What do we know about new COVID variant Omicron?

Covid new variant: The World Health Organization named the new COVID-19 variant- Omicron on November 26, 2021. The WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus advised that the new COVID-19 variant should be designated a ‘Variant of Concern’ due to its concerning mutations. Omicron is the first new variant of concern since delta variant and is said to be more contagious. Preliminary evidence suggests that there is an increased

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Constitution Day 2021 India: 72nd Constitution Day of India celebrated – All you need to know

72nd Constitution Day of India: India celebrates November 26 every year as ‘Constitution Day’ or ‘Samvidhan Divas’ to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. On November 26, 1949, India had adopted the Constitution which later came into effect on January 26, 1950. Today, the country marks the 72nd anniversary of the historic event that also marked the dawn of a new era back in 1949. Constitution

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The farmer Law’s : All you need to know

The Indian Parliament passed three agriculture acts—Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020—during its monsoon session culminating on 23 September. The contentious bills which received the President’s sign off on September 27, 2020, were passed amid an uproar by opposition party leaders and farmer groups alike.Amid

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Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv – All you need to know

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on November 17, 2021, inaugurated the three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. The Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv will be held from November 17 to November 19, 2021, as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. PM Narendra Modi will also be launching several initiatives of the Defence Ministry during a grand ceremony at Jhansi Fort on November 19, which

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India to finalise $3 billion predator drone deal with US by Current Fiscal

India is all set to seal a long-conceived proposal to procure 30 multi-mission armed Predator Drones from the United States for the three defence services of the country. The procurement of the drones will be at an estimated cost of over USD 3 billion (around Rs. 22,000 crores). Reportedly, the proposal for acquiring the MQ-9B long-endurance drones, armed with air-to-ground missiles, is likely to be cleared by the

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IAS Success Story :Success mantra from Vishal Saraswat , Positive attitude in UPSC

Success Story Of IAS Topper Vishal Saraswat: Your positive attitude is very important to get success in any competition. Especially during the UPSC journey, you should keep yourself positive and motivated. Today we will tell you the success story of Vishal Saraswat, who secured All India Rank 591 in UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020. He fulfilled the dream of civil service in the second attempt due to self-study. Today,

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COVAXIN granted much-awaited WHO approval

The World Health Organisation (WHO) granted its much-awaited Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to India’s first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin on November 3, 2021. The vaccine has now been added to the growing portfolio of vaccines that have received a go-ahead from WHO for emergency use against COVID-19. Following the WHO’s EUL Listing approval, Bharat Biotech MD Dr Krishna Ella said in a video, “Today, Covaxin got EUL

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Home Minister Amit Shah launches ‘Ayushman Bharat CAPF’ healthcare scheme- Check details

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah on November 2, 2021, rolled out the ‘Ayushman Bharat CAPF’ healthcare scheme on a pan-India basis. The scheme has been launched for the personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in all states in a phased manner. The Home Minister handed over the ‘Ayushman Card’ to a jawan of CAPF and also handed over the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ Scheme health cards to

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CDC approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on November 2, 2021, officially approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old in the US. CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky gave authorization to Pfizer vaccine for kids under 12 years of age in the US just hours after a unanimous recommendation by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The CDC encouraged health providers to begin vaccination

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Facebook shuts down facial recognition system; What is it and why it has been shut down?

Facebook Inc. announced on November 2, 2021, that will be shutting down its Facial Recognition System which automatically identifies the users in the videos and the photos. The system has led to growing societal concerns about the use of such technology. The Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Facebook, Jerome Pesenti, wrote in a blog post, “Regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of

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