Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 extended for one year

Context The Union Commerce and Industry Ministry has announced changes in India’s Foreign Trade Policy (FTP). The Govt. has decided to continue relief under various export promotion schemes by granting an extension of the existing Policy. Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 It provided a framework for increasing exports of goods and Read More …

COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC)

Context Recently, the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare launched the COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC). About CoNTeC The CoNTeC is a Telemedicine Hub established by AIIMS, New Delhi, wherein expert doctors from various clinical domains will be available 24×7 to answer the multifaceted questions from specialists from all over the country. Doctors worldwide Read More …

Ro-Pax Ferry Service

Context Mumbai – the first metropolitan city in India has introduced Ro-Pax service to its transport infrastructure. M2M1 Ferry Vessel has commenced operations between Mumbai and Mandwa. About Ro-Pax Ferry Ro-Pax Ferry is a ferry that combines the features of a cruise ship and a roll-on/roll-off service. This service has Read More …

Employees’ Pension Scheme (Amendment) Scheme, 2020

Context The Union Ministry of Labour & Employment has informed about the total enrollments under EPS. About Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) EPS is a social security scheme that was launched in 1995 and is facilitated by EPFO. The scheme makes provisions for pensions for the employees in the organized sector Read More …

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

Context The Union Minister for Human Resource Development has informed Lok Sabha about the progress of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA). Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is the upgraded version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0. The scheme is extended to all educational institutes; however, under UBA 2.0 Read More …

Essential Commodities Act

Context The Price Monitoring Division (PMD) in the Department of Consumer Affairs is monitoring the retail and wholesale prices of 22 essential food commodities due to increased panic buying by customers. Essential Commodities Act The ECA is an act which was established to ensure the delivery of certain commodities or Read More …

Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ)

Context The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Hyderabad has reported that Oceansat Satellite data from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are used to prepare the Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories on the potential rich fishing areas and provide to the sea faring Read More …

Friction-reducing Nanocomposite Coatings

Context A group of scientists at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) have developed a process for size-selective deposition of nanocomposite coatings which can reduce friction of these dynamic systems. What are Nanocomposites? Nanocomposite coatings are formed by mixing two or more dissimilar materials Read More …

GreenCo Rating System

Context The Union Ministry of Railways has informed about the applications of Greenco Ratings on Workshops and Production Units of Indian Railways. GreenCo Ratings GreenCo Rating is the “first of its kind in the World” holistic framework that evaluates companies on the environmental friendliness of their activities using life cycle Read More …

Bio-fortified wheat variety- MACS 4028

Context Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology have developed a biofortified durum wheat variety MACS 4028, which shows the high protein content.  MACS 4028 MACS 4028 is a semi-dwarf variety, which matures in 102 days and has shown the Read More …