Russia: Minimal chance of extending last major nuclear pact with US

New START treatyApprox Read Time: 3 min New START treaty In News: Russia has noted that there are minimal chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - their last major nuclear arms pact - as it does not accept conditions set out by the US.The New START treaty, which limits the number of US and Russian nuclear warheads , was signed by the U.S. and Russian Presidents in Prague in 2010.The…

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What is Solar Cycle 25, recently announced by NASA and NOAA scientists?

Solar Cycle 25Approx Read Time: 4 min In News: Scientists from NASA have announced their predictions about the new solar cycle, called Solar Cycle 25, which they believe has begun. News Summary: The Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, an international group of experts co-sponsored by NASA, announced that solar minimum occurred in December 2019, marking the start of a new solar cycle.Because our Sun is so variable, it can take months after the fact…

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Singapore Convention on Mediation comes into force

Singapore ConventionApprox Read Time: 3 min Singapore Convention In News: The Singapore Convention on Mediation came into force on 12th September, which marks a significant development in international commercial dispute resolution through mediation. News Summary: The Singapore Convention on Mediation has come into force. Impact: Businesses in India and around the world will now have greater certainty in resolving cross-border disputes through mediation.Thus, the Convention significantly strengthens the international dispute resolution enforcement framework.The simplified enforcement…

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Covid may leave 100m women in extreme poverty by 2021: UN

UN Women ReportApprox Read Time: 3 min UN Women Report In News: UN Women recently released a report - “From Insights to Action: Gender Equality in the wake of COVID-19”.The report is based on a sample of 129 countries and areas accounting for 89% of the global population, where extreme poverty is most applicable. Highlights of the report: The projections show that while the pandemic will impact global poverty, generally, women…

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PM launches Matsya Sampada Yojana, says scheme will double fish exports in 3-4 years

Matsya Sampada YojanaApprox Read Time: 3 min Matsya Sampada Yojana In News: The Prime Minister has launched the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) which aims to double fish exports in three-four years.The scheme was launched via video-conference in 21 states across the country.Under the scheme, several facilities have been inaugurated in Patna, Purnia, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Kishanganj and Samastipur. About: Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) PMMSY is a flagship scheme for focused and sustainable…

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Editorial Analysis: What will drive India’s next economic transformation

Economic TransformationApprox Read Time: 4 min Economic Transformation Global supply chains are being reworked: The covid pandemic has disrupted the global supply chains, and highlighted the issues with it, including dependencies on one or few countries for some links in the chain.Governments across the world are encouraging countries to shift their manufacturing out of China. India must position itself to benefit through export orientation: Economic Transformation With the global supply…

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SC stays Maratha quota, refers case to Constitution benches

Maratha QuotaApprox Read Time: 3 min Maratha Quota In News: The Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of reservation for Maratha community in government jobs and admissions to educational institutions in Maharashtra. News Summary: Petitioners reached the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order which upheld the constitutional validity of the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018.The petitioners argued that the quota would breach…

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68% of biodiversity lost in 5 decades: Report

Living Planet ReportApprox Read Time: 4 min Living Planet Report In News: The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently released the Living Planet Report 2020. About the Living Planet Report: The Living Planet Report is based on a Living Planet Index (LPI) and has been published every two years by WWF since 1998.The Living Planet Index (LPI) is a measure of the state of the world's biological diversity based on population trends of species from…

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