[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 19 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 …

Sierra Leone

Mapping   Source: TH Context: The November 26 coup attempt in Sierra Leone was driven by political instability post-President Bio’s contested re-election and economic challenges, including a high cost of living and poverty. ECOWAS, of which Sierra Leone is a member, is poised to intervene to maintain constitutional order, as seen in its actions in …

Khelo India Para Games

Sports   Source: PIB Context: The Union Sports Minister officially closed the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Para Games in Delhi. Haryana emerged as the top-performing state with 105 medals, including 40 gold, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. What is the Khelo India Para Games? The Khelo India Para Games (KIPG) is …

Noma

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) recently added noma, a severe gangrenous disease of the mouth and face, to its list of neglected tropical diseases (NTD). Also known as cancrum oris, noma has a high mortality rate of around 90% and is linked to extreme poverty, malnutrition, and …

JN.1 variant of COVID

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: A new COVID-19 subvariant, JN.1, identified in in Kerala, has raised concerns, prompting the Union Ministry of Health to initiate preparedness measures. The variant, considered to be Omicron subvariant BA.2.86 or Pirola, has been spreading in several countries, including China. The JN.1 variant is noted for …

Hydrogen cyanide

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Print  Context: Scientists using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have discovered hydrogen cyanide, a crucial molecule for life formation, in the oceans of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Published in Nature Astronomy, the study suggests that Enceladus subsurface oceans may possess more chemical energy than previously thought, potentially supporting …

Kakrapar-4 nuclear reactor

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The fourth unit of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP-4) in Gujarat, with a capacity of 700 MWe, achieved criticality recently, marking the initiation of a controlled fission chain reaction. The Kakrapar facility, houses the largest indigenous nuclear power reactors built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of …

Subordinate Legislation

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH Context: The Rajya Sabha’s Subordinate Legislation Committee has criticized the Union government for prolonged delays in framing rules for Acts passed by Parliament.   What are Subordinate Legislations? Subordinate legislations are laws or regulations created by authorities to implement and administer the broader statutes passed by the legislature. …

Kashi Tamil Sangamam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kashi Tamil Sangamam in Varanasi, celebrating the historical and cultural connections between North and South India. It aims to deepen people-to-people bonds and showcase art, music, handloom, handicrafts, and cuisines from Tamil Nadu and Varanasi.

Arctic Report Card for 2023

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: NYTimes  Context: The Arctic Report Card for 2023, published by NOAA, reveals the Arctic experiencing its warmest summer on record, with temperatures rising four times faster than elsewhere.   Key Highlights of the Report:   India’s engagement in the Arctic: India’s engagement with the Arctic began when …

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : An uphill struggle to grow the Forest Rights Act

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: UNESCO, SC/ST, Forest Rights Act (FRA) etc Mains GS Paper I and II: Conservation of Environment, Environmental impact assessment, FRA-positives and negatives etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS In 2006, Rajya Sabha endorsed the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, enacted by the Lok Sabha. INSIGHTS …

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A time-honored connect that will help bridge the Gulf

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of international importance, west Asia, saudi-Iran conflict, Arab League, OPEC, OPEC+, G20 etc Mains GS Paper II: Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests.   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The Sultan of Oman is visiting India on a state visit. This is his first …

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS COP28 — many a slippery slope ahead

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national importance, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Nipah virus, The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) etc Mains GS Paper I & II: Development and management of social sectors/services related to Health and education etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS All 198 signatories to the 28th United Nations’ Conference of …

[Mission 2024] Insights SECURE SYNOPSIS: 11 December 2023

  NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same General Studies – 1   Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic …