[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 9 February 2024

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 …

Dachigam National Park

Mapping   Source: TOI  Context: In Winter 2024, Wildlife SOS provided a specialized diet to Himalayan Black Bears at the Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir to support them during their natural hibernation period.  Due to heavy snowfall and cold weather, regular food sources became scarce for the bears.    

Red dwarf star TOI-715

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Sci.News  Context: Astronomers utilizing data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have identified a super-Earth exoplanet, TOI-715b, orbiting the nearby red dwarf star TOI-715 in the constellation of Volans. This planet, approximately 1.5 times the width of Earth, resides within the habitable zone of its parent star, suggesting …

Hypervelocity expansion tunnel test facility

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: Hindustan Times Context: The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) has developed and successfully tested India’s first hypervelocity expansion tunnel test facility, making the country one of the few nations with this advanced hypersonic testing capability. The facility, named S2 or “Jigarthanda,” is located within IIT Kanpur’s hypersonic experimental aerodynamics …

Payment aggregators

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Standard  Context: Several startups, including Decentro, Juspay, and Zoho, have recently obtained regulatory approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate as payment aggregators (PAs). Other notable companies that received licenses earlier include Zomato, Stripe, and Tata Pay.  

Lokpal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times Context: A committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected Supreme Court judge Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar as the new chairperson of Lokpal, and Aeratu S. Rajeev, managing director of Bank of Maharashtra, as the Vigilance Commissioner Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or body of ombudsman that …

Kokborok

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE Context: After protests and dialogue, the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) has announced that both Roman and Bengali scripts will be allowed for Kokborok exams

Safe City project

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: TH  Context: U.N. Women has partnered with the Kerela State government to support its Safe City project and gender data hub. They will offer technical assistance in collaboration with the State’s gender parks.   Background: Ministry of Home Affairs had in 2018 sanctioned Safe City Projects under the Nirbhaya …

Parliamentary Panel Report on the Cotton Sector

GS1/3 Paper   Syllabus: Geography/Agriculture   Context: The Parliamentary Panel on Labour, Textiles, and Skill Development advised the government to devise umbrella policies for the cotton sector and closed jute mills.   About Cotton:  Cotton is one of the most important commercial crops cultivated in India and India accounts for around 25% of the total global …

Sansad TV: Perspective- India’s Startup Ecosystem

    Introduction: Startup India initiative was launched on 16th January 2016 with an intent to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation, startups and encouraging private investments in startup ecosystem of the country. Four years later in 2020 National Startup Awards were started to recognize and reward outstanding startups and ecosystem enablers. India is …

[MISSION 2024] Insights SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 9 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. Though local salinity patterns are …

By placing a moral compass, we create a clear vision of the mental processes that point us in an ethical direction. Elaborate.

Topic: laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; 7. By placing a moral compass, we create a clear vision of the mental processes that point us in an ethical direction. Elaborate. (150 words) Difficulty Level: Moderate Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications. Why the question: The question is part of …

Achieving the ambitious goal of doubling the income of India’s farmers requires a holistic strategy that encompasses technological, infrastructural, financial, and policy interventions. Analyse.

Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing. 6. Achieving the ambitious goal of doubling the income of India’s farmers requires a holistic strategy that encompasses technological, infrastructural, financial, and policy …

What is the Free Movement Regime (FMR)? Analyse the impact of its suspension on bilateral relations with Myanmar and the broader geopolitical implications.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 5. What is the Free Movement Regime (FMR)? Analyse the impact of its suspension on bilateral relations with Myanmar and the broader geopolitical implications. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: The Hindu , Insights on India Why the question: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on February 8 that …

Addressing the issue of farmer suicides requires a comprehensive approach that considers both short-term interventions and long-term systemic changes. Examine.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 4. Addressing the issue of farmer suicides requires a comprehensive approach that considers both short-term interventions and long-term systemic changes. …

Rapid population growth and demographic changes can pose various challenges. Addressing these challenges requires comprehensive and sustainable policies that focus on population management and economic development. Discuss.

Topic: population and associated issues 3. Rapid population growth and demographic changes can pose various challenges. Addressing these challenges requires comprehensive and sustainable policies that focus on population management and economic development. Discuss. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The Hindu , Insights on India Why the question: The announcement in the interim Budget of …