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World food price index rises for seventh straight month in Dec.

World food pricesApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: World food prices, as measured by the UN FAo's Food Price Index, rose for a seventh consecutive month in December. About: UN FAO Food Price Index The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was established in 1945 as a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in…


PM’s inaugural address at the National Metrology Conclave

National Metrology Conclave 2021Approx Read Time: 5 min In News: National Metrology Conclave 2021 Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently delivered the inaugural address at the National Metrology Conclave 2021.The Conclave was organised by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), on its 75th year of formation. The theme of the conclave is Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation.At the conclave, the PM dedicated the National Atomic Timescale and Bhartiya…


3.04 Crore New Connections provided under National Jal Jeevan Mission

National Jal Jeevan MissionApprox Read Time: 5 min National Jal Jeevan Mission In News: National Jal Jeevan Mission Over 3 crore rural households have been provided tap connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) since it started in 2019. News Summary: Jal Shakti Ministry's data shows that over 3 crore rural households have been provided tap connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) since it started in 2019.The Ministry  credited…


Jaishankar asks Lanka to fulfil hopes of Tamils

India - Sri lanka relationsApprox Read Time: 5 min India - Sri lanka relations In News: India - Sri lanka relations The Indian External Affairs Minister is visiting Sri Lanka for his first overseas visit of the year.Speaking to the media there, he talked about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment. News Summary: During his visit to Sri Lanka, his first…


India-Germany Leaders’ Video-Teleconference

India-Germany Video-conferenceApprox Read Time: 5 min India-Germany Video-conference In News: India-Germany Video-conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held a video-conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Highlights of the video-conference: The two leaders discussed key issues of mutual importance, including the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations.PM Modi appreciated the role of Chancellor Merkel in providing stable and strong leadership at the European and global…


Sex ratio up from 918 in 2014-15 to 934 in 2019-20

Improvement in Sex ratioApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: As per the ministry of women and child development (WCD), there has been an improvement in sex ratio at birth 934 girls per 1,000 boys in 2019-20. The WCD ministry issued the data to mark the National Girl Child Day on 24th of January. News Summary: As per the ministry of women and child development, there has been an improvement in sex…


India slips 6 spots to 86th rank on corruption index

Corruption Perception Index 2020Approx Read Time: 5 min In News: The Transparency International recently released the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2020. Corruption Perception Index: The index released annually by Transparency International, ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people.It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero signifies the highest level of corruption and 100 is very clean. Global highlights: Denmark and New Zealand topped the list with…


India proposes to expand research, tourism in the Arctic

Arctic PolicyApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: India has released a new draft Arctic policy titled ‘Roadmap for Sustainable Engagement’ that focuses on enhancing India’s engagement with the region.The implementation of the policy will involve all stakeholders including academia, research community, business and industry. Arctic: The Arctic is commonly understood to refer to the region above the Arctic Circle, north of latitude 66° 34’ N, which includes the Arctic Ocean with the North…