Status of Leopards in India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The report on the Status of Leopards in India was recently released by the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change.   The fifth cycle leopard population estimation, conducted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India, revealed key findings:   Overall population: …

App delisting

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Indian government, strongly opposes Google’s recent delisting of Indian apps from its Play Store due to a dispute over service fee payments. The government emphasizes the importance of protecting the Indian start-up ecosystem and asserts that their fate cannot be determined solely by big tech …

National Urban Co-operative Finance and Development Corporation Limited

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NewsOnAir  Context: The Home Minister launched the National Urban Co-operative Finance and Development Corporation Limited (NUCFDC), serving as the umbrella organization for Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs). The initiative aims to modernize and strengthen the UCB sector, benefiting both banks and customers.  

World Poverty Clock

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line  Context: India has made significant progress in reducing extreme poverty, with less than 3% of its population now living below the poverty line, according to the latest data from the World Poverty Clock. This achievement aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending extreme …

State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2023

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: SMEStreet Context: Bureau of Energy Efficiency 22nd Foundation Day: Celebrated on March 1, 2024, the 22nd Foundation Day commemorates the establishment of the organization under the Ministry of Power, with the goal of reducing energy intensity in the Indian economy. The theme of the celebration is “Energy Transition through …

Uniform Hospital treatment charges

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE    Context: The Supreme Court has directed the central government to swiftly establish uniform hospital treatment charges, aiming to streamline the cashless health insurance system. The court’s decision follows a PIL urging for standardized fees nationwide. The general insurance industry, which heavily relies on health premiums, awaits the …

Seamounts

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Space.com  Context: Researchers aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Falkor research vessel have discovered four massive seamounts off the coast of Peru and Chile. The tallest of these underwater mountains rises over 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) from the seafloor, making it three times taller than the world’s tallest building. Detected …

SC Revokes immunity for MPs and MLAs in the bribery case

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Parliamentary Privileges    Source: TH  Context: The Supreme Court ruled that MPs and MLAs can’t claim immunity for bribery. Article 105(2) and 194(2) protections have been overturned. The case involved Sita Soren (daughter-in-law of JMM chief Shibu Soren) accused of taking bribes for the vote.   What is a Bribe-for-vote? Bribe-for-vote …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A vaccine that prevents six cancers

                    Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national importance, cervical cancer, Government policies, universal immunization programme, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) etc Mains GS Paper II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementations etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS January was observed as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 5 March 2024

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UPSC Sansad TV: New India Debate- Mental Health

    Importance of mental health: Emotional and mental health is important because it’s a vital part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviors and emotions. Being healthy emotionally can promote productivity and effectiveness in activities like work, school or caregiving. It plays an important part in the health of your relationships, and allows you …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 5 March 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: Social empowerment 1. The idea that women should not be tied to …

Political attitudes are formed through a complex and ongoing process that involves various social, cultural, and personal factors. Elaborate.

Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; 7. Political attitudes are formed through a complex and ongoing process that involves various social, cultural, and personal factors. Elaborate. (150 words) Difficulty level: Tough Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General …

In your opinion, what are the various manifestations of compassion towards weaker sections?

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6. In your opinion, what are the various manifestations of compassion towards weaker sections? (150 words) Difficulty level: Easy Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of …