20 Feb, 2021
62 Min Read
|GS-II||India – China Border disputes: Pangong Tso||International Relations|
|GS-III||Perseverance - NASA’s mission to Mars||S&T|
|The new Public Sector Enterprises Policy||Economic Issues|
|PT Pointer||India Energy Outlook Report 2021||Important reports|
|CPI-Agriculture Labour and CPI-Rural Labour||Economic Issues|
|Intensified Mission Indradhanush||Governance|
|Acute Encephalitis Syndrome||S&T|
|Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge||Governance|
|Sambhar Lake||Indian Geography|
|Declining Rainfall in Mawsynram||Biodiversity & Environment|
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The shadow of NASA’s Perseverance rover is seen on the surface of Mars as it lands on the planet. With this, NASA is set to become the first space agency to fly a drone in the atmosphere of another planet.
Perseverance- NASA’s mission to Mars
Why is this mission significant?
These are some of the key mission objectives:
Other NASA Missions
NASA's Artemis Lunar Programme
NASA's Parker Solar Probe
Helium Hydride ion (HeH+)
NASA has selected a new mission Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) to be launched in 2022
Under the New Policy:
Issues Related to Privatisation of PSEs
In order to improve the performance of inefficient units, the creation of a competitive market environment is absolutely essential.
Consumer Price Index
India uses 2012 as the base year for calculating CPI.
Every year the Universal Immunization Programme caters to the vaccination needs against 12 Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
Widely reported areas - Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, UP.
Selected cities - Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Erode, Agartala, Indore, Kakinada, Kochi, Ranchi, Salem, Trivandrum, Tiruppur, Ujjain, etc.
Extinction Rebellion Extinction Rebellion (XR) was launched in the United Kingdom in 2018, as a response to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that declared, We only have 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change and We have entered the 6th m
Juvenile Justice Bill, 2021 The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. As per the amendment, the district magistrates (DM) and additional district magistrates (ADM) will monitor the functioning of various agencies responsible for
Afghani Chadar to Ajmer Dargah Afghanistan President has sent the first ever sacred 'Chadar' to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah through its diplomatic mission in New Delhi. This Chadar was given during the 809th 'Urs (Death Anniversary) Mubarak' of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz, which is ongo
Delimitation Commission to Hold Delimitation Exercise in J&K Delimitation Commission holds a meeting to seek views on the delimitation process of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Delimitation Act, 2002 This Act was enacted to set up a Delimitation Commission for the pur
Majuli-Jorhat Bridge A 6.8 km-long two-lane major bridge is being constructed over the Brahmaputra between Majuli (north bank) and Jorhat (south bank) on NH-715K. This bridge will provide all-time access to the people living in Majuli town with rest of Assam to meet their health, education a
Data on Agriculture Contribution to GDP The share of agriculture in GDP increased to 19.9 per cent in 2020-21 from 17.8 per cent in 2019-20. -ECONOMIC SURVEY(ES). While COVID-induced lockdowns adversely affected the performance of the non-agricultural sectors, the agriculture sector came
Inflation- Its impact on the macroeconomic stability Introduction Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 4.06% in January, marking a deceleration for a second straight month to a 16-month low. Reasons in decline of retail inflation Bumper kharif crop: The Consumer Food Price Index r
Removal of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor Context Kiran Bedi’s ouster is a result of her failure to stick to her constitutionally mandated role The removal of Kiran Bedi as Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor has provided a sense of relief to the elected government, led b
UNEP Report on Environmental crises Introduction Three environmental crises — climate change; nature loss; and the pollution of air, soil and water — add up to a planetary emergency that will cause far more pain than COVID-19 in the long-term. UNEP Report In 2020, th
Circular Economy It is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste; and the continual use of resources. It is a system of resource utilization where reduction, reuse and recycling of elements prevail. Circular systems create a closed system, minimizing the use of resource input and the c
Greater Tipraland ‘Greater Tipraland’ has been a political demand on the lines of ‘Greater Nagalim’, and seeks to – in a democratic manner – cater to the aspirations of Tripuris in Mamit of Mizoram, Kachar and Hailakandi in Assam, and even in Khagrachari,
India’s road safety India’s Road Safety Month This year instead of "Road, Safety Week", a month-long campaign "National Road Safety Month" will be observed from 18th January 2021 to 17th February 2021. The theme of this year is, "Sadak Suraksha- Jeev
Tax on PF withdrawals Introduction The income tax law proposed in the Finance Bill, 2021, has triggered anxieties for the salaried class: withdrawing tax exemption on interest income accrued into Provident Fund accounts arising out of employee contributions exceeding 2.5 lakh ‘in a pr
The poor state of the Indian state The pillars needed for a strong state Strong states, according to political and social historians, are founded on three pillars. They are built with support from the people; They have a strong administrative machinery to provide stability and
Hitting the right notes with the health budget Introduction This article discusses the various allocations under the Union Budget 2021–22 towards the health sector. Context of packages Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan packages announce several short-term and longer-term measure
Indian Sign Language Dictionary Launched Prepared by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. To give deaf people the constitutional right to speech and opportunity of freedom of expression.
Liquidity Coverage Ratio Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) indicates the proportion of highly liquid assets held by banks to ensure their ability to meet short-term obligations. This ratio is essentially a generic stress test that aims to make sure that financial institutions possess suit
Production-Linked Incentive Scheme for the Telecom Sector Aim of the scheme: It will make India a global hub for manufacturing telecom equipment. It will create jobs and reduce imports, especially from China. The focus of the scheme: The scheme will offset the huge import of tel
India-Mauritius CECPA India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) will be the first trade Agreement to be signed by India with a country in Africa. This limited agreement will cover Trade in Goods and Services, Rules of Origin, Technical Barriers to T
e-Chhawani Portal It is an online multi-tenancy central platform. It aims to provide citizen-centric municipal services to the citizens across 62 Cantonment Boards. The residents of cantonment areas can register their complaints regarding civic issues and resolve them while sitting at home
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