[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 16 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 …

IOC amends the Olympic Charter to strengthen its human rights commitments

Sports   Source: TH  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made amendments to the Olympic Charter to strengthen its human rights commitments during its 141st Session. These changes include additional wording in the Fundamental Principles of Olympism.    They aim to promote and respect human rights across their three spheres of activity: as an organization, …

New toad species

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: A new species of toad, called Bufoides bhupathyi, has been discovered in the Dampa tiger reserve of Mizoram, India. This marks the third species in a genus found in the north-eastern region of India. The previous two species, Bufoides meghalayanus and Bufoides kempi, were found in …

Psyche

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: NASA has launched a spacecraft called ‘Psyche’ on a six-year mission to study a unique metal-rich asteroid also named ‘Psyche.’ This asteroid orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. The primary goal of the Psyche mission is to explore the iron core, a previously unexplored aspect of …

CAR-T cell therapy

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Print   Context: India’s Drug Controller General (DCGI) has granted market authorization for CAR-T (Chimeric Antigen Receptor-T) cell therapy developed by ImmunoACT, a spin-off company from IIT-Bombay. This ground-breaking treatment, known as NexCAR19, is now approved for use in cases of relapsed-refractory B-cell lymphoma and leukaemia. The therapy’s …

Navratna status

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: Two Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Ministry of Railways, Ircon International Limited (IRCON), and RITES Ltd, have been granted ‘Navratna’ status. RITES Ltd, in its 50th year of operation, is a prominent transport infrastructure consultancy and engineering firm in India, offering services in various …

White phosphorus

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Al Jazeera  Context: Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Israeli military recently used white phosphorus munitions in Lebanon and Gaza. White phosphorus munitions can be delivered through artillery shells, bombs, rockets, or grenades. This substance is colourless, white, or yellow and emits a garlic-like odour.    White Phosphorous in war: While …

Anti-money laundering: Sebi releases fresh set of guidelines

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Live Mint   Context: The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has issued a set of amendments to strengthen anti-money laundering(AML) standards and combat finance terrorism (CFT). These guidelines are based on rules established under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act of 2002.   The key amendments include: Additional …

Pontus plate

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Live Science   Context: Scientists have recently rediscovered the “Pontus plate,” a long-lost tectonic plate that disappeared about 20 million years ago. This plate was approximately a quarter the size of the Pacific Ocean and once existed beneath an ancient ocean known as the Pontus Ocean. The rediscovery of …

AI-Based System Enhances Elephant Safety on Rail Tracks

Content for Mains Enrichment   Source: TH  Tamil Nadu is close to completing its first artificial intelligence (AI)-based early warning system designed to protect wild elephants from train collisions along the Ettimadai–Walayar railway section. This initiative involves the installation of 12 e-surveillance towers equipped with thermal imaging cameras to monitor elephant movements. Once fully functional, …

2023 Global Survey on Persons with Disabilities and Disasters

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Disaster Management   Source: UN DRR  Context: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) conducted the 2023 Global Survey on Persons with Disabilities and Disasters, following up on the 2013 survey. About the Survey Report: The report was released ahead of International Day for DRR (October 13). Its theme “Fighting …

Indian space economy: Decadal Vision and Strategy

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Science and Technology: Space   Source: TH  Context: The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) has unveiled a decadal vision and strategy for the Indian space economy, aiming to significantly boost its growth.   What is IN-SPACE? IN-SPACe is India’s single-window autonomous agency under the Department of Space, responsible …