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 …

DIPP rechristened to include internal

Context: The government has notified changing the name of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, and has enhanced its role. The notification has also included four new categories of responsibilities the renamed body will be in charge of, Read More …

India-Bhutan

Context: Celebrating 50-years of formalization of diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan, a two-day international conference on 8th century Himalayan sage Guru Padmasambhava was held in New Delhi that saw the participation of distinguished scholars from both countries. More details: The conference, organised by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) and titled ‘Life and Legacy of Guru Padmasambhava’, was Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana

Context: The scheme announced in the Budget 2019 has proposed to launch the scheme for the unorganised sector workers with monthly income upto Rs 15,000. The Government will deposit equal matching share in the pension account of the worker every month. It is expected that at least 10 crore labourers Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi

Context: The Government is launching the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) to provide an assured income support to the small and marginal farmers,  About Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Under this programme, vulnerable landholding farmer families, having cultivable land upto 2 hectares, will be provided direct income support at the 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 …