‘Termination-level Transition’

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE The rapid increase of methane in Earth’s atmosphere since 2006, driven by biological emissions rather than fossil fuel burning, raises concerns about a potential major transition in Earth’s climate.   What is ‘Termination-level Transition’? A ‘termination-level transition’ refers to a significant and rapid shift in Earth’s climate from …

Aditya-L1

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: India’s first solar mission, Aditya-L1, intended for launch by the end of August or early September, has arrived at the Sriharikota spaceport.   The Aditya-L1 mission will be launched to the L1 orbit (which is the first Lagrangian point of the Sun-Earth system) Aditya-L1 is the first …

Scientists detect ‘microplastics’ in the human heart for the first time: Report

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: HT  Context: Recent research from China’s Beijing Anzhen Hospital, published by the American Chemical Society, has discovered microplastics in the human heart for the first time. The study involved analysing heart tissue from 15 patients who underwent cardiovascular surgery. The researchers found numerous individual microplastic pieces in most tissue …

STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) mission

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NASA  Context:  The STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) mission launched twin spacecraft, STEREO-A and STEREO-B, in 2006, to study the Sun. This mission achieved several milestones, including capturing the Sun as a complete sphere for the first time by reaching a 180-degree separation in their orbits. STEREO-A’s recent approach …

First-ever Global Summit on Traditional Medicine

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: PIB  Context: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush, is organizing a unique global summit on Traditional Medicine. This unprecedented event will bring together experts, practitioners, and dignitaries to explore the latest scientific advancements and evidence-based knowledge in the field of traditional medicine. This summit …

India’s first drone common testing centre

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line   Context: Tamil Nadu is establishing the country’s first Common Testing Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones). The initiative is led by the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) as part of the TN Defence Industrial Corridor, aimed at nurturing the aerospace and defence industry ecosystem. The …

Global Initiative on Digital Health

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH Context: India and the World Health Organization (WHO) are set to launch the Global Initiative on Digital Health during the ongoing G-20 summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This innovative initiative aims to promote data convergence, enhance the interface of health platforms, and encourage investments in the digital health sector …

PM e-Bus Sewa scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)  Source: TH  Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the PM e-bus Sewa scheme, aiming to introduce 10,000 electric buses in city bus services across India. Features: Objective: The scheme aims to introduce 10,000 electric buses (e-buses) in city bus services across India and enhance urban infrastructure for green mobility. Financial Allocation: …

Redwoods Rising

  Source: IE A conservation initiative known as Redwoods Rising aims to restore California’s damaged redwood forests by mimicking the traits of healthy young forests, using methods like thinning and prescribed fires. The project, carried out by Redwood National and State Parks and the Save the Redwoods League, seeks to combat the impacts of unchecked …

“Karnataka’s ‘Koosina Mane’ Creches: Redefining Childcare

Content for Mains Enrichment   Source: TH  Context: Karnataka government has introduced the ‘Koosina Mane’ initiative, which aims to provide childcare support for women enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and other working mothers. The scheme involves setting up child homes or creches across 4,000-gram panchayats, offering healthcare, nutrition, and …

Tourism’s Ecological Toll

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: TH Context: Major tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Hawaii (USA), Spain, and Greece are facing intermittent distress and closure due to the impact of disasters related to anthropogenic development activities.   Tourism’s Ecological Toll:   Steps taken to address the Issues: National Strategy for Sustainable …

Limitations of India’s new Digital Personal Data Protection law (DPDP) 2023

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Governance/ Government Policies and Interventions   Source: TOI  Context: This article is in continuation to yesterday’s article on the Impact of the DPDP Bill on the RTI Act   Digital Personal Data Protection in India is criticized for granting extensive state control over citizens’ lives and privacy.   Limitation of the …

SC guidelines for eliminating gender stereotypes

GS1/ GS4 Paper   Syllabus: Women and related Issues/ Legal values   Source: TH   Context: The Supreme Court has released a 30-page handbook aimed at eliminating gender stereotypes from legal language and proceedings.   The “Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes” addresses unjust gender-based terms frequently used in Indian courts and offers accurate alternatives. It emphasizes …

[MISSION 2024] Insights SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 17 August 2023

Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  MISSION – 2023: YEARLONG TIMETABLE Join IPM 4.0 to get an assured review of 2 secure answers everyday General Studies – 1   Topic: population and associated issues. 1. While harnessing the benefits of a large population, it’s …

While the concept of international morality exists and is advocated by various actors in the global arena, the application of moral principles in international relations is influenced by a complex interplay of factors, including national interests, power dynamics, and cultural differences.

Topic: ethical issues in international relations and funding; 7. While the concept of international morality exists and is advocated by various actors in the global arena, the application of moral principles in international relations is influenced by a complex interplay of factors, including national interests, power dynamics, and cultural differences. (150 words) Difficulty level: Tough …

Non-partisanship in public administration, is a precondition for ensuring that, regardless of their political orientation, citizens are treated fairly and in an equitable manner. Elaborate.

Topic: strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance 6. Non-partisanship in public administration, is a precondition for ensuring that, regardless of their political orientation, citizens are treated fairly and in an equitable manner. Elaborate. (150 words) Difficulty level: Easy Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper …

Throwing light on the various ways to measure poverty, Analyse various issues involved in measurement of poverty in India.

Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. 5. Throwing light on the various ways to measure poverty, Analyse various issues involved in measurement of poverty in India.  (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Live Mint Why the question: The article explores the concept of measuring poverty beyond traditional monetary metrics and suggests alternative approaches. …