OPEN SESSION for UPSC Aspirants

Next IAS conducted an Open Session by Civil Services 2018 Toppers on “how to prepare for IAS“ on 12th April 2019. CSE 2018 Toppers Ankur Kaushik, AIR 37 and Mayank Mittal, AIR 105 shared their success stories with the participants to motivate the group of future aspirants. It was overwhelming to see enthusiasm and dedication of all students towards…

PENDENCY IN COURTS: NATIONAL JUDICIAL DATA GRID DATA

42 lakh cases pending in High Courts, Allahabad has the most. About: • Over 42 lakh cases were pending in High Courts until January 31, and nearly 57,000 in the Supreme Court until December 1 last year, data presented in Lok Sabha show. Background: • According to National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), 40% of the cases are more…

NEW COMPANY UNDER DEPARTMENT OF SPACE

Cabinet approved setting up a new company under Department of Space (DoS). About: • The company was set up to commercially exploit the research and development work carried out by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and constituent units of DoS. • Following areas/avenues provide opportunities for commercial exploitation of ISRO programmes:  Small satellite technology transfers to industry,…

BANDICOOT: MANHOLE CLEANING ROBOT

Bandicoot struggles to find foot in Kerala due to bureaucratic hassles. About: • The Bandicoot Manhole Cleaning Robot is getting orders from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, besides purchase queries from the UAE and Malaysia, but finds low presence in Kerala where it was designed and manufactured due to the bureaucratic delays and procedural lapses. • Bandicoot, which…

VEDIC BOARD OF EDUCATION

The government has invited ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) from private players for setting up the Bharatiya Shiksha Board. About: • The Central Government has cleared the way for private players to set up the country’s first national school board for Vedic education. • Bhartiya Shiksha Board: The Union HRD Ministry has given in-principle approval for setting up the Bhartiya Shiksha Board…

EARTH STRUCTURE: THE 660 KM BOUNDARY

Scientists discover massive mountains under Earth’s crust. About: • Scientists used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia in 1994 to find mountains and other topography on a layer located 660 km below the surface. • The layer separates the upper and lower mantle. Lacking a formal name for this layer, the researchers simply call it “the 660-km boundary.”…

GI STORES

Civil Aviation Ministry recently launched India’s first GI store in Goa. About: • The Civil Aviation ministry recently launched India’s first Geographical Indication (GI) store at Dabolim International Airport in Goa. • GI stalls will promote products made by local artisans and talents. • The govt. wants to make sure that all airports have a GI stall.