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India International Science Festival (IISF) – UPSC Prelims

IISF is a joint program of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) a swadeshi movement of Bharat. Purpose: To celebrate science along with people in India and across the globe. First Edition: The first program of IISF was held in the year 2015 and the sixth edition of this annual …

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Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvITs) – UPSC Prelims

Infrastructure Investment Trust: An Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvITs) is like a mutual fund, which enables direct investment of small amounts of money from possible individual/ institutional investors in infrastructure to earn a small portion of the income as return. InvITs can be treated as the modified version of REITs designed to suit the specific circumstances …

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CCI Google probe – UPSC Prelims

CCI Google Probe: The Competition Commission of India(CCI) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of Google in the smart TV segment over allegations that the company’s agreements with smart TV manufacturers restricted the development and usage of alternate versions of Android. Allegations: According to the order by the CCI, Google requires Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) …

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Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser – UPSC Prelims

Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA): Setup in: Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) was set up in 1999 by the Cabinet Secretariat. It is currently a Secretary level position. Mandate: This office is the chief advisor to the government on matters related to scientific policy. The policies focus on critical infrastructure, economic …

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Bharitalasuchus Tapani – UPSc Prelims

Bharitalasuchus Tapani: It is a reptile fossil being studied by Indian Scientists. It is a carnivorous reptile that lived 240 million years ago. Genus: The reptile belonged to a family of extinct reptiles named Erythrosuchidae. Key Features: Bharitalasuchus Tapani were robust animals with big heads and large teeth, and these probably predated other smaller reptiles. …

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NPR Vs Census – UPSC Prelims

NPR vs Census: Objective: The census involves a detailed questionnaire – there were 29 items to be filled up in the 2011 census – aimed at eliciting the particulars of every person, including age, sex, marital status, children, occupation, birthplace, mother tongue, religion, disability and whether they belonged to any Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe On the other hand, …

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National Population Register – UPSC Prelims

National Population Register is a register of usual residents of the country. NPR is different from both the decennial census and the National Register of Citizens  (NRC). It will be in pursuance of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. The objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive …

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