Exercises in News

Mapping   Some other exercises between India and the US: MALABAR Exercise: A trilateral naval exercise involving the navies of India, the United States, and Japan, primarily focused on maritime security and interoperability in the Indo-Pacific region. YUDH ABHYAS: A joint military training exercise conducted annually between the Indian and US armies, focusing on enhancing …

Blue Leaders Alliance

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The Blue Leaders High-Level Event on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction took place in Belgium recently.   What is the Blue Leaders alliance? It is a coalition of 24 countries advocating for urgent action to address the threats facing the global ocean, including the climate crisis, overfishing, pollution, …

Karnataka bans harmful dyes

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Karnataka bans harmful dyes in Gobi Manchurian, cotton candy, imposing imprisonment of up to seven years and fines of up to Rs 10 lakh for violators.   Chemicals banned:   Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had previously banned cotton candy sales due to similar concerns.

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Index Providers Regulations, 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) mandates the registration of index providers managing “significant indices” based on Indian securities to enhance transparency in financial benchmark governance.   What are Indices? Indices are statistical measures used to track the performance of a group of assets or …

IRDAI New Regulation

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IRDAI  Context: The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) exercising powers under the Insurance Act, 1938 and IRDA Act, 1999, has framed regulations (IRDAI (Protection of Policyholders’ Interests and Allied Matters of Insurers) Regulations, 2024) consolidating 8 separate regulations into a unified framework. The main objective: It …

Yaounde Declaration

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The Yaounde Declaration marks a significant commitment by 11 African countries to end malaria deaths, acknowledging the urgent need for action given the alarming rise in cases. These countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Uganda, collectively bear the highest burden of malaria infections and deaths …

‘Democracy Report 2024’

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: India, downgraded to an “electoral autocracy” in 2018, has further declined to become “one of the worst autocracies,” according to the ‘Democracy Report 2024’ by the V-Dem Institute.   About the Report:

SC Judgement on Rajya Sabha elections

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Live Law  Context: The recent Supreme Court ruling clarified that Rajya Sabha elections fall under the purview of Article 194(2) of the Constitution, recognizing its role as part of the Basic Structure of the Constitution. It emphasized that parliamentary privileges extend beyond legislative activities, covering other powers and responsibilities …

Sponge Iron industry

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: FE   Context: India’s sponge iron industry faces an ore shortage due to rampant exports of iron ore, its crucial raw material.   About the Sponge Iron: Definition: Sponge iron, also known as direct-reduced iron (DRI), is produced from the direct reduction of iron ore (in the form of …

India-EFTA Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA)

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Indian Economy: Free Trade Agreement    Source: PIB  Context: India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) signed a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) on March 10, 2024.   What is EFTA? EFTA, the European Free Trade Association, is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1960 to promote free trade among …

Citizenship Amendment Act rules notified: Continued

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Indian Polity: Citizenship   Context: This is in continuation to yesterday’s Article: Citizenship Amendment Act rules notified   Citizenship Rules 2024 (amended the Citizenship Rules, 2009), to enforce the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.   Qualifications: Applicants must submit documents such as birth certificates, rental agreements, and educational certificates issued by …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 13 March 2024

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UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 13 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: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and …