National Supercomputing Mission

About: The Mission envisages empowering our national academic and R&D institutions spread over the country by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities.  The Mission would be implemented and steered jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). Objective: To

PRADHAN MANTRI GRAMIN DIGITAL SAKSHARTA ABHIYAN (PMGDISHA)

About: The scheme aims to empower the rural citizens with information, knowledge and skills and enable them actively participate in governance The implementation of the Scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with States/UTs through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS),

UN Adaptation Gap Report

The United Nations Adaptation Gap Report, 2020 was recently released by the UNEP. UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has managed the production of UN Environment’s Adaptation Gap Report series since its first edition in 2014. The aim of the reports is to inform national and international efforts to advance climate change adaptation. Adaptation Cost includes costs

India’s Potential to Increase Cereals Export

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has noted in its latest Grain: World Markets and Trade report that exports of wheat and rice from India are likely to increase. Key points Findings: Increase in Wheat Exports: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently upped its forecast of Indian wheat exports for 2020-21 (July-June) to 1.8 million tonnes (mt), as against its earlier estimate of 1 mt. Increase

Henley Passport Index 2021

India has been ranked 85th in the most powerful passport report ‘Henley Passport Index 2021’. Key Points About the Index: The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. Originally created by Dr. Christian H. Kaelin (chairman of Henley & Partners), the ranking is based on exclusive data

Nagi-Nakti Bird Sanctuaries

Recently, Bihar’s first state-level bird festival ‘Kalrav’ started at the Nagi-Nakti bird sanctuaries in the Jamui district, Bihar. It is a 3-day event and is expected to draw experts and bird lovers from all over the country. Key Points About: The Nagi Dam and Nakti Dam are two sanctuaries so close to each other that they can be taken as one bird area.

UAV Procurement by Indian Army

The Indian Army has signed a contract to buy high-altitude drones from ideaForge for USD 20 million. ideaForge is a start-up founded and incubated by the alumni of Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B). The contract is for a high-altitude variant of SWITCH UAV, an indigenous system used in surveillance operations. Key Points Significance of the Contract: It marks a strategic shift of focusing on

Kashmir Debate in UK’s Parliament

Recently, India has expressed its concern over a debate on Kashmir in the Houses of Parliament complex in London. Earlier in october 2020 a delegation of European Union Members of Parliament (MEPs), comprising 27 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from Italy, Britain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland, visited Srinagar, nearly three months after the revocation of Article 370.

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