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Evidence of dairy production in the Indus Valley Civilization

Why Evidence of dairy production in the Indus Valley Civilization is in the news? Recently, the year 2020 marks 100 years of discovery of Indus Valley Civilization, and a new study has shown that dairy products were being produced by the Harappans as far back as 2500 BCE. Key Highlights The researchers show the earliest direct evidence of dairy product processing by analysing …

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Common Dotted Garden Skink

Recently, the dotted garden skink has been spotted in the National Capital Region. About the dotted common skink It is known as Lygosoma Punctata. It is a species of skink found in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Skinks are lizards that belong to the Scincidae family and are one of the most …

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Repeal of UAPA demanded

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Policies and interventions UAPA Bill, 2019 is passed today in Rajya Sabha with 147 Member of Parliaments voted in favour of the UAPA Amendment bill 2019 while only 42 polled against it. Key Features of the Bill It empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists if the person …

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Maharashtra withdraws ‘general consent’ to CBI

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn “general consent” given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state. What consent is necessary? The CBI is governed by the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act that makes consent of a state government mandatory for conducting investigation in that state. There are two kinds of consent: Case-specific and general– Given that …

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Demchok sector

The Demchok sector is a disputed region centered on the villages of Demchok, Ladakh and Demqog, Ngari Prefecture, situated near the confluence of the Charding Nullah and Indus River. It is part of the greater Sino-Indian border dispute between China and India. Both India and China claim the disputed region, with a Line of Actual …

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Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs)

Definition: An Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvITs) is like a mutual fund, which enables direct investment of small amounts of money from possible individual/institutional investors in infrastructure to earn a small portion of the income as return. InvITs work like mutual funds or real estate investment trusts (REITs) in features. InvITs can be treated as the …

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Indian Bank launches IND Spring Board to finance start-ups

It is an initiative of Indian Bank and IIT Madras Incubation Cell (IITMIC). It is an initiative for funding start-ups. IITMIC will refer start-ups with proven technology and established cash flows to the bank. The bank, in turn, will extend loans of up to ₹50 crore to these units. This is in collaboration with the …

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UN Human Rights Council

Pakistan and Nepal were recently re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council, China won a seat by the smallest margin while Saudi Arabia was defeated in the elections. About UNHRC: UNHRC was reconstituted from its predecessor organisation, the UN Commission on Human Rights to help overcome the “credibility deficit” of the previous organisation. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland Composition: …

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Current Affairs Question Bank: 18/10/2020

Current Affairs Question Bank: 18/10/2020: The Current Affairs questions are based on sources like ‘The Hindu’, ‘Indian Express’ and ‘PIB’, which are very important sources for UPSC Prelims Exam. Current Affairs Question Bank: 18/10/2020 Question- 1:  Consider the following statements with respect to The Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project: It is aided …

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DRDO test fires BRAHMOS missile successfully

DRDO test fires BRAHMOS missile successfully: On October 18, 2020, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) test fired the BRAHMOS missile from INS Chennai successfully. The missile was test fired from an indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Chennai. The missile hit a target in Arabian Sea. About DRDO DRDO is the R&D wing of Ministry …

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UPSC Prelims 2021 Important topics: New START treaty

UPSC Prelims 2021 Important topics: New START treaty: New START is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation with the formal name of Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. It was signed on 8 April 2010 in Prague, and, after ratification, entered into force …

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India to become free of Trans Fat by 2022

On October 16, 2020, the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced that India has set a target of becoming trans-fat free by 2022. This target is year ahead of the target of World Health Organization. The announcement was made when the Minister presided over an event organized by the food safety and Standards Authority …

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Global Hunger Index 2020

Global Hunger Index 2020: The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional, and country levels. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) calculates the GHI scores each year to assess progress, or the lack thereof, in combating hunger. The Global Hunger Index 2020 report released on Friday has ranked India …

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Anti-pollution campaign towards cleaner air in Delhi

Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities, with air pollution reaching crisis levels – and that’s having a very serious effect on all of us who live there. Air pollution was responsible for the death of more than 1 lakh children in India in 2016. It is now estimated that 30,000 people are …

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UPSC Prelims 2021 Important topics: What is Biofortification?

Most Important UPSC IAS topics for UPSC Exam 2021 (Most Important UPSC IAS Topics UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains Exam 2021): UPSC Prelims 2021 Important topics: What is Biofortification? The IAS preparation is the interplay of important topics for UPSC Syllabus. Important topics for the UPSC 2021 prelims and IAS main 2021 exam. IAS exam is …

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Weekly Current Affairs October 2020 Week-2 Free PDF

Weekly Current Affairs Oct 2020 Week – 2 : (Gist of – The Hindu, The Indian Express, Yojana and PIB) All PDF which are provided here are for Education purposes only. Please utilize them for building your knowledge and don’t make them Commercial. We request you to respect our Hard Work. Our Intention is to provide free Study …

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where is hambantota port ?

The Hambantota Port (also known as the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port) was to be a maritime port in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. The first phase of the port was opened on 18 November 2010, with the first ceremonial berthing of the naval ship “Jetliner” to use the port facilities. It is named after former President Mahinda …

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What is Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)?

In News- Recently, China hinted at a shift in pursuing its signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) amid growing concerns about debt repayments from many partner countries due to COVID-19 pandemic. What is BRI? The Belt and Road Initiative, also known as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project was launched by the Chinese President Xi …

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UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2021 Important topics: Blue Flag’ Certification

India Becomes First Nation to Get 8 ‘Blue Flag’ Beaches in a Row The eight beaches are: Shivrajpur in Gujarat Ghoghla in Daman & Diu Kasarkod beach in Karnataka Padubidri beach in Karnataka Kappad in Kerala Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh Golden beach of Odisha Radhanagar beach of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Most Important UPSC IAS …

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