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 …

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 …

Angikaar Campaign

Context Recently the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched “Angikaar” a campaign for change management and e-Course on Vulnerability Atlas of India. About Angikaar Campaign The e-course is offered by the MoHUA in collaboration of School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Building Materials & Technology Read More …

International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Context Recently the Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for the Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi. International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) The CDRI is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Read More …

Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) 2.0

Context To supplement the efforts of Jal Shakti Ministry, NITI Aayog has prepared the second Round of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0).The Report was launched today by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.  Scientific management of water It is Read More …

Sabka Vishwas – Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme

Context In the Union Budget 2019-20, the Finance Minister announced the Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019. The Scheme has now been notified and will be operationalized from 1st September 2019 and would continue till 31st December 2019. Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme This Scheme is introduced to resolve and settle legacy Read More …

Navroz festival

It is a Parsi New Year festival celebrated to mark the beginning of the new Iranian calendar. While the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle Easterns celebrate the festival on March 21, the first day of the Zoroastrian calendar, in India there is another version of the festival that is followed according to the Shahanshahi calendar and falls during the Read More …

Four New Products get GI Tag

Context The Geographical Indication (GI) under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has registered 4 new GIs.  They are: PalaniPanchamirtham from Palani Town in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu State. Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei from the state of Mizoram. Tirur Betel leaf from Kerala. GI is an indication used on products that Read More …

Time Release Study (TRS)

Context The Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance is conducting India’s first national Time Release Study (TRS) this week. Time Release Study (TRS) The TRS is an internationally recognized tool advocated by World Customs Organization to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of international trade flows. This initiative for accountable governance Read More …