T-50 (J&K)

Mapping   Source: TOI         Context: India’s longest rail tunnel T-50, part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL), was inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir. The tunnel, named T-50, spans 12.77 km and is considered one of the most challenging aspects of the project. Additionally, construction progress is being made on the Silkyara-Barkot tunnel project in Uttarkashi, …

Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: The Union Cabinet, approved the continuation of the centrally sponsored Scheme, the Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP), with a total outlay of Rs. 4,100 crore for a period of 5 years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The scheme comprises two components:   Flood Management Programme …

CE20 cryogenic engine

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION  Context: ISRO has achieved a significant milestone in its Gaganyaan mission by completing the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine, which powers the cryogenic stage of the human-rated LVM3 launch vehicle. Human-rating refers to rating a system that is capable of safely transporting humans This achievement comes …

Shompen tribe

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BBC  Context: Experts warn that the development of Great Nicobar into a shipping hub and tourist destination could lead to the extinction of the indigenous Shompen tribe. The $9 billion development plan could introduce 650,000 people to the island, increasing the risk of contact and diseases that could devastate …

Right to adopt a child

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI    Context: The Delhi High Court upheld alterations to Adoption Rules under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, clarifying that the right to adopt children is not a fundamental right. The ruling came in response to a case concerning regulations barring parents with two …

School where teachers never shout at children

Content For Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: BBC  Context: At Uphall Primary School in Ilford, East London (United Kingdom), a different approach to discipline is taken. Headteacher Dr Kulvarn Atwal believes in not shouting at pupils or resorting to detentions or suspensions. Instead, misbehaving children are given learning opportunities through discussions about their actions, emotions, …

SC Decision on Gender Discrimination

GS1/GS2 Paper   Syllabus: Issues Related to Women  Context: The Supreme Court of India declared (in Selina John’s case) rules penalizing women employees for getting married as unconstitutional, citing gender discrimination and inequality.   Background of the case: The case involved former lieutenant Selina John, who was discharged from the Military Nursing Service for getting married. …

[Mission 2024] Insights SECURE SYNOPSIS: 22 February 2024

  NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same General Studies – 1   Topic: Social empowerment 1. Addressing gender inequality in the …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE: 23 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: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical …

7. In the Crestwood High School, Jim, an otherwise diligent and unassuming student, found themselves thrust into an unexpected role as the Returning Officer for the mock elections. The school was buzzing with anticipation as the candidates, Jon and Jack, competed for the coveted position of Student Council President.

Topic: Case Study 7. In the Crestwood High School, Jim, an otherwise diligent and unassuming student, found themselves thrust into an unexpected role as the Returning Officer for the mock elections. The school was buzzing with anticipation as the candidates, Jon and Jack, competed for the coveted position of Student Council President. As the mock elections …

Critically analyze the Agnipath scheme, which aims to reform defence policy by changing the way young men and women are recruited into the Indian armed forces.

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate. 6. Critically analyze the Agnipath scheme, which aims to reform defence policy by changing the way young men and women are recruited into the Indian armed forces. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The Hindu , Insights on India Why the question: The Agnipath scheme, as it …