Longest ‘Blood Moon’ of the Century witnessed

UPSC Mains General Studies Paper I Topic: Geography of the World Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.  July 2018 Lunar Eclipse Longest eclipse of the 21st century. It occurred for around 1 hour 43 minutes. What is a Lunar Eclipse? A Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) is when one can’t see the moon at night because its position is relative to the sun and earth ensures thatRead More

Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018

UPSC Mains General Studies Paper I Topic: Society Social empowerment and women related issues Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018   Why is the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 in news? The Lok Sabha has passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 provides for the prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation ofRead More

Earth Overshoot Day 2018 falls on August 1

UPSC Mains General Studies Paper III Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment Earth Overshoot Day 2018 to fall on 1st August Earth Overshoot Day will fall on August 1 this year This is the earliest date since ecological overshoot began in early 1970s. This year the overshoot day falls a day earlier than the last year’s. What is Earth Overshoot Day? It’s the date on which annual demand of humanityRead More

What is Grinika Programme?

UPSC Mains General Studies Paper II Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations. What is Girinka Programme and Where it is being run? Grinika is a national social protection scheme of Rwanda to provide one cow per family The programme was initiated by President Paul Kagame in response to alarmingly high rate of childhood malnutrition and as way to accelerate poverty reduction and integrate livestock and crop farming. Under this programme, poorest residing in regionRead More

FDI Confidence Index 2018: India Ranks 11th

India slips 3 ranks in AT Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index, comes at 11th India is no longer among top 10 destinations for FDI in terms of its attractiveness according to AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index 2018 India has slipped 3 positions down from 8th in 2017 in the  AT Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index 2018 In 2016, India ranked 9th in the FDI confidence index What are the reasons for India’s fallRead More

Iran Becomes India’s Second biggest Oil Supplier, Replaces Saudi Arabia

Iran becomes India’s second biggest Oil Supplier: Between April 2018 and June 2018, Iran was the second-biggest crude oil supplier to Indian state refiners It replaced Saudi Arabia as the second-biggest oil supplier to Indian state refiners. How did Iran become becomes india’s second biggest Oil Supplier in this period? Thanks to the steeper discounts offered by Iran on the oil, India almost doubled its imports from Iran between April 2018 andRead More

Jagannath’s Return Car Festival held in Puri

What is Jagannath return car Festival?  it is the return Journey of the three deities — Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Devi Subhadra on their chariots to Jagannath Temple. It is called as BAHUDA Yatra After spending a week inside the Gundicha temple, the deities commence their Bahuda Yatra on the 10th day. Where is Jagannath Temple located? The Shree Jagannath Temple is located on theRead More

Public Affairs Index 2018: Kerala ranks First, Bihar Last

What is Public Affairs Index 2018? Public Affairs Index is an index on the quality of governance It is publsihed by Bengaluru-based think tank Public Affairs Centre It is based on 10 themes, 30 focus subjects and 100 indicators. Kerala has been ranked first in the Public Affairs Index 2018 What is the Ranking of various states in the Public Affairs Index 2018? Kerala (1st), Tamil Nadu(2nd), Telangana(3rd), Karnataka(4th) and Gujarat(5th) inRead More

National Moth Week to be observed from July 21 to July 29

India is observing National Moth Week from July 21 to July 29 The National Moth Week encourages people to observe and document moths in backyards and neighbourhoods. India is among the 40 countries in which citizen scientists and enthusiasts will be documenting insects What is the main aim of National moth Week? To increase the awareness about the insects When and Where was the National Moth Week started? Scientists ofRead More

Government to create a new Cell to resolve Child Custody Disputes

A new Mediation Cell will be set up to resolve Child Custody Disputes   It will work under National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) It will resolve child custody disputes arising from cases of transnational marital discord. In Simple words, it will resolve the cases of children who were taken away by one of the spouses without the permission of the other due to marital discord from other countriesRead More