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ECI Defers Rajaya Sabha Poll in View of COVID-19

Why in news? Election Commission of India announced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring in the month of April,2020 will be deferred due to COVID-19 pandemic. From where ECI gets this power? Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 specifies that the […]


Why in news? Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) issued a circular granting one-time dispensation for utilizing funds under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) to address the challenges in the fight against COVID-19. As per the amendments to MPLADS Guidelines, Members of Parliament can now utilize funds under MPLADS for […]


Seeds             The Department is implementing Sub-Mission on Seeds & Planting Materials (SMSP) from the year 2014-15 to promote production and multiplication of quality seeds of agricultural crops, so that the required quantities of seeds could be made available to farmers in the country. To upgrade the quality of farmers’ saved seeds, financial assistance for […]

Adverse Impact of Global Warming on Food Crops

Global Warming associated with the increase in concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is one of the reasons for the increase in extreme weather events. Due to global warming agriculture sector is likely to be affected and climate change is expected to impact yields of agriculture crops in a business as usual scenario. Simulation […]


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has greeted nation on the occasion of Navroz. Which is the Iranian new year. Many ethno- linguistic communities around the world irrespective of their religious background observe it as a start of new year.


Why in news? House Sparrow, once an integral part of our immediate environment, all but disappeared almost two decades ago. The common bird that lived in the cavities of our houses and polished off our leftover food, today sits on the red list of the endangered species of The International Union for Conservation of Nature […]

Poor hygiene in Meat Shops/Slaughter Houses

In the present scenario, Corona virus does not spread through meat and fish products. Fish/Meat Markets and Slaughter houses in the country are controlled by local bodies and State Governments. However, some States have informed that, there are few markets where poor hygienic conditions prevail. FSSAI has launched ‘Clean and Safe Meat Campaign’ wherein, in […]


Why in news? The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities (PM’s New 15 PP) is an overarching programme covering various schemes/initiatives of the participating Ministries/Departments, and  is implemented throughout the country. Details The performance of schemes/initiatives of Ministries / Departments included in the PM’s New 15 PP, is evaluated by […]

PIB 12th April

Contents: BRO opens strategic Srinagar-Leh highway NRLM Self Help Group women emerge as community warriors About 85 lakh PMUY beneficiaries have got the LPG cylinder in April, 2020 BRO OPENS STRATEGIC SRINAGAR-LEH HIGHWAY Focus: GS-I Geography Why in news? Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened strategic Srinagar-Leh highway that connects Ladakh with the rest of the […]

Space Technology and Telescopes for UPSC Exam

What is Planet? Three conditions for a celestial object to be called a ‘planet’ – it must orbit the Sun it should be massive enough to acquire an approximately spherical shape it has to ‘clear its orbit’ i.e. be the object that exerts the maximum gravitational pull within its orbit ‘Dwarf planets’, on the other […]