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Near Field Communication Technology

Why in News? Recently Google Pay has launched a new feature in India, ‘Tap to pay for UPI’, in collaboration with Pine Labs. This feature used Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The functionality will permit users with NFC-enabled Android smartphones and UPI (Unified Payments Interface) accounts linked to Google Pay to perform transactions just by tapping their phones …

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Zonal Councils

Why in News? Recently, the Minister of Home Affairs chaired the 25th meeting of the Western Zonal Council at Diu. Issues discussed in the Meeting- Observing of rape and sexual offences cases against women and children, implementation of Fast Track Courts (FTCs) for such cases. Advancement of banking services in rural areas. Verification of identity of Marine fishermen in high seas. Development of …

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Microplastics in Antarctica Snow

Why in News? Recently, Scientists have found Microplastics– plastic pieces smaller than a grain of rice, in freshly fallen Antarctic snow for the first time, which can influence the climate by hastening melting of ice. Previous studies have revealed that microplastics have negative impacts on the health of the environment, limiting growth, reproduction, and general biological functions in organisms, along …

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Manual Scavenging

Why in the news? Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment notified that a total of 971 people lost their lives while cleaning sewers or septic tanks since 1993. Previously, the Union Cabinet certified the extension of the tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) for 03 years beyond 31st March, 2022. The prime beneficiaries would be …

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Australia India Water Security Initiative (AIWASI)

Why in News? Recently, The Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Australia on Technical Cooperation for Australia –India water Security initiative. What is AIWASI? AIWASI is a project Under South Asia Water Security Initiative (SAWASI) of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. Its aim is to work towards the Water Sensitive City vision which …

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Global Sustainable Development Report, 2022

Why in News? Recently, the global Sustainable Development Report, 2022 was published. The report gives a global overview of progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. What is a Sustainable Development Report? It is a worldwide assessment of countries’ progress towards accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals. The report is published by a group of …

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Single Nodal Agency (SNA) Dashboard of PFMS

Why in News? Recently, the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs launched the Single Nodal Agency (SNA) Dashboard of PFMS (Public Financial Management System). The Ministry of Finance launched it as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations. The Ministry of Finance has observed the ‘Iconic Week’ celebrations from 6th to 12th June 2022 to commemorate AKAM. Furthermore, …

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Food Safety Index: FSSAI

Why in News? On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the Union Health Minister published Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)’s 4th State Food Safety Index (SFSI) to assess the performance of States across five parameters of food safety. What is the State Food Safety Index (SFSI)? SFSI was initiated from 2018-19 with the goal of creating …

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Audit Report of CAG on the Functioning of the UIDAI

Why in News? In recent times, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, has pulled up the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) over a range of issues related to the issuance of Aadhaar cards. The findings are part of the 1st performance review by the country’s independent auditor of UIDAI, which was carried out over a four year period between …

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