World Sickle Cell Day

Context The World Sickle Cell Day is observed on June 19 annually to raise awareness about SCD and its treatment methods. About Sickle cell disease (SCD) Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder, that affect red blood cells. SCD cause a person’s normally round and flexible blood cells to become stiff Read More …

Article 213 of Constitution of India

Context Telangana High Court issued notices to the State government in a writ petition challenging an Ordinance empowering government to defer payment of pension and salaries of retired and serving employees respectively. About Article 213 The Article empowers the Governor to promulgate Ordinance, during recess of legislature, if circumstances exist which render it Read More …

COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme

Context Recently the Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has signed a $750 million agreement for “COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme”. About AIIB a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia, began operations in January 2016. AIIB Read More …

[Species in News] Horseshoe Crab

Context Recently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s has decided to observe the first-ever International Horseshoe Crab Day on 20th June 2020. About the Crab Horseshoe crabs are marine and brackish water arthropods. They are not true crabs, which are crustaceans. The crabs are represented by four extant species in the world. Read More …

Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG)

Context Recently, India has attended the virtual 32nd special Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) plenary meeting, under the aegis of the Financial Action Task Force. About EAG It is a regional body comprising nine countries: India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus. It Read More …

Micius-World’s First Quantum Communications Satellite

Context Recently, satellite Micius has sent light particles to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link.  About Micius It is the world’s first quantum communications satellite,launched by China in 2016. The satellite serves as the source of pairs of entangled photons. Entangled photons are twinned light particles whose properties remain intertwined no matter how Read More …

[Places in News] Galwan River Valley

Context Recently there was a violent face-off between the army troops of India and China in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh region. The strategic importance of Galwan River Valley: The Galwan river is the highest ridgeline and it allows the Chinese to dominate the Shyok route passes, which is close to the Read More …

[Reports and Indices] Global Trends Report by UNHCR

Context Recently the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released its annual Global Trends report before the World Refugee Day (20th June). Highlights of the report Nearly 80 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2019 — which is nearly 1% of the global population. Of the 80 million people, Read More …

[Reports and Indices] Rule of law Index 2020

Context Recently the Supreme Court has asked the government to treat a writ petition for setting up expert panels to boost India’s prospects in the Rule of Law Index. India ranked 69th among 128 countries in the latest edition (2020) of the Index. What is the Rule of Law Index? a quantitative Read More …

Excavations at Kodumanal village

Context The excavations at Kodumanal village have thrown light on burial rituals and the concept of afterlife in megalithic culture. About Kodumanal:  It is a village located in the Erode district in Tamil Nadu. It is located on the northern banks of Noyyal River, a tributary of the Cauvery. It Read More …