Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road

Mapping   Source: PIB  Context: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) recently completed the strategic Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road in Ladakh.   About the Road: The Nimmu–Padum–Darcha road (NPDR) (298km), also known as the Zanskar Highway, is under construction, linking Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh via Zanskar valley. It connects Nimmu in the Indus Valley to Padum in Zanskar …

Captive Elephant (Transfer or Transport) Rules, 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: New rules for elephant transfers, called the Captive Elephant (Transfer or Transport) Rules, 2024, have been introduced by the Centre, liberalizing conditions for elephant transfers.   What are Captive Elephants? Captive elephants are elephants that are owned and kept by humans, often for various purposes such as …

MeerKAT radio telescope

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: Astronomers using the MeerKAT radio telescope, initially aiming to detect hydrogen gas in a specific galaxy, made a surprising discovery by identifying 49 previously unknown galaxies. The MeerKAT telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), showcased its potential in this discovery.

Magnetic fossils

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Scientists from the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, have discovered a 50,000-year-old giant magneto fossil in the Bay of Bengal, making it one of the youngest magneto fossils found to date. Magneto fossils are fossilized remains of magnetic particles created by magnetotactic bacteria, which align themselves along …

Usage of Embedded SIM for Machine-to-Machine Communications

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released recommendations on the ‘Usage of Embedded SIM for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications’ following a request from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The recommendations aim to streamline the regulatory framework for M2M embedded SIM (eSIM) in India, especially for applications …

Krishi Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE    Context: The Krishi Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) was recently inaugurated by Agriculture ministry as a technological solution aimed at revolutionizing agricultural practices. It leverages state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to collect and process extensive data on various …

Kalyana Chalukya dynasty

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: A 900-year-old Kannada inscription from the Kalyana Chalukya dynasty was discovered in a neglected state at Gangapuram, Mahabubnagar district. Archaeologists found it near Chowdamma temple during a heritage preservation campaign. The inscription, dated June 8, 1134 CE, records toll tax remission for a temple lamp.    About …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : The need to curb black carbon emissions

              Source: The Hindu   Prelims: Current events of international importance, carbon tax, black carbon, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY),COP, etc Mains GS Paper II: Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India or affecting India’s interests, Important international institutions etc   ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS At the COP26 climate in Glasgow(2021). India pledged to …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 27 March 2024

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[ ORIENTATION SESSION ] Insights IAS Anthropology Optional Classes 2025 Batch 1 by Dr. Arjun Bopanna

  Orientation Session : 28th March 2024 Time: 8am onwards Venue: OGP 2, 2nd Floor, Above Purvika Mobiles, Chandralayout Main Road, Bengaluru Orientation session will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel for online students   Dear Students, Anthropology is the science of human Kind. It studies all aspects of Human beings- Social-cultural-Biological aspects. Anthropology …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 27 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: geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and …

By implementing anti-corruption measures, countries can promote economic development, social progress, and citizen well-being. Comment.

Topic: challenges of corruption. 7. By implementing anti-corruption measures, countries can promote economic development, social progress, and citizen well-being. Comment. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4. Key Demand of the question:  To write about the importance of fighting corruption. …

Is abortion morally justified? debate on the ethicality of abortions. 

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; 6. Is abortion morally justified? debate on the ethicality of abortions.  (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4. Key Demand of the question: To …