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26 March 2019
THE NEWS India’s man-made forest in Kottayam district, ‘Mango Meadows’ has entered in the URF World Records and the Limca Book of Records for developing the maximum number of agriculture and horticulture species in a minimum area of 30 acres. REASON BEHIND THE CERTIFICATION: LIMCA Book of Records: The certificate issued by the Limca Book of Records notes the forest has 4,800 species of plants, 700 trees, 900 flowering plants, with saplings and seeds collected from 15 countries. Diverse agriculture and horticulture species have been showcased, including commercial crops like oilseeds, as well as stimulants and aromatic medicinal plants. Even…
26 March 2019
TRENDING TUESDAY ARTICLE REASONS FOR RISING HUNGER Global Hunger Index (GHI) show up the gravity and extent of hunger in the world. It is calculated based on three parameters, i.e. mortality of under-5 children, wasting and stunting of under-5 children and proportion of undernourished as a percentage of total population. Reasons for rising hunger Availability: Enough food to feed everyone but spatial distribution differs Accessibility: Even if food is available, the same is not accessible due to social, economic and political reasons Affordability: Many lack purchasing power to buy food, They get no/little benefit from schemes proving free/cheap food Gender…
25 March 2019
THE NEWS As per the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-2018 report by NSSO which the government has withheld, over 5 crore rural women have left the national job market since 2004-05. Female participation has fallen by 7 percentage points since 2011-12, amounting to approximately 2.8 crores fewer women looking for jobs. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT: National unemployment: India’s unemployment rate stood at a 45-year (1972-1973) high of 6.1 percent during 2017-2018. In 2011-2012, the unemployment rate stood at 2.2 percent. Urban v/s rural: The unemployment level was higher in urban areas (7.8%), as compared to 5.3% in rural areas.…
23 March 2019
SUNDAY ETHICS MORAL REALISM Moral Realism (or Moral Objectivism) is the meta-ethical view that such things like moral facts and moral values do exist, and that these are objective and independent of our perceptions, our beliefs, feelings or other attitudes towards them. Therefore, moral judgments describe moral facts, which are as certain in their own way as mathematical facts, even though there is no evidence of that. Example: “Don’t steal chocolate from your friend because the universe will cause your karma to come back on you and have your chocolates stolen or equivalent in some other respect (stolen socks, dinner,…
23 March 2019
THE NEWS The Government has exceeded its disinvestment target for the current fiscal year by Rs 5,000 crore, with proceeds touching Rs 85,000 crore. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS: The divestment receipts touched Rs 85,000 crores as against a target of Rs 80,000 crore for disinvestment for the current year. This is the second highest disinvestment proceeds in a financial year after the government last fiscal mopped up a little over Rs 1 lakh crore in 2017-18. In the current fiscal, the government is eyeing Rs 14,500 crore by way of sell of its 52.63 percent stake in REC to state-owned Power Finance Corporation…
23 March 2019
SATURDAY SCHEME NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY 2017 Key highlights: The government aims in shifting focus from “sick-care” to “wellness”, by promoting prevention and well-being. It intends on gradually increasing public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP. It aims to strengthen health systems by ensuring everyone has access to quality services and technology despite financial barriers. The policy proposes increasing access, improving quality and reducing costs. It proposes free drugs, free diagnostics and free emergency and essential healthcare services in public hospitals. It focusses on primary health care: The policy advocates allocating two-thirds (or more) of resources to primary care. It…
22 March 2019
THE NEWS Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been appointed as the country's first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman. Pinaki Ghosh (66) retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017, is currently a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). KEY-PRONOUNCEMENT: The communiqué issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan has appointed the Chairman of the Lokpal along with other members of the anti-corruption watchdog. Judicial Members: The Lokpal will have four judicial and four non-judicial members namely – Former Chief Justices - Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, and Abhilasha Kumari and sitting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High…
20 March 2019
THE NEWS The 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnerships, organized by the Ministry of Commerce inassociation with Confederation of Indian Industry and EXIM Bank of India concluded in New Delhi. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEETING: The three-day conclave was primarily aimed at soliciting support for activities of the Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Project (SEHP). Theme: The theme of the conclave was “India and Africa: Shaping a Global Partnership for a Better World”. Participators: Over 500 delegates from Africa also participated in the conclave. The official agenda of the forum includes several aspects including trade, sustainable development, and solar energy.…
19 March 2019
TRENDING TUESDAY ARTICLE Cabinet Approves Proposal to Align with Global Trademark System Cabinet approves the proposal for the accession of India to: 1. The Nice Agreement on the International classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks. 2. The Vienna Agreement for setting up an International classification of the figurative elements of marks. 3. The Locarno Agreement for establishing an International classification for industrial designs. Significance and benefits for India: Accession to the Nice, Vienna and Locarno Agreements will help the Intellectual Property Office in India to harmonise the classification systems for examination of trademark and…
19 March 2019
THE NEWS The Health Department has issued an alert in Malappuram after a six-year-old boy Muhammad Shan who tested positive for ‘West Nile fever’ died. MORE ON NEWS: As per a study published in ‘The Ocular Surface’, in India, the incidence of dry eye disease to be 21,000 (1.46%), with this, India is on the verge of a dry eye disease epidemic. Dry eye occurs when the quantity and/or quality of tears (tear film) fails to keep the surface of the eye adequately lubricated. In simpler terms, if eyes do not produce enough tears, it is called a dry eye.…