Kshipra River (Madhya Pradesh)

Mapping   Source: TNIE  Context: CAG conducted a performance audit on the degradation of the Kshipra River in Madhya Pradesh, highlighting multiple issues including pollution from untreated sewage and industrial waste, reduced river flow due to improper management, and deficient action against violators.  

Nausena Bhawan (New Delhi)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH Context: The Defence Ministry inaugurated the Indian Navy’s first independent headquarters, Nausena Bhawan, in Delhi Cantonment. The building, designed through a nationwide competition, consolidates the Navy’s operations previously spread across 13 locations. Achieving Green Rating IV features a robust three-tier security system with cutting-edge technologies.   The Indian …

Ghost particles

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Astronomers analysing data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica have potentially detected the first evidence for astrophysical tau neutrinos, nicknamed “ghost particles” due to their elusive nature. These subatomic particles interact minimally with matter, allowing them to travel vast distances without disturbance, making them valuable for …

SIMA

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: Google DeepMind has unveiled SIMA (Scalable Instructable Multiworld Agent), a new AI gaming agent capable of understanding and executing natural language instructions to perform tasks across various video game environments. Unlike AI models trained on specific datasets, SIMA functions as a generalist AI agent, able to process …

Biomining

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times   Context: The biomining project aimed at clearing Delhi’s landfill sites in Ghazipur and Bhalswa is likely to miss the 2024 deadline due to slow progress. Biomining is also known as bioleaching. It involves digging up waste, segregating it, and treating and separating the toxins.The soil is then …

CPCRI

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Farmers’ Welfare, and Food Processing Industries, unveiled a new dwarf coconut variety called ‘Kalpa Suvarna’ and two hybrid cocoa varieties developed by the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI). The new cocoa varieties, VTL CH I and VTL CH II, …

India’s first Oil Palm Processing Unit (Arunachal Pradesh)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: India’s first integrated Oil Palm Processing Unit by 3F Oil Palm has commenced operations in Arunachal Pradesh, marking a significant milestone in the country’s journey towards self-reliance in edible oils.   About Palm oil: Derived from the fruit of oil palms, used in cooking, cosmetics, processed foods, …

‘2+2’ defence and foreign ministerial dialogue

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: India and Brazil held their first ‘2+2’ defence and foreign ministerial dialogue in Delhi.   What is ‘2+2’ defence and foreign ministerial dialogue?  The ‘2+2’ defence and foreign ministerial dialogue involves high-level meetings between the defence and foreign ministers of two countries. It aims to enhance cooperation …

Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: HT    Context: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has introduced new Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024, replacing the old rules from 1983. These rules stem from the Cinematograph (Amendment) Act, 2023, which amended the Cinematograph Act, 1952.   Aim: These rules aim to address various concerns in film certification …

Model Code of Conduct

Facts for Prelims (FFP)       Source: IE     Context: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been enforced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, beginning from the announcement of the election schedule until the declaration of results. This code regulates the behaviour of political parties …

Power of withholding Bills passed by State Assembly

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Polity   Source: TH  Context: Kerala will challenge President Droupadi Murmu’s withholding of assent for Bills passed by the Kerala Legislature, opening a constitutional debate on the scope of judicial review of the President’s decisions.   What is the case about? The Kerala Assembly passed (in 2022) University Laws (Amendment) Bills …

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