Second Thomas Shoal Reef

Mapping   Source: Th  Context: Tensions have escalated at the Second Thomas Shoal, with China blocking manoeuvres and disrupting supply missions. The Philippines has refuted China’s claim of reaching an agreement over the South China Sea dispute, labelling it as propaganda. Second Thomas Shoal (located near the Spratly Islands) is a submerged reef in the …

New Alert indicators under PMLA

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET Context: India’s financial intelligence unit (FIU) issues new alert indicators under PMLA for various sectors to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. These guidelines, part of the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing regime, involve collaborations with regulatory bodies.   The New Indicators are:    

Nilgiri Tahr

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Tamil Nadu government is conducting a three-day survey to estimate the population of the Nilgiri Tahr, a species listed as endangered by the IUCN  

Biohacking

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Biohacking is gaining traction in India, with enthusiasts experimenting with various techniques like cryotherapy and IV therapy.   What is Biohacking? Biohacking involves using scientific knowledge and experimentation to optimize one’s body and mind. It encompasses various practices aimed at improving physical and mental performance, longevity, and …

Salmonella contamination in spices

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Standard    Context: Over the past six months, US customs authorities have rejected 31% of all spice-related shipments from Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) due to salmonella contamination concerns.  

UN Panel on “Critical Energy Transition Minerals”

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Forbes  Context: The United Nations recently launched a new panel on “Critical Energy Transition Minerals” to address the challenges of the “material-energy nexus” and promote responsible and fair value chains.   With 23 countries (including India) and the African Union on board, along with 14 non-governmental groups, the panel …

Inheritance Tax

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: In India, the debate over inheritance tax as a tool to address economic inequality is ongoing. What is Inheritance Tax? It is a tax levied on the assets inherited by individuals from a deceased person. The tax rate depends on the value of the inherited property and …

Project ISHAN

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION    Context: India has kickstarted the process of unifying its four airspace regions under Project Indian Single Sky Harmonized Air Traffic Management at Nagpur (ISHAN). This initiative is expected to enhance air traffic management, benefiting airlines and passengers by making operations more efficient and safer. Challenges include technological implementation, …

Star campaigners

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Several political parties have released the list of their star campaigners for the upcoming Lok Sabha General Elections. The Representation of the People Act, 1951, defines rules around star campaigners, who are leaders of political parties appointed for campaigning. A recognised political party can appoint a …

Guidelines for the Elimination of Corporal Punishment in Schools (GECP)

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Applications of Ethics    Source: TH   Context: The Tamil Nadu School Education Department has released Guidelines for the Elimination of Corporal Punishment in Schools (GECP), focusing on safeguarding students’ physical and mental well-being. The guidelines, issued jointly by the Director of School Education and the Director of Elementary Education, address …

UPSC Sansad TV: Perspective- Welfare Of Indian Diaspora

     Introduction: The Indian diaspora comprises over 18 million persons of Indian origin and 13 million non-resident Indians – making it the largest overseas community globally.The profile and geographical distribution of the Indian diaspora presents a great opportunity to promote the country’s soft power and cultural diplomacy abroad.This is the recommendation of a …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 30 April 2024

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UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 30 April 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 Architecture …