EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : The deep import of the Article 370 verdict

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Jammu and Kashmir-Issue, article 370, Article 3, Federalism, geographic location etc Mains GS Paper II: Importance of Jammu and Kashmir, security concerns, delimitation Commission etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the power of the President to abrogate Article 370 Which led to the …

Sansad TV: Perspective- Sustainable, Balanced & Inclusive Growth

    Introduction: After a highly successful G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi, Brazil has taken over the G20 presidency from 1st December. In this one year as the G20 Chair, India has strived to bridge divides, dismantle barriers and sow seeds of collaboration that nourish a world where unity prevails over discord and where …

[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 20 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 …

Yemen (Houthi Rebels)

Mapping   Source: TH  Context: In the last four weeks, Houthi militants from Yemen have attacked commercial ships 12 times. Prominent shipping fleet operators have paused/rerouted their movements through the Red Sea route. The Houthi movement originated in the early 1990s in Yemen as a Zaydi revivalist group (a sect of Shia). Initially focused on …

2024 is the International Year Of Camelids

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: The United Nations has declared 2024 as the International Year of Camelids to emphasize the significant importance of camelids, such as alpacas, Bactrian camels, dromedaries, guanacos, llamas, and vicuñas, in the lives of people worldwide. Camelids contribute to food security, nutrition, and economic growth in over …

Gene drive technology

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION    Context: Scientists are developing a “gene drive technology” to potentially eliminate malaria-causing mosquitoes in Africa. This technique involves releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes into the environment to prevent female mosquitoes from producing new female offspring, leading to a reduction in malaria transmission. Despite the promising nature of …

Lathyrism

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: Grass pea, also known as khesari dal, has been historically infamous for causing lathyrism, a neurological disease leading to lower limb paralysis.  In the late 19th century, an outbreak of lathyrism linked to grass pea led to its ban in India in 1961 under the Prevention of …

People with blood Disorder not eligible for reservation

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Th  Context: People with blood disorders like thalassemia, haemophilia, and sickle cell disease are not eligible for job reservations in government roles under the Persons with Disabilities category, according to India’s Social Justice Ministry. The three diseases were included in the list of disabilities under the Right to Persons …

Katabatic winds

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION  Context: A surprising phenomenon has been observed in the Himalayas, where ‘katabatic’ winds are triggered when high temperatures affect high-altitude ice masses. This leads to cold air blowing to lower-altitude areas, potentially slowing down the effects of the global climate crisis in some regions. The study reveals that …

Goa Liberation Day

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: On 19th December 1961, India annexed Goa from Portuguese rule through Operation Vijay, following years of failed diplomatic efforts. It was initially a UT and was Declared the 25th Independent State of India on May 30, 1987   History: Goa, a Portuguese colony since 1510, continued as such after …

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Applications of Ethics    Example 1: Morality of the Unethical  Source: DH  Context: The article suggests that the concept of morality among the unethical may be surprising to conventional thinking, which tends to categorize everything rigidly.   In the recent humanitarian crisis in Uttarkashi, where a tunnel collapse trapped 41 workers. …

Dilution of Right to Vote: “One person, one vote, one value”

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Indian Polity   Context: The SC has directed the GoI to establish a Delimitation Commission to address the need for increased reserved seats for SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and State assemblies   What is “One Person, One Vote, One Value”? It is a democratic principle ensuring equal voting rights …