UN Secretary General António Guterres has convened a special Climate Action Summit, at the start of the annual General Assembly session, in a bid to nudge countries to do more to fight climate change. He has told world leaders to come with ‘concrete’ and ‘realistic’ proposals to enhance the actions that they are already taking. … Continued
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Israel went through the second election in the same year. The results of the election are again inconclusive. The two main political parties of Israel are expected to form coalition government. Result of recent elections Israel parliament is called Knesset. It has 120 seats. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu party is Likud party. Likud party is … Continued
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), a flagship scheme of the Government for pregnant women and lactating mothers has achieved a significant milestone by crossing one crore beneficiaries. The total amount disbursed to the beneficiaries under the scheme has crossed Rs. 4,000 crores. What is PMMVY? PMMVY is a direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme under … Continued
Recently, the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance prohibiting electronic cigarettes in the country. It makes production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) such as vapes, e-hookahs and e-cigars a punishable offence. What is the amount of punishment prescribed? First-time offenders may face imprisonment … Continued
A 74-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh was recently recorded as the oldest in the world to give birth to twins through in-vitro fertilisation or IVF. While her doctor has said both babies and mother are stable, the medical community has expressed ethical and medical concerns over conception at such an advanced age. Why this is … Continued
Jio GigaFiber is a fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service by the Reliance Industries. It will provide ultrahigh-definition entertainment on TVs, video conferencing, virtual reality gaming, and immersive experiences. Any FTTH connection, be it Jio, Spectra or Airtel, will be a lot better than normal broadband services. This is because the normal broadband services … Continued
CM Yediyurappa’s plans to construct a 101-foot-tall Kempegowda bronze statue at the Bengaluru airport at the cost of Rs 100 crore is widely seen as an attempt by the BJP to gain leverage with the Vokkaliga community. The name of the founding father of Bengaluru — Kempegowda or Nada Prabhu Kempegowda — is hard to … Continued
Vaccine hesitancy Vaccine hesitancy is defined as the “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines. With a 30% increase in measles cases worldwide in 2018, the World Health Organization, in January 2019, included ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the 10 threats to global health this year. Why ‘vaccine hesitancy’ for MMR vaccine? … Continued
Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code, observed that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a Uniform Civil Code for India but there has been no attempt at framing one. What is a … Continued
The War in Yemen In February 2012, the Arab Spring’s Yemeni Revolution of Dignity ended President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 34-year rule. The transfer of power to longtime Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was followed by massive internal strife, jihadist attacks, unemployment, and food insecurity. A two-decade old insurgency of the Shia Zaidis — called Houthis after … Continued