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Giant Pandas: IUCN Status

Giant Pandas :IUCN Status: Giant pandas are no longer classified as endangered but are still vulnerable, Chinese officials say. The classification was downgraded as their number in the wild has reached 1,800. The new classification comes years after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had already removed the animal from its endangered species […]

BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-24)

BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-24): All BRICS countries have agreed to the STI-led BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-24) proposed by India during 12th Meeting of BRICS S&T Steering Committee. Indian had proposed the plan to facilitate sharing of experiences of each other’s innovation ecosystem and networking of innovators and entrepreneurs. The Details of […]

India And The United Kingdom (UK) : Meeting

India And The United Kingdom (UK) : Meeting India and the United Kingdom (UK) held the inaugural meeting of the India-UK Financial Markets Dialogue (‘the Dialogue’) virtually. The Dialogue was established at the 10th Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) in October 2020 to deepen bilateral ties in the financial sector. The Dialogue was led by […]

India-Nepal Rail Services Agreement (RSA)

India-Nepal Rail Services Agreement (RSA): India and Nepal have signed a Letter of Exchange (LoE) to the India-Nepal Rail Services Agreement (RSA) 2004. It will allow all authorized cargo train operators to utilize the Indian railway network to carry Nepal’s container and other freight – both bilateral between Indian and Nepal or third country from […]

Joint Communication For Tribal Communities

Joint Communication For Tribal Communities: A joint communication was signed by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change which is aimed at giving more power to the tribal communities in managing the forest resources. Joint Communication: It pertains to more effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA), […]

Kappa Variant of Covid-19 : Important Points

Kappa Variant: Covid-19: Two cases of the Kappa variant of Covid-19 have been recorded in Uttar Pradesh (UP). According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kappa is one of the two Covid-19 variants, the other being Delta, first identified in India. Earlier a new variant Lambda was reported from Peru. As India raised objection over […]

Jammu And Kashmir Delimitation Commission

Jammu And Kashmir Delimitation Commission: The Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission has said that it will base its final report on the 2011 Census and will also take into account the topography, difficult terrain, means of communication and convenience available for the ongoing delimitation exercise. Delimitation exercise in J&K: The first delimitation exercise, carving out […]

Emergency Use Listing (EUL) – WHO

WHO Pre-qualification, Or Emergency Use Listing (EUL): A WHO pre-qualification, or Emergency Use Listing (EUL), is necessary for a vaccine company to supply vaccines to global facilities such as COVAX or international procurement. So far, eight vaccines have got an EUL from the WHO. WHO will also take a decision on including Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin […]

Himalayan Yak : IUCN Status

Himalayan Yaks: The National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) at Dirang in West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, has tied up with the National Insurance Company Ltd. for insuring their livestock. The insurance policy would shield the yak owners against the risks posed by weather calamities, diseases, in-transit mishaps, surgical operations and strikes or riots. According […]

India Industrial Land Bank (IILB)

India Industrial Land Bank (IILB): It is a GIS-based portal with all industrial infrastructure-related information such as connectivity, infra, natural resources and terrain, plot-level information on vacant plots, line of activity, and contact details. It acts as a one-stop repository of all industrial infrastructure-related information. It serves as a decision support system for investors scouting […]