NATIONAL STATISTICAL COMMISSION

NATIONAL STATISTICAL COMMISSION

Two non-government members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) quit the organisation. About • Membership: The present NSC has got Chairperson and four other members, and all became vacant with the resignation of two of its members recently. • CEO, NITI Aayog, is the Ex-Officio Member of the Commission and Chief Statistician of India who…

PENDENCY IN COURTS: NATIONAL JUDICIAL DATA GRID DATA

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…

SOLID FUEL DUCTED RAMJET (SFDR)

SOLID FUEL DUCTED RAMJET (SFDR)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the second indigenously developed Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, Odisha. About • Technology Demonstration: The performance of the second trial established a series of technologies including the ground booster, separation of ground booster and nozzle-less booster. • The first test…

PRADHAN MANTRI KISAN SAMMAN NIDHI

PRADHAN MANTRI KISAN SAMMAN NIDHI

The government announced an income support scheme for farmers in the interim Budget 2019. About • Under PM-KISAN, direct income support of Rs. 6,000 per year is extended to all the farmer families who own cultivable land up-to 2 hectares. • The amount is paid in 3 equal instalments of 2000 rupees each directly into the bank accounts of…

VENEZUELAN CRISIS

VENEZUELAN CRISIS

United States of America (USA) recognises the Opposition Leader as Interim President and imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela. About US President Donald Trump and several Latin American countries have recognized the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s Interim President. Earlier, Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-led legislature declared himself acting leader of the…

Iran Trade Promotion Plan-INSTEX Launched

Iran Trade Promotion Plan-INSTEX Launched

INSTEX was launched by EU Nations to circumvent USA’s sanctions on EU Companies trading with Iran. About INSTEX, an acronym for Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, is a recently launched project of the three governments of UK, France and Germany to bypass US sanctions on Iran. The initiative is a special payment system, designed…

NEW COMPANY UNDER DEPARTMENT OF SPACE

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,…

INDIA-MOROCCO MoU ON COUNTER-TERRORISM

INDIA-MOROCCO MoU ON COUNTER-TERRORISM

MoU between India and Morocco on Counter-Terrorism was approved by the Union Cabinet recently. About • The Union Cabinet recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco for setting up of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter-Terrorism. • The MoU would be the basis for obtaining and exchanging information on terrorist…