PIB – 28 August 2021

  Qsim Focus: GS III- Science and technology Why in News? Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, launched QSim – Quantum Computer Simulator Toolkit, to enable Researchers and Students to carryout research in Quantum Computing in a cost effective manner. About Qsim: QSimis an outcome of the project “Design and Development of Quantum […]

Covering the gaps in the game of data

Context: There have been various instances in 2020-21 where government has faced the heat of having no data on many important issues such as migrant labourers, workers in the unorganised sector, poverty data, etc. World Bank’s 2020 poverty report highlights how absence of poverty data in India — junked by the government in 2019 — makes […]

It’s time for Industry 4.0

Context: Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. There is an increased importance in exploring how the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies can make MSMEs more efficient and competitive. Relevance: GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure (Industrial Growth, Industrial Revolution), GS-III: Indian […]

Climate Crisis is a Child Rights Crisis report: UNICEF

Context: Recently, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Fridays for Future launched a report named ‘The Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index’. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Degradation and its Impact, Environmental Impact Assessment), GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Children) Dimensions of the […]

Report by ADB on businesses in Asia and the Pacific 2021

Context: A report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), titled Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2021 demonstrated that the region made substantial progress in the last two decades with respect to several development targets. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Employment, Human Resource, Important International Institutions) Dimensions of the Article: Highlights of the ADB report […]

Maldives signs largest-ever infrastructure project with AFCONS

Context: The contract for the largest-ever infrastructure project – The Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP) – in the Maldives was signed recently involving AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd.  Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (India’s Neighbours, India’s Foreign Policies), Prelims Dimensions of the Article: About the Greater Malé Connectivity Project India–Maldives relations About the Greater Malé Connectivity Project The […]

Fukushima nuclear water to be released via undersea tunnel

Context: The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said that there are plans to build an undersea tunnel so that massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water can be released into the ocean about 1 km away from the plant to avoid interference with local fishing. Relevance: GS-III: Science and Technology, GS-III: […]

FM launches EASE 4.0, reviews performance of PSBs

Context: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertook the annual performance review of the public sector banks (PSBs) and launched the EASE 4.0 or Enhanced Access and Service Excellence – a common reform agenda for PSBs aimed at institutionalising clean and smart banking. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Banking Sector) Dimensions of the Article: What is Enhanced Access […]