EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A privileged strategic partnership, without a gulf

  Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, India-UAE relations, etc. Mains GS Paper II: Significance of UAE for India, Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests.   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Prime Minister is scheduled to pay an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) It …

Sansad TV: Perspective- Overcoming Policing Challenges

    Introduction: There is need to make the police forces more sensitive and train them in emerging technologies. That was what Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized on at the 57th All-India Conference of Director Generals & Inspector Generals of Police. At the three-day conference, the Prime Minister also recommended repealing obsolete criminal laws and …

INSIGHTS IAS WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAGAZINE : 29 January – 3 February 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 …

[Mission 2024] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 12 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 …

PACE satellite

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) satellite was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to be placed in a sun-synchronous orbit. PACE aims to study how climate change impacts ocean phytoplankton blooms, which are crucial for the marine food web. Additionally, it will investigate …

The high-altitude pseudo satellite vehicle (HAPS)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) in Bengaluru has successfully conducted the first test of a solar-powered “pseudo satellite” called HAPS (High-Altitude Pseudo Satellite), a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). HAPS can fly at altitudes of 18-20 km, remain airborne for months or even years, and …

Ultracold atoms

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Researchers at the Raman Research Institute (RRI) have developed a new image-correction technique to enhance the study of cold atoms, particularly those at absolute zero temperatures. This technique eliminates 50% of unwanted interference fringes in images, crucial for understanding the quantum mechanics properties of cold atoms. Traditional …

Future Circular Collider

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Scientists at CERN are advancing plans for a multibillion-euro project to construct a larger and more potent particle collider called the Future Circular Collider. Estimated to cost around 16 billion euros, the collider aims to commence operations by 2040  

‘InfexnTM’

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: Kerala is preparing to introduce ‘infexnTM’, India’s first genomics-based test for diagnosing infectious diseases, through a collaboration between IIT-Bombay-based HaystackAnalytics and NIMS Medicity. ‘InfexnTM’ is designed to detect bacterial and fungal infections, as well as antimicrobial resistance genes, and can be performed within hospital settings. This …

Nematodes

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Phys.Org  Context: Researchers have identified a new species of nematode, called Steinernema adamsi, that could be used to control crop pests in warm, humid regions. These nematodes belong to the Steinernema family, known for their use in agriculture to combat insect parasites without pesticides. The nematodes are efficient insect …

SARATHI portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line  Context: The Indian government has launched the SARATHI portal to assist insurance companies in reaching out to farmers and rural populations with tailored insurance products, including the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). The SARATHI portal, or Sandbox for Agriculture, Rural Security, Technology, and Insurance, aims to …

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Indian Cabinet has approved the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY),” a central sector sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada aimed at formalizing the fisheries sector and supporting micro and small enterprises within it.    Key Highlights of the scheme:

Category 6 Hurricanes

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Context: TH  Context: Some experts are proposing the creation of a new hurricane category, Category 6, to account for increasingly intense tropical storms driven by climate change. Currently, the Saffir-Simpson scale, with five categories, tops out at Category 5, but storms with winds exceeding 192 mph would qualify for the …

Bharat Ratna

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, will be awarded to former Prime Ministers P.V. Narasimha Rao and Choudhary Charan Singh, along with Green Revolution pioneer M.S. Swaminathan, making this year’s list the longest-ever announced in a single year. The Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award, …

Evaluation of Smart Cities Mission: Parliamentary Committee

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Governance   Source: TH  Context: A parliamentary committee underscores the importance of launching the next phase of the Smart Cities Mission, focusing on tier-2 cities near state capitals.   About SCM: The SCM (Smart Cities mission) was launched in 2015, with the expressed objective of promoting cities that provide core infrastructure …

National Green Tribunal (NGT) and its functioning

GS2/GS3 Paper   Syllabus: Governance/ Statutory and non-statutory bodies   Source: TOI  Context: The Supreme Court has criticized the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for frequently issuing ex parte orders without hearing affected parties and imposing substantial damages amounting to crores of rupees.   What are Ex-Parte orders? They are those that can be granted without waiting …