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Ecological Bytes: State of India’s Birds 2020 Report

State of India’s Birds 2020 Report Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The State of India’s Birds 2020 (SoIB 2020) was released on the sidelines of 13th Conference of Parties (COP13) to the UN Convention on Migratory Species in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. SoIB is a joint study by 10 bodies which also includes the World …

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Pak court jails Hafiz for 5.5 yrs in 2 terror cases

Hafiz Saeed Jailed Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: Days before the FATF plenary, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court convicted global terrorist and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed. News Summary: The Financial Action Task Force meeting is scheduled in Paris from February 16. The plenary will decide whether or not Pakistan …

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Inflation at 68-month high, IIP shrinks in Dec

NSO data (Inflation on Peak) Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: The data of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been released by the National Statistical Office (NSO). As per the data, industrial output contracted again in December 2019, after expanding in November. Retail inflation in January 2020 soared …

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USTR takes India off developing country list

Developing Countries Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The U.S. government has changed an administrative rule making it easier for it to impose countervailing duties (CVDs) on goods from India and certain other countries. In doing so, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), has reduced the threshold for beginning a US …

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Where NASA could go next — Venus, moons of Jupiter, Neptune?

Upcoming Tentative Space Missions of NASA Approx Read Time: 3 minutes In News: NASA has recently finalized the four mission concepts as semi-finalists from more than a dozen proposals submitted by U.S. scientists last year. Each of the mission teams will receive $3 million to perform detailed nine-month studies to mature their concepts and present …

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