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Factoids for Prelims 2020

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Ranyo Ashoka, Himalayan nettle, Denisovan - Who would have thought of such random questions?

Creating this thread with the sole purpose of sharing facts that can be relevant for Prelims. While there is always this thought, that there is no end to learning and mugging up facts, but if we observe closely - the options are not very close and elimination is easy. By pooling our resources here, if we give it one reading also, the probability of retaining it on the D day and eliminating options increases exponentially. 

I request the aspirants to actively contribute here and let's hope that we strike gold on 31st ;). 

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Key Terms - Mughal Empire

1. Diwan-i-Wazarat - Department of revenue & finances
2. Diwan-i-Arz - Military department
3. Diwan-i-Rasalatmuhtasib - Foreign affairs department
4. Diwan-i-insha - Custodian of govt. papers
5. Diwan-i-quza - Justice department
6. Diwan-i-Barid - Intelligence department
7. Diwan-i-Saman - Department in charge of royal household
8. Diwan - Responsible for all income and expenditure
9. Mir Bakshi - Head of the military department and nobility
10. Mir Saman - Incharge of imperial households (Karkhanas)
11. Diwan-i-Bayutat - Maintained roads, govt. buildings
12  Mir Manshi - Royal correspondence
13. Sadr-us-Sadr - Incharge of charitable & religious endowments
14. Qazi-ul-Quzat - Head of judicial department

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Reports Published by IMF(International Monetary Fund)

1. World Economic Outlook (WEO)
2. Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR)
3. Fiscal Monitor (FM)



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Exports to GDP ratio of India is greater than the Exports to GDP ratio of China. 

#randomfactoid

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August Month Yojana on Cultural Diversity would be important. Shall be posting important facts from the same. 
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Agog said

@upsc2020 Hey hav u read NEP?In tdy article in The Hindu ,the writer says no National Edn commission in policy but i found the same as Rasthriya Shiksha Aayog in latest policy.plz do clarify


Shiksha aayyog was a suggestion in the draft. Hasn't been incorporated in the NEP 2020. 

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1642061

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Agog said

Thank you. I would have totally missed this. 

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Thawra Revolution - Lebanon

Protestors of the ‘thawra’ in Lebanon like their counterparts in the ‘hirak’ in Algeria share common grievances.Lebanese people have been peacefully protesting in the streets against government corruption and the grave economic crisis. The protests started shortly after government attempted to increase taxes on tobacco, petrol and even WhatsApp, which prompted nationwide anger against the country's economic problems, inequality and corruption.

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@upsc2020 isnt saptmatrika a later script? 


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Thawra Revolution - Lebanon

Protestors of the ‘thawra’ in Lebanon like their counterparts in the ‘hirak’ in Algeria share common grievances.Lebanese people have been peacefully protesting in the streets against government corruption and the grave economic crisis. The protests started shortly after government attempted to increase taxes on tobacco, petrol and even WhatsApp, which prompted nationwide anger against the country's economic problems, inequality and corruption.

Yojana?

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Please do read Yojana for August, everyone. It is actually quite fun to read and is extremely exam oriented. 
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Thawra Revolution - Lebanon

Protestors of the ‘thawra’ in Lebanon like their counterparts in the ‘hirak’ in Algeria share common grievances.Lebanese people have been peacefully protesting in the streets against government corruption and the grave economic crisis. The protests started shortly after government attempted to increase taxes on tobacco, petrol and even WhatsApp, which prompted nationwide anger against the country's economic problems, inequality and corruption.

Yojana?

No. Google. Post the Beirut blasts..

Patootie,
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@Patootie Thanks for reminder. Cultural diversity. Very relevant.

Even July issue focusing on Self Reliant India was good.
Patootie,
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A tabletop runway is an airport which is located on the top of a plateau and the end of the runway overlooks a deep gorge. There are a total of five tabletop runways in India – Mangalore in Karnataka, Kozhikode in Kerala and Lengpui in Mizoram, Shimla and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh and Pakyong in Sikkim.
Naadan_Parinda, Casablanca
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A secretion of bamboo, a fine, siliceous matter, called '
tabasheer', found in the stem of bamboos like Phyllostachys bambusoides, is used in Ayurvedic medicines as a cooling tonic, to treat cough and asthma and even as an aphrodisiac.
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A cytokine is a large group of proteins, peptides or glycoproteins that are secreted by specific cells of the immune system. A cytokine storm is an overreaction of the body’s immune system. A COVID-19 patient dies because their immune systems respond too robustly to the virus, in an overly inflammatory way. 
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Bera, the Rabari Pastoral region in Aravalli hills is the largest concentration of leopards on earth.