UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Equity concerns in banning fossil fuel extraction

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, COP, IPCC, G20 etc Mains GS Paper II: Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests, Important international institutions etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS There is a proposal in academic literature for a coal elimination treaty by 2030 with the …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : The Union’s reins on financial transfers to States

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of national importance(Federalism, Finance Commission, Cess and Surcharges, NITI Ayog, etc) Mains GS Paper II & III: Functions and responsibilities of the union and the states, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Since the start of the Fourteenth Finance Commission award …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A critical view of the ‘sanitation miracle’ in rural India

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, SDG, covid-19, SBM etc. Mains GS Paper II: Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests, Significance of G20 countries etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals with 169 …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS Micro-credentials, the next chapter in higher education

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national importance(Different social service Schemes, UGC, Higher education institutes (HEIs), National Credit Framework (NCrF),NEP etc Mains GS Paper I & II: Social empowerment, development and management of social sectors/services related to Education etc.   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The total enrolment in higher education increased to nearly 33 crore …

Aldabra giant tortoises

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: A project spanning six years has successfully reintroduced Aldabra giant tortoises to Madagascar, potentially leading to thousands of these megaherbivores repopulating the island for the first time in 600 years. This initiative aims to restore the island’s degraded ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, and shrublands, which were previously …

Invasive thrips

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: New Indian Express  Context: In a session of the Rajya Sabha, it was disclosed that the invasive pest species Thrips Parvispinus may have significantly damaged chilli crops in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, causing up to 80% of the crop loss

Satyendra Nath Bose

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Context: Satyendra Nath Bose, born on January 1, 1894, and passing away on February 4, 1974, was an eminent Indian mathematician and physicist renowned for his collaboration with Albert Einstein in developing a theory concerning the gas-like properties of electromagnetic radiation. Bose’s contributions to quantum physics are significant, with his …

Underwater canyon

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI    Context: The Geological Institute of Israel has discovered a previously unknown underwater canyon near Cyprus, named Eratosthenes after the nearby underwater mountain. This canyon dates back to the Messinian Event approximately 5.5 million years ago. It measures about 10 kilometres wide and 500 meters deep and was …

Grammy Awards 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: livemint Context: Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band Shakti earned recognition at the 66th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning the Global Music Album award for their album “This Moment.” Formation: Shakti was formed in 1973 after the disbandment of the first Mahavishnu Orchestra. Album: Shakti reformed in …

Draft guidelines for accessibility for the hearing and visually impaired in movie halls

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: IE  Context: The deadline for public comments on draft accessibility guidelines for movie halls catering to the hearing and visually impaired ends next week. As per the Census 2011, 2.21% of the total population in India has been marked as ‘disabled’, of which 19 per cent are with …

Uttarakhand: Uniform Civil Code (UCC) 2024 Bill

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Indian Constitution/ Government Policies and Interventions   Source: IE, IE  Context: The Uttarakhand government recently introduced the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) 2024 Bill in the Assembly, proposing significant changes in marriage, divorce, and succession laws. This has sparked a renewed debate on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in India.   What …

[COMPILATION] Insights Current Affairs, 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 Monthly CA Magazine: CURRENT AFFAIRS 30 has several features/changes: No more bullets in the index (a much-requested feature! Yes, we are …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 8 February 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: Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1. Explain the primary and secondary …

“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 7. What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama Difficulty level: Easy Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of …