May 2019

Green Car Loan launched by SBI

◆Green Car Loan launched by SBI •India’s first ‘Green Car Loan’ to encourage customers to buy electric vehicles. [Green Car Loan is part of its environment friendly commitment towards building a cleaner and greener environment] ◆Akademik Lomonosov •It is the world’s only floating nuclear power unit. The plant was launched by Russia on May 19, 2018 at the St Petersburg shipyard

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Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

◆Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) scheme •It has almost achieved a total balance of ₹1-lakh crore(around $14 billion) •Public sector banks have the lion’s share in total balance at ₹79,177 crore (79%) •The primary aim of this scheme is to provide poor people access to bank accounts •Also cover accident insurance of up-to Rs 1 Lakh for his entire family •Life Insurance coverageis also available under PMJDY. (one person… Read More »Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)

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Mango showers in india | occurs in the month of April

◆Mango showers •It is a colloquial term to describe the occurrence of pre-monsoon rainfall. •In India, the mango showers occurs as the result of thunderstorm development over the Bay of Bengal.  •They are also known as ‘Kaal Baishali’ in Bengal, as Bordoisila in Assam and as Cherry Blossom shower or Coffee Shower in Kerala. •These rains normally occur from March to April, although their arrival is often difficult to predict.… Read More »Mango showers in india | occurs in the month of April

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National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

◆National Clean Air Programme (NCAP): •This is the first ever effort in the country to frame a national framework for air quality management with a time-bound reduction target. [The programme will not be notified under the Environment Protection Act or any other Act] •To achieve a national-level target of 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by between 2017 and 2024. •Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will execute this nation-wide… Read More »National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

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Army invokes emergency powers

◆Army invokes emergency powers •After the Pulwama attack, the government has given emergency powers to the armed forces for buying equipment to enable them to fight wars on the western border with Pakistan •Under the latest emergency financial powers, armed forces have been given a free hand to procure equipment worth upto ₹300 crore on a priority basis •The Army is in the process of procuring Spike-LR Anti-Tank Missiles from… Read More »Army invokes emergency powers

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Drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million a year by 2050

◆Drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million a year by 2050 •Currently, at least 7,00,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases, including 2,30,000 people who die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. •When an organism is resistant to more than one drug, it is said to be multidrug-resistant •Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and… Read More »Drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million a year by 2050

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Bharati script: IIT Madras

◆Ban on burqa by Sri Lanka •The Sri Lanka government has issued a decree banning burqas and other face-covering garments, in light of the Easter Sunday attacks. •A burqa is an outer garment that covers the entire body and the face, a niqab is a veil that also covers the face, while a hijab covers only the hair. ◆Bharati script: IIT Madras •team of scientists at IIT Madras have developed a… Read More »Bharati script: IIT Madras

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Oldest human footprint found in Chile

◆Indonesia has announced its plans to move its capital away from Jakarta. •to ensure more equitable development of the country amid environmental concerns and overcrowding issues ◆Oldest human footprint found in Chile Hide — uploads.disquscdn.com View — uploads.disquscdn.com  •It is a single footprint, discovered in Chile, dates back 15,600 years.

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Plea to protect accused in sexual abuse cases

◆Plea to protect accused in sexual abuse cases • If a person was falsely accused, his reputation would be lost forever and exposed to public ridicule for no fault of his [As a person is considered innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.] •It does not only destroy an individual’s life but also creates a social stigma for the family members too

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Bangladesh- China- India- Myanmar (BCIM) Economic corridor

◆Bangladesh- China- India- Myanmar (BCIM) Economic corridor •The BCIM economic corridor aims to connect Kolkata with Kunming(China), capital of the Yunnan province •It envisages formation of a thriving economic belt, focusing on cross-border transport, energy and telecommunication networks. •BCIM offers India an opportunity to create its own win-win relationship with China

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