Ammunition-missile manufacturing complex

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Adani Defence and Aerospace inaugurated two facilities for ammunition and missile manufacturing in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, marking the first private-sector venture in this domain. The complex aims to become one of South Asia’s largest integrated ammunition manufacturing facilities, producing ammunition for the armed forces, paramilitary forces, …

HAM Operator

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: A team of amateur radio operators (HAMs) conducted an Island On The Air (IOTA) expedition from cyclone shelters on Nachugunta Island, Andhra Pradesh. The team made 4,000 global contacts, promoting emergency communication preparedness through sessions in local schools and villages.  

India’s largest solar-battery project

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has commissioned India’s largest Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, with an installed capacity of 40 MW/120 MWh. This project combines solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with battery storage to meet peak energy demands. The project ensures …

Garbhini-GA2

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: Researchers have developed Garbhini-GA2, an India-specific artificial intelligence model, to accurately determine the gestational age of a fetus during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. This model, created by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, is part of …

Bitcoin Halving

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The upcoming Bitcoin Halving, predicted to occur around April this year, entails a 50% reduction in the reward paid to Bitcoin miners for processing transactions. This event is significant as it impacts the supply and scarcity of Bitcoin, potentially affecting its price.  

Hanooman

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The BharatGPT group, has unveiled ‘Hanooman’, a series of large language models (LLMs) capable of responding in 11 Indian languages, with plans to expand to over 20 languages. Hanooman is designed for use in healthcare, governance, financial services, and education sectors. It is a multimodal AI tool …

Chromosomal disorders discovered from prehistoric skeletal remains

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Researchers have reported the discovery of chromosomal disorders, including six cases of Down syndrome and one case of Edwards syndrome, in prehistoric skeletal remains dating back approximately 5,500 years. These findings represent the first identification of Edwards syndrome from historic or prehistoric remains. The individuals affected …

Investor Information and Analytics Platform

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and Jal Shakti launched the ‘Investor Information and Analytics Platform’ developed by IIT Madras. This platform serves as a comprehensive resource for startups, providing access to venture capitalists, investor networks, government schemes, and various …

Purple Fest 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB Context: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, organized Purple Fest 2024 at Rashtrapati Bhawan, celebrating diversity and unity. Major launches included the “INDIA NEURODIVERSITY PLATFORM” and a handbook addressing language barriers.

Homosep Atom

Content For Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: PIB  Context: India’s first septic tank cleaning robot, the Homosep Atom, developed by the startup Solinas incubated at the DST-TBI of IIT Madras, is revolutionizing sanitation practices across India.   Benefits: This innovative technology eliminates manual scavenging by employing robotic cleaning methods, reducing costs, and promoting sewer sanitation. …

Land Degradation and Land Management Policy

GS Paper 3   Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Context: An urgent need exists for a comprehensive land management policy, considering land’s critical role in ecological, economic, social, and cultural aspects. India, with a small geographical area but a large population, faces numerous land management issues, including the degradation of around 30% of its total land. …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Stop the dithering and encourage green elections in India

      Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of national importance(ECI, CEC, Article 324, MCC, PVC,  etc) Mains GS Paper II: Appointments to various constitutional posts, powers functions and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS In August 2023 during Assembly elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) voiced its concern over …

INSIGHTS IAS WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAGAZINE : 12 February – 17 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 SECURE SYNOPSIS: 26 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: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and …