August 1 to 15, 2017

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August 1 to 15, 2017: Other Short Questions & Answers

August 15, 2017

Why the Biofuels related work has been taken away from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and given to Oil Ministry? In a recent approval by the newly appointed President Ram Nath Kovind, the work related to biofuels has been shifted from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy...

Section 436-A of CRPC and Home Ministry Guidelines on Undertrials

August 12, 2017

What are the provisions of section 436A of the CrPC and home ministry’s guidelines regarding undertrials? Why these fail to alleviate the plight of undertrials? Section 436A was introduced in the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 vide an amendment in 2005. It provides for the maximum period for which an...

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Electric Propulsion (EP) Technology: Meaning, Features and ISRO’s Achivements

August 11, 2017

Electric Propulsion (EP) technology uses solar energy to convert it into electrical power to enhance the propulsive performances of the satellite system. ISRO has been working since long to develop the Electric Propulsion System. This system was first used by ISRO in 2017 as a technology demonstrator in GSAT- 9...

Short Note: Accrual Funds

August 11, 2017

Accrual funds may be described as debt mutual funds which aim at earning an income in the form of interest basically from the coupon that is offered for the securities held in the portfolio. They are in contrast to the duration funds which aim at earning a significant amount...

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Short Note: Over-The-Top Content

August 9, 2017

What is Over-the-top content? Which Channels are using it in India? What are Prasar Bharti plans on same? The content i.e. video, audio or any other media which can be access via internet anytime without anyone controlling and distributing the content {via various applications} is known as Over-the-top (OTT)...

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Short Note: Key Issues On Cruise Tourism In India

August 9, 2017

Government has identified 5 ports to boost cruise toursim in India. What is status, government policy and issues with Cruise tourism in India? In order to boost cruise tourism in India and increase cruise liner traffic from 158 to 955 vessels a year as well as increasing cruise tourists...

Short Note: EM3 Agri Services

August 9, 2017

What is EM3 Agri Services? What help it can give to farming? EM3 Agri Services is a start-up which aims for increasing agricultural productivity by using technology and mechanization for the farmers on the basis of Pay-For-Use. The farmers can rent farm equipment and services on Pay-For-Use basis which...

Short Note: Switzerland Finding India’s Data Security Law Adequate

August 9, 2017

What does it mean when Switzerland finds data security and confidentiality laws of India adequate for entering into an automatic exchange of information pact? What things would follow? Switzerland recently through a notification declared the finding that the security and confidentiality laws of India are adequate to enter into...

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China-ASEAN: Framework for Code of Conduct

August 9, 2017

What is the recent framework for crafting a code of conduct on South China Sea recently adopted by China and ASEAN? Does it have any relevance? South China Sea dispute is island and maritime claims among several sovereign states within the region, which includes Brunei, the People’s Republic of...

Short Note: Sharp Decline in Heat-related Deaths in Recent Times

August 9, 2017

What were the key reasons for sharp decline in the number of heat-related deaths? Unlike the past years, this year fortunately there has been a sharp decline in the rate of heat related deaths. All the credit for this goes to the various policies and proactive actions taken by...

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