EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Aligning higher education with the United Nations SDGs

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, SDG, covid-19, G20, G7, etc. Mains GS Paper II: Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests, Significance of G20 countries etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals with …

[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 9 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 …

Marrakesh (Morocco)

Mapping   Source: TH Context: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have convened in Marrakesh, Morocco, marking their first annual meetings on African soil in half a century. These meetings, traditionally held outside their Washington headquarters every three years, were initially scheduled for 2021 but were postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

National framework for climate services

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: India is launching its first national-level framework for climate services, known as the National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS), led by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The NFCS aims to provide climate information and services to various sectors, including agriculture, energy, disaster management, health, and water, …

PUSA-44 paddy variety

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: The Punjab Chief Minister has announced a ban on the cultivation of the PUSA-44 paddy variety starting next year. PUSA-44 was developed in 1993 and gained immense popularity among Punjab’s farmers, covering 70 to 80 per cent of the state’s paddy cultivation area due to its …

Card-on-file tokenisation for debit and credit cards

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor, has proposed the introduction of card-on-file tokenisation (CoFT) at the issuer-bank level. This move aims to enhance data security and provide customers with more control over managing their card tokens.   Need: Under the current system, cardholders have to create …

OTT platforms do not fall under TRAI jurisdiction

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in India has ruled that Over the Top (OTT) streaming platforms, like Disney+Hotstar, do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Instead, they are governed by the Information Technology Rules of 2021, as …

Links between consanguinity and genetic diseases

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: Consanguinity, the practice of marrying close relatives, is a widespread tradition still practised in many human societies, particularly in Asia and West Africa.   Key points regarding consanguinity and genetic diseases: Prevalence: An estimated 15-20% of the world’s population practices consanguinity, with India having numerous endogamous …

Sarah Sunny (India’s 1st deaf Lawyer in SC)

Content for Mains Enrichment   Source: BBC  Context: Sarah Sunny, a 27-year-old lawyer from Bengaluru, recently achieved a historic milestone by becoming the country’s first deaf lawyer to argue in the Supreme Court. Her groundbreaking journey began when Chief Justice DY Chandrachud allowed a sign language interpreter to assist her during proceedings. Subsequently, the court-appointed …

Zealandia (World’s Eighth Continent)

GS Paper 1  Syllabus: Geomorphology: Plate Techtonics   Source: BBC  Context: Recent research on Zealandia, an underwater continent to the southeast of Australia, is shedding light on its geological history and why it remained hidden for so long. Recently, an international team released highly detailed maps of Zealandia, covering its entire five million square kilometres. …