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Q. Why is this in News?A. Biased gender social norms continue to impede progress towards achieving gender equality and violate human rights, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Despite global efforts and campaigns advocating for women's rights, a significant percentage of people still hold biased beliefs against women.The UNDP's 2023 Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) provides insights into the persistence of these biases and their impact on various aspects of women's lives. Q. What are the ... Read More...

  May 05, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. What is a Carbon Border Tax?A. A carbon border adjustment tax is a duty on imports based on the amount of carbon emissions resulting from the production of the product in question. As a price on carbon, it discourages emissions. As a trade-related measure, it affects production and exports.The proposal is part of the European Commission’s European Green Deal that endeavours to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.A carbon border tax is arguably an improvement from a national carbon tax.A national carbon tax is a fee that a government ... Read More...

  May 04, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully conducted the flight acceptance hot test of the CE-20 cryogenic engine that will power the cryogenic upper stage of the launch vehicle for the Chandrayaan-3 mission.The test was successfully conducted at the ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu. Q. What are the Highlights of the Test?A. The hot test was carried out for a planned ... Read More...

  May 04, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. What is Tycho?A. Tycho is classified as a Type Ia supernova, which occurs when a white dwarf star shreds its companion star, triggering a violent explosion and sending debris hurtling into space at tremendous speeds.Tycho released as much energy as the Sun would emit over ten billion years and blasted particles out into space near the speed of light.Researchers used IXPE to reveal the magnetic field geometry close to Tycho’s shock wave to investigate further... Read More...

  May 04, 2023   Current Affairs

Q  Why is it in News ? A Recently, the Union Government approved the continuation of more than 1000 Fast Track Special Court (FTSCs) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for two years (April 2021-March 2023).It includes 389 exclusive POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Courts.The Central share will be provided from the Nirbhaya Fund.Q What is background of this News ? A Fast track courts (FTCs) were first recommended by the Eleventh Finance Commission in 2000 "to substantially bring... Read More...

  May 03, 2023   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A India lost more than 95% of its vulture population through the 1990s and by the mid-2000s. Today, the country requires urgent conservation efforts to save vultures from becoming extinct. Q What are some details about vultures ?A Vultures belong to the Accipitridae family whose members include eagles, hawks and kites.They are relatively social birds with an average lifespan of 10-30 years in the wild.Vultures are slow breeders and so the survival of every individual is very crucial.Generally, vultures rely on other carn... Read More...

  May 03, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. What is Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana?A. About:It supplements the efforts of State Governments for development and welfare of tribal people by extending Special Central Assistance as an additive to the State Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP).It aims at mitigating gaps and providing basic infrastructure in villages with significant tribal population in convergence with funds available under different schemes in Central Scheduled Trib... Read More...

  May 02, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. What is the Law? A.           Mandates Social Media to Exercise Greater Diligence: Broadly, the IT Rules (2021) mandate social media platforms to exercise greater diligence with respect to the content on their platforms. Establish a Grievance Officer: They are required to establish a grievance redressal mechanism and remove unlawful and unfitting content within stipulated time frames. The grievance officer of the  Read More...

  May 02, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. What is Facial Recognition Technology?A. About:Facial recognition is an algorithm-based technology which creates a digital map of the face by identifying and mapping an individual’s facial features, which it then matches against the database to which it has access.In the Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS), the large database (containing photos and videos of peoples’ faces) is used to match and identify the person.Image of an unidentified person, taken from CCTV footage, is compared to the existing database using A... Read More...

  May 01, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the first Round Table Joint Meeting between India and New Zealand with the industry and industry associations of both the countries took place in New Delhi.The meeting was co-chaired by the Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce and High Commissioner of New Zealand. Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Meeting?A. Both the countries acknowledged the huge potential in India and New Zealand partnership and the ne... Read More...

  May 01, 2023   Current Affairs

Main Examination Pattern Instructions Answer all FIVE of the following questions. Time: 1 Hour Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line. Q1. What is a Pyro Cumulonimbus Cloud? Why are they in news? (150 Words, 10 Marks) Q2. What is Permafrost? What Is Permafrost Made Of? How Does Climate Change Affect Permafrost?  (250 Words, 15 Marks) Read More...

  Jun 23, 2023   General Category

Q. What do we know about the CPEC Authority?A. About:The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority was established through an ordinance in 2019.It was aimed at accelerating the pace of CPEC-related activities, finding new drivers of growth, unlocking the potential of interlinked production networks and global value chains through regional and global connectivity.Reasons for Suspension:P... Read More...

  Apr 30, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. What is the PESA Act? A.  About: The PESA Act was enacted in 1996 “to provide for the extension of the provisions of Part IX of the Constitution relating to the Panchayats to the Scheduled Areas”. Part IX, comprising Articles 243-243ZT of the Constitution, contains provisions relating to municipalities and cooperative societies. Provisions: Under the Act, Scheduled Areas are those referred to in Article 244(1), which says t... Read More...

  Apr 30, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. According to the report by Getting India to Net Zero, India needs a massive USD 10.1 trillion investment from now on if India is to achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2070. Q. What are the Key Highlights of the Report?A. Investment:The investment required by India would be USD 13.5 trillion if the net zero emission target is to be met by 2050.Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC):India’s National... Read More...

  Apr 29, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the Union government has released the 3rd Installment of Tax Devolution to state governments amounting to Rs 1,18,280 crore in June 2023, as against the normal monthly devolution of Rs 59,140 crore.It will enable states to speed up capital spending, finance their development/ welfare related expenditure and also to make available resources for priority projects/ schemes.Uttar Pradesh received the highest (Rs 21,218 crore) followed by Bihar (Rs 11,897 crore), Madhya Pradesh, West ... Read More...

  Apr 29, 2023   Current Affairs

Q What is the Digital Services Act , and to whom will it Apply?A As defined by the EU Commission, the Digital Services Act is “a set of common rules on intermediaries’ obligations and accountability across the single market”, and ensures higher protection to all EU users, irrespective of their country.Objective: The Digital Services Act will tightly regulate the way intermediaries, especially large platforms such as Google, Facebook, and YouTube, function when it comes to moderating user content.Self Regulation Era is Over: Instead of letting pl... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. For the second time in a decade, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) deferred the accreditation of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), citing objections like political interference in appointments among others.The GANHRI had granted ‘A’ status of accreditation to NHRC in 2017, after deferring it the year before — the first such instance since NHRC was established (1993).Without the accreditation, NHRC will be unable to represent India at the UN Human R... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. The National Campaign for Updation and Verification of People's Biodiversity Register (PBR) was launched in Goa, marking a significant milestone in the documentation and preservation of India's rich biological diversity. It was organised by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.Till now, 2,67,608 PBRs have been prepared in the country. Q. What is the People's Biodiversity Register?A. ... Read More...

  Apr 27, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in News?A. Recently, the healthcare challenges faced by tribal communities in India have come into focus. Despite India's remarkable achievements, such as emerging as the world's 5th-largest economy and its contribution to the global vaccination drive, tribal communities continue to experience significant healthcare disparities.As India celebrates its accomplishments at India@75, it is crucial to address the urgent need for equitable healthcare access for tribal communities.  Read More...

  Apr 27, 2023   Current Affairs

Q. Why is this in news?A. Recently, the Supreme Court (SC) under Article 142 ruled that the lawyers and professionals with 10 years of experience will be eligible for appointment as President and member of the state consumer commission and district forums.The SC upheld the Bombay High Court judgement quashing the provisions of Consumer Protection Rules, 2020, under section 101 of Consumer Protection Act 2019, which prescribe a minimum professional experience of 20 years and 15 years for adjud... Read More...

  Apr 26, 2023   Current Affairs