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  • GoI bans exports of masks and coveralls due to coronavirus

    459 days ago
    Central government has announced a ban on the export of Ventilators, Surgical/Disposable Masks (2/3 ply), and Textile raw material used for masks and coveralls. Ban: ♦ The ban on the export of masks and coveralls comes with an immediate effect. ♦ A notification regarding this was issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade... Read More

    ARPIT train more than 1.8 Lakh teachers in 2 years

    459 days ago
    Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced that the initiative Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) is successfully implemented in the past two years for the professional development of higher education faculty. ARPIT: ♦ ARPIT program was launched in 2018 to fulfill the government's commitment to quality education. ♦... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    SIDBI to start Swavalamban Express on 5 June

    459 days ago
    Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is to start Swavalamban Express on 5 June 2020. The aim is to promote budding business aspirants and entrepreneurs. SIDBI will start a special train based on the opinions and suggestions of various stakeholders. Swavalamban Express: ♦ Swavalamban Express will depart from Lucknow on 5 June.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    PM called for Janata Curfew on 22 March

    459 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced for a Janata Curfew on 22 March 2020. The curfew also aims to express gratitude to the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, housekeeping staff, airlines staff, government servants, police personnel, media persons, railways, bus, autorickshaw, home delivery people, among others who are working round the clock to save... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    SpaceX to launch its first manned flight to ISS in 2020 May

    459 days ago
    SpaceX has announced that it is to launch its first manned flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in May 2020. The announcement comes despite the COVID-19 epidemic. SpaceX 1st manned Mission: ♦ SpaceX' Falcon 9 rocket is to launch the Crew Dragon. It will carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to space from Launch... Read More

    Defence Ministry signs with IWI to procure LMGs

    459 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a capital acquisition contract with Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) for the procurement of 16,479 light machine guns (LMGs). Highlights: ♦ The cost of the agreement was Rs.880 crore. ♦ The contract was signed with the approval of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. ♦ As per the agreement, IWI would... Read More
    Category: Defence

    India is third-largest producer of Electricity in the World

    459 days ago
    The World Energy Statistics published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2019 states that India is the 3rd largest producer of electricity in the world. India ranked 106th in terms of per capita consumption in 2017. Highlights: ♦ As per the list, the reforms in the power sector has grown continuously. ♦ India has now become... Read More
    Category: Index / List

    Ministry of Textiles plans to host Pilot shopping festival

    459 days ago
    Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani has proposed a pilot shopping festival at Bengaluru. The fest will be organized in 2020-21. It will be organized in other cities. Shopping Festival: ♦ The festival will focus on various sectors, including gems & jewellery, textiles, handicrafts, and Yoga and Ayurvedic products. ♦ The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    MHRD develops School Health Programme to promote well being of students

    459 days ago
    Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) have jointly developed a Comprehensive School Health Programme (SHP) under Ayushman Bharat. The information was announced by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. Aim: The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    GoI fixes cap for the prices of Alcohols used in manufacturing hand sanitizers under EC Act

    459 days ago
    Government has notified an Order under the Essential Commodities (EC) Act to declare price cap prevailing as on 5 March 2020 on the above alcohols up to 30 June 2019. The move comes as the alcohol used in manufacturing the hand sanitizers have been exorbitantly increased by the producers of such alcohol. Highlights: ♦ GoI also notified that... Read More

    French Language Day is observed on 20th March

    459 days ago
    French Language Day is observed on 20th March. The day explores the influences of the language as a culture, its history, and its achievements. The day celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity. Aim: The French language day is celebrated annually in order to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote equal use of all... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    ISRO to launch 36 missions in the current fiscal year

    459 days ago
    Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, announced that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had planned 36 missions for the fiscal year 2020-21. ISRO is to send up ten earth observation satellites during 2020-21. Mission of ISRO for FY-2020-21: ♦ Earth observation satellite- 10 ♦... Read More

    World Sparrow Day is observed on 20 March

    459 days ago
    World Sparrow Day is observed on 20th March. It is observed every year. The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of sparrows in the ecosystem. It also conveys the message of conservation of sparrows that are disappearing faster than other common birds. Theme: The theme for the 2020 World Sparrow Day is 'I Love Sparrow.' The day... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    International Day of Happiness is celebrated on 20 March

    459 days ago
    International Day of Happiness is celebrated on 20 March. The day aims to inspire and advance the global happiness movement. The campaign theme for the year 2020 is 'Happiness For All, Together.' The campaign is a global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness. History: International Happiness Day was founded... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Four convicts of Nirbhaya Case hanged to death in Tihar Jail

    459 days ago
    The four convicts, Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar (31), and Mukesh Kumar (32), of Nirbhaya Gang Rape were hanged to death in Tihar Jail on 20 March 2020. The convicts of the case were sentenced to death by a fast track court in September 2013. Criminal Law (Amendment) Act in 2013: Following the incident, the Criminal Law (Amendment)... Read More

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