Roadmap to Success: A 30-Day Strategy for Conquering UPSC Prelims 2023 by Vinay Sir

      Dear Students,     UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 is a mere 15 days away! The clock is ticking… You may be plagued by self-doubt, overwhelmed by multiple materials and test series, worried about scores in mock tests, and may be overcome by the fear of failure…With 15 days to go, you may …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 13 May 2023

InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions ina your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their …

Nutrients in millets affected by processing and polishing

  Source: The Hindu   Context: Recent studies have shown that grain processing reduces nutritional qualities in millets.    About Millets: Millets are grasses and include varieties such as pearl millet, barnyard millet, finger millet, and foxtail millet. India is the world’s largest producer of millets, accounting for over 40% of pearl millet production and …

Oil pipelines

  Source: DTE  Context: According to an analysis by Global Energy Monitor, India is among the top five countries developing oil pipelines, both under construction and proposed.   Findings:   About  Global Energy Monitor  (founded in 2008) is a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization which catalogues fossil fuel and renewable energy projects worldwide. GEM shares information …

Agmark registration

  Source: Business Standard  Context: FSSAI proposes to do away with Agmark registration for some edible oils. Only an FSSAI license will be enough and a separate Agmark registration will not be required. This would facilitate ease of doing business and reduce the multiplicity of laws that govern the food sector.   Certification Marks in …

LIBOR

  Source: The Hindu   Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued an advisory to banks and other RBI-regulated entities asking them to take steps to ensure a complete transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) from July 1. 

Blood Donation by LGBTQ

  Source: IE  Context: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ended the longstanding restrictions on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.   Background: The prohibition was first implemented during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and has been long decried as discriminatory by the LGBTQI+ community and its supporters.   New guidelines: …

Thirsty AI

  Source: DTE  According to a recent study by the University of California, Riverside, ChatGPT requires half a litre of water to answer every 20-50 questions, making the total water footprint of AI extremely large. Water use in AI: Water used in maintaining AI tools are primarily used for cooling data centres to prevent equipment …

Bhopal and local SDGs

  Source: DTE Bhopal has become the first city in India to adopt the localisation of the United Nations-mandated sustainable development goals (SDG). The city will now have voluntary local reviews (VLR) to demonstrate the local government’s capacity and commitment towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   Usage: This example can be used …

Colonel John Pennycuick

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: TH   Colonel John Pennycuick was a British engineer who is known for constructing the Mullaperiyar dam in India during the British era. His dam transformed the Cumbum Valley into a fertile belt, filled with paddy fields, vegetable gardens, coconut plantations, flower gardens, and vineyards.   Usage: The …

Issues with the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment (PoSH) Act

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Issues related to women   Source: TH  Context: The Indian Supreme Court has expressed concern over the “sorry state of affairs” in the implementation of the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment (PoSH) Act. Key issues highlighted by the Supreme Court regarding the implementation of the PoSH Act:   Recommendations: The …

Delhi Government Case Vs LG

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure   Source: IE  Context: The Supreme Court of India has given the state government of Delhi complete control over administrative services in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD), except for public order, police, …