Science & Technology

IASGateAdmin | 05, Dec 2019

Prelim Snippets 05-12-2019

1.India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre Why in News? India and Sweden sign Memorandum for India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre. Highlights: The India-Sweden…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Dec 2019

Prelim Snippets 02-12-2019

1.Hornbill Festival Why in News? The 20th Edition of Hornbill Festival began at Naga Heritage Kisama in Nagaland recently. About:…

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IASGateAdmin | 29, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 29-11-2019

1.NATO Why in News? The U.S. is about to cut its contribution to NATO’s operating budget and Germany is increasing…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 28-11-2019

Trachischium Apteii Why in News? A New Snake Species named ‘Trachischium apteii’ was recently discovered for the first time in…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Nov 2019

QUANTUM COMPUTING

Why in News? Recently quantum processor of Google solved a problem in just 3 minutes. About: It describes the point…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Nov 2019

SPACE INTERNET

Why in News? The SpaceX, the world’s leading private company in space technology, last week fired a spray of 60…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 21-11-2019

1.Cartosat-3 Why in News? ISRO has announced that Cartosat-3 will be flown on the PSLV-C47 vehicle, subject to weather conditions.…

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IASGateAdmin | 19, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 19-11-2019

1.Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Why in News? Victoria Memorial Hall will host an exhibition on the worst blot of the British…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 15-11-2019

1.K4 Missile Why in News? India to test-fire 3,500 km range K-4 nuclear missile developed by DRDO for Arihant Class…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Nov 2019

INDIA IS HOME TO…

Why in News? The Ninth Edition of the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas was released on the occasion of…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 14-11-2019

1.CPI Inflation Why in News? Retail inflation rose to a sixteen-month high of 4.62 per cent in October due to…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Nov 2019

PARLIAMENTARY PANEL EXPRESSES CONCERN…

Why in News? The committee was constituted to examine an expanded role for the Department of Atomic Energy, through the…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Nov 2019

PNEUMONIA AND DIARRHOEA IN…

Why in News? The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) has recently released ‘The 10th Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report’ at…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Nov 2019

CLOUD SEEDING TECHNOLOGY

Why in News? Haryana Dy. CM has written to PM Modi, requesting him to “undertake cloud seeding plan to combat…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Nov 2019

CHINA PROPOSES TO TREAT…

Why in News? The recent announcement of China that a new drug meant to potentially treat Alzheimer’s disease, will be available to…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 07-11-2019

1.Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation. (PRAGATI) Why in News? Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently chaired the 31st interaction through PRAGATI…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 05-11-2019

1.Gaofen-7 Why in News? China has launched a new Earth observation satellite- Gaofen-7. About: China launched a new high-resolution remote…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 04-11-2019

1.Glyphosate Why in News? German pharma company Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits over one of its products. A Reuters report said…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Nov 2019

Prelim Snippets 02-11-2019

1.Mitochondrial DNA Why in News? A recent paper in the prestigious journal Nature claims to show that modern humans originated…

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IASGateAdmin | 23, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 23-10-2019

1.HunarHaat Why in News? Minister for Minority Affairs has decided to organise about 100 ‘HunarHaat’ in the next five years…

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IASGateAdmin | 23, Oct 2019

TECHSAGAR

Context: National Cyber Security Coordinator’s office in partnership with Data Security Council of India (DSCI) has launched national repository of…

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IASGateAdmin | 22, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 22-10-2019

1.National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) Why in News? National Tiger Conservation Authority has red-flagged Madhya Pradesh government's move to increase…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Oct 2019

ASBESTOS IN BABY POWDER

What to Study? Johnson & Johnson is recalling one lot of its Johnson’s Baby Powder after tiny amounts of asbestos…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 21-10-2019

1.Plethora 2 (PLT 2) Why in News? Researchers from IISER have discovered a protein that regenerates primary and lateral roots…

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IASGateAdmin | 18, Oct 2019

MALARIA PARASITE JUMPED FROM…

Why in News? Experts have found that African great apes were the original host to the parasite Plasmodium falciparum –…

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IASGateAdmin | 17, Oct 2019

NPL SYNTHESISES NOVEL SECURITY…

Why in News? National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) has recently synthesised a novel security ink that emits intense red colour when…

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IASGateAdmin | 16, Oct 2019

INDIAN COUNCIL OF AGRICULTURAL…

Why in News? Two diagnostic kits developed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI)…

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IASGateAdmin | 16, Oct 2019

HOW OXYGEN LEVELS AFFECT…

Why in News? The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists, William G. Kaelin Jr. from…

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IASGateAdmin | 16, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 16-10-2019

1.Booker Prize Why in News? The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and Girl, Woman, Other byBernardine Evaristo have jointly won this…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 15-10-2019

1.LOTUS-HR Why in News? India and Netherlands launched the second phase of the LOTUS-HR in Delhi. LOTUS-HR: The project was…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Oct 2019

GOLDEN RATIO

Why in News? The golden ratio can be defined in terms of a line, divided into two unequal segments in…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Oct 2019

ELASTOCALORIC EFFECT

Why in News? When rubbers bands are twisted and untwisted, it produces a cooling effect. This is called the “elastocaloric”…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Oct 2019

IONOSPHERIC CONNECTION EXPLORER

Why in News? NASA has launched a satellite to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. Ionospheric Connection…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Oct 2019

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS

Why in News? Rattled by the high number of children dying due to acute encephalitis syndrome, the Union Health ministry…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Oct 2019

A NEW TECHNIQUE TO…

Why in News? Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, have developed a new method that promises to protect…

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IASGateAdmin | 10, Oct 2019

NOBEL PRIZE 2019 FOR…

Why in News? The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been announced and the awardees were as John B Goodenough,…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Oct 2019

GEOTAIL

Why in News? Recently on board with Chandrayaan-2 mission, an instrument called CLASS, designed to detect signatures of elements in…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Oct 2019

NOBEL PRIZE

Why in News? The Nobel Foundation has recently started announcing the winners of “Nobel Prize” in various fields and winners…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Oct 2019

MOSAIC MISSION

Why in News? A native of Kerala, the 32-year-old polar researcher will be the only Indian among 300 scientists from…

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IASGateAdmin | 06, Oct 2019

PLANET NINE

Why in News? Hidden in the outer Solar System lurks a presence, believed to be a gigantic planet orbiting the…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 05-10-2019

1.Goa Maritime Conclave Why in News? The Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)-2019 was inaugurated by the National Security Advisor,Ajit Kumar Doval,…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Oct 2019

CHANDRAYAAN-2’S ORBITER CLASS DETECTS…

Why in News? Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that Chandrayaan2’s Orbiter payload CLASS has detected charged particles on…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Oct 2019

ELEPHANT ENDOTHELIOTROPIC HERPESVIRUS

Why in News? Since the middle of August, a rare disease has killed five elephants in Odisha. The disease is…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 03-10-2019

1.Vayoshreshtha Samman Award Why in News? President of India conferred the “Vayoshreshtha Samman-2019” on the eminent senior citizens and institutions…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Oct 2019

MONSOON MISSION COUPLED FORECAST…

Why in News? The new monsoon model, called the Coupled Forecast Model (CFS), deployed by the IMD under the National…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Oct 2019

THE GANDHIAN CHALLENGE

Why in News? On the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, AIM, NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF…

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IASGateAdmin | 01, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 01-10-2019

1.International Astronomical Union (IAU) Why in News? The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an asteroid, discovered in 2006, after…

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IASGateAdmin | 30, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 30-09-2019

1.GALO Why in News? Members of the Galo community in Arunachal Pradesh can recall the name of their ancestor from…

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IASGateAdmin | 30, Sep 2019

HOW GRAVITY DISTORTS OUR…

Context: A new visualisation of a black hole, released by NASA, illustrates how its gravity distorts our view by warping…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Sep 2019

PROJECT NETRA

Why in news? ISRO has initiated ‘Project NETRA’ – an early warning system in space to detect debris and other…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 28-09-2019

1.National Film Archive of India (NFAI) Why in News: NFAI acquires rare footage of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and times. About…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Sep 2019

CHANDRAYAAN-2’S VIKRAM LANDER HAD…

Why in News? S. space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially said moon lander Vikram had a…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 27-09-2019

1.Boiga thackerayi Why in News? A team of biodiversity researchers have discovered a new species of cat snake in Maharashtra’s…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Sep 2019

RADIOACTIVE CESIUM TECHNOLOGY FOR…

Why in News? Indian scientists have now developed a method to measure the rate of soil erosion and associated decrease…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Sep 2019

FIRST INDIGENOUS FUEL CELL…

Why in News? The First Indigenous Fuel Cell System launched on the Foundation Day of CSIR. Highlights: This fuel cell…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Sep 2019

DRUG RANITIDINE FOUND TO…

Context- The Ranitidine drug has been found to have levels of a carcinogen above the US FDA prescri Background Ranitidine…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Sep 2019

METHANE-POWERED ROCKET ENGINE

Why in News? ISRO is planning to develop methane-powered rocket engines. LOX Methane Engines: The space agency is developing two…

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IASGateAdmin | 25, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 25-09-2019

1.New Species of Frog: Microhyla eos Why in News? A team of scientists from the University of Delhi and Zoological…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 21-09-2019

1.Vaccine Hesitancy Why in News? The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared vaccine hesitancy one of the ten biggest threats…

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IASGateAdmin | 20, Sep 2019

TRANSGENIC MOSQUITOES TRANSFER GENES…

Why in news? Genes from genetically-modified Aedes aegypti mosquito were found to have been transferred to naturally-occurring A. aegypti mosquito…

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IASGateAdmin | 20, Sep 2019

MEASLES VIRUS IN CONGO

Why in News? Over 3,000 people have been killed by a deadly Measles virus in DR Congo this year What…

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IASGateAdmin | 19, Sep 2019

PARAQUAT HERBICIDE

Why in News? The use of herbicide Paraquat killed around 170 people in the last two years in Odisha’s Burla…

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IASGateAdmin | 18, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 18-09-2019

1.Bhumisparsha Mudra: Why in News? A 12th-century bronze idol of Buddha in a Bhumisparsha Mudra which was stolen from Nalanda…

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IASGateAdmin | 18, Sep 2019

LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER (LRO)

Why in News? ISRO’S attempts to figure out what happened to Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram will get a boost when NASA’s Lunar…

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IASGateAdmin | 17, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 17-09-2019

1.Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) Why in News: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) joined hands with the US Consulate in…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Sep 2019

IIT MADRAS FINDS AN…

Why in News? Recently the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering has published the work of the team from the…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 14-09-2019

1.Counter Magnet Areas Context: The National Capital Region Planning Board has approved the proposal of Government of Punjab to consider…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Sep 2019

WATER FOUND FOR FIRST…

Why in News? Astronomers have for the first-time discovered water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Sep 2019

SALMONELLA

Context: At least three lots of MDH sambar masala were recalled from retail stores in California this week after tests…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 13-09-2019

1.India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) Why in News? Starting with an open data platform for the 100 cities of the…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Sep 2019

CENTRE TO BRING ORDINANCE…

Why in News? The Union Cabinet is likely to approve an ordinance prohibiting the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 11-09-2019

1.Cryodrakon Boreas Why in News? Paleontologists have identified a new reptile species, named it Cryodrakon boreas, and declared that it…

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IASGateAdmin | 10, Sep 2019

ERADICATING MALARIA BY 2050

Why in News? A report in The Lancet concludes that it is possible to eradicate malaria as early as 2050…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 09-09-2019

1.In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Why in News: Setting a record of sorts, a 74-year-old woman delivered twins after five decades…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Sep 2019

CLASSIFICATION OF INFLUENZA AS…

Why in News? On September 3, India was again declared free of the H5N1 virus, which causes avian influenza or…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Sep 2019

ISRO’S VIKRAM LANDER IS…

Context: The Indian Space Research Organisation lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram just moments before it was to land…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Sep 2019

INDIA DECLARED AVIAN INFLUENZA…

Context- OIE-World Organisation for Animal Health declared the country free of the virus, the Centre’s Animal Husbandry Department informed the…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Sep 2019

GENOME SEQUENCING OF BACTERIA…

Why in News? Scientists in Kerala have completed the whole genome sequencing of a Rare Bacterium capable of producing antifungal…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Sep 2019

ASTEROID IMPACT DEFLECTION ASSESSMENT…

Why in News? During September 11-13, asteroid researchers and spacecraft engineers from around the world will gather in Rome to…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 02-09-2019

1.Gaja Bandhu Scheme of Odisha Context: Odisha Govt is contemplating ‘Gaja Bandhu’ initiative to curb elephant deaths. About: With rising…

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IASGateAdmin | 30, Aug 2019

E-CIGARETTE BAN & THE…

Why in News? One of the three 100-day goals the health ministry has set for itself, The Prohibition of E-cigarettes…

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IASGateAdmin | 29, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 29-08-2019

1.Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) Context: BPR&D observed its 49th Foundation Day on August 28, 2019. About BPR&D:…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 28-08-2019

1. Sex Reassignment Surgery Context: Tamil Nadu has banned sex reassignment surgeries in children About: Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS), also…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Aug 2019

MARS SOLAR CONJUNCTION

Why in News? For more than a week, the daily communication between Earth and Mars will go silent. Mars Solar…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Aug 2019

XDR-TB

Why in News? XDR-TB, an abbreviation for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), is a form of TB which is resistant to…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Aug 2019

GRAVITATIONAL LENSING

Why in News? Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as a sort of time machine, researchers plan to investigate how…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Aug 2019

RICE FORTIFICATION

Why in News? The NITI Aayog seeks creation of roadmap by Department of Food and Public Distribution for taking the…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 26-08-2019

Bavar-373 Context: Iran has officially unveiled Bavar-373 air defense system About: It is Iran’s new home-grown air defence system. It…

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IASGateAdmin | 24, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 24-08-2019

SAN-SADHAN HACKATHON Context: The government calls for applications for its latest Initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission called the ‘San-Sadhan’…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Aug 2019

CHANDRAYAAN-2 PLACED IN LUNAR…

Context: India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a major milestone on its journey towards the Moon, having entered a lunar orbit, almost…

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IASGateAdmin | 20, Aug 2019

NASA’S PARKER SOLAR PROBE

Why in news? NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed a year in service. Aim of the mission: The mission’s central aim…

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IASGateAdmin | 20, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 20-08-2019

BIOSIMILAR MEDICINES Context: Dr Reddy's launched Roche's biosimilar Avastin in India for treatment of various types of cancers. About Biosimilar…

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IASGateAdmin | 19, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 19-08-2019

NAVROZ Context:Parsi New Year or Navroz will be celebrated across the world on August 17 to mark the beginning of…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 15-08-2019

SWACHH SURVEKSHAN GRAMEEN 2019 (SSG 2019) Context: Focus of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’s ODF+ phase on basic solid, liquid waste management…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Aug 2019

CHANDRAYAAN-2 SUCCESSFULLY ENTERS LUNAR…

Why in News? Chandrayaan-2 has successfully carried out the significant process of trans-lunar injection, moving from earth`s orbit towards the…

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IASGateAdmin | 12, Aug 2019

IRON ION BATTERY

Why in News? For the first time, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has fabricated a rechargeable iron ion battery…

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IASGateAdmin | 12, Aug 2019

DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS (DEWs)

Context- Directed energy weapons or DEWs are among the next bunch of military technologies that the Defence Research and Development…

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IASGateAdmin | 10, Aug 2019

LUNAR LIBRARY

Why in News? On February 21, an Israeli lunar lander called Beresheet (Hebrew for ‘the beginning’) began its journey to…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Aug 2019

GENOME INDIA INITIATIVE

Why in News? The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) plans to scan nearly 20,000 Indian genomes over the next five years,…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 07-08-2019

PATTAMADAI SILK MAT Context: The Geographical Indications Registry has granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Pathamadai Silk Mat About:…

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IASGateAdmin | 06, Aug 2019

ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN…

Why in News? A one-day Workshop on ‘Role of Technology in Reuniting Missing Children & Trafficked Persons’ was jointly organised…

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IASGateAdmin | 06, Aug 2019

NEW ISRO SYSTEM TO…

Why in News? To get accurate data about the movement of space debris to avoid collision with its satellites, ISRO…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Aug 2019

DRDO SUCCESSFULLY FLIGHT-TESTS QRSAM

Why in News? Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully flight-tested its state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles (QRSAM) against live…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Aug 2019

TechEx 2019

Why in News? Union Human Resource Development Minister, inaugurated theTechEx – technology exhibition at IIT Delhi TechEx: TechEx was organized…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 03-08-2019

INSTITUTE OF EMINENCE Context: University Grants Commission (UGC) recommends 20 institutions for Institutes of Eminence The IITs Madras and Kharagpur,…

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IASGateAdmin | 01, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 01-08-2019

PRO-ACTIVE GOVERNANCE AND TIMELY IMPLEMENTATION. (PRAGATI) Context: The Prime Minister chaired his thirtieth interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal…

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IASGateAdmin | 01, Aug 2019

SEED BANKERS FOR CONSERVING…

Why in News? Till date 1597 plants varieties have been registered with Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Right Authority…

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IASGateAdmin | 01, Aug 2019

TUBERCULOSIS VACCINES

Context: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) launched India’s first large-scale trial for two new tuberculosis (TB) vaccines. Stats: As…

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IASGateAdmin | 31, Jul 2019

MICRODOTS

Why in News? The government has come out with draft rules to make microdots mandatory in vehicles. This move will…

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IASGateAdmin | 29, Jul 2019

PREDICTING POLLUTION LEVELS USING…

Context: Researchers from China and the U.S. have been successful in predicting air pollution levels in northern Indian States nearly…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Jul 2019

RADIATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SEWAGE…

Why in news? Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in collaboration with Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Ahmedabad has set up a…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Jun 2019

HYPERSONIC TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR VEHICLE…

Why in News? The DRDO has conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along…

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