National Monsoon Mission & Coupled Forecast Model (CFS)

Context The new monsoon model, called the Coupled Forecast Model (CFS), deployed by the IMD under the National Monsoon Mission (NMM) has failed to forecast the excess rainfall received during August-September 2019. About National Monsoon Mission Under the National Monsoon Mission initiative, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, Read More …

Mo Sarkar

Context : Odisha Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik launched his government’s new governance initiative ‘Mo Sarkar’ on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti About Mo Sarkar The objective of the ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme is to provide service with dignity to people who are coming to government offices for different purposes. The phone Read More …

Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO)

Context The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), a strong international team of scientists, released a series of papers outlining how carbon is stored, emitted and reabsorbed by natural and manmade processes. About Deep Carbon Observatory The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a global community of more than 1000 scientists on a Read More …

Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

Context Supreme Court recalled its directions in a March 20, 2018 verdict that had effectively diluted provisions of arrest under the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. This was following a plea by the Centre seeking a review of that judgment. Background Since crimes against SCs and STs Read More …

SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft

Starship is a prototype design of its next-generation spacecraft that will take people or cargo to the moon, Mars or other destinations in space or around Earth. Starship will allow us to inhabit other worlds to make life as we know it multiplanetary, starship has been designed for full, “rapid Read More …

Minor Planet

Context A minor planet between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has been named after the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. What is a ‘minor planet’? Minor planets are celestial objects orbiting the Sun that are not large enough for their gravity to pull them into a spherical shape. This distinguishes Read More …

Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM)

Context States’ gross fiscal deficit (GFD) has remained within the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM) threshold of 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) during 2017-18 and 2018-19, a Reserve Bank of India report on State Finances said. About FRBM Act Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act enacted Read More …

Palaeochannels

Context The Union Water Ministry has excavated an old, dried-up river in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) that linked the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. The aim is to develop it as a potential groundwater recharge source, according to officials at the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), a body under the Union Read More …

School Education Quality Index

Context There are huge differences in the quality of school education across the country, according to a Niti Aayog ranking released on Monday. Among 20 large States, Kerala was the best performer with a score of 76.6%, while Uttar Pradesh came in last with a score of 36.4%. About the Read More …