About Snakebite envenoming Snakebite envenoming is a potentially life-threatening disease that typically results from the injection of a mixture of different toxins (“venom”) following the bite of a venomous snake. Envenoming can also be caused by venom being sprayed into a person’s eyes by certain species of snakes that have the ability to spit venom … Continue reading About Snakebite envenoming
Approach Introduce with NPAsExplain various factors causing NPAs.Suggest way forward to deal with NPA Model Answer A non performing asset (NPA) is a loan or advance for which the principal or interest payment remained overdue for a period of 90 days. The higher is the amount of non-performing assets (NPAs), the weaker will be the … Continue reading What do you mean by Non-performing asset (NPA). Enumerate the major factors behind accumulation of non-performing assets in the Indian banking sector in recent years.
What is an e-cigarette? E-cigarette is a battery-powered device which vaporizes a liquid solution containing water, flavorings, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol. E-cigarette are also called electronics nicotine delivery system (ENDS) They are considered as a healthier smoking alternative as they do not contain carbon monoxide or tar. Arguments in favour of the ban … Continue reading What is an e-cigarette?
About Zika virus Zika belongs to a group of viruses called the flaviviruses, which includes dengue, West Nile and yellow fever. Zika virus infect and replicate inside the cells of several species, including humans, monkeys, and mosquitoes. History of Zika Zika was first isolated from a monkey in the Zika forest of Uganda in 1947. The … Continue reading About Zika virus
Headline : Personality: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Details : About Atal Bihari Vajpayee Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an Indian politician who thrice served as the Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, for a period of eleven months from 1998 to 1999, and then for a full term from 1999 to 2004. … Continue reading Personality: Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Basics: Black holes in theory General theory of relativity and Black holes Einstein completely revolutionized the idea of space and time in his general theory of relativity. Accordingly, space and time is not something that is static, monotonous and unchanging as imagined in Newtonian physics. The general theory of relativity describes gravity entirely in terms … Continue reading Basics: Black holes in theory
What is Piezoelectricity? ‘Piezo’ meaning to press or to squeeze. Piezoelectric property essentially is based on the interplay between mechanical and electrical features of a material. Bonds that keep materials together are electrons and these electrons are the basis for electricity. Therefore there exists a connection between material mechanics and material electronics. Changing one will impact the … Continue reading What is Piezoelectricity?
Telemedicine: A backgrounder The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Telemedicine as- The delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation and for the continuing education of … Continue reading Telemedicine: A backgrounder
In Focus: E-Courts in India The Indian judiciary comprises of nearly 15,000 courts situated in approximately 2,500 court complexes throughout the country.The e-Courts project was conceptualized on the basis of the “National Policy and Action Plan for Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Indian Judiciary – 2005”submitted by e-Committee, Supreme Court of India … Continue reading In Focus: E-Courts in India
About The National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC), 2016 The National Plan of Action for Children, 2016 is based on the principles embedded in the National Policy for Children 2013. It seeks to ensure convergence of ongoing programmes and initiation of new programmes so as to focus on pre-determined objectives through well-defined strategies and … Continue reading About The National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC), 2016
Headline : Explained: The 67 acres in Ayodhya Details : The news The central government is seeking to return “excess/superfluous land” from the 67.703 acres it acquired in Ayodhya in 1993 to the original owners. To this end, it has moved to the Supreme Court asking to allow the return of land. Background After the demolition of … Continue reading Explained: The 67 acres in Ayodhya
What are the differences between electric and hybrid vehicles? The key difference between hybrid and all-EVs is in the sources of fuel and locomotion available to them. Hybrid vehicle: Hybrid vehicles have two sources available to them— a battery that powers an electric motor and a fuel tank that powers a normal petrol engine. Once … Continue reading What are the differences between electric and hybrid vehicles?
Emerging Vitamin D defiency in India It used to be a routine in India to massage infants and then give them a sunbath. But changing lifestyles over the years have almost put an end to this practice and children now spend most of their time indoors. This has led to the emergence of vitamin D … Continue reading Emerging Vitamin D defiency in India
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In Focus: Protection of Children from Sexual OffencesPOSCO Act 2012: The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act or the POCSO Act was enacted in 2012 to provide a robust legal framework for the protection of children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interests of children at every stage of the … Continue reading In Focus: Protection of Children from Sexual OffencesPOSCO Act 2012
Headline : BASICS: Changes in Employee Provident Fund (EPF) Details : The Employee Provident Fund (EPF) is undergoing many changes. So will the changes enhance the utility of EPF or handicap subscribers? About Employees’ Provident Fund and Employees' Pension Scheme: EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952) and EPS (Employees' Pension Scheme 1995) are two different retirement … Continue reading BASICS: Changes in Employee Provident Fund (EPF)