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UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A manifesto for justice that has sprung from crises

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, Joshimath glacier, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Vikalp Sangam, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, The National Security Act etc Mains GS Paper II: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders etc …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A Less Ableist Politics

    Source: Indian Express   Prelims: Current events of national importance(ECI, CEC, Article 324, PIL, constitution bench. Pwd etc) Mains GS Paper II: Appointments to various constitutional posts, powers functions and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The Election Commission of India released an advisory for political parties to follow disability-sensitive terminologies …

The oldest evidence of photosynthesis

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: A study published in the journal Nature reveals the oldest evidence of photosynthetic structures found in a collection of 1.75-billion-year-old microfossils known as Navifusa majensis. The microstructures identified as thylakoids, membrane-bound structures inside chloroplasts, provide direct evidence for oxygenic photosynthesis. This process, unique to cyanobacteria and related …

Sisal leaves

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Scientists at Stanford University are researching the use of sisal leaves to create a highly absorbent material that could replace cotton, wood pulp, and chemical absorbents in sanitary napkins. The absorption capacity of the sisal-based material is reported to be higher than that in commercial menstrual pads. …

Peregrine lunar lander

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Live Mint    Context: A private US spacecraft, part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, took off with the Peregrine lander module and Vulcan rocket built by private space companies. This mission aims to be the first US spacecraft to land on the Moon in over 50 …

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: BusinessLine  Context: The Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of PepsiCo, allowing the company to claim a patent for the potato variety used in its potato chips. Pepsi had filed an appeal under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 (the Act) challenging the order …

ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindu Business Line  Context: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has proposed key policy suggestions, including the introduction of the Marine Fishery Act, to enhance India’s marine fisheries sector.   Recommendations of CMFRI: Introduce the Marine Fishery Act: It aims to regulate fishing in areas beyond territorial waters, addressing …

India Club

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: LM  Context:  India plans to establish its own Protection and Indemnity (P&I) entity, named the India Club, to provide insurance for ships operating along its coasts and waterways.   What are P&I clubs? They are mutual insurance associations that offer risk pooling and coverage for third-party risks like cargo damage, …

Chandubi Festival

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: The Chandubi Festival is a vibrant event held near Chandubi Lake in Assam’s Kamrup district. Celebrated for the past 14 years, the festival showcases Assamese culture with activities such as folk music performances, traditional dance shows, local handicraft exhibitions, and Assamese cuisine stalls. The festival has …

Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke

Content for Mains Enrichment:   Source: HT Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke, at 21, became New Zealand’s youngest MP in 170 years, making history during the recent national elections. In her inaugural speech, she performed the traditional Maori haka, emphasizing her commitment to her constituents and her role as a guardian of the Maori language, land, and wisdom. …

Lily Gladstone

Content for Mains Enrichment:   Source: Today.com   Lily Gladstone made history at the 2024 Golden Globes as the first Indigenous person to win best actress in a motion picture drama. She began her acceptance speech in the Blackfeet language, translating to a standard greeting expressing love and identity.   What is the Blackfeet language? …

Comparison of the Indian and French Constitutions

GS Paper 2   Syllabus: Comparison of the Indian Constitution with other countries   Source: IE   Context: Gabriel Attal is the new Prime Minister of France, succeeding Elisabeth Borne. He is known for banning abayas, proposing mandatory school uniforms, and addressing bullying. Attal is France’s first openly gay Prime Minister and left the Socialist …