  Project BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) under CIBMS (Comprehensive Integrated Border Management system) has been inaugurated on India-Bangladesh border in Dhubri District of Assam. BOLD-QIT is the project to install technical systems under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), which enables BSF to equip Indo-Bangla borders with different kind of sensors in Read More …

Red sanders is now free of export restrictions

Context: All red sanders farmers, who weren’t allowed to export their produce as the foreign trade policy prohibited it, now can. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), an agency of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry  revised its export policy to permit its export if it is obtained from Read More …

Rare Disease Day

Context:  On International Rare Disease Day 2019, which coincides with the National Science Day, Suno India launched India’s first podcast on rare diseases.  What is a rare disease? A rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. Most rare Read More …

Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019

Context:  In continuation of the process of engaging the global strategic community in an annual review of India’s opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, the second edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019 will be held in New Delhi. To provide a platform for substantive and insightful discussions pertaining Read More …

Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) Mission

Context: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected a new mission- Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE)- that will help scientists understand and ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around the Earth. About Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) Mission: It will be launched in August 2022 and will be attached to exterior of Read More …

NASA’s ARTEMIS mission

Context:  Scientists used NASA’s ARTEMIS mission and suggest that the solar wind and the Moon’s crustal magnetic fields work together to give the Moon a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls. Every object, planet or person travelling through space has to contend with the Sun’s damaging radiation. The Sun releases a Read More …

Enhanced Access and Service Excellence

Context:  Government’s EASE (Enhanced Access and Service Excellence) reform index has been released. About the Index: EASE index is prepared by the Indian Banking Association (IBA) and Boston Consulting Group. It is commissioned by the Finance Ministry. It is a framework that was adopted last year to strengthen public sector banks, and rank them Read More …

Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme

Context: “Scheme to Promote Voluntary Action for Persons with Disabilities” was revised and renamed as the “Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)”. The objectives of the scheme are: To create an enabling environment to ensure equal opportunities, equity, social justice and empowerment of persons with disabilities. To encourage voluntary action for ensuring effective Read More …