Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 21 May 2019

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Insights Day by day Present Affairs + PIB: 21 Might 2019

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Vayoshreshtha Samman:


Why in Information? Nominations for Vayoshreshtha Samman- Nationwide Awards for Senior Residents 2019 for people/institutions have been invited.

About Vayoshreshtha Samman:

  • Vayoshreshtha Samman is a Scheme of National Awards instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (D/o Social Justice & Empowerment) initially in 2005 and was upgraded to the standing of Nationwide Awards in 2013, for institutions concerned in rendering distinguished service for the reason for aged persons particularly indigent senior residents and to eminent citizens in recognition of their service/achievements.
  • The awards are introduced on 1st of October every year pursuant to the adoption of a decision by the UN Basic Meeting to watch the yr 1999 because the International Yr of Older Persons.


Not all animals migrate by selection marketing campaign launched


Context: UN Surroundings India and Wildlife Crime Management Bureau (WCCB) of India have launched an consciousness marketing campaign ‘Not all animals migrate by selection’.


Concerning the marketing campaign:

  • The marketing campaign aims at creating consciousness and garnering public help for the protection and conservation of wildlife, prevention of smuggling and reduction in demand for wildlife products.
  • The campaign additionally enhances worldwide action on illegal trade in wildlife by way of UN Surroundings’s international marketing campaign, Wild for Life.
  • Within the first part of the campaign, Tiger, Pangolin, Star Tortoise and Tokay Gecko have been chosen as they are highly endangered as a result of illegal buying and selling in Worldwide markets.



Illegal wildlife commerce is driving species to the brink of extinction. A thriving business with organized wildlife crime chains spreading the world over, in India, unlawful commerce in wildlife has seen a pointy rise. Subsequently, there’s an urgent need for consciousness, action and stringent enforcement of legal guidelines to put an end to all illegal wildlife trade threatening biodiversity and conservation in the wild.


About WCCB:

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Authorities of India beneath the Ministry of Setting and Forests, to combat organized wildlife crime in the nation.

Beneath Part 38 (Z) of the Wild Life (Safety) Act, 1972, it is mandated:

  • to gather and collate intelligence associated to organized wildlife crime activities and to disseminate the identical to State and other enforcement businesses for speedy action in order to apprehend the criminals.
  • to determine a centralized wildlife crime knowledge bank.
  • co-ordinate actions by numerous businesses in reference to the enforcement of the provisions of the Act.
  • help overseas authorities and international organization concerned to facilitate co-ordination and universal motion for wildlife crime control.
  • capability constructing of the wildlife crime enforcement businesses for scientific and professional investigation into wildlife crimes and assist State Governments to make sure success in prosecutions associated to wildlife crimes.
  • advise the Government of India on issues referring to wildlife crimes having nationwide and worldwide ramifications, relevant coverage and laws.
  • Assist and advise the Customs authorities in inspection of the consignments of flora & fauna as per the provisions of Wild Life Protection Act, CITES and EXIM Policy governing such an merchandise.

Relevant articles from numerous news sources:


Paper Three:

Matter coated:

  1. Consciousness in area.


Ultima Thule


What to review?

For prelims and mains: key details related to ultimate Thule and new Horizon mission.


Context: NASA has found proof of a singular mixture of water ice, methanol, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule’s floor. This combination could be very totally different from most icy objects explored previously by spacecraft till date.


About Ultima Thule:

  • Situated within the Kuiper belt in the outermost regions of the Solar system.
  • Measures roughly 30 km in diameter, and is irregularly shaped.
  • It has a reddish colour, in all probability brought on by publicity of hydrocarbons to sunlight over billions of years.
  • It belongs to a class of Kuiper belt objects referred to as the “cold classicals”, which have almost round orbits with low inclinations to the photo voltaic aircraft.


About New Horizons:

Launched on January 19, 2006 and carried out a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby research of Pluto and its moons in summer time 2015.

The objective of the mission is to know the formation of the Plutonian system, the Kuiper belt, and the transformation of the early Solar System.


Sources: the Hindu.

Paper 2:


Subjects coated:


  1. Inhabitants and related issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their cures.
  2. Government insurance policies and interventions for improvement in numerous sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


National Register of Residents (NRC)


What to review?

  • For Prelims: Particulars of NRC.
  • For Mains: Replace of NRC- issues related including moral considerations.


Context: The Supreme Courtroom of India has held that a Foreigner Tribunal’s order declaring a person as an unlawful foreigner might be binding and can prevail over government choice to include or exclude identify from National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.



  • The persons whose names will not be included in NRC in Assam can produce paperwork together with ones associated to their family tree and thus seek evaluation of tribunal’s determination.
  • As per SC it can’t create an appellate forum for those, declared as illegal foreigners by the foreigners tribunal, through the use of its power underneath Article 142 of Indian Structure.


What next?

If the identify of a person, included in NRC in Assam is deleted on floor that he was a foreigner, then principle of ‘res-judicata’ (a judicially decided difficulty can’t be re-agitated) would apply on choice taken by foreigners tribunal. Thus an individual who has been declared an illegal immigrant can’t seek re-decision (proper of attraction) towards exclusion or dropping of his identify in normal circumstances.



About foreigners tribunal:

  • Established as per Foreigners (Tribunal) Order, 1964. The order was passed by Authorities of India (GoI) underneath section 3 of foreigners Act, 1946.
  • The Centre can constitute foreigners tribunals each time required to look into query of whether or not a person is or not a foreigner inside the which means of Foreigners Tribunals act, 1946.
  • Composition: The Foreigners tribunal shall include individuals having judicial experience as government might imagine fit to appoint.
  • Powers: It has powers of a civil courtroom whereas making an attempt a go well with beneath code of civil procedure, 1908. It consists of summoning any individual, requiring any doc and issuing commissions for examination of any witness.


Sources: The Hindu.

Paper Three:

Matter coated:

  1. Indigenisation of know-how.
  2. Consciousness in area.


Seven mega missions by ISRO


What to review?

For prelims and mains: key features and significance of the missions introduced.


Context: The Indian Area Research Organisation (ISRO) has introduced its planned seven mega missions which might be carried out over a interval of subsequent 10 years.


The seven mega missions embrace:

  1. Chandrayaan-2.
  2. XPoSat (to review cosmic radiation in 2020) and Aditya-L1(to the Sun in 2021).
  3. Undefined Missions – which embrace missions which are nonetheless in strategy planning stage specifically Mangalyaan-2 (or Mars Orbiter Mission-2 in 2022), Lunar Polar Exploration (or Chandrayaan-Three in 2024), Venus mission (in 2023), Exoworlds (exploration outdoors the photo voltaic system in 2028).


About Xposat:

  • The X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (or Xposat), is ISRO’s devoted mission to review polarization. Will probably be launched launch in yr 2020.
  • Will probably be a five-year mission and will research cosmic radiation.
  • It is going to be carrying a payload named ‘polarimeter instrument in X-rays’ (POLIX) made by Raman Analysis Institute. POLIX will research diploma and angle of polarisation of brilliant X-ray sources in power vary 5-30 keV.
  • The spacecraft will probably be placed in a round 500-700km orbit.


About Aditya- L1 mission:

What’s it? It is India’s first photo voltaic mission.

Goals: It’s going to research the solar’s outer most layers, the corona and the chromospheres and gather knowledge about coronal mass ejection, which may even yield info for area climate prediction.

Significance of the mission: The info from Aditya mission can be immensely helpful in discriminating between totally different fashions for the origin of solar storms and in addition for constraining how the storms evolve and what path they take by way of the interplanetary area from the Solar to the Earth.

Position of the satellite: To be able to get the perfect science from the sun, steady viewing of the sun is most popular without any occultation/ eclipses and therefore, Aditya- L1 satellite will probably be positioned within the halo orbit around the Lagrangian point 1 (L1) of the sun-earth system.


Sources: The Hindu.

Paper 2:

Matter coated:

  1. Salient options of the Illustration of Individuals’s Act.


Exit Polls in India


What to review?

For prelims: Exit polls- which means and provisions governing them.

For mains: significance, want, considerations associated and wish for regulation.


What is it?

An election exit poll is a ballot of voters taken quickly after a voter walks out after casting his or her vote. It’s thought-about as an indicator to which celebration types the government.

In contrast to an opinion ballot, which asks for whom the voter plans to vote, an exit ballot asks for whom the voter truly voted.


How are they regulated?

In February 2010, restrictions have been imposed on exit polls by way of the introduction of Section 126(A) within the Act. The EC advises electronic and print media to not publish or publicise any article or programme associated to the dissemination of outcomes of exit polls in the course of the prohibited interval.


What does ECI advisory say about guidelines for predicting results?

The ECI is of the view that prediction of results of elections in any type or manner by means of predictions and so forth by astrologers, political analysts or by any individuals in the course of the prohibited interval is violation of the spirit of Section 126A (of the RP Act).

It goals to stop the electors of constituencies nonetheless going to polls from being influenced of their voting by such predictions concerning the prospects of the varied political parties.


Why is the Election Commission (EC) against media coverage of opinion polls and exit polls throughout a multi-phase election?

Each kinds of polls may be controversial if the agency conducting them is perceived to be biased. Critics say the projections of those surveys may be influenced by the selection, wording and timing of the questions, and by the nature of the sample drawn. Political events typically allege that many opinion and exit polls are motivated and sponsored by their rivals, and could have a distorting impact on the alternatives voters make in a protracted election, relatively than merely reflecting public sentiment or views.


Why are exit polls criticised?

  • Critics and political events say the businesses that conduct the exit polls could possibly be biased when it comes to the selection, phrases, timing of the questions, the methodology they use, and sort of sample they draw.
  • The sample group’s demographic behaviour, its financial standing and numerous other elements used in tabulating the survey are additionally questioned.
  • Political parties additionally allege that exit polls are funded by their rivals and should not mirror the sentiment or views of the individuals precisely.


Sources: the Hindu.

Paper 2:

Matter coated:

  1. Improvement processes and the development business the position of NGOs, SHGs, numerous teams and associations, donors, charities, institutional and different stakeholders.


Mohalla Clinics


What to review?

For prelims and mains: mohalla clinics- success, model and potential.


Context: Delhi’s Mohalla clinic initiative is about to be extended to several states, with Telangana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and J&Okay expressing curiosity in adopting the flagship undertaking.


About Mohalla clinics:

  • Began in 2015, they’re main health centres in New Delhi, that provide a primary package deal of important well being providers including medicines, diagnostics, and session freed from value.
  • Mohalla in Hindi means neighborhood or group.
  • These clinics function the first level of contact for the inhabitants, supply well timed providers, and scale back the load of referrals to secondary and tertiary health amenities in the state.
  • Each such clinic has a physician, a technician for importing patients’ Aadhaar card details and a lab assistant for accumulating blood samples and disbursing medicines.
  • The clinics run from 8 am to 2 pm and docs are paid on the idea of the variety of patients they deal with — each doctor gets Rs 30 per patient per day.
  • Every clinic is ideally purported to cater to a 5-km radius with a population of 10,000-15,000.


Sources: The Hindu.

Paper 2:

Subjects coated:

  1. Essential International institutions, businesses and fora, their structure, mandate.


UN Human Rights Council


What to review?

For Prelims and mains: UNHRC- features and composition, points related to reforms.


Why in Information? Reacting angrily to a submission from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) on alleged violations in Jammu and Kashmir, India has knowledgeable the United Nations body that it’ll not entertain any communication with the HRC’s Particular Rapporteurs on its report.


What’s the difficulty?

  • A report from two NGOs in Jammu and Kashmir on alleged instances of torture, was released in Srinagar, which was endorsed by a former UN Particular Rapporteur.
  • The Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial Executions had referred to a earlier June 2018 report of the Office of the Excessive Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and written to the federal government in March 2019, asking about steps taken by New Delhi to deal with alleged human rights violations listed in the report.
  • In addition, the Particular Rapporteurs had listed “13 instances of concern” from the yr 2018 alone during which “4 youngsters have been among eight civilians killed by members of the safety forces.”
  • Rejecting all the claims, the Indian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva replied to the OHCHR on April 23, saying that “India does not intend to interact additional with these mandate holders or another mandate holders on the difficulty,” whom it accused of “particular person prejudice”.


About UNHRC:

  • The UN body was established in 2006 with the goal of selling and defending human rights around the globe, as well as investigating alleged human rights violations.
  • It is made up of 47 member states, which are selected by the UN Basic Meeting on a staggered basis annually for three-year-long phrases.
  • Members meet around 3 times a yr to debate human rights points and cross non-binding resolutions and proposals by majority vote.
  • The council also carries out the Universal Periodic Evaluation of all UN member states, which allows civil society groups to deliver accusations of human rights violations in member states to the eye of the UN.


Sources: The Hindu.

Paper Three:

Matter coated:

  1. Science and Know-how- developments and their purposes and effects in everyday life.


New definition of kilogram


What to review?

For Prelims and Mains: Need for redefining, concerning the new system, significance and the process of redefining.


Why in Information? The CSIR-NPL, which is India’s official reference keeper of models of measurements has released a set of suggestions requiring that faculty textbooks, engineering-education books, and course curriculum update the definition of the kilogram.

The institute can also be within the process of creating its personal ‘Kibble Stability’, a device that was used to measure the Planck Constant and thereby reboot the kilogram.



Scientists, final yr, have changed the best way the kilogram is outlined. The decision was made on the Common Conference on Weights and Measures. The brand new definitions got here into pressure on 20 Might 2019.


Why kill off the kilogram?

  • Presently, it is defined by the load of a platinum-based ingot referred to as “Le Grand Okay” which is locked away in a protected in Paris.
  • Le Grand Okay has been at the forefront of the international system of measuring weights since 1889. Several shut replicas have been made and distributed across the globe. But the master kilogram and its copies have been seen to vary – ever so barely – as they deteriorated.
  • In a world where accurate measurement is now essential in lots of areas, akin to in drug improvement, nanotechnology and precision engineering – those chargeable for sustaining the worldwide system had no choice but to maneuver past Le Grand Okay to a more strong definition.


How flawed is Le Grand Okay?

The fluctuation is about 50 elements in a billion, lower than the load of a single eyelash. However although it is tiny, the change can have essential consequences.


How does the brand new system work?

Electromagnets generate a drive. Scrap-yards use them on cranes to carry and transfer giant metallic objects, reminiscent of previous automobiles. The pull of the electromagnet, the pressure it exerts, is instantly associated to the amount of electrical current going by way of its coils. There’s, subsequently, a direct relationship between electrical energy and weight.

So, in precept, scientists can define a kilogram, or some other weight, when it comes to the quantity of electricity wanted to counteract the load (gravitational drive appearing on a mass).


Planck’s constant:

  • There’s a amount that relates weight to electrical current, referred to as Planck’s constant – named after the German physicist Max Planck and denoted by the symbol h.
  • However h is an incredibly small number and to measure it, the analysis scientist Dr Bryan Kibble constructed a super-accurate set of scales. The Kibble stability, because it has turn into recognized, has an electromagnet that pulls down on one aspect of the scales and a weight – say, a kilogram – on the opposite. The electrical present going by way of the electromagnet is elevated until the two sides are perfectly balanced.
  • By measuring the current operating by means of the electromagnet to unimaginable precision, the researchers are capable of calculate h to an accuracy of 0.000001%. This breakthrough has paved the best way for Le Grand Okay to be deposed by “die kleine h”.


Details for Prelims:

Common Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) is the very best international body of the world for accurate and precise measurements and includes of 60 nations including India and 42 Associate Members.


Sources: The Hindu.

Paper 3:

Subjects Coated:

  1. Conservation, environmental air pollution and degradation, environmental influence assessment.


 Points associated to stubble burning


What to review?

For Prelims and Mains: What is stubble burning, considerations associated, why is it practised and what needs to be achieved to include its follow?


Context: The Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB) knowledge exhibits that the State had from April 15 to Might 16 witnessed 5,981 incidents of stubble burning as towards 9,900 instances reported in the course of the corresponding period in 2018. The incidents of burning dipped in comparison with last yr.


What’s stubble burning?

Stubble burning is a standard follow adopted by farmers in the neighboring states Haryana and Punjab to organize fields for sowing of wheat in November as there’s little time left between the harvesting of paddy and sowing of wheat.

Considerations: Stubble burning leads to emission of harmful gases such carbon diaoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide along with particulate matter.


Benefits of stubble burning:

  • It shortly clears the sector and is the most cost effective various.
  • Kills weeds, including these immune to herbicide.
  • Kills slugs and different pests.
  • Can scale back nitrogen tie-up.


What’s the difficulty?

Stubble burning is adversely affecting surroundings and public well being. The issue has not been absolutely tackled and the hostile impacts on the air high quality and consequent impacts on the residents’ health and lives are undisputed.


What must be done- Supreme Courtroom’s observations?

  • The issue is required to be resolved by taking all such measures as are attainable in the curiosity of public well being and surroundings protection.
  • Incentives might be offered to those that will not be burning the stubble and disincentives for many who proceed the apply.
  • The prevailing Minimum Help Worth (MSP) Scheme have to be so interpreted as to enable the States involved to wholly or partly deny the good thing about MSP to those that continue to burn the crop residue.
  • Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has also been directed to be current to “discover a lasting answer.”
  • The Central authorities ought to convene a meeting with the States.


Sources: The Hindu.