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ThinkQ: Perspective On Current Affairs

Think Q, is a brainstorming program, which enables aspirants to get aware with the important daily Current Affairs topics. It will help to analyze current affairs in different perspectives.

Think Q - 21st September 2021
PM Modi participates in 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of SCO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently participated virtually in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture Project (MeghEA)

The Government launched the Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture Project (MeghEA) to improve governance and service delivery at grassroots level.

  • With this, Meghalaya became the first state to implement India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) Framework.
Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)

Leaders of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) met for a summit in the Tajik capital. The meeting held a day later by a gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

NARCL to acquire stressed assets of about Rs 2 lakh crore in phases

The government recently approved extending a guarantee of Rs 30,600 crore to the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) to help clear the banking sector’s stressed assets of around Rs 2 lakh crore in a time-bound manner.

WTO Agreement on Agriculture

Recently, while addressing the G-33 Virtual Informal Ministerial Meeting, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister pointed out the imbalances in the Agreement on Agriculture at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  • G-33 is a forum of 47 developing and least developed countries formed during the Cancun ministerial conference of the WTO, to protect the interest of the developing countries in agricultural trade negotiations.
Think Q - 20th September 2021
NSO releases the All India Debt & Investment Survey

The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation recently released the latest survey on All India Debt & Investment Survey conducted as a part of 77thround of National Sample Survey (NSS).

Cabinet approves major reforms in Telecom Sector

In a latest development, the Union Cabinet approved a number of structural and process reforms in the Telecom sector.

  • The objective behind these reforms is to protect and generate employment opportunities, promote healthy competition, protect interests of consumers, infuse liquidity, encourage investment and reduce regulatory burden on Telecom Service Providers (TSPs).
Trade and Development Report, 2021

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has recently released its flagship Trade and Development Report, 2021.

6th Edition of Exercise SCO Peaceful Mission 2021

The 6th edition of Exercise Peaceful Mission was recently hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of South West Russia.

Scientists try to turn edible plants into vaccines

University of California, Riverside scientists are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. If this new project is successful, plant-based mRNA vaccines, which can be eaten, would enable the vaccines to be stored at room temperature.

Think Q - 18th September 2021
Cluster Development Programme

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) recently handed over a commitment letter to Government of Assam of Rs. 350 crores under Cluster Development Fund.

Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs)

The Reserve Bank of India has recently issued Master Directions on Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 18 read with Section 10(2) of the Payment and Settlement Systems (PSS) Act, 2007.

Shoonya Campaign

Recently, NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and RMI India have launched the Shoonya Campaign.

Black Tigers

Recently, scientists have unraveled the mystery behind Odisha’s ‘Black Tigers’ in Similipal Tiger Reserve.

The team has found that the entire distinctive coloration in the black tigers is due to one mutation in the gene called Transmembrane Aminopeptidase Q or Taqpep.

SVAMITVA Scheme

Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development recently inaugurated a national meet on SVAMITVA Scheme: A Stepping-Stone towards Upliftment of Rural Economy at SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi. He also launched the dashboard for monitoring the implementation of the scheme.

Think Q - 17th September 2021
World Bank releases Groundswell Report

The World Bank recently released its updated Groundswell Report.

  • The updated report includes projections and analysis for three regions: East Asia and the Pacific, North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It builds on the novel and pioneering modeling approach of the previous World Bank Groundswell report from 2018, which covered Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Hindi Diwas

Hindi Diwas (14th September) was recently celebrated across the country to commemorate the adoption of Hindi as the official language of the country.

Lithium Triangle

With countries around the world scrambling to reduce emissions, rising global lithium demand and surging prices have drawn increased interest in the so-called ‘lithium triangle’ that spans parts of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.

National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA)

The National Financial Reporting Authority recently said that companies will be chosen for audit quality and financial reporting quality review based on the impact the entity has on the economy.

Forest Rights Act, 2006

The Jammu and Kashmir government has recently decided to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006, which will elevate the socio-economic status of a sizeable section of the 14 lakh population of tribals and nomadic communities, including Gujjar-Bakerwals and Gaddi-Sippis in the Union Territory.

Think Q - 16th September 2021
District Mineral Foundation

The Union Government has recently exempted 165 District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Trusts from Income Tax Payment as well as interest incurred by these DMFs.

  • The decision would result in more fund availability with the trust and ensure better implementation and outcome-oriented activities for the welfare of mining affected people.
National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), which will enhance India's capabilities to fight terror and crime through technology.

PUSA Decomposer

Terming the bio-decomposer technique (PUSA Decomposer) a success at curbing stubble burning in the Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently appealed to the Centre to ask the neighboring States to use the same to prevent pollution.

Government of Assam declares the entire State of Assam as "Disturbed Area"

The Government of Assam in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 has recently declared the entire State of Assam as "Disturbed Area" up to six months without mentioning any reason for its extension.

IPCC Report warns for reduction in Arctic Permafrost due to global warming

The latest IPCC report has recently warned that increasing global warming will result in reductions in Arctic permafrost and the thawing of the ground is expected to release greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.

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