[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 09 December 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 their …

  Armenia and Azerbaijan

Mapping Source: TH Context: Armenia and Azerbaijan have reached a significant agreement, agreeing to exchange prisoners of war and work towards signing a peace treaty, a move praised by the European Union as a major step towards peace in the historically troubled region. Both countries are fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, resulting in casualties …

Global Cooling Watch 2023

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: UN  Context:  The Global Cooling Watch 2023 report by UNEP highlights pathways to achieve near-zero emissions from cooling.   About the Report It focuses on three key measures: passive cooling, higher-energy efficiency standards, and a faster phase-down of climate-warming refrigerants. Aligned with the Global Cooling Pledge, the report aims …

Fourth-generation nuclear plant

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: HT  Context: China has launched the world’s first commercial operations of a fourth-generation gas-cooled nuclear reactor power plant, the Shidao Bay plant in eastern Shandong province. Unlike conventional reactors, this plant utilizes small modular reactors (SMRs), which are high-temperature reactors cooled by gas instead of pressurized water. SMRs are …

DRESS Syndrome

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) has issued a drug safety alert regarding the painkiller Meftal, cautioning about potential adverse reactions associated with mefenamic acid, including the risk of Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) syndrome.   What is DRESS syndrome? It is a severe and …

Ban on using sugarcane juice and sugar syrup for ethanol production

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: The government has temporarily banned the use of sugarcane juice and sugar syrup for ethanol production due to uncertainties in cane output for the current season as per the Sugar (Control) Order 1966.   Why the temporary ban? Government intends to maintain adequate domestic sugar availability and …

GI tags for Meghalaya products

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric, along with Garo dakmanda (traditional dress), Larnai pottery, and Garo chubitchi (alcoholic beverage), has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.  

Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) in India

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Agriculture Credit   Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Cooperation has introduced Model Bye-Laws to revitalize Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS).   What are Model Bye-Laws? The Model Bye-Laws empower PACS to diversify by engaging in over 25 business activities, including dairy, fishery, godowns, credit services, and more. Provisions ensure inclusive …

[Announcement] The Distinguished Educator, Ayussh Sanghi Sir, joins Team Insights IAS!

        Dear Student,   We are thrilled to announce that Ayussh Sanghi, a distinguished educator with a rich background in civil services coaching, has joined as our esteemed faculty.     He has been associated with Vajiram & Ravi in the offline arena and Unacademy & Study IQ in the online arena. …

[Foundation Program in Delhi] SUPER OGP 2025 will start on 12th February, 2024

        Dear Student,   We are delighted to announce that our Intensive Integrated Foundation Program with Focus on Revision & Practice for UPSC CSE 2025: SUPER OGP, will start on 12th February 2024 for our prospective students at Delhi! The 2024 batches have received exemplary feedback from our current students.   Mode: …

[MISSION 2024] Mini Secure Revision Test: 09 December 2023

  How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  MISSION – 2022: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   Answer the following questions in 150 words: General Studies – 1   1. Discuss the contributions of C. Rajagopalachari to the Indian independence movement and post-independence India. Reference: The Hindu   2. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities …

India’s ability to manage cyclones hinges on advancing expertise in forecasting and disaster mitigation. Achieving resilience requires the formulation of policies that empower communities to withstand and respond effectively to the impacts of cyclonic events. Discuss.

10. India’s ability to manage cyclones hinges on advancing expertise in forecasting and disaster mitigation. Achieving resilience requires the formulation of policies that empower communities to withstand and respond effectively to the impacts of cyclonic events. Discuss. Reference: The Hindu

India’s continued reliance on coal necessitates addressing shortages for electricity generation. To mitigate this, enhanced planning, infrastructure development, and increased domestic coal supplies are crucial for a more stable energy future. Examine.

9. India’s continued reliance on coal necessitates addressing shortages for electricity generation. To mitigate this, enhanced planning, infrastructure development, and increased domestic coal supplies are crucial for a more stable energy future. Examine. Reference: Indian Express , Insights on India

In the context of COP 28, what is the ‘loss and damage’ fund? Critically analyse its effectiveness in providing financial support to vulnerable countries and communities that are most affected by the adverse impacts of climate change.

8. In the context of COP 28, what is the ‘loss and damage’ fund? Critically analyse its effectiveness in providing financial support to vulnerable countries and communities that are most affected by the adverse impacts of climate change. Reference: The Hindu

The Finance Commission in India plays a crucial role in the system of fiscal federalism by ensuring an equitable distribution of financial resources between the central government and the state governments. Examine.

7. The Finance Commission in India plays a crucial role in the system of fiscal federalism by ensuring an equitable distribution of financial resources between the central government and the state governments. Examine. Reference: Live Mint , Insights on India

Showcasing lesser-known tourist attractions of historical and cultural importance and celebrating their intangible heritage is crucial to the overall well-being of both the cultural heritage and the people associated with it. Discuss.

6. Showcasing lesser-known tourist attractions of historical and cultural importance and celebrating their intangible heritage is crucial to the overall well-being of both the cultural heritage and the people associated with it. Discuss. Reference: Indian Express