Swine flu map since 2012

Context: The current swine flu outbreak has resulted in 4,571 cases and 169 deaths across the country, with over 40% of the cases in Rajasthan, according to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) figures updated until January 27. Facts & Figures: Advertising Rajasthan had 1,856 cases (72 deaths) until that date. Read More …

The President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Context: The President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session every year is a Constitutional requirement. Article 87(1) says: “At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the House of the People and at the commencement of the first Read More …

Parivesh

Context:  An ambitious web-based single-window system ‘Parivesh’ will be rolled-out at state levels by January 15, bringing an end to the clearance nightmare for entrepreneurs. The automated system for submission, clearance and monitoring has already been implemented at the Central level. About it: It is an environmental single window hub Read More …

Non-communicable diseases top killers in South-East Asia: WHO

Context: According to WHO, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)- mainly cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer — continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region. About the Report The four ‘major’ NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four modifiable behavioural risk factors: (a) tobacco use Read More …

Indian students to participate in PISA 2021

Context: The HRD Ministry signed a pact with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the participation in Programme for International Student Assessment- PISA 2021. PISA-2021 is a competency-based test, which tests the learning levels of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. With the signing of the Read More …

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018

Context: The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International. Details about the Index: It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score Read More …

India can’t handle more tigers, say experts

Context: While conservation efforts are aimed at increasing the tiger count in India, global experts and officials in the government suggest that India must also prepare for a new challenge — of reaching the limits of its management capacity. Officially, India had 2,226 tigers as of 2014. An ongoing census Read More …

Study says cow urine may be a reason for global warming

Context; Cow urine — a minor fount of research in India for its medicinal benefits — may also contribute to global warming. The urine from the ruminant is a source of nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), a gas that is 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Most times, when cow Read More …

Difference Between Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Rights

Fundamental Rights The fundamental rights are the basic and inalienable rights granted to each citizen of India, and in some cases to non-citizens too. These rights are enshrined in Part III of the Constitution of India and are 6 in number. a) Right to Equality- Article 14,15,16 and 18. b) Read More …

National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science & Technology for a period of five years. NM-ICPS covers entire India which includes Central Ministries, State Governments, Industry and Academia. Objective of the Mission: The NM-ICPS is a comprehensive Mission which Read More …