Archive For The “November-2017” Category

Bullet Trains – Does India really need them?

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Bullet Trains in India: In September 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of the ambitious bullet train project – connecting Mumbai with Ahmadabad. There are arguments for and against adopting bullet trains in India. Does India really need bullet trains? Let’s see. What are Bullet Trains? The Shinkansen…

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Is there a case for a relook at EVMs?

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The issue of credibility of EVMs has become quite complicated with different parties raising serious objections about the functioning of the machines. The controversy surrounding the electronic voting machine (EVM) tampering was reignited after the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party raised the issue with the Election Commission. Some leaders have gone to the extent…

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Unable to see the bamboo for the trees

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Centre promulgated Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance to encourage bamboo cultivation in non-forest areas. Centre to “de-regulate” bamboo production by amending the definition of “trees” under the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927. The ordinance exempts bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the definition of tree, thereby dispensing with the requirement of felling and transit permit for…

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Do you know what is “FASTag”

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  Answer: C FASTag is a simple to use, reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction. FASTag is linked to a prepaid account from which the applicable toll amount is deducted. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and…

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National Socialist Council of Nagaland

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  Answer: D The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (abbreviated NSCN) is a Greater Naga Revolutionist, Christian Naga nationalist insurgent group operating mainly in Northeast India, with minor activities in northwest Myanmar (Burma) until 2012.The main goal of the organisation is to establish a sovereign Naga state, “Nagalim”,which would consist of all the areas inhabited…

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICO)

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Answer: A An unregulated means by which funds are raised for a new cryptocurrency venture. An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is used by startups to bypass the rigorous and regulated capital-raising process required by venture capitalists or banks. In an ICO campaign, a percentage of the cryptocurrency is sold to early backers of the project…

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Balfour Declaration

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Answer: B The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. It read: His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will…

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Global Gender Gap index

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Answer: B The Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006 by the World Economic Forum. The 2016 report covers 144 major and emerging economies. The Global Gender Gap Index is an index designed to measure gender equality. The report’s Gender Gap Index ranks countries according to calculated gender gap between women and men…

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