UCT Question and Answer for Ecology and Environment

1.   Living organisms provide many ecological services free of cost that are responsible for maintaining ecosystem health. Which of the following can be characterized as ecosystem services? 1. Biodiversity helps in regulating and stabilizing water run-off. 2. Wetlands and forests act as water purifying systems. 3. Biodiversity helps in recycling of nutrients found in the […]

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UCT Question and Answer for History

1.   Consider the following statements about Harappan civilisation: 1.   Harappan society seems to have been divided into two sections viz.an elite class associated with citadel and rest of the society occupying the lower town. 2.   Doorways and windows mostly opened out in the main street. 3.   There is no system of strait drainage at Kalibangan. […]

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National Green India Mission

Critical Analysis of National Green India Mission

The National Green India Mission, as one of the eight Missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), recognizes that climate change phenomena will seriously affect and alter the distribution, type and quality of natural biological resources of the country and the associated livelihoods of the people. GIM puts “greening” in the context […]

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Unique Civil Times Snippets for April 2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has named State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs), which in other words mean banks that are too big to fail. Implications As per the norms, these banks will have to set aside more capital for their continued operation. RBI comes with the list every year since 2015. Inclusion in D-SIB indicates that failure of […]

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Latest News & Updates

Latest News,Updates, Current Affairs And Breaking Stories

Concept of Eco-Sensitive Zones The Environment Protection Act, 1986 neither mentions nor defines the word “Eco-sensitive Zones”. It has been derived from the following sections of the given Act. The section 3(2)(v) of the Act, says that Central Government can restrict areas in which any industries, operations or processes shall not be carried out or […]

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Indian Women in Parliament


While the global average for Women in Parliament stands at 22.4%, India is at the 103rd place out of 140 countries with women occupying just 66 seats in the 543 member Lok Sabha that is a mere 12% representation and Rajya Sabha female MPs constitutes just 11.5 per cent of the total members. Within Asia, […]

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Ecology and Environment

Rise in Man-Animal Conflict

According to the Ministry of Environment, 1,144 people were killed by tigers or elephants between April 2014 and February 2017 – that’s more than one human every day. While most of these incidents are accidents, unchecked escalation of such conflicts does not benefit the cause of conservation. If people who live around forest areas see […]

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Social Protection to Vulnerable

Poverty to Vulnerability: Rethinking Social Protection

It is being said that India is no longer a poor country but it is now more unequal and vulnerable with pockets of deep poverty and its prosperity will depend to a large extent on how its social protection system evolves and catches up with its diversity and demography. India’s social protection system needs to […]

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Economic Data

Trend of Hiding the National Data

Over the past two weeks, headlines have focussed on declining employment between 2011-12 and 2016-17; loss of jobs under the National Democratic Alliance government, particularly post-demonetisation; and the government’s refusal to release a report using the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) documenting this decline, leading to resignations of two members of the National Statistical Commission. In a […]

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