UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Reigniting the flame of India-Korea defense cooperation

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national and international importance(indo-pacific, India-Korea relations, South China Sea etc Mains GS Paper II: Bilateral, regional and global groupings involving India or affecting India’s interests, Significance of Indo-Pacific for India etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The visit of Chief of the Army Staff of India to the Republic …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Reading the tea leaves for 2024

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, referendum, UNGA, ICJ etc Mains GS Paper II: Important international institutions, agencies and their functions etc, Significance of Russia for India, International organizations, India-Russia relations.etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Year 2023 witnessed a continuation of the poly crisis: COVID-19 pandemic Global economic slowdown Russia-Ukraine war Sharpening …

Chameleon Trojan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: A new version of the ‘Chameleon Trojan’ malware has been discovered by security researchers, capable of disabling biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint and face unlock to steal a phone’s PIN. The malware attaches itself to legitimate Android apps like Google Chrome to evade detection, running …

Radiocarbon dating

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Radiocarbon dating is a scientific method that utilizes the isotope carbon-14 to determine the age of organic materials. Carbon-14 is created in the Earth’s atmosphere when cosmic rays interact with nitrogen-14 atoms, producing carbon-14. This isotope enters the food chain through plants, animals, and other biomass.    …

National Transit Pass System

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Indian government has introduced the National Transit Pass System (NTPS), a unified platform for the seamless transport of forest goods across the country through a single permit. Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, inaugurated the system, emphasizing its role in promoting transparency and simplifying …

Surya Namaskar

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Gujarat set a Guinness World Record with over 50,000 people performing ‘Surya Namaskar’ simultaneously at 108 venues. The main event took place at Modhera Sun Temple in Mehsana   About Surya Namaskar: Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation, is a yogic practice that involves a series of …

Nina Singh

Content for Mains Enrichment:   Source: DH  Context: Nina Singh, a 1989 batch IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, has made history as the first woman to head the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), responsible for securing Delhi Metro and airports nationwide. Originally from Bihar, Singh, who served as a special DG with the CISF …

Fiscal Federalism: Distribution of funds from Centre to States

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions, Relations Between Centre and State    Source: TH, Hindu Business Line   Context: The recent disagreement between the central and Tamil Nadu governments over flood relief following heavy rainfall sparked a debate on the criteria for awarding central grants to states. Also, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has received …

UPSC Sansad TV: Increasing Indian Strategic Maritime Importance

    Shift from continental strategies to the maritime sphere: A paradigm shift from continental strategies to maritime strategy is needed because of the following reasons: Unlike in the continental sphere where India seems to be hemmed in by China-Pakistan collusion, the maritime sphere is wide open to India to undertake coalition building, rule setting, and other …