CITES CoP 2019

Asian small-clawed and smooth-coated otters were included in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the ongoing 18th Conference of Parties (CoP) in Geneva on August 26, 2019. The proposal to list the otters was floated by Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the Philippines. They were Read More …

Mars Solar Conjunction

Mars Solar Conjunction On the surface of Mars are NASA’s Curiosity rover and InSight lander. Above Mars are several orbiters, including India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (Mangalyaan), which has completed its official mission life but remains in orbit. Antennas on Earth and those on active spacecraft on or around Mars regularly Read More …

Janaushadhi Sugam

Context Union Ministry for Chemicals and Fertilizers launched a mobile application “Janaushadhi Sugam”. About Janaushadhi Sugam It aims to enable people to search Janaushadhi generic medicines and the stores at the tip of their fingers. The mobile application would have user-friendly options like- to locate nearby Janaushadhi Kendra, direction guidance for location of Read More …

Child Well-Being Index

Context Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry topped the charts in the child well-being index, a tool designed to measure and tracks children’s well-being comprehensively. Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh featured at the bottom, as per a report released by the non government organisation World Vision India and research institute IFMR Read More …

Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID)

Context India has become the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), capturing the facial bio-metric data of seafarers. About BSID In India the BSID project has been taken up in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Mumbai. The Government notified the Read More …

FDI policy on various sectors

Context The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Review of Foreign Direct Investment on various sectors. Major Impact and Benefits from FDI Policy Reform The changes in FDI policy will result in making India a more attractive FDI destination, leading to Read More …

Integrated Online junction for School Education ‘Shagun’

Context Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched one of world’s largest Integrated Online Junction for – School Education ‘Shagun’ in New Delhi. About Shagun Portal School Education Shagun (URL: htpp://shagun.govt.in/) is an over-arching initiative to improve  school education system by creating a junction for all online portals and Read More …

Why women are still being treated as unequal to men

Context According to a study published in American Psychologist, for the first time in history, 86% of US adults have admitted that men and women are equally intelligent.  Status of Women According to the World Employment And Social Outlook Trends For Women 2018 report, more women than ever before are Read More …

Reforming the Law Commission of India

Context Over a month ago, the media reported that Cabinet will soon take a call on reconstituting the Law Commission (IE, July15). There has been no further public information on the progress in the matter. The last commission had gone out of office a year ago, on August 31, 2018. Read More …

Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access (PAiSA)

Context Recently Deendayan Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), a flagship mission under the MoHUA has been conferred the prestigious SKOCH Governance Gold Award for its PAiSA portal. About PAiSA Portal PAiSA stands for Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access. Launched in November 2018, PAiSA is a centralized Read More …