In India, transgender individuals face a range of challenges and issues due to societal stigma, discrimination, and lack of legal recognition. While these legal measures represent significant progress, their effective implementation and continued efforts to address the underlying issues are crucial to ensuring the rights and well-being of transgender individuals in India. Discuss.

Topic: Social empowerment 1. In India, transgender individuals face a range of challenges and issues due to societal stigma, discrimination, and lack of legal recognition. While these legal measures represent significant progress, their effective implementation and continued efforts to address the underlying issues are crucial to ensuring the rights and well-being of transgender individuals in …

[Ignite@InsightsIAS] Toppers’ Talk & a Round Table Discussion with Vinay Sir at Bengaluru | 19th June, 10:30 am onwards

  Dear Student,   We’re delighted to announce that we will be conducting a Toppers’ Talk tomorrow with the following toppers:   Rank 12: Mr. Abhinav Siwach Rank 20: Ms. Anoushka Sharma Rank 57: Ms. Aditi Varshney Rank 62: Ms. Vaishnavi Paul Rank 116: Ms. Aashna Chaudhary     Learn about their diverse preparation strategies …

[Mission 2023] Current Affairs Quiz , 17 Jun 2023

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[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 17 June 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 …

Belarus

Mapping Source: TOI Belarus is set to receive Russian tactical nuclear warheads, which raises concerns about the impact on global stability and the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The deal between Russia and Belarus was made in response to perceived Western threats and the potential deployment of US nuclear weapons in Europe.   Belarus is a landlocked …

31 MQ-9B armed drones

Source: Hindustan Times    Context: India’s defence ministry has approved the purchase of 31 MQ-9B armed drones from the US. The drones, with an endurance of over 27 hours and an operating capability of up to 50,000 feet, will strengthen India’s defence capabilities. The acquisition comes after increased tensions with China and will enhance India’s …

Lab-grown human embryo models

  Source: Nature    Context: Recently, scientists have successfully created advanced embryo-like structures using human stem cells. These synthetic embryos develop similarly to natural embryos at around 14 days after fertilization. This breakthrough allows researchers unprecedented opportunities to study human embryonic development at later stages. However, it also raises ethical and legal questions regarding the …

Global Fund for Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

  Source: HBL Context: A policy brief for the G20 suggests establishing a global fund to invest in increasing recycling capacities for lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs).   Need: There is a rising demand for minerals like Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel, and Graphite. Existing battery waste materials have significant potential and can generate a …

Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platforms

Source: HBL  Context: The Indian government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are exploring the integration of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) with the Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platforms using an account aggregator.    What is the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN)? The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) is …

VAIBHAV Fellowship Programme  

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: PIB  Context: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, is launching the Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) fellowships program. This program aims to recognize outstanding scientists and technologists of Indian origin residing in other countries (NRI/OCI/PIO) who are engaged in research. The program will award fellowships …

Leela Row Dayal

Source: BBC  Leela Row, a multi-talented individual, was the first Indian woman to win a match at Wimbledon in 1934. Later in her life, she transitioned to writing and documenting art, focusing on Indian classical dances. Despite her extraordinary achievements, Leela Row remains relatively unknown in India, lacking extensive research and recognition.  Usage: The story …

Arundhati Roy

  Source: TH Writer Arundhati Roy has been awarded the 45th European Essay Prize for lifetime achievement by the Charles Veillon Foundation. She received the prize for the French translation of her compilation of essays titled “Azadi” (2021). The jury praised her use of the essay as a form of combat, analyzing fascism and its …

Daniel Ellsberg

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH  Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked Pentagon Papers exposing Vietnam War secrets, dies at 92. Ellsberg, a former government analyst and consultant, leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which exposed government doubts and deceit regarding the Vietnam War. His actions inspired acts of retaliation by President Richard Nixon and contributed …

Dark Patterns in Digital Advertisements

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Code of Conduct/Code of Ethics   Source: BS Context: The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has released guidelines on dark patterns in digital advertisements, urging companies not to mislead customers through omission, exaggeration, implication, or ambiguity. What are Dark patterns? Dark patterns refer to deceptive design patterns that prompt users …

Three years after Galwan: Where India-China ties stand

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: International Relations – India-China Relations   Source: IE    Context: The Galwan clash was a significant event in India-China relations. The clash resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, marking the first time Indian Army personnel were killed on the Line of Actual Control since 1975. Both sides have engaged …

India-Canada Relationship

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: India’s bilateral relations   Source: TH  Context: The article discusses the frictions in India-Canada ties, particularly regarding Canadian politicians supporting separatism in India.    About Canada Canada is the second largest country in the world, occupying a significant portion of North America. It is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. …