[ Day 20 – July 8, 2023] 75 Days Mains Revision Plan 2023 – Polity & Ethics

  Polity   Q1. “The productivity and credibility of the Parliament and State Legislatures in India have been declining”. Do you agree with the opinion? Discuss. (10M) Q2. Discuss the powers and limitations of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, in light of recent controversies surrounding it. (15M)   Ethics   Syllabus: “Aptitude and foundational …

[ Day 19 – July 7, 2023] 75 Days Mains Revision Plan 2023 – Polity & Ethics

  Polity   Q1. ‘Federalism is no longer the fault line of Centre-State relations but the definition of a new partnership of Team India’. Comment (10M)   Q2. Critically evaluate the key achievements and impact of the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Indian Constitution over the past 30 years? (15M)   Ethics   Syllabus: …

[Ep-25: A Little More Light] Focus on the Bigger Picture : Delay Temporary Gratifications Now & Fulfil Your Lofty Goals! | Dwij Goel, AIR-71 & Shubhratosh Sharma, AIR-358 in UPSC CSE 2022

      Dear Student,   We are thrilled to share a very special episode of our Podcast: A Little More Light- Igniting Imagination, Inspiring Action with you!   Today, we have with us 2 extremely hard-working UPSC CSE 2022 Toppers: Mr. Dwij Goel, AIR-71 & Mr. Shubhratosh Sharma, AIR-358. They both graduated from NIT-Bhopal …

[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 8 July 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 …

Zanzibar (Tanzania)

  Source: HT  India is set to establish its first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus outside the country in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This move aligns with India’s National Education Policy 2020 and aims to enhance educational cooperation between the two nations. Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. It is Stone …

Antarctica’s Blood Falls

  Source: WION After more than a century of curiosity, scientists have finally unravelled the mystery behind Antarctica’s Blood Falls, a bright red waterfall that flows from Taylor Glacier. The iconic red hue is caused by the presence of small “iron-rich nanospheres” (various elements such as iron, silicon, calcium, aluminium, and sodium) in the water. …

Khazan Land (Goa)

Mapping  Source: TOI Recently, NGT highlighted the failure of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority to follow environmental rules for construction on Khazan land at Cavelossim.   Khazans are coastal wetlands of Goa. They were reclaimed from mangrove forests (in the pre-Christian Era) by an intricate system of dykes, sluice gates and canals and put to …

Ex SALVEX

  Source: Financial Express   Context: The Indian Navy and the US Navy recently collaborated for the seventh edition of the IN-USN Salvage and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise, known as SALVEX. During the ten-day exercise, the teams engaged in knowledge and experience sharing in maritime salvage. They focused on various disciplines, including mine detection …

UAE and Space

  Source: TH  Context: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made significant strides in its space exploration ambitions, with a focus on becoming a global power in the sector.   Key aims and achievements: The UAE has established a National Space Fund of AED 3 billion (₹6,600 crores) to strengthen its position in the space …

LIGO-India

  Source: TH  Context: LIGO-India, a new gravitational-wave observatory, is set to put India on the research map and contribute to our understanding of the Universe. Currently, there are two LIGO setups in the US, and a third one will be built in the Hingoli district of Maharashtra, India. The facility’s construction is expected to …

X-class solar flare

  Source: Science Alert   Context: Recently, a powerful solar flare, classified as an “X-class” flare, hit Earth, causing an eruption of X-ray and ultraviolet radiation. The flare resulted in a radio blackout for about an hour in parts of southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand due to the ionization of the upper atmosphere. This …

World Investment Report

  Source: ET  Context: Recently, UNCTAD released the World Investment Report 2023.   About World Investment Report:  The World Investment Report focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide, at the regional and country levels and emerging measures to improve its contribution to development. It also provides an analysis of global value chains and the …

UNESCAP’s Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation

  Source: PIB  Context: India has achieved outstanding performance in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific’s (UNESCAP) Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation.   Trade facilitation refers to the simplification, harmonization, and streamlining of international trade procedures and processes. It involves reducing trade barriers, improving customs procedures, enhancing logistics …

2,200 earthquakes in Iceland in 24 hours

  Source: Hindustan Times  Context: Nearly 2,200 earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland in the past 24 hours. The country’s meteorological office has warned that this seismic activity could be a signal of an impending volcanic eruption. Iceland experiences frequent volcanic activity, due to its location both on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a …

Bastille Day

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Indian Navy Marching Contingent is set to participate in the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, France on July 14, 2023.   The Indo-French strategic partnership, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, extends to the maritime domain and includes collaboration in shipbuilding. Collaborations: Construction of Scorpene …

Dalai Lama

  Source: TH U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his admiration for the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, on the occasion of his 88th birthday. He also reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to supporting the linguistic, cultural, and religious identity of Tibetans, including their freedom to choose and venerate their religious leaders without interference. …

Bharat Internet Utsav

  Source: PIB  Context: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched the “Bharat Internet Utsav” to celebrate the power of the Internet.   It aims to highlight the transformative role of the internet by encouraging citizens to share their stories of how the internet has positively impacted their lives. It recognizes the internet as an …