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  • May 25, 2020
  • 1 Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar: Eligibility and Criteria for Evaluation, Categories of Awards, Application [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Launched in 2016. To recognize, inspire and celebrate excellence in sanitation and hygiene practice in schools. To honour schools that have undertaken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the Swachh Vidya

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  • May 22, 2020
  • 1 Government Steps Against Ragging: Committee under Dr. R K Raghavan, Director CBI [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The anti-ragging campaign got an impetus in 1999. The Hon’ble Supreme Court. In response to a PIL filed by the Vishwa Jagriti Mission, asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to issue guidelines to universities to curb ragging. Formation of a four membered committee by the U

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  • May 20, 2020
  • 1 Down to Earth 1-15 March 2020: Hysterectomy Issue in India, Bats and Zoonotic Diseases, Child Flourishing Index, Toxic Air: the Price of Fossil Fuels Report 2020, Erring Thermal Plants [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Bats and Zoonotic Diseases

    • Zoonotic diseases are the infectious diseases.

    • These diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites.

    • Spreads from non-human/animals (usually vertebrates) to humans.

    • Another name for Zoonotic disease is Zoonosis.

    • Some of the examples are anthr

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  • May 18, 2020
  • 1 Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for India [ Yojana ]

    A system’s ability to learn and interpret external data. Use of software/algorithms. Performing specific roles and tasks being executed by Humans at present.

    Interchangeably Used with

    • Expert systems.

    • Decision support system.

    • Knowledge based system.

    • Machine learning.

    • Natural

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  • May 14, 2020
  • 1 ARI-Highly Mortal: National Health Profile Report and Cellphone Causes Insomnia [ Health ]

    ARI Highly Mortal

    • 69 % morbidity in 2018 due to lung infection.

    • Report was released by the Union Health Ministry.

    • Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) -69.47%

    • Highest in the communicable disease category leading to 27.21 % mortality.

    • States such as Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karna

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  • Apr 28, 2020
  • 1 Thoothukudi Farmers Suffer from Salinity [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Thoothukudi Farmers Suffer from Salinity

    • Padukkupathu village in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district is facing a severe salinity problem.

    • The condition is such that houses are locked, farmers have been abandoned, coconut trees are barren and markets have been deserted.

    • Padukkapat

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  • Apr 22, 2020
  • 1 Def Expo 2020 : Ministry of Defence [ Defense ]

    Def Expo 2020

    • DefExpo is a flagship biennial event of Ministry of Defence.

    • It was held for the first time in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 5th to 9th February, 2020.

    • It was the 11th edition of DefExpo.

    • DefExpo is one of the largest events of its kind.

    Overview

    • The 10th edition

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  • Apr 18, 2020
  • 1 Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) and UBI (Universal Basic Income) Concept [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    PMRGY

    Ministry of labour and employment. PMRY Joined Workforce- Over one crore new employees between August 2016 and March 2019.57 % of them came from 5 States- Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Haryana.

    • Operational since August 2016.

    • Launched for incentivising em

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  • Apr 17, 2020
  • 1 Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Recently launched by the government of India. World’s largest health protection scheme. Coverage- To target over 10 crore families based on SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census) database.

    • No cap on family size and age in the scheme.

    • Insurance Scheme Coverage- Pre and Post-hospital

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  • Apr 11, 2020
  • 1 Road Safety Bill - Motor Vehicle Bill 2017, 2019 [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill (2017)

    To better the quality of roads and improve safety standards. The bill has failed to make any progress in the Rajya Sabha since last year. Re-introduction in Parliament.

    Challenges

    • Potholes have become a major challenge for accidental death

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  • Apr 10, 2020
  • 1 Health: HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act, MMR, Oxytocin, RTS Vaccine [ Health ]

    HIV Act

    The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act. A legal obligation to protect the privacy of persons with HIV and AIDS. India has the third largest HIV-infected population (estimated 2 million).

    • To decrease new infec

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  • Apr 6, 2020
  • 1 Coronavirus Test Centres in India: All You Need to Know [ All Upd. ]

    As the spread of the coronavirus intensifies across the globe and in India, the government has designated test sites across the country to expedite diagnosis and aid treatment. India has had 169 confirmed cases so far, and three death due to the virus. Here’s a complete list of t

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  • Mar 15, 2020
  • 1 Minamata Convention and Biodiversity [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury. Approved by the Union Cabinet. Convention on Mercury enabling India to become a Party of the Convention. First Conference of the Parties (CoP) under the Minamata Convention took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 2017. Adopted decision

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  • Mar 12, 2020
  • 1 Deep Ocean Mission and Resource Management: Problem of Ghost Gear-Fishing [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Drawn up of a 5-year plan to explore the deep ocean. Drawn up by the Central government. Exercise coordination- Ministry of Earth Sciences. The blueprint of “Deep Ocean Mission” has been recently unveiled by the MOES. Mission proposes to explore the deep ocean similar to the spac

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  • 2 World’s Newest Nation: Bougainville and SDG India Index 2019 [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    World’s Newest Nation: Bougainville

    • Largest island of Solomon Islands Archipelago.

    • A huge reserve of minerals especially Copper and Gold.

    • Bougainville violence began in the late 1980s being triggered by conflict over an enormous opencast copper mine at Panguna.

    • The mine was a

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  • Mar 4, 2020
  • 1 Down to Earth (DTE) 1-15 Feb 2020 Part 2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater

    • One of the most crippling issues.

    • Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) Report-21 states across the country have pockets with arsenic levels higher than the Bureau of Indian Standards’ (BIS) stipulated permissible limit of 0.01 mg/l.

    • First of al

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  • Mar 3, 2020
  • 1 Grounds of Opposition: Primary Reasons, Tamil Nadu Opposing and Mullaperiyar Issue [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    Acting of the National Dam Safety Authority as the SDSO. Owned by One State and Located in Another. Extends over Multiple States

    Primary Reasons

    • Owned by a central public sector undertaking.

    • The state of Tamil Nadu argues that the Supreme Court in 2014 upheld the rights of Tamil

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  • Mar 2, 2020
  • 1 Upgradation of Medical Colleges/Hospitals [ Policy/Governance, Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Government of India has decided to establish many new medical colleges in different states of the country. Its main aim is to establish district hospitals and medical colleges. Maximum number of medical colleges have been proposed for the state of Rajasthan.

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  • Feb 10, 2020
  • 1 28 Million Obese by 2030 [ IAS Upd. ]

    World Obesity Federation, Around 28 million children in India will be obese by the year 2030. The country would rank second in the world in terms of the high number of obese people.

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    • Malnutrition

    • Includes U

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  • 2 DTE 16-31 January 2020 Summary [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Cold Trap: India Suffered Massively Due to Cold Waves Disaster in 2012. No Effective Plan to Mitigate the Impact. Over 30 People Have Died in Uttar Pradesh. Nagaland- a Surprise Snowfall After over 40 Years. Bihar-Patna (Capital) Recorded Its Second Coldest Day in the Decade. Del

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  • 3 DTE 16-31 January 2020 India’s Struggling Wind Energy Sector [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Cold Trap: India suffered massively due to cold waves disaster in 2012. No effective plan to mitigate the impact. Over 30 people have died in Uttar Pradesh. Nagaland- a surprise snowfall after over 40 years. Bihar-Patna (Capital) recorded its second coldest day in the decade.

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  • Jan 28, 2020
  • 1 Expected Questions / Topics for UPSC IAS Prelims 2020: Kurukshetra Part 3 Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Launched on 28 August 2014. A national mission on financial inclusion. Access to a range of financial services like availability of basic savings bank account, access to need based credit, remittance facility, insurance and pension. Covers both urban and rural areas. Availability

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  • 2 Expected Questions / Topics for UPSC IAS Prelims 2020: Kurukshetra Part 1 [ Kurukshetra ]

    Policy and Planning Towards Rural Education: Interventions to Promote Education in Rural Areas: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. Samagra Shiksha. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalya (KGBV) Scheme. Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS)

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  • Jan 5, 2020
  • 1 Operation Clean Art [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Clean Art is a Pan India operation to crack down the smuggling of mongoose hair. Operation Clean Art is carried out by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau which is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Environment. The mongoose is hunted for their hair to make paintbrushes

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  • Jan 2, 2020
  • 1 FASTag the technology of Radio frequency identification (RFID) [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    FASTag Are Electrically Based Toll Collection System Implemented by the Indian Highway Management Company (IHMCC) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Including National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). Fastags Uses the Technology of Radio Frequency Identification (

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  • 2 Integrated Coastal Zone Management Program [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    The pollution which is created by the humans at the coastal areas making beaches dirty and the oceans are filling with pollution. To address these issues, the integrated coastal zone management program was launched. It is working under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Clima

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  • Dec 24, 2019
  • 1 DTE 16 to 31 December [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Junk and Packaged Foods-Monster: Junk foods are pre-prepared or packaged food with low nutritional value. Ultra-Processed foods have been reported to have extreme amounts of salt and fat that severely affect health. Junk foods contain mainly saturated fat, sugar and salt, vegetab

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  • Dec 19, 2019
  • 1 Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan is launched under the Union Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to create awareness about drive and cleanliness program in 50 identified beaches. The beaches were identified from 10 coastal States/UTs these are Andhra Pradesh, Ke

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  • Dec 6, 2019
  • 1 DTE 15-30 Nov 2019 the Regional Comprehensive [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) -designed to mitigate pollution hotspots has identified 129 cities that donot comply with the particulate standards. The Chinese government adopted the approach to Unified Planning, Unified Monitoring altering and unified standards in multi

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  • Dec 2, 2019
  • 1 Tiger Conservation in Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam and Andhra Pradesh [ Environment/Ecology ]

    The number of tigers in Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) in Andhra Pradesh has increased by efforts taken by Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF). Nagarjuna-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is also the largest tiger reserve and it spreads over five districts of Andhra Pradesh

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  • Nov 27, 2019
  • 1 Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) [ Science/Technology, Railways ]

    Real Time Information System is a significant step of the Indian Railways that will help in monitoring precise speeds and movements of the trains throughout the journey right from the starting position to the destination. Nearly 500 passenger locomotives of the South Central Rail

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  • Nov 26, 2019
  • 1 Maternal Mortality Rate [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) can be defined as the ratio of the number of deaths per 100,000 live births of children. According to the World Health Organisation, India is on the right track towards achieving SDG target of MMR below 70 by the year 2030. As per the National health

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  • Nov 25, 2019
  • 1 India Justice Report-2019 [ Policy/Governance ]

    India Justice Report is the first ever ranking of Indian states on Justice Delivery which is released by the Tata trust in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice, common cause and Commonwealth Human Rights initiative. The report ranks Indian states on the basis of four para

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  • Nov 20, 2019
  • 1 Kurukshetra 2019 Rural Education [ Kurukshetra ]

    Policy And Planning Towards Rural Education: MHRD of GoI. Works thru. 2 departments: 1) Department of School Education & Literacy. 2) Department of Higher Education. & since education is a subject of Concurrent List, therefore Central Govt. & State Govt. work together for betterm

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  • 2 DTE 1-15 Nov Summary 2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Blockchain Impact on Coffee Production: The Blockchain based e-market platform was launched by the Coffee Board of India (CBOI) on 28 march 2019 with a very dull response. In 2018 - 19 only 100 tonnes of India’s 0.32 million tonnes of coffee was produced and was sold via the plat

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  • Nov 7, 2019
  • 1 Warming Seas a Breath of Foul Air [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The sea level rose globally by about 15 cm relative to 1986 - 2005 on an average during the 20th century. This warming of seas is expected to rise twice as fast and could reach up to 60 cm by 2100. On September 23,2019 according to the reports of UN Climate Action Summit (UNCAS)

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  • Nov 2, 2019
  • 1 Kurukshetra October 2019 - Agricultural Reforms (Part 3) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Public – Private partnership In Agriculture Sector: A public – private partnership (PPP, 3P or P3) Is a long – term cooperative arrangement between 2 or more public & private Sector. Genesis of PPP: - PPP Sell set up in 2016 in department of Economic affairs (DEA) Ministry of Fin

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  • Sep 30, 2019
  • 1 Down to Earth 16-30 Sept 2019 - Kigali Amendment and Amazon Rainforest Part 2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    9. The Supreme Court, The NGT and the Karnataka High court’s recent grants and permissions: To complete the construction of the Rohtang Highway Tunnel, the Supreme Court (SC) has granted permission to divert 2.2 hectares of forestland in Himachal Pradesh to Paras Stone crusher to

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  • Sep 20, 2019
  • 1 Report on the Composite Water Management Index 2.0 [ Policy/Governance, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    The National Institution for Transforming India released Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0) report on August 23,2019. To assess and improve the performance of States and Union Territories in efficient management of water resources, the CWMI is an important tool. 25 State

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  • Sep 18, 2019
  • 1 Composite Water Management Index 2019 [ Country/State Ranks/Indices, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The NITI Aayog has declared Gujarat as the most successful state in India in terms of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0). 25 States and 2 UTs were ranked were ranked by CWMI 2.0 for the reference year 2017 - 18 as against base year 2016 - 17. Also it has been found that

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  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 1 Tamil Yeoman Tamil Nadu’S State Butterfly [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Butterfly species Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroa thais) has been officially declared as state butterfly of Tamil Nadu. Earlier this species was notified by an order on lines of the State Tree (Palm), Bird (Emerald Dove), Flower (Gloriosa) and Animal (Nilgiri Tahr). Cirrochroa thais is

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  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 1 Inauguration of a National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology in Coimbatore [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural Sciences hosted the inauguration of the National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology on 24thAugust 2019 in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu by the Union Environment and Forest Minister of India. The centre is expected to explore the i

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  • Aug 31, 2019
  • 1 BCCI Comes Under NADA [ Sports ]

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 9th August 2019 agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The BCCI hereafter will adhere to anti-doping policy of NADA. Prior to this the Sweden-based International Dope Testing Management (IDTM)

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  • Aug 29, 2019
  • 1 Down to Earth 16- 30 July 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Life on Mars? Compost Generation Scientific Misconduct Birds of North East: - Mars & Methane: Normal methane levels on Mars is 0.24 and 0.65 parts per billion (ppb). Rover has detected 21 ppb inside the 154-km-wide Gale crater. 4 times the previous maximum levels (5.8 ppb) recor

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  • Aug 24, 2019
  • 1 Steps Being Taken to Control Spread of Fall Army Worm [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is taking several steps to control the spread of Fall Army Worm in the country. The term “armyworm” can be referred to several species with invasive behaviour on a massive scale at larval stage.

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  • Aug 23, 2019
  • 1 Tiger Census, RTE, Education Down to Earth 16th to 31st 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    MCQ Tracker – Target Prelims: Change in definition of tiger census, Phytosanitary certificate, Methyl bromide, Fall armyworm, Gaur – Vulnerable - IUCN, Green New Deal, Green Marshall Plan, Colistin, Kangech, Vitamin B12, Higher Education, RTI Act.

    Highlights Chandrayaan-2, Indi

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  • Aug 18, 2019
  • 1 Launch of Defence Industrial Production Corridor [ Defense ]

    The projects for Defence industrial corridor were launched by Union Defence Minister along with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in Aligarh district in August 2018. Later on in January 2019 the Defence Minister inaugurated the Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor.

    The main ide

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  • Aug 12, 2019
  • 1 Chennai Water Crisis & the Mismanagement [ Disaster Management ]

    Chennai is facing a massive drinking water crisis with Tamil Nadu registering 41 % rainfall shortage this summer. Vast scale development projects and illegal encroachments over decades have covered the huge areas of water bodies resulting in this crisis.

    Hospitals in its third-l

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  • Jul 29, 2019
  • 1 Protecting Ongole Cattle Breed [ Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Vice President of India called for protecting and promoting the indigenous Ongole cattle breed which became popular all over the World. He released a Compendium on Ongole breed of cattle at the Swarna Bharat Trust in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

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  • Jul 24, 2019
  • 1 Heat Wave AES Down to Earth 1-15 July 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Heat Wave: IMD – declares 40 degree Celsius and more as heat wave: - Kerala – recovering form flood to discomforts of heat in March: - 125-odd days, heat waves swept 23 states and Union Territories (UTs); each enduring at least one spell. Since then, there have been 86 spells of

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  • 2 📹 Circular Economy Rwanda Vs. USA Trade Issues Down to Earth 16-30 June 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Clothing – The Real Picture: - Globally, clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2015. During the period the number of garments purchased each year increased by 60%, Average number of times a garment was worn before disposal declined by 36%. More than US $500 billion worth o

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  • Jul 15, 2019
  • 1 Cosmic Ray Lab Reveals High Voltages in Thunderstorm with ‘Muon’ Telescope [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Cosmic Ray Laboratory (CRL) of the Tata Institute Fundamental Research (TIFR), located at the Melkavvatti road junction nearby Ooty (Tamil Nadu), made the announcement of its phenomenal discovery on production of unimaginably high voltage in a thunderstorm.

    Muons recharged p

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  • Jun 17, 2019
  • 1 Establishment of New Viral Vaccine Manufacturing Unit at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu Approved [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Proposal for allotment of land measuring 30 acres to Pasteur Institute of India (PII) for establishment of New Viral Vaccine Manufacturing Unit at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu has approved by Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister.

    • Projec

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  • Jun 1, 2019
  • 1 Expected Questions in Agriculture and Animals 2019 – IAS/NET (Part-1) - (Set 2) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Please find below the most important expected topics for the upcoming UPSC Prelims exam 2019. Subscribe@Examrace YouTube Channel to get the complete series of expected questions. For practice and solutions visit - doorsteptutor. com. You can download the pdf by clicking the optio

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