[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 2 November 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 …

Agartala-Akhaura railway

Mapping   Source: IE  Context: The Tripura-Bangladesh railway link (about 12km) was recently inaugurated. This project, known as the Agartala-Akhaura railway, has the potential to dramatically reduce travel time between Agartala and Kolkata from 31 hours to just 10 hours, opening up new opportunities for tourism, trade, and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Funding …

Premature mortality from major non-communicable diseases

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: India is expected to fall short of meeting the targets set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in reducing premature deaths from major Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). An analysis by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) indicates that India’s …

Carbon nanoflorets

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have created carbon nanoflorets that can efficiently convert sunlight into heat.   What are Carbon nanoflorets? Carbon nanoflorets are a unique nanostructure composed of carbon atoms arranged in a distinctive floret-like morphology. They have a high surface area and …

Venus had Earth-like plate tectonics billions of years ago

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NYTimes  Context: A new study suggests that Venus, despite being a scorching wasteland, may have once had plate tectonics similar to those on early Earth. The research uses atmospheric data from Venus and computer modelling to propose that Venus’ current atmosphere and surface pressure could only have resulted from …

Japan-India Semiconductor Supply Chain Partnership

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) has been signed between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan. It is focused on the Japan-India Semiconductor Supply Chain Partnership and aims to strengthen cooperation between the two …

Pichwai Painting

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Chennai’s Collage is hosting an art exhibition showcasing Pichwai paintings, some of which date back 350 years. Pichwai art originated in Nathdwara, near Udaipur, and is traditionally created on cloth, typically khadi.   Features: The paintings use stone pigments for gold and silver tones and vegetable dyes …

UN report on groundwater extraction: Every drop counts

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: IE  Context: A recent United Nations University report warns that 27 out of 31 aquifers in India are depleting faster than they can be replenished due to excessive groundwater extraction.   What are Aquifers? They are underground layers of rock or sediment that can store and transmit …

Election of Maldives New president: India-Maldives Relations

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: International Relations   Source: TH  Context: President-elect Mohamed Muizzu of the Maldives has made it clear that he wishes to remove Indian troops from the country while safeguarding the Maldives’ independence and sovereignty.   Political System in Maldives: Historically, Maldives had an Executive Presidency system, transitioning to a multi-party democracy in …

[MISSION 2024] Insights SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 2 November 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: Social empowerment 1. Examine the reasons behind the demand for reservations by dominant …

As long as an employee’s moonlighting does not violate any policies or ethical standards, and does not interfere with their primary job duties, it can be considered an acceptable practice. Do you agree with this view?

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. 7. As long as an employee’s moonlighting does not violate any policies or ethical standards, and does not interfere with their primary job duties, it can be considered an acceptable practice. Do …

Bio-remediation is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to cleaning up contaminated sites. Critically analyse.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. Bio-remediation is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to cleaning up contaminated sites. Critically analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: investopedia.com Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 3 and mentioned as part of Mission-202 …

What are the economic costs of air pollution in India? Discuss the policy measures and incentives that can be implemented to reduce the economic burden of air pollution.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5. What are the economic costs of air pollution in India? Discuss the policy measures and incentives that can be implemented to reduce the economic burden of air pollution. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The question is part of …

Protecting and restoring natural habitats is vital for wildlife to thrive and reduce the need for animals to venture into human areas thereby preventing human-animal conflicts. Analyse.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 4. Protecting and restoring natural habitats is vital for wildlife to thrive and reduce the need for animals to venture into human areas thereby preventing human-animal conflicts. Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy. Reference: Indian Express , Insights on India Why the question: The article discusses a …