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20 November 2018
TRENDING TUESDAY ARTCLE Achievements of ISRO Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is an Indian space agency which is now 6th largest space agency in the world. ISRO also develops application specific satellites to help in weather forecasting, disaster management, Geographic Information System (GIS), Cartography, distance education among others. ISRO's Feats Created Polarized Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to make cost effective launch system. This has also increased international space collaboration by launching satellites of other nations at low costs. Chandrayan 1: It has launched Chandrayan 1 lunar probe mission in 2008. Mangalyan: ISRO has launched Mars Orbiter Mission in 2013 and…
20 November 2018
THE NEWS UNESCO’s 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, Migration, displacement and education shows that the number of migrant and refugee school-age children around the world has grown by 26 percent since 2000 and could fill half a million classrooms. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT The 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report assess the progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education and its ten targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda. The report focuses on the theme of “migration and displacement” by presenting evidence on the implications of different types of migration and displacement…
19 November 2018
THE NEWS While focusing on pushing Agri-products into the Chinese market, India has stepped up its agro-diplomacy with Beijing. MORE ON NEWS Recently, during the Wuhan Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, both leaders removed several ‘misconceptions’ between the two nations which would enable them to work together on many issues. At the Summit, India,and China have agreed that they both will do a joint project in Afghanistan. Both the two countries agreed that they are developing countries who are focused on improving the living standards of about 2.4 billion people. INDIA’S PRIORITY Efforts to…
17 November 2018
Sunday Ethics Case Study The moral philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and its relevance THOMAS HOBBES was an English philosopher and political scientist of the 17th century England. His ideas were considered revolutionary at that time, and his book The Leviathan was subjected to much criticism. Some aspects of Hobbesian philosophy He was the first English thinker to have rejected the Divine Rights of King's theory. He said that the origin of the state is not natural, and man has created it out of necessity. This is a timeless truth in politics and holds good relevance today in all the theocratic…
17 November 2018
Saturday Scheme Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) was launched in August 2016. Under PMRPY, the government bears the entire contribution of the employer towards EPFO (12% of basic) for the employees with salary up to Rs 15000 per month. It will be paid for the first three years. Objectives of the scheme It aims to incentivize employers to increase the employment base of workers in the establishments. Facilitating access to social security benefits of to all the employees with low incomes who prefer to receive a salary in cash. The advantages of this…
16 November 2018
THE NEWS Jharkhand has been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on its 18th Statehood Day and its seven districts were announced to be fully electrified. OPEN DEFECATION FREE STATES OF INDIA Jharkhand has achieved the ODF mission one year ahead of the national target. Jharkhand was ranked fourth in Ease of doing business. The West Bengal, on occasion, shared that the state is committed to achieving open defecation free status by December 2018. At present, West Bengal has rural sanitation coverage of 97 percent and is on track to becoming ODF before the national target of October 2019. The states…
15 November 2018
THE NEWS The Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota being carried by ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III). ABOUT THE MISSION With this successful launch, the satellite aims at solving the communication barriers faced by Village Resource Centers (VRCs) that are responsible for providing space-based services to ISRO from rural areas of the country. The launch vehicle is the 67th launch mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and the 33 communication satellite built by ISRO. The GSLV Mk III rocket will place the GSAT-29…
14 November 2018
THE NEWS Recently the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has come up with a draft scheme known as “Indian Turbine Certification Scheme,” which incorporates the guidelines for certifying the Turbines in India. Basics of the Scheme The scheme is a compilation of best National and International Standards, Technical Regulations and requirements as issued by the Central Electricity Authority and other international bodies. It has also strived to incorporate various best practices from other countries to ensure the quality of the wind energy projects. The scheme is mainly focused on assisting and facilitating the following stakeholders: Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)…
13 November 2018
THE NEWS The two-day Global Innovation Summit has been inaugurated in New Delhi to create an ecosystem of a public-private partnership towards working for breakthrough innovations in energy efficient cooling technology. GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT Global Innovation Summit is a first-of-its-kind solutions-focused event, which is aimed to bring together global leaders to explore ways and solutions to address the climate threat arising from the growing demand from room air conditioners. This invite-only summit will bring together innovators, policymakers, development agencies, nonprofits, industry leaders, venture capitalists, start-ups, philanthropists, and air-conditioning experts. Panelists at the Summit will share their perspective on solving the…
13 November 2018
Trending Tuesday STATE FUNDING OF ELECTIONS State Funding of Elections means Government provides funds to the candidates for contesting elections and meeting other election-related expenses. It has been long debated in India and includes various committee recommendations: Indrajit Gupta Com. on State Election Funding: 1998 funds should be given to the registered National and State parties only and that too in kind only. Law Commission Report on Electoral Reforms 1999: same as above but advocated strong regulatory frameworks like internal elections, accounting framework, etc. 2nd ARC 2008: Did not recommend funding. Advantages Increase transparency and accountability Reduce black money in…