[ Orientation Session ] Sociology Optional for UPSC CSE by Mrs. Pooja Prasanna, faculty for Sociology from 7:30am on 11th March 2024

    Dear all, There will be an Orientation session for Sociology Optional by Mrs. Pooja Prasanna, Faculty for Sociology at Insights IAS on 11th March 2024 at 7:30am. Orientation session will be in the online mode(YouTube Channel) as well as offline mode.   Venue for Offline Orientation session: Insights IAS – OGP 2, 2nd …

INS Jatayu (Lakshadweep)

Mapping   Source: IE  Context: INS Jatayu, India’s new naval base on Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep, signifies a crucial step in bolstering security infrastructure in the strategic archipelago. It is the second naval base in Lakshadweep. Situated in a strategically important location, the base strengthens India’s operational capability in the region, aiding anti-piracy and anti-narcotics …

MethaneSAT

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: MethaneSAT, launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket, is a satellite designed to track and measure methane emissions globally. MethaneSAT aims to monitor the oil and gas sector, providing data on emission sources, trends, and changes over time.   About MethaneSAT: Developed by the Environmental Defense Fund …

City-specific Zero Carbon plan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Deccan Herald    Context: Nagpur has initiated India’s first city-specific Zero Carbon Buildings Action Plan (ZCBAP), aiming to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from buildings by 2050. The plan covers public buildings, affordable housing, commercial buildings, and homes, focusing on decarbonization and sustainable development. Developed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) …

Interoperable payment system

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Deccan Herald  Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) plans to launch an interoperable payment system for internet banking in 2024. This system, expected to be launched in the current calendar year, aims to expedite fund settlements for merchants and enhance online transactions. The interoperable system will be implemented …

Holistic Progress Card (HPC)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The National Council for Educational and Research Training (NCERT) is introducing a new ‘holistic progress card’ (HPC) to replace traditional report cards. The HPC, developed by the Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development (PARAKH), assesses academic performance along with interpersonal relationships, self-reflection, creativity, …

The World Bank releases Women, Business and the Law 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: World Bank  Context: The “Women, Business and the Law 2024” report by the World Bank Group examines laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunities across 190 economies. The report analyzes challenges hindering women’s workforce entry and economic contribution, updating the Women, Business and the Law index with new indicators …

Examples of Ethics

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Applications of Ethics   Sources: Multiple   Example 1: Calcutta High Court Judge Gangopadhyay to join the BJP Recently, Calcutta High Court Judge Gangopadhyay joined the BJP. It raises concerns about judicial propriety and impartiality. His contentious record on the bench, marked by controversies and accusations of partisanship, casts doubt on …

Need for Reforms in Anti-Defection Law

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Parliamentary Proceedings   Source: IE  Context:  Six Himachal Pradesh MLAs, disqualified for cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha polls, have moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s decision.   What is Anti-defection law (ADL)? ADL in India, enshrined in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, aims to curb political instability by preventing …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : The tale of ‘have money, buy miracle drug’

                Source: The Hindu Prelims: Miracle drug, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, magic injection, Adcetris, Cancer drugs, standing committee on health, WHO, CDK etc Mains GS Paper II: Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life, biotechnology and issues related to IPR etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The press releases by global pharma …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 7 March 2024

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UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 7 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: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and …

What does compassion mean to you? State examples from your life where you practised compassion and the reasons you did so.

Topic: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; 7. What does compassion mean to you? State examples from your life where you practised compassion and the reasons you did so. (150 Words) Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies …