20 Mar, 2021
42 Min Read
|PT Pointer||Mission Innovation||Government policies and interventions|
|Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups||Governance|
|MPLAD Scheme Funds for 2019-20||Governance|
|EU Joins Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Initiative||International Relations|
|SC Hearing Issue of Electoral Bonds||Governance|
|Ecuador’s Sangay Volcano Eruption||Physical Geography|
|Important GS Topics||Mines and Minerals of India||Indian Geography|
As of March 2021, India has 75 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups across 18 states and the Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)
Characteristics of PVTGs:
Schemes for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups
Also, priority is assigned to PVTGs under the schemes of
The Finance Minister has said that the funds under the MPLAD scheme for 2019-20 are clear.
About MPLADs Scheme:
Key Features of MPLAD Scheme:
The 27-member European Union joins the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) initiative.
About Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Initiative:
The Supreme Court agrees to hear a plea to stay the fresh sale of Electoral Bonds. The hearing of the case is set before the upcoming state assembly elections.
What are Electoral Bonds?
Key Features of Electoral Bonds:
Arguments against Electoral Bonds:
Ecuador’s Sangay volcano erupted and blew clouds of ash as high as 8,500 meters into the sky.
About Sangay Volcano:
Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957
MMDRA (Amendment) Act, 2015
DMF (District Mineral Foundation), 2015
PM Khanij Kshetriya Kalyan Yojana, 2015
National Mineral Exploration Trust (NMET), 2004
Difference from DMF:
Mining Surveillance System
Mining Tenetment System (MTS): For accounting of all minerals.
Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021
The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 15, 2021. The Bill amends the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. The Act regulates the mining sector in India.
Brahmos is the first supersonic cruise missile to enter service.Capable of attaining a speed ofMach 2.8 (almost three times thespeed of sound), it has a range of atleast 290 km (a new version canreach up to 400km). Travelling with such velocitymeans that it would be difficult forair defence sys
Trade between India and USA I-USA Bilateral trade in goods and services desired goal is $500 billion. In the five years to 2019, bilateral trade grew at an aCAGR of 7.7% per year to $146 billion. If the same rate of gro
Pallid state of reservation in some of India’s elite institutions. Some of the striking data show 62% unfilled vacancies for SC in the IIMs and 90% for OBC in the IISc, while vacant positions are on average about 38% to 52%, taking Central Universities, IISERs, IIT (non-faculty)
Data on Artificial Intelligence AI has helped increase crop yields, raised business productivity, improved access to credit and made cancer detection faster and more precise. It could contribute more than $15 trillion to the w
Interlinking of River Projects The project of inter-linking of rivers was first proposed in the 1970s. The National Perspective Plan (NPP) was prepared by the then Ministry of Irrigation (now Ministry of Jal Shakti) in August 1980 for water resources development through inter basin transfer
Aadhar issues Supreme Court judgement on Aadhar The Court’s judgment in 2018, upheld the Aadhaar programme as a reasonable restriction on individual privacy (Article 21) to fulfil welfare requirements and dignity. Issues with Aadhar Inefficiencies in biometric authenticatio
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USA and the West Asian policy Recent issues between U.S and West Asia On February 25, the U.S. bombed facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria, in retaliation for a rocket attack at an American base in Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan, earlier in the month, allegedly by pro
Stop TB Partnership Board Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare appointed as the Chairman of the Stop TB Partnership Board. The Minister will serve a 3-year term/ About Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB Partnership was established in the Year 2000. Its aim is to eliminate tuberculosi
Joint Rivers Commission framework India-Bangladesh Water Resources Secretary-level meeting held under the Joint Rivers Commission framework. Key Takeaways: India and Bangladesh share 54 common rivers. Hence, both the countries agreed to expand cooperation on water resources-related i
India State of Forest Report, 2019 ISFR is an assessment of the country’s forest resources every two years by the Forest Survey of India. Starting in 1987, ISFR 2019 is the 16th report. Salient findings The key findings of the ISFR 2019 are as follows:
BrahMos missile-Export potential Introduction India and the Philippines signed the “Implementing Arrangement” for “procurement of defence material and equipment procurement”. This agreement lays the groundwork for sales of defence systems such as the highly antici
World Air Quality Report, 2020 IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company released a report titled “World Air Quality Report, 2020”. About World Air Quality Report: World Air Quality is an annual report. The report is based on PM2.5 data. It is from 106 countries ba
Democracy- Background, major pillars and Indices Power vs. Legitimacy Throughout history, the vast majority of governments that have ever existed have enjoyed essentially unfettered power over their subjects. Some rulers have been more enlightened and benign than others and grasped the i
Proposal for Setting up of “Development Finance Institution Approved The Union Cabinet approved a bill to set up a Development Finance Institution(DFI). It will be called National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development (NaBFID). About National Bank for Financing Infrastructure
Rule Curve of a Dam The Supreme Court ordered the Tamil Nadu govt. to give information on the ‘rule curve’ for the Mullaperiyar dam. What is Rule Curve? The ‘rule curve’ in a dam decides the fluctuating storage levels in a reservoir. The gate opening sched
Seabuckthorn Plantations in Himachal Pradesh The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to start Sea Buckthorn Plantation in the cold desert areas. About Sea buckthorn: It is a shrub that produces an orange-yellow coloured edible berry. It is found above the tree line in the Hima
Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019 According to an RTI, older Indian Institutes of Management(IIMs) are lagging behind the newer IIMs in enforcing the quota rule. Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act,2019:
Inflation targeting in India Introduction As the term of the original agreement (Urjit Patel Committee) between the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on inflation targeting ends on March 31, evaluations of this aspect of monetary policy have begun to emerge in the public domain.
Privatisation of Public Sector Banks Are private banks more efficient than PSB? In the recent Budget session, the Union government announced its intent to privatise Public Sector Banks (PSBs). While improving efficiency has been cited as the reason for this move, it is not clear whether
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