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Q Why is it in News ?A India’s one million Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) volunteers have received World Health Organization’s Global Health Leaders Awards 2022.Q What is background of the ASHA program ?A In 1975, a WHO monograph titled ‘Health by the people’ and then in 1978, an international conference on primary health care in Alma Ata (in the then USSR and now in Kazakhstan), gave emphasis for countries recruiting community health workers to strengthen primary health-care services that were participatory and people centric.Soo... Read More...

  Jul 19, 2022   Indian Society & Social Justice

Q What is the context  ?A The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and India’s public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati are exploring ‘direct-to-mobile’ (D2M) broadcasting.Q What is D2M Technology?A The technology is based on the convergence of broadband and broadcast, using which mobile phones can receive terrestrial digital TV.It would be similar to how people listen to FM radio on their phones, where a receiver within the phone can tap into radio frequencies.Using D2M, multimedia content can also be beamed to phones directly.Q Wh... Read More...

  Jul 19, 2022   Science and Technology

Q Why is it in News ?A The Union Civil Aviation Ministry is exploring the possibility of inviting manufacturers of Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft to set up base in India.Q What is eVTOL?A EVTOL aircraft is one that uses electric power to hover, take off, and land vertically.Most eVTOLs also use what is called as distributed electric propulsion technology which means integrating a complex propulsion system with the airframe.There are multiple motors for various functions; to increase efficiency; and to also ensure safety.It works on e... Read More...

  Jul 18, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A Attero Recycling, one of India’s largest electronic waste management companies, is set to invest close to $1 billion in expanding their electronic waste recycling facilities in India.Q What is E-waste Management ?A E-waste management is a complicated process given the multitude of actors that are involved in the process.The major stakeholders in the value chain include importers, producers/manufacturers, retailers (businesses/government/others), consumers (individual households, businesses, government and others), traders, scrap dealers, disse... Read More...

  Jul 18, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitioner in the Supreme Court barely escaped having to pay ₹18 lakh for indulging in a “luxury litigation”.A Supreme Court Bench of Justice B.R. Gavai and Hima Kohli initially asked the litigant to pay ₹18 lakh, that is, ₹1 lakh for every one of the 18 minutes the case took up.However, the court later, in its order, slashed the amount to ₹2 lakh on the request of the litigant’s counsel.Q Why did the apex court got disgusted?A The bench criticized the highly derogatory practice of filin... Read More...

  Jul 17, 2022   Polity

Q What is the context  ?A The Supreme Court suspended pending criminal trials and court proceedings under Section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code, while allowing the Union of India to reconsider the British-era law.Q What did the Supreme Court say?A All pending trials, appeals and proceedings with respect to the charge framed under Section 124A of the IPC be kept in temporary suspension.The court also restrained centre and states from registering FIRs, continuing investigations or take coercive measures under Section 124A.Q What is the Sedition Law?... Read More...

  Jul 17, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, provisional results of the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) was released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.The survey was conducted during April 2021 to January 2022 through ASI Web Portal.Q. What is the ASI?A. ASI, the principal source of industrial statistics in India, is the most comprehensive data on organised manufacturing.It covers all factories employing 10 or more... Read More...

  Jul 16, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a draft proposal for public comment on a set of proposed amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.The draft document was however withdrawn the same day.The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021) was notified in February 2021.Q. What is the Law?A.  Read More...

  Jul 16, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in News?A. Central banks across the World are trying to formulate policies to ensure that Inflation, in some advanced economies including the U.S., is cooled without triggering a Recession, since some of the experts are seeing Stagflation in the near future.Q. What is Stagflation?A. About:Stagflation means a situation characterized by simultaneous increase in prices and stagnation of economic growth.The term Stagflation was coined by  Read More...

  Jul 15, 2022   Economy

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, a new biomass-based boiler technology was launched in India (Kurukshetra, Haryana) that claims to accommodate all kinds of agricultural residue as fuel and can be greener and may also help reduce the burden of stubble burning.Biomass-based electricity is gaining the attention of regulators and policy makers, as the country moves towards power generation that is not carbon-intensive.Around 2.6% of the country’s electricity demand is met by biomass.Q. What are the Key Highlights?A. Read More...

  Jul 15, 2022   Science and Technology

Q. Why is this in News?A. India’s first private train, under the Bharat Gaurav scheme has been flagged off from Coimbatore.The train will cover several historical destinations on the route while giving the passengers an insight into the cultural heritage of the country.Q. What is Bharat Gaurav Scheme?A.About:Launched in November 2021, under the scheme, trains now have a third segment for tourism. Till now, the Railways had passenger segments... Read More...

  Jul 14, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news ?A. The Union Labour Ministry is organizing a program aimed at sharing information and good experiences on policies and global practices relating to gig and platform workers and their social security.Q. What is the Gig Economy?A. In a gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees.A gig economy undermines the traditional economy of full-time workers who rarely change positions and instead focus on a lifetime career. e.g Employee models of Uber,... Read More...

  Jul 14, 2022   Economy

Q. Why is this in news?A. Wildlife scientists and conservationists in Arunachal Pradesh flagged threats to local biodiversity from the proposed Etalin hydroelectric (3,097 MW) project in Dibang Valley. To raise the issue,they approached the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).WildLIfe Institute of India (WII) and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) have suggested taking cognizance of certain safeguards and mitigation measures... Read More...

  Jul 13, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q. Why is this in news?A. According to a study, it is stated that parts of the Arctic region near Norway are warming at as much as seven times the rate of warming in the rest of the world.The region around the northern Barents Sea has been warming two to two-and-a-half times the average warming of the Arctic region and five to seven times the warming in the rest of the world.Such intense warming has never been observed in the Arctic region before. This is leading to the phenomenon of Atlantification. Read More...

  Jul 13, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

The Flag Code of India, 2002, allowed only hand-woven and handspun khadi to be used for making the national flag. In an amendment to the code in December 2021, “handspun or hand-woven or machine-made cotton, polyester, wool silk, khadi bunting” was also allowed to make the national flag.One of the arguments behind the amendment is that it would make the national flag affordable for people and help ensure the success of the Centre’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme. Set to be launched on August 15 this year, under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence, the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme aims to encourage every citizen to hoist the nati... Read More...

  Jul 12, 2022   Polity

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  Jul 12, 2022   International Relations

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Government has informed the Supreme Court that the appointment of Chairperson and Members of the 22nd Law Commission of India is under consideration.The setting up of the 22nd Law Commission was constituted by the Government on February 21, 2020.However, no progress has been made in the appointments till date.The Government invoked the ‘doctrine of separation of power’, which says that one arm of governance should not encroach into that of another.Q. What are the Issues over appointment?A. The last chairman of the l... Read More...

  Jul 12, 2022   Polity

Q. Why is this in news?A. The PM has hoped to extend the Aspirational District Programme (ADP) to block and city levels.Q. What is Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP)?A. Launched in January 2018, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ initiative aims to remove this heterogeneity through a mass movement to quickly and effectively transform these districts.The broad contours of the program are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts dri... Read More...

  Jul 11, 2022   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered some cases on allegations that huge losses to the exchequer was caused by leasing out prime-value land under the Custodian of Enemy Property for India (CEPI) on forged documents. Hectares of commercial land located in Uttar Pradesh were leased out at nominal rates in favour of the lessees through manipulation.Q. What is “Enemy Property”?A.In the wake of the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, there was the migration of people from India to Pakistan.Under the Defen... Read More...

  Jul 11, 2022   Current Affairs

 Q. Why in this in News?A.Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched National Air Sport Policy 2022 (NASP 2022).It has been drafted based on the inputs received from policy makers, air sports practitioners and public at large and will ensure establishment of good quality of infrastructure, equipment, instructors and services.Q. What is NASP 2022?A.About:NASP 2022 lays out the vision of making India as one of the top sports nations by 2030, by providing a safe, affordable, acce... Read More...

  Jul 10, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment