MICROPLASTIC

MICROPLASTIC

Microplastic is emerging as a new threat to living being which is found in almost all forms of water sources. About • US scientists have found microplastics contaminating a groundwater source that accounts for 25% of the global drinking water supply. • Facts: It is estimated that 6.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic waste has…

ZIKA DISEASE

ZIKA DISEASE

According to a recent study by National Institute of Virology, Pune (under ICMR), Zika virus that infected 159 people in an outbreak in Rajasthan in 2018, could have been circulating in India for several years and is endemic to Asia. About: • This study is first to sequence full Zika virus genomes from India. • The strain of virus found…

OBSERVATIONS BY THE ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL

OBSERVATIONS BY THE ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EACPM) has recently held its meeting. About: • According to the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), India’s economic growth is expected to remain in the 7-7.5 per cent range in the next few years. Other Observations: • The prospects for world economic growth does not look…

PROJECT 75I-CLASS SUBMARINE

PROJECT 75I-CLASS SUBMARINE

Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council has approved the indigenous construction of six submarines for the Indian Navy. About • The submarines are being constructed under the Ministry of Defence’s ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model that aims at providing a significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme. • SP model envisages indigenous manufacturing of…

WOMEN’S GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY INITIATIVE

WOMEN’S GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY INITIATIVE

A White House global women initiative led by Ivanka Trump, senior adviser and daughter to President Donald Trump was launched. About: • The effort will draw on public and private resources with the U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID), initially setting up a USD 50 million fund. • It builds on previous White House efforts to help women internationally. The Obama…

DEPARTMENT FOR PROMOTION OF INDUSTRY AND INTERNAL TRADE (DPIIT)

DEPARTMENT FOR PROMOTION OF INDUSTRY AND INTERNAL TRADE (DPIIT)

Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) renamed as DPIIT. About • Government recently changed the name of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), and has enhanced its role. • The renamed body will be in charge of four new categories of…

BLANDM-1

BLANDM-1

New Delhi superbug blaNDM-1 gene reaches the Arctic. About • Location: Soil samples taken in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, have now confirmed the spread of blaNDM-1 (called New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1) into the High Arctic. • It was first detected in New Delhi in the last decade. • Carried…

BOORI BOOT YULLO FESTIVAL

BOORI BOOT YULLO FESTIVAL

52nd Boori Boot Yullo festival was held in Arunachal Pradesh. About: • Boori Boot Yullo festival is fortnight-long festival celebrated exclusively by Nyishi tribes in Arunachal      Pradesh. • Boori Boot means getting together to welcome the spring and successful harvest. • It is believed that the festival evokes the spirit of Boori Boot, who will bless…

INDIA-NORWAY OCEAN DIALOGUE

INDIA-NORWAY OCEAN DIALOGUE

India-Norway Ocean Dialogue likely to help develop India’s Blue Economy. About: The Union Cabinet recently approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Norway on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue. Benefits of the MoU: • The MoU will promote cooperation in the areas of mutual interest pertaining to the development of blue economy as Norway is a global leader in…