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Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance: Worldwide Campaign

Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance: The Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance started a worldwide campaign to raise awareness for the conservation of fishing cats. The Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance is a team of conservationists, researchers, and enthusiasts working to achieve functioning floodplains and coastal ecosystems that ensure the survival of the fishing cat. Scientific Name: Prionailurus viverrinus. […]

Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana: Highlights

Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana: Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided that in cases where the employer has shown “Zero” contribution in respect of an employee for some months before exiting him from the system, the relief under ABVKY for such period of “Zero” contribution, shall also be allowed. It was brought to the […]

One District One Product (ODOP) Scheme: Key Points

One District One Product (ODOP)” Scheme: To support the production of horticultural items under the “One District One Product (ODOP)” scheme and provide better nutrition to school children, the Uttar Pradesh government may introduce Sunahri Kand, also known as orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, in the hot-cooked food scheme of Anganwadis and the mid-day meal scheme in […]

New START Arms Control Treaty: Extended for 5 Years

New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) nuclear arms control treaty: President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reportedly discussed it by phone a week ago, and subsequently, Mr. Putin signed it into law on Friday. The treaty had been set to lapse on 5 February, as the Trump administration had refused to approve […]

What Is MetroNeo in the Union Budget 2021?

MetroNeo: By making a sizeable budgetary allocation for MetroNeo in the Union Budget, the central government has paved the way for the innovative system of mass transport, which could soon be replicated across the country. To be adopted for the first time in the country in Maharashtra’s Nashik, MetroNeo is a comfortable, rapid, energy-efficient, and […]

India and Sri Lanka Relationship : Highlights

India Sri Lanka Relations:   After strong opposition from trade unions across the country, Sri Lanka has unilaterally pulled out of a 2019 agreement with India and Japan for developing the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port. In 2019, India and Sri Lanka signed a memorandum of understanding for “co-operation on economic […]

Hindi Word Of The Year 2020 : Aatmanirbharta Or Self-Reliance

Aatmanirbharta’ Or Self-Reliance: Oxford Languages has chosen ‘Aatmanirbharta’ or self-reliance as its Hindi word of the year for 2020. The 2019 Oxford Hindi word of the year was “Samvidhaan” or Constitution as the panelists felt that in 2019, the abrogation of Article 370 and the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute brought […]

Lithium Deposits Found in Karnataka

Lithium Deposits: Preliminary surveys on the surface and limited subsurface by Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) have shown the presence of Lithium resources of 1,600 tonnes in the pegmatites of Marlagalla – Allapatna area, Mandya district, Karnataka. About Lithium: It is a soft, silvery-white metal. Under standard conditions, it is the lightest […]

National Rail Plan, Vision 2024 : Key Objectives

National Rail Plan:   The Government has issued the Draft Final Report of the National Rail Plan. The Plan aims at providing a long-term perspective planning for augmenting the Railway Network. Objectives of the plan: To create capacity ahead of demand by 2030, which in turn would cater to growth in demand right up to […]

Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) – Budget 2021 : Key Points

Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban): In the Budget 2021-22, Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) has been announced under the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all statutory towns in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal- 6. It complements the Jal Jeevan Mission (Rural) which envisages […]