Saving Vultures: Ban on aceclofenac and ketoprofen

  Source: DTE Context: Experts working on vulture conservation have praised the Indian government’s decision to ban the manufacture, sale, and distribution of aceclofenac and ketoprofen, which are harmful to vultures    What are Aceclofenac and ketoprofen? They are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in humans and animals. However, …

Smart Corn GMO

  Source: LM Context: A new genetically modified (GMO) corn called ‘smart corn’ has been developed by Bayer to withstand climate change pressures.   What is ‘Smart Corn’ GMO? Smart Corn GMO is a genetically modified corn varietal developed by Bayer. It grows shorter and sturdier than conventional corn to withstand high-wind storms caused by …

Sahakar 22  Source: PIB  Context: During the fiscal year 2017-18, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) initiated Sahakar-22, a program aimed at achieving rural and agricultural prosperity through cooperative efforts by the year 2022.   This initiative encompassed several components, including: FOCUS 222: NCDC’s dedicated support for cooperatives in 222 districts, which also includes 117 …

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards

  Source: IE Context: The government has set a deadline for pharmaceutical companies to implement the revised Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards, aligned with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.   What are Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards? Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards are guidelines and regulations that ensure the quality, safety, and consistency of pharmaceutical …

Time-of-Day (ToD) tariff

  Source: BS  Context: The article discusses India’s new electricity pricing system, Time-of-Day (ToD) tariff, which adjusts prices based on demand, aiming to reduce consumption during peak hours   What is Time-of-Day (ToD) tariff? Time-of-Day (ToD) tariff is an electricity pricing system that adjusts prices based on demand, with higher rates during peak hours and …

New Ayush visa category for foreign nationals

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: PIB Context: The Indian government has introduced a new Ayush visa category for foreign nationals seeking treatment under Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, wellness, and Yoga.   The introduction of the AYUSH Visa is part of India’s roadmap for Heal in India initiative, which is intended at promoting India …

India’s first captive breeding success story in Assam Zoo

Content for Mains Enrichment Source: DH In 2011-2012, Himalayan vultures were saved from poisoning incidents in Assam. Despite doubts from veterinarians about surviving the hot and humid weather, most survived and contributed to India’s first successful captive breeding of Himalayan vultures at Assam State Zoo.   Usage: The example can be used in environment conservation …

India and the Nuclear Weapon

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Energy: Nuclear/Challenges to Internal Security/Indigenization of Technology   Source: IE  Context: The article discusses the timeline of India’s nuclear journey as well as its advantages.    Timeline of India’s Nuclear Journey:   India’s nuclear doctrine (presented in 1999) since Pokhran-II: It highlighted a credible minimum deterrence (CMD) and a no-first-use (NFU) policy, while …

“Limited Internet shutdowns” and their impact

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government policies and interventions   Source: IE  Context: The idea of “limited internet shutdowns” is gaining traction as a way to control riots and security threats while allowing beneficial use of the internet. However, there is no study by the Indian government or any state government to assess the effectiveness of …

Constitutional Challenge to the 2019 Abrogation of Article 370

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Constitutional provisions   Source: IE  Context: The Supreme Court began hearings on the constitutional challenge to the 2019 abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.   What is Article 370? Article 370 was a provision in the Indian Constitution that granted special autonomy and privileges to …

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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: Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1. Distinguish between a cyclone and an anti-cyclone. …

Dr. Manasa, a distinguished medical researcher with a profound commitment to ethical scientific advancements, finds herself at a crucial juncture in her illustrious career. With over two decades of dedicated research in the field of genetics, she is faced with an intricate web of professional opportunities and moral dilemmas.

Topic: Case Study 7. Dr. Manasa, a distinguished medical researcher with a profound commitment to ethical scientific advancements, finds herself at a crucial juncture in her illustrious career. With over two decades of dedicated research in the field of genetics, she is faced with an intricate web of professional opportunities and moral dilemmas. Manasa’s expertise has …

While internet shutdowns might be seen as a tool to maintain order and security, their negative impact on rights, economy, education, and healthcare cannot be ignored. The balance between maintaining law and order and safeguarding fundamental rights should be carefully considered. Critically examine.

Topic: Challenges to Internal Security through Communication Networks, Role of Media and Social Networking Sites in Internal Security Challenges. 6. While internet shutdowns might be seen as a tool to maintain order and security, their negative impact on rights, economy, education, and healthcare cannot be ignored. The balance between maintaining law and order and safeguarding …

In India, the Constitution makes a clear distinction between a money bill and a financial bill. Compare and Contrast.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 5. In India, the Constitution makes a clear distinction between a money bill and a financial bill. Compare and Contrast. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Indian Express Why the question: The article discusses the differences between money bills and financial bills in …

Throw light on the various features of doctrine of basic structure. The basic structure doctrine acts a safeguard against potential threats to constitutional democracy by maintaining the balance between flexibility and the preservation of core constitutional principles. Discuss.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 4. Throw light on the various features of doctrine of basic structure. The basic structure doctrine acts a safeguard against potential threats to constitutional democracy by maintaining the balance between flexibility and the preservation of core constitutional principles. Discuss. (250 words) Difficulty level: …

Communalism fosters divisions and hostility between religious communities, eroding the sense of unity and shared identity that is crucial for a diverse nation like India. Examine the factors responsible for the growth of communalism and its impact on Indian society.

Topic: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism. 3. Communalism fosters divisions and hostility between religious communities, eroding the sense of unity and shared identity that is crucial for a diverse nation like India. Examine the factors responsible for the growth of communalism and its impact on Indian society. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The …

Discuss the factors affecting and the major features of tropical rainforest climate. Write a short note on its vegetation.

Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography. 2. Discuss the factors affecting and the major features of tropical rainforest climate. Write a short note on its vegetation. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference:  Insights on India Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned …