[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 18 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 …

Vizhinjam Port

Mapping   Source: BT Adani Group’s Vizhinjam Port (set to be completed by 2024) (near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala), is poised to transform the country’s maritime infrastructure.   Features of the Port: India’s first deepwater container transhipment Proximity to international shipping routes connecting Europe, the Gulf and East Asia This transhipment terminal can handle ultra-large ships …

Marine cloud brightening

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: Australian researchers are exploring the concept of “marine cloud brightening” as a potential solution to mitigate coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef caused by extreme heat. This approach involves using water cannons to spray seawater into the sky, which results in the formation of brighter, …

Lymphatic filariasis

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE   Context: The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has successfully eliminated lymphatic filariasis (LF), a mosquito-borne infectious disease, becoming the second country to achieve this in 2023 after Bangladesh. Lao PDR is the 11th country in the WHO Western Pacific Region to eliminate LF. The World Health …

Tilapia parvovirus

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: India has reported the presence of tilapia parvovirus (TiPV) for the first time in Tamil Nadu., affecting farm-bred tilapia fish. The virus caused mortality rates ranging from 30% to 50% in farms and 100% in laboratory settings.

New evolutionary law

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: Scientists have proposed a new evolutionary law that can explain the evolution of both living and non-living entities, including minerals and stars. This law suggests that natural systems, whether living or non-living, evolve towards greater patterning, diversity, and complexity.    About New Evolutionary Law: As life evolved …

Indian rupee’s valuation

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Reuters  Context: The Indian rupee has reached a nearly two-year high in valuation against major trading partner currencies due to central bank intervention and increased domestic inflation. The rupee’s 40-currency real effective exchange rate (REER) showed a 5.7% overvaluation by the end of September, the highest since November 2021. …

Electoral Bonds

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Supreme Court of India has referred the challenge to the validity of the electoral bonds scheme, which allows anonymous donations to political parties, to a Constitution Bench of five judges. The case also pertains to the passage of the electoral bonds scheme as a Money Bill …

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: Sir Syed’s 125th birth anniversary coincides with the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill.  Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a prominent figure in promoting modern education and advocating reforms, had complex and evolving views on women’s empowerment and education: Conflicting Views: While he was known for his efforts …

Amul’s ‘Be More Milk’ campaign

Content for Mains Enrichment   Source: TH  Context: The campaign has gained global recognition with a colourful and animated billboard displayed at New York’s Time Square. Aim: The campaign promotes milk in a fresh and youthful way, encouraging global youth to embody qualities like honesty, purity, and authenticity while fostering positive cultural integration. Usage: The …

World Food Day: WWF’s report: The High Cost of Cheap Water

GS3/GS1 Paper   Syllabus: Agriculture/ Geography   Source: WWF, DTE   Context: The WWF’s report, titled “The High Cost of Cheap Water,” warns of a growing global water crisis that poses a threat to $58 trillion in economic value, food security, and sustainability.   About the Report:  The report, released on World Food Day (16th Oct), …

Sansad TV: Bills and Acts- Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023

    Introduction: In August 2023 resident Draupadi Murmu gave her assent to Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023.The Bill provides for the processing of digital personal data in a manner that recognizes both the rights of the individuals to protect their personal data and the need to process such personal data for lawful purposes. …

[MISSION 2024] Insights SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 18 October 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: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- …

“Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 7. What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Difficulty level: …