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Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Explained: What is One China Policy, US’s delicate balancing act on the dispute between China and Taiwan?

May 24, 2022 7:42:56 am

'One China' is a longstanding US policy that forms the bedrock of its relationship with Beijing. Under the policy, the US snapped formal diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan, and established ties with the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Beijing in 1979.

1G to 5G and further: What changes with each ‘G’?

May 21, 2022 8:52:56 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country's first 5G testbed on May 17 and also set a target for India to roll out 6G services by the end of this decade.

Explained: What is VPN, now being targeted by the Govt? What should you know before using one?

May 20, 2022 2:34:37 pm

In a stark warning to virtual private network (VPN) service providers, the government Wednesday asked them to adhere to the cybersecurity rules released by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) or wrap up operations in the country.

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Explained: What are RFID tags that will be used to track Amarnath pilgrims?

May 19, 2022 10:32:44 am

Amarnath Yatra: The government has decided to track all pilgrims using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. What are RFIDs and how do they work?

Explained: What are urban heat islands, and why are they worsening during summers?

May 18, 2022 3:28:59 am

Several parts of the country are reeling under heat wave conditions. Cities, especially, are a lot hotter than rural areas. What is the reason for this? Is there any way to mitigate this?

Explained: What is PMAY-U? Who can avail it?

May 19, 2022 10:28:02 am

The Centre has committed Rs 2.01 lakh crore for the PMAY-U, of which Rs 1.18 lakh crore has been released and Rs 1.10 lakh crore has been spent.

Explained: What is INSACOG, India’s network of labs to sequence the genome of the Covid-19 coronavirus?

May 14, 2022 3:16:03 pm

INSACOG was established in December 2020 as a joint initiative of the Union Health Ministry of Health and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) (under the Ministry of Science and Technology).

Explained: What is FCRA, the law related to NGO funding which certain MHA officials are accused of violating?

May 11, 2022 1:53:04 pm

What must NGOs do to ensure they are granted FCRA clearance? On what bases are FCRA approvals withdrawn?

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Explained: What is the Rocket-Propelled Grenade, used in attack on Punjab Police Intelligence HQ in Mohali?

May 10, 2022 11:53:04 pm

The weapon recovered after the attack on the Punjab Police's Intelligence headquarters in Mohali was identified as a Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG). What exactly is an RPG, what are its origins, and what damage can it cause?

Explained: What is front running, which led Axis AMC to suspend 2 fund managers?

May 6, 2022 9:04:41 pm

Sebi has categorised front running as a form of market manipulation and insider trading.

Explained: Who are the anchors, the initial investors in an IPO?

May 3, 2022 5:18:51 pm

An anchor investor in an IPO is a qualified institutional buyer (QIB) like a foreign portfolio investor or mutual fund or insurance company which invests before the IPO is made available to the public as per Sebi regulations.

Explained: What is Section 144 CrPC, imposed in Roorkee to restrict a Hindu religious gathering?

April 27, 2022 12:28:24 pm

Section 144 of the CrPC: This colonial-era law, which has been retained in the Code, empowers a district magistrate, a sub-divisional magistrate, or any other executive magistrate empowered by the state government, to issue orders to prevent and address urgent cases of apprehended danger or nuisance.

Explained: What is Paxlovid, strongly recommended by WHO as the best therapeutic choice for high-risk Covid-19 patients?

April 27, 2022 7:52:20 am

Paxlovid consists of nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged for oral use. It was given emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the USFDA in December last year

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Earth Day 2022: Annual reminder on environment to live a more sustainable life

April 23, 2022 8:09:33 am

World Earth Day 2022: Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970. It was first observed in the United States, when people took to the streets to protest against the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, which killed thousands of sea birds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions.

Explained: What are SPACs for which a regulatory framework may be in the works?

April 23, 2022 12:20:42 pm

The concept of SPAC has existed for nearly a decade now, and several investors and company promoters have used this route to take their investments public. The vehicle gained momentum in 2020, which was a record year for SPAC deals; this record was broken in 2021.

Explained: What are Digital Banking Units, and what services will they provide?

April 20, 2022 1:13:29 pm

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated her Budget announcement on setting up 75 digital banking units in 75 districts of the country this year. What are DBUs, and who will set them up?

Explained: The history, politics and economy of East Timor as it goes to polls

April 19, 2022 10:57:42 am

East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, holds the second and final round of its presidential election on Tuesday. Here's a look at the country's history, politics, economy and geography.

Explained: What are the Invictus Games, patronised by Britain’s Prince Harry?

April 18, 2022 1:18:19 pm

The Invictus Games are an international sporting competition similar to the Paralympics, but meant for wounded, injured, and sick military service personnel and war veterans.

Explained: Why is the Black Sea crucial to Russia, and the loss of ‘Moskva’ a significant blow?

April 30, 2022 11:17:34 pm

The sinking of the warship Moskva, the 600-foot, 12,500-tonne flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet — whether due to a Ukrainian missile strike or, as Russia claims, a fire on board — is a serious setback for Russia.

Explained: What is the ‘Long Period Average’, IMD’s benchmark for monsoon prediction?

April 15, 2022 11:34:20 am

The IMD's prediction of a normal monsoon on Thursday was based on the LPA of the 1971-2020 period, during which India received 87 cm of rain for the entire country on average

Explained: What is colour blindness, and can you get it later in life?

April 13, 2022 11:28:58 pm

Colour blindness, also known as colour deficiency, is the inability to see colours in the normal way. Colour blind individuals often cannot distinguish between certain colours — usually greens and reds, and sometimes blues as well.

Explained: What is the ‘2+2’ format of dialogue between India and US?

April 18, 2022 11:49:34 am

Over the years, the strategic bilateral relationship with its partners, including the dialogues held in the 2+2 format, have produced tangible and far-reaching results for India.

Explained: Chinaman, the rare art of left-arm wrist spin

April 13, 2022 12:55:42 pm

They are a rare tribe, but when they come, often once in a generation, they make heads turn, like Kuldeep Yadav.

Explained: What is SDF, the RBI’s new tool to absorb excess liquidity to control inflation?

April 8, 2022 1:58:46 pm

The main purpose of SDF is to reduce the excess liquidity of Rs 8.5 lakh crore in the system, and control inflation.

Explained: What is the UN Human Rights Council, whose membership Russia may lose after the Bucha massacre?

April 7, 2022 2:27:38 pm

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, which is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world.