EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Defusing the ticking time bomb called diabetes

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national importance, WHO, NCDs, G20, age tax, mortality, fertility rate, AI, robotic surgery etc Mains GS Paper I & II: Development and management of social sectors/services related to Health and education etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS A study conducted by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation in collaboration with the …

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Don’t be guided by short-term political gains

  Source: Indian Express   Prelims: Elderly population in India, Schemes for old age people, OPS, Provident Fund pension scheme, EPFO, etc Mains GS Paper I & II: Schemes for vulnerable sections of society and performance and issues associated with these schemes etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The demand for returning to the old pension scheme …

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : The trouble with a Nobel for mRNA COVID vaccines

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national importance, Government policies, Covid-19 vaccination, Covid-19, mRNA etc Mains GS Paper II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementations,   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The 2023 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Katalin …

INSIGHTS IAS WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAGAZINE : 18 September – 23 September 2023

  Dear Students, Our motto has always been to simplify your UPSC CSE preparation. In pursuance of the above objective, our team decided to improve the magazines further. The new and improved version of our Weekly CA Magazine has several features/changes: No more bullets in the index (a much-requested feature! Yes, we are always listening …

[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 6 October 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 …

Amphibian crisis

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: Reuters  Context: A global assessment conducted by conservationists reveals that Earth’s amphibian species are facing a critical threat of extinction. Of the 8,011 amphibian species assessed, 41% are now considered threatened with extinction due to various factors, including habitat destruction, disease, and climate change. This situation represents a worsening trend …

Dandeli forest

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The Dandeli forest in Karnataka, India, renowned for its unique grasses, bird species, and cattle herders, is facing a climate crisis due to rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns.   Concerns:  

Carbon accounting framework

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: There is a rising need for a comprehensive carbon accounting system to address the interconnected and multifaceted challenges of climate change, referred to as the climate “polycrisis.” Instead of addressing climate issues sector by sector, they propose a profound transformation, akin to building a “carbon infrastructure.” This carbon …

Nanozyme can degrade pollutants in wastewater

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a novel enzyme mimic called NanoPtA, with significant potential applications in wastewater treatment and healthcare. In this study, the IISc team synthesized NanoPtA, a platinum-containing nanozyme that can be converted into a powder for industrial use. NanoPtA exhibits …

India-Japan Fund (IJF)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has partnered with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to establish a $600 million India-Japan Fund (IJF), with the Government of India (GoI) and JBIC as primary investors. This collaboration reflects a significant joint effort between India and Japan …

Global Internet freedom

Facts for Prelims (FFP)  Source: TH  Context: A new report by Freedom House reveals that global Internet freedom has been on the decline for the 13th consecutive year. This decline is seen in 29 countries, while only 20 countries have registered improvements in Internet freedom. The report, titled ‘Freedom on the Net 2023: The Repressive …

Andhra Pradesh: New Guaranteed Pension Scheme (GPS)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: HBL  Context: The Andhra Pradesh Guaranteed Pension System Bill, 2023 was passed recently. Through this, the Andhra Pradesh government started introducing the New Guaranteed Pension Scheme (GPS) against the criticism of the New Pension Scheme (NPS) and the negative fiscal impact Old Pension Scheme (OPS)   OPS vs. NPS …

Examples of Ethics (Moungi Bawendi, Nanded hospital deaths, Katalin Kariko)

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Applications of Ethics   Example 1: Moungi Bawendi   Source: Moneycontrol  Moungi Bawendi, a 2023 Nobel chemistry prize winner and MIT professor, achieved great success in the field of quantum dots. However, his journey had a rocky start. During his undergraduate years at Harvard University in the late 1970s, he failed …

Solar Geo-Engineering

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Science and Technology   Source: LM  Context: The article discusses solar geoengineering as a potential solution to combat the adverse effects of climate change.   What is Solar geoengineering? Solar geoengineering, also referred to as solar radiation management (SRM) describes a set of proposed approaches to reflect sunlight (back to space) to rapidly cool …