Mpemba effect

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Mpemba effect, named after Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba, describes the counterintuitive phenomenon where hot water can freeze faster than cold water in similar conditions. Although noticed by historical figures like Aristotle, Francis Bacon, and René Descartes, the effect gained attention after Mpemba highlighted it in 1969. …

End-to-end encryption

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: End-to-end encryption (E2E) is a method of protecting digital information by transforming it into an unreadable format, and it has significant implications for privacy and security. Encryption fundamentally involves changing consumable information into an unconsumable form based on specific rules.   There are two main types …

Laser Communication with Chandrayaan-3 Lander

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has successfully pinged India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission‘s Vikram lander on the Moon using a laser instrument. The laser beam was transmitted and reflected between the LRO and a retroreflector on the Vikram lander, located near the Moon’s south pole. The Laser Retroreflector Array …

Srirangam temple

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Prime Minister visited Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, marking the first visit by a serving Prime Minister to the temple, according to temple priests.  

Madhika Language

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Chakaliya community in the remote colony of Kookanam, near Karivellur grama panchayat in Kannur, is facing the imminent extinction of its unique language, Madhika. The language, has no script and is a blend of Telugu, Tulu, Kannada, and Malayalam, will be lost soon. Despite its …

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Idate Commission report

GS Paper 2   Syllabus: Constitutional and Non-constitutional Bodies    Source: TH  Context: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) emphasized the need to implement the Idate Commission report, which recommends establishing a permanent commission for Nomadic, Semi-Nomadic, and De-Notified Tribes (NTs, SNTs, and DNTs) in India.   The NHRC called for repealing the Habitual Offenders Act, …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE: 23 January 2024

  Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  MISSION – 2023: YEARLONG TIMETABLE Join IPM 4.0 to get an assured review of 2 secure answers everyday   General Studies – 1   Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 1. The challenges faced in …

One of the most effective methods for detecting and preventing corruption and malpractices is through the act of whistleblowing. Is whistleblowing by civil servants ethically justified?

Topic: Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information 7. One of the most effective methods for detecting and preventing corruption and malpractices is through the act of whistleblowing. Is whistleblowing by civil servants ethically justified? Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper …

Integrity is the compass that guides individuals on their journey of character development. Substantiate.

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6. Integrity is the compass that guides individuals on their journey of character development. Substantiate. (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus …

What is the ‘triple planetary’ crisis? Discuss the steps that are needed to build resilience and ensure a more sustainable future for the planet and its inhabitants.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5. What is the ‘triple planetary’ crisis? Discuss the steps that are needed to build resilience and ensure a more sustainable future for the planet and its inhabitants. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Live Mint Why the question: India’s mitigation plan for climate change should …

The White Revolution in India had substantial positive impacts on milk production, rural livelihoods, and the overall economy. Discuss. Suggest steps to further boost milk production in the country.

Topic: economics of animal-rearing. 4. The White Revolution in India had substantial positive impacts on milk production, rural livelihoods, and the overall economy. Discuss. Suggest steps to further boost milk production in the country. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Live Mint Why the question: India’s dairy board has done well to import Gir bull …

By addressing limiting factors and implementing supportive measures, the Indian government must aim to capitalize on the vast scope of solar energy, contributing to the country’s energy security and environmental goals. Analyse.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 3. By addressing limiting factors and implementing supportive measures, the Indian government must aim to capitalize on the vast scope of solar energy, contributing to the country’s energy security and environmental goals. Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty …

The annexation of Goa was seen as a matter of national pride and a demonstration of India’s commitment to territorial integrity. Analyse.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 2. The annexation of Goa was seen as a matter of national pride and a demonstration of India’s commitment to territorial integrity. Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper …

The challenges faced in integrating the princely state of Hyderabad into the Indian Union were met through a combination of diplomatic negotiations, political acumen, and decisive military action when necessary. Examine.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 1. The challenges faced in integrating the princely state of Hyderabad into the Indian Union were met through a combination of diplomatic negotiations, political acumen, and decisive military action when necessary. Examine. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The question is …

INSIGHTS IAS WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAGAZINE : 8 January – 13 January 2024

  Dear Students, Our motto has always been to simplify your UPSC CSE preparation. In pursuance of the above objective, our team decided to improve the magazines further. The new and improved version of our Weekly CA Magazine has several features/changes: No more bullets in the index (a much-requested feature! Yes, we are always listening …