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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…


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…


What is bird flu, and how severe is the latest outbreak in India?

What is bird flu?Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: Recently, thousands of birds were found dead in various parts of the country.Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan have confirmed that bird flu (avian influenza) is the cause of death of these birds and several other states, including Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, have given alerts on the disease. Classification of Influenza: The influenza virus, which causes illness, is classified by WHO into four…


Extra Bytes: Why lightning still kills so many Indians?

Why lightning still kills so many IndiansApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: Why lightning still kills so many Indians As per a report published recently, lightning strikes have caused 1,771 deaths in India from April, 2019 to March, 2020. News Summary: Why lightning still kills so many Indians A report on lightning in India in 2019-2020 was prepared by Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC), a non-profit organization.To prepare…


Singapore’s hawkers gets recognised by UNESCO

Intangible Cultural HeritageApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: Singapore’s street hawker food culture has been designated as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the UNESCO.Hawker culture refers to the community of vendors who cook and sell meals in the 114 hawker centres across Singapore. News Summary: Singapore’s street hawker food culture, one of its most popular attractions, has been designated as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the UNESCO.The award took place at a virtual…


Cairn wins arbitration ruling against India in tax dispute

The Permanent Court of ArbitrationApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has ruled that the Indian government was wrong in applying retrospective tax on Cairn Energy Plc.This is the second ruling against the Indian government at international tribunals over the retrospective tax issue in three months.In September, 2020, a separate international arbitration tribunal had ruled against India’s decision to levy (impose) retrospective taxes on…


New Parliament building will reflect India’s aspirations: Modi

New Parliament buildingApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: The Indian Prime Minister held the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Parliament building.The old building, which was built nearly 100 years ago, will be turned into a museum. New Parliament building Significance of the new building: The Prime Minister said the new building would channel and reflect the aspirations of 21st century India.He noted that the Indian Constitution was framed and adopted in…