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India – Israel Agreement On Agriculture Cooperation

India – Israel Agreement On Agriculture Cooperation: India and Israel have signed “a three-year work program agreement” for development in agriculture cooperation. The programme aims to grow existing Centres of Excellence, establish new centers, increase CoE’s value chain, bring the Centres of Excellence into the self-sufficient mode, and encourage private sector companies and collaboration. Both […]

Protected Planet Report 2020

Protected Planet Report 2020: The report, titled Protected Planet Report 2020, underlined the progress the world has made toward the ambitious goals agreed by countries in 2010 at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The reports are released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the International Union […]

Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA)

Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA): Discontent is simmering in the Lakshadweep group of islands over the creation of a Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA) by the new administrator Praful Khoda Patel Mr. Patel, a BJP leader and former Home Minister of Gujarat, is the first political appointee as Administrator, a post mostly held by retired civil servants. […]

Belarus and India Relationship

Belarus: The authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus sparked international outrage after his regime forced a commercial airline flying from Greece to Lithuania to land in its territory allegedly on the pretext of a bomb scare, so it could arrest a dissident journalist on board. The journalist, Roman Protasevich, is a prominent opponent of Lukashenko […]

Mandatory Hallmarking Of Gold Jewellery And Artefacts

Mandatory Hallmarking Of Gold Jewellery And Artefacts: The Centre further extended the deadline for mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts by a fortnight till June 15 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2019, the government had announced that hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts would be made mandatory across the country from […]

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India: Latest Trends

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Measures Taken By The Government: Measures taken by the Government on the fronts of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy reforms, investment facilitation and ease of doing business have resulted in increased FDI inflows into the country. The following trends in India’s Foreign Direct Investment are: India has attracted highest ever total […]

What are Zoonotic Diseases?

Zoonotic Diseases: The World Health Organization (WHO) has formed a high-level expert panel ‘One Health’ to study the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases like H5N1, avian influenza, MERS, Ebola, Zika, and possibly the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The panel will advise global agencies on how future outbreaks, especially due to zoonotic diseases, can be […]

National Green Tribunal on Gujarat’s Banni Grasslands

The National Green Tribunal (NGT): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered all encroachments to be removed from Gujarat’s Banni grasslands within six months and directed a joint committee to prepare an action plan in a month. The court also said the Maldharis will continue to hold the right to conserve the community forests in the […]

National Award 2021 : Technology Development Board (TDB)

National Award 2021 From Technology Development Board (TDB): A Bangalore-based startup has received the National Award 2021 from the Technology Development Board (TDB) for developing a commercial solution for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to chemicals and fuels. The startup has received funding under the Nano Mission. The startup developed efficient catalysts and methodologies […]