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What is Astra missile?

July 2, 2020 6:28:34 pm

Indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile, Astra is designed to be mounted on a fighter aircraft and is also designed to engage and destroy highly manoeuvring supersonic aircraft.

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PM to launch Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan for returnee migrants on June 20; its key points

June 18, 2020 10:04:00 pm

The campaign Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan(GKRA)will be launched through a video-conference, from village Telihar in the district of Khagaria in Bihar on June 20.

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What is Dexamethasone?

June 17, 2020 6:59:10 am

Dexamethasone is "the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19". It is "inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide".

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What is ‘Obamagate’, the theory that Donald Trump is peddling

May 21, 2020 8:10:17 pm

"Obamagate" rightly takes its reference from Watergate, decidedly the biggest political scandal that ended Richard Nixon's presidency in 1974.

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What is cyclone Amphan?

May 15, 2020 6:22:02 pm

Cyclone Amphan alert: Heavy rainfall at isolated places is also likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 15 and 16. Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall with heavy falls at a few places on May 18.

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What is the ‘One Nation, One Ration card’ scheme?

May 14, 2020 8:07:27 pm

"By March 2021, 100 per cent coverage under 'One Nation One Ration Card' will be done," Sitharaman said in a media briefing.

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What is Hydroxychloroquine, the drug recommended by ICMR?

March 24, 2020 1:51:14 pm

Hydroxychloroquine has been recommended for prophylaxis in case of asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.

What is a curative petition?

January 7, 2020 5:26:50 pm

December 2012 gangrape case: After the mercy and review petitions were rejected, the counsel of the convicts is left with only one option - to file a curative petition in the top court.

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What is PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana?

January 3, 2020 9:08:16 am

To enroll for the scheme, farmers are required to approach the local revenue officer or PM-KISAN Nodal Officer who has been nominated by the state government.

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What is Human Rights Day?

December 10, 2019 9:36:29 am

Human Rights Day 2019: The theme for this year is 'Youth Standing Up for Human Rights', under which the UN aims to celebrate the potential of youth as agents of change, amplify their voices and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.

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What is Maha Vikas Aghadi?

November 27, 2019 1:38:47 pm

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was elected as nominee for Maharashtra Chief Minister's post, following which their leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and staked claim to form government of the "Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi".

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What are Electoral Bonds?

November 21, 2019 1:31:08 pm

The Finance Bill, 2017 introduced “Electoral bonds” as interest-free bearer instruments (like Promissory Notes) that will be available for purchase from the State Bank of India within a designated window of 10 days in every quarter of the financial year. 

What is Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA)

October 24, 2019 10:50:18 am

For the assembly elections in the state, the VBA fielded candidates in 243 out of 288 constituencies in the state, both to expand the organisational footprint and to make inroads in Western Maharashtra, where the BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP are poised for a big fight.

Explained: What is Plogging and where did it originate? 

October 12, 2019 6:57:18 pm

Started in Sweden by Erik Ahlström in 2016, plogging is an eco-friendly exercise through which people pick up trash while jogging or brisk walking as a way to clean up litter and also take care of their health.

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Impeachment in the US: How does it work?

September 25, 2019 8:46:44 am

The Senate has the "sole power to try all impeachments," meaning that it has the power to convict. When the president is tried, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over proceedings.

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What is the longest electrified tunnel built by Indian Railways for commodity transport?

September 16, 2019 6:20:04 pm

Longest Electrified Railway Tunnel in India: The single line, which was commissioned on June 25 this year, has significantly reduced the freight rate per rake for commodities such as coal, fertilizer, iron ore and limestone.

What is the Ramon Magsaysay Award

August 2, 2019 10:15:08 am

Started in 1957, the Magsaysay award celebrates the memory and leadership example of the former Philippine president and is given every year to individuals or organisations in Asia.

What is Australian Hay Fever?

July 28, 2019 9:06:11 pm

It usually occurs after the nose or eyes of a person comes in contact with environmental allergens, such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair. Pollens from grasses are also amongst the most common causes. 

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What is National Parents’ Day and when is it?

July 28, 2019 9:14:57 am

National Parents' Day is celebrated a month after Father's Day, observed in June, followed by Mother's Day, celebrated in May.  

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What is Article 356?

July 19, 2019 10:17:13 pm

Article 356 of the Constitution of India empowers the President to withdraw from the Union the executive and legislative powers of any state “if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”.

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