Elon Musk’s Boring

Elon Musk’s underground transit venture, The Boring Company, showcased the functioning of its first underground tunnel. What is the solution given by Musk? The 2-mile (3.2 km) tunnel is the first step towards developing a high-speed subterranean network for vehicles below the congested streets of Los Angeles, United States. The tunnel is an initial proof-of-concept … Continued

Oxytocin: Should it be banned?

What Is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is a hormone. It can cause a wide variety of physical and psychological effects and is commonly used to facilitate childbirth. Decision of government From 1st July 2018, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), … Continued

Nipah virus

According to WHO, the Nipah virus infection is a newly emerging zoonosis, that is, a disease transmitted from animals to humans. The virus belongs to a new genus termed Henipavirus (subfamily Paramyxovirinae). Which animals can spread the disease? The natural host of the virus are fruit bats belonging to the family Pteropodidae. In 2004, humans … Continued

List of High Courts in India

There are 25 high courts in India. The Calcutta High Court is the oldest high court in the country, established on 2 July 1862. The latest to be established is Andhra Pradesh High Court. It was established on 1st January 2019. It was established under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. This act was passed to facilitate partition … Continued

S-400 missile systems agreement

India and Russia signed a $5.43 bn deal for five S-400 Triumf missile systems. Deliveries will begin in 24 months, which is end 2020. The deal was signed during October 2018 visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India. The deal has once again made Russia India’s biggest defence partner. The two countries have also … Continued

Ease of Doing Business Report

It is released annually by World Bank. A higher ranking of country in this list means that its regulatory environment is more conducive and favourable for undertaking business. Ranking of country is based on 10 indicators, each having equal weightage. Distance to Frontier (DTF) score is calculated for each indicator that shows the gap of … Continued

Kartarpur corridor

Kartarpur is a town in Pakistan’s Narowal district on the bank of river Ravi. The town is about 120 km northeast of Lahore. Founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, spent last 18 years of his life in kartarpur until his death in 1539. The town has a famous gurudwara (sikh shrine). After partition in 1947, Indian … Continued

Tropical Cyclones

Cyclone – is a system of winds rotating inwards to an area of low pressure, with an anticlockwise (northern hemisphere) or clockwise (southern hemisphere) circulation. Cyclones are also called depressions. Cyclones bring strong winds, rainfall or snowfall. Tropical Cyclones A tropical cyclone is an intense low pressure area or a whirl in the atmosphere over … Continued

All you need to know about Mission Shakti

What is Mission Shakti? On March 27, 2019 India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from the Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. This was a technological mission carried out by DRDO. The satellite used in the mission was one of India’s existing satellites operating in lower orbit. The test was … Continued

Gilgit-Baltistan issue

Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is part of the greater Kashmir region. Pakistan has bifurcated occupied Kashmir into two administrative parts – Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Gilgit-Baltistan is bordered by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the south, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the west, Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan in the north, Xinjiang region of China … Continued

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