Archive For February 12, 2018

Pure white light from Zinc [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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Now, pure white light can be produced using zinc, which is usually used to protect iron from rusting and in making brass. The most commonly used method of producing white light is by mixing three primary colour–emitting phosphors in a proportionate composition. The existing methods of white-light production are energy-intensive and involve a long process….

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Reasons for same-sex behavior in Pigeons [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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It’s all about making the best of a bad job: if there is a paucity of males, female rock pigeons can form long-lasting, same-sex relationships to bring up their chicks, find scientists. Such female pairs fare no differently than female–male pairs, and better than single females, in bringing up their brood. Numerous records of same-sex…

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Immigration in Biology [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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Researchers at Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have identified a potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease. The biomarker shows up very early in the disease process and well before clinical and even pathological manifestation of the disease. They also found that it is possible to reverse the disease process if identified early. Loss of dendritic…

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UIDAI on Aadhaar benefits [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI said that no essential service or benefit can be denied for want of the biometric national ID. In a statement, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked Government Departments and State administrations “to ensure that no essential service or benefit shall be denied to a genuine beneficiary for the want of…

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Rs.1269 crore to AP for projects: Center [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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The Centre has released a sum of Rs. 1,269 crore to Andhra Pradesh under different heads in the past few days. amid a strain in ties between the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and its ally, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), over allocation given to the State in the Union Budget. The gross grant included Rs….

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Unbroken and Unwavering support to Palestine: Modi [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 11 February 2018]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said support for the Palestinian cause is a continuing thread in India’s foreign policy and hoped for an early realisation of a “sovereign, independent Palestine living in a peaceful environment”. India’s support for Palestine is “unbroken and unwavering. That’s why I am here, in Ramallah,” Mr. Modi said at the administrative…

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YES Bank-Ficci Report [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 10 February 2018]

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To encourage long-term growth of start-ups in the food sector, the government could consider exempting incubators from taxes and customs duty levied on the goods they import. This is according to a joint report by industry body Ficci and YES Bank. Incubators offer hand-holding to start-ups in their developmental phase. The report titled ‘Start-Ups: Transforming…

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19.3% increase in DT by Jan2018 [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 10 February 2018]

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Net direct tax collections up to January 2018 grew 19.3% to Rs. 6.95 lakh crore compared with the same period of the previous financial year, according to official data released . The net direct tax collections represent 69.2% of the Revised Estimates of direct taxes for FY 2017-18 [Rs. 10.05 lakh crore]. Gross collections (before…

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MALDIVES-INDIA-CHINA-U.S [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 10 February 2018]

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With the emergency in the Maldives still in place and worries about a constitutional crisis, New Delhi is in touch with both Washington and Beijing over the situation, officials confirmed. U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the telephone to discuss the upcoming 2+2 ministerial- level meeting in Delhi, when the…

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SC seeks help from AG on Live streaming Court sessions [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 10 February 2018]

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The Supreme Court asked for the assistance of the Attorney-General on a plea to live-stream proceedings of the Constitution Bench in nationally important cases. Those on Aadhaar and decriminalisation of gay sex, in the Supreme Court. A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decided to seek K.K. Venugopal’s opinion on a…

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