Posts Tagged “UPSC”

“Balance of Payments” of the India

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Answer: D The balance of payments, also known as balance of international payments and abbreviated B.O.P., of a country is the record of all economic transactions between the residents of the country and the rest of the world in a particular period (over a quarter of a year or more commonly over a year). These…

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National health policy 2017

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Answer: C The National Health Policy of 1983 and the National Health Policy of 2002 have served well in guiding the approach for the health sector in the Five-Year Plans. Now 14 years after the last health policy, the context has changed in four major ways. First, the health priorities are changing. Although maternal and…

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The term “Open Market Operations” is often seen in the news. The term is related to….

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Answer: A An open market operation (OMO) is an activity by a central bank to give (or take) liquidity in its currency to (or from) a bank or a group of banks. The central bank can either buy or sell government bonds in the open market (this is where the name was historically derived from)…

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All About The “FAME” , a scheme of the government

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Answer: B The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has extended the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-India scheme by six months to promote electric and hybrid vehicles.The Phase 1 of the scheme was effective from April 2015, to March 2017, but had received six-month extension till end-September 2017. Now…

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Natinal Green Tribunal

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Answer: B National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 (NGT) is an Act of the Parliament of India which enables creation of a special tribunal to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues.It draws inspiration from the India’s constitutional provision of Article 21, which assures the citizens of India the right to a…

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India Post Payments Bank

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Answer: D The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has been recently incorporated as a public sector company under the Department of Posts with 100% GOI equity. IPPB will offer demand deposits such as savings and current accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 Lac, digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between…

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Anasuya Sarabhai [Pioneering feminist and activist]

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Answer : A Anasuya Sarabhai (1885–1972) was a pioneer of the women’s labour movement in India. She founded the Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association (Majoor Mahajan Sangh), India’s oldest union of textile workers, in 1920. Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad on 11 November 1885 into the Sarabhai family, a family of industrialists and business people. Both her…

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XPRIZE Foundation

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Answer: D XPRIZE is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit humanity. Their Board of Trustees include James Cameron, Larry Page, Arianna Huffington, Ratan Tata among others. An XPRIZE is a highly leveraged, incentivized prize competition that pushes the limits of what’s possible to change…

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National Institutional Ranking Framework

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Answer: B The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a methodology adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to rank all institutions of higher education in India. The Framework was approved by the MHRD and launched by Minister of Human Resource Development on 29 September 2015.There are separate rankings for…

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Which parameters are responsible to India’s ranking lower than its overall ranking (108/144) on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index 2017

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Answer: D India was ranked low at 108th position out of 144 countries in Global Gender Gap Index 2017 released as part of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2017. India slipped by 21 places compared to 87th rank last year. Global Gender Gap Index The index measures gender gap as progress towards…

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Hindu rate of growth

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Answer: C The Hindu rate of growth is a term referring to the low annual growth rate of the planned economy of India before the liberalisations of 1991, which stagnated around 3.5% from 1950s to 1980s, while per capita income growth averaged 1.3%. The word “Hindu” in the term was used by some early economists…

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Constitution features borrowed from the USSR (now Russia)

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Answer: C The Indian Constitution is unique in its contents and spirit. Though borrowed from almost every constitution of the world, the constitution of India has several salient features that distinguish it from the constitutions of other countries. Many people criticised that the Indian Constitution is a bag of borrowings or is a more paper…

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The Multidimensional Gender Vulnerability Index, released by child development NGO ‘Plan India’

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Answer:D Plan India, a member of Plan International Federation, is a nationally registered independent child development organization committed to creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, their families and communities. For over 35 years, Plan India and its partners have improved the lives of millions of children by providing them…

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Very IMP Topic : Kyoto Protocol

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Answer: B The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty which extends the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commits State Parties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, based on the scientific consensus that (a) global warming is occurring and (b) it is extremely likely that human-made CO2 emissions have predominantly caused it….

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Expanding Agricultural Exports

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Benefits of increase in agri-exports: Increase the country’s export basket. Augment farmers’ incomes and ameliorate farm distress. Export-Import trends: In general, both agri-exports and imports have increased substantially since 2004-05, reflecting the increasing integration of Indian agriculture with global markets. Agri-trade increased from $14 billion to $59.2 billion between 2004-05 and 2016-17. As a share…

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Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)

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Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is an apex Indian governmental body created in 1964 to address governmental corruption. It has the status of an autonomous body, free of control from any executive authority, charged with monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government of India, advising various authorities in central Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing…

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Unsafe Boilers

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The recent boiler explosion at NTPC’s Unchahar power plant in Rae Bareli underscores the importance of inspections and protocols for hazardous industrial operations. Regulation of Boilers: High pressure boilers are hazardous pieces of equipment, which are strictly regulated with special laws. In fact, the basic objective of the Indian Boilers Act, 1923 is to ensure…

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UNESCO launches Strategic Framework for Education in Emergencies in the Arab Region

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The Strategic Framework for Education in Emergencies in the Arab Region (2018-2022) aims to respond to the Education crisis in the region through supporting Member States in meeting their educational needs, and helping them meet the commitments set out in SDG4 which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities…

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Do you know about “Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana”

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The government has launched a Pan India scholarship program for school children called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana to increase the reach of Philately.   About the scheme: What is it? Under the scheme of SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby), it is proposed to award annual scholarships to children of…

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Hindi writer Krishna Sobti chosen for Jnanpith Award

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Noted writer of Hindi literature Krishna Sobti will be conferred with the country’s highest literary honour, Jnanpith Award this year in 2017. Sobti will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 11 lakh, a certificate and a memento as part of the 53rd Jnanpith Award ceremony.   About Jnanpith awards: The Jnanpith Award is…

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Do you know what is “FASTag”

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  Answer: C FASTag is a simple to use, reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction. FASTag is linked to a prepaid account from which the applicable toll amount is deducted. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and…

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