Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 14 June 2021

Contents Innovations for Defence Excellence challenge PRABANDH portal to track out-of-school children EnVision mission to Venus MSP hiked for mandated Kharif Crops Rare earth metals at the heart of China-U.S. rivalry Innovations for Defence Excellence challenge Context: Defence Minister has approved the budgetary support of Rs. 500 crore to Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) challenge […]

Rare earth metals at the heart of China-U.S. rivalry

Context: At a time of frequent geopolitical friction among the three powers of China, U.S. and Europe – U.S. and Europe want to avoid this scenario by investing in the market for 17 minerals with unique properties that today are largely extracted and refined in China. Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Distribution of Key Natural Resources, Mineral […]

MSP hiked for mandated Kharif Crops

Context: In a bid to encourage crop diversification, the Central Government has hiked the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Paddy, Pulses and Oilseeds (for all mandated Kharif Crops). Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Agriculture Pricing), GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: What is Minimum Support Price (MSP)? Why is there a need for MSP? […]

EnVision mission to Venus

Context: Following NASA’s footsteps, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it has selected EnVision as its next orbiter that will visit Venus sometime in the 2030s. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology (Space Technology) Dimensions of the Article: About Venus Difference between Earth and Venus What is EnVision? Why are scientists interested in studying […]

PRABANDH portal to track out-of-school children

Context: The Ministry of Education launched an online module to compile data on out-of-school children. To track down such children, the ministry has developed an online module for compiling the data of out-of-school children identified by each state/UT and their mapping with special training centres (STC) on the PRABANDH portal. Relevance: Prelims, GS-II: Social Justice […]

Innovations for Defence Excellence challenge

Context: Defence Minister has approved the budgetary support of Rs. 500 crore to Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) challenge under the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) for the next five years. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Internal Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) Other Related Initiatives: Defence India […]

PIB 14th June 2021

G7 SUMMIT Focus: GS II- International groupings Why in news? Prime Minister participated in the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit. The session, titled ‘Building Back Stronger – Health’, focused on global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on strengthening resilience against future pandemics.  Group of Seven (G7) The Group of Seven (G7) is […]