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Centre releases Rs. 47,436 crore to 27 States for afforestation (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

Source: The Hindu The Union Environment Ministry on Thursday transferred Rs. 47,436 crore to 27 States for afforestation. These are long-pending dues part of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF), a Rs. 54,000 crore tranche that has been collected for nearly a decade as environmental compensation from industry, which has razed forest land for its business … Continued

How the RBI ended 2018-19 with an over Rs.1.23 lakh-crore surplus (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics)

Source: The Hindu  Ever since the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a jaw-dropping surplus of  Rs. 1,23,414 crore for 2018-19 (July-June accounting year), the question that has been uppermost on everyone’s mind is: how did the central bank post such a massive surplus? In the immediate two preceding years, 2017-18 and 2016-17, the surpluses … Continued

E-cigarette ban: the science behind proposal, and industry counter-view (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Source: Indian Express  When the NDA government completes 100 days of its second term on September 7, the Health Ministry will hope to have in place an ordinance banning the manufacture, sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. One of the three 100-day goals the ministry has set for itself, The Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019 is … Continued

NRC List to be published on 31st August-Those excluded from final NRC will get a window of 10 months (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Source: The Hindu  Those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on August 31 will get a window of 10 months to prove their citizenship before being sent to detention centres. The publication of the register could be the start of an unprecedented complication — more of the humanitarian kind … Continued

NISHTHA – World’s largest teachers’ training programme (Relevant for GS Prelims)

Source: PIB Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the National Mission to improve Learning Outcomes at the Elementary level- NISHTHA, National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement. NISHTHA Website, Training Modules, Primer Booklet and a Mobile App were also launched by the Minister. About NISHTHA ‘NISHTHA’ is to motivate … Continued

‘San-Sadhan’ Hackathon (Relevant for GS Prelims)

Source: PIB  The government calls for applications for its latest initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission, called the ‘San-Sadhan’ Hackathon, an initiative to ease lives of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) by making toilets smarter, more accessible, and easier to use. In this hackathon, the government is looking for smart, scalable and innovative solutions for economical … Continued

Cabinet approves Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Disaster Management)

 Source: PIB  The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval for the Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi. The CDRI is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, … Continued

Highlights of G7 Summit (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

 Source: The Hindu  About G-7 The 45th G7 summit was held on 24–26 August 2019, in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The Group of Eight (G8) refers to the group of eight highly industrialized nations—France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada and Russia—that hold an annual meeting to foster consensus on various global … Continued




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