‘Impressive’ tortoise discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

A tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh. A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs — Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) — found the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district a few Read More …

Important Topics for CSE Prelims 2019

Topics for economy CSE Prelims 2019 1.RBI 1.1 History 1.2 RBI 1934 act 1.3 RBI Nationalization 1.4 RBI Functions 1.5 Impossible trinity 1.6 Inflation targeting 1.7 MPC 1.8 Monetary policy : Open market operation, Bank rate, Repo rate, LAF 1.9 Forex Reserves: Composition, values, trend 2. Banking 2.1 NPA and Read More …

Major Straits of the World

1. Malacca Strait Joins: Andaman Sea & South China Sea Location: Indonesia –Malaysia 2. Palk Strait       Join: Palk Bay & Bay of Bengal Location: India-Sri Lanka 3. Sunda Strait    Join: Java Sea & Indian Ocean Location: Indonesia 4. Yucatan Strait Join: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea Location: Mexico-Cuba 5. Mesina Strait   Join: Mediterranean Sea Location: Italy-Sicily 6. Otranto Strait Read More …

KUSUM Scheme

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers. Aout KUSUM Scheme The scheme would provide extra income to farmers, by giving them an option to sell additional power Read More …

Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)

Context: For the overall empowerment of Divyangajan, a Regional Conference on Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) was organized by the Dept. of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. About Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)  The umbrella Central Sector Scheme called the “Scheme to Promote Voluntary Read More …

Five coffee varieties get GI tag

Context: The government said it has awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to five varieties of Indian coffee including Coorg Arabica. The move is expected to help the growers get maximum price for their premium produce. Details: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Read More …

What is Tactical Voting and Proportional Representation?

Tactical Voting  Also known as strategic voting, this refers to the act of voting for a particular candidate or political party not because the voter necessarily supports them but because she wants to prevent some other party or candidate from winning. For example, a voter who prefers a leftist candidate Read More …

What is Absentee Ballot?

This refers to a vote cast by someone who is unable to go to the polling station. The system is designed to increase voter turnout. In some countries, the voter is required to give a reason for not going to the polling station, before participating in an absentee ballot. In Read More …

Quotas and a verdict

The story so far The introduction of a 10% quota for the economically backward through the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The principal grounds cited in support of the challenge are mainly found in a 1992 judgment of a nine-judge Bench in Indra Sawhney vs Read More …