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SMILE Scheme

• The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry is set to launch a scheme for rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging and for providing support to transgender persons. Key highlights: • The Ministry said it had formulated an umbrella scheme,…

James Webb Space Telescope

• NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was launched, opening a new era of astronomy. • The telescope is an international collaboration led by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies. Functions of JWST • Webb will gaze…

Magnetar

• An international group of researchers has succeeded in measuring for the first time the characteristics of a flare on a distant magnetar. • The team includes astronomers from Norway, Spain and the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES),…

Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle

• The first batch of next-generation Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicles (AERV), indigenously designed and developed by DRDO, and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited, was formally inducted into the Indian Army. About the vehicle • AERV is manufactured with more than…

Aircraft Carriers

• The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence said that having three aircraft carriers will considerably enhance combat capabilities of the Navy. • The country’s first IAC (IAC-I) Vikrant is currently undergoing sea trials and is scheduled to be commissioned next…

Chillai Kalan

• Kashmir’s 40-day harshest spell of winter, locally called ‘chillai kalan’, has started with the minimum temperature already sub-zero in the entire Valley. What is it? • Chillai Kalan is a Persian term that means ‘major cold’. • It is…

Faster Drying of Rubber

• The Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) under the Rubber Board has developed a method to dry sheet rubber in 24 hours in place of the traditional method that takes four to five days. The significance • Rubber plantations…

Fugitive economic offender

• Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Lok Sabha that banks have recovered ₹13,109.17 crore by selling the assets of fugitives like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. About: • Talking about the recovery of ₹13,109.17 crore from…

Election Laws Amendment Bill 2021

• The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to link electoral rolls to Aadhaar number has been listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha. About: • The Bill allows electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar numbers of applicants…

Sacrilege

• The debate about sacrilege in Sikhism — and what the appropriate punishment for such conduct is — has heated up again after some incidents in the past few years. About: • The lynching of a man Saturday for allegedly…

Mediation Bill

• The Centre will table the much awaited Mediation Bill in the Rajya Sabha. About: • The Bill provides for establishment of the Mediation Council of India and for community mediation. The Bill intends to institutionalise the process of mediation…