Mount Erebus

Mapping   Source: HT  Context: Mount Erebus, located in Antarctica, is raining gold on Earth, spewing out approximately 80 grams of gold worth $6000 daily, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. However, the remote location makes it impossible for anyone to claim this fortune, ruling out any possibility of a gold rush.   How is Gold …

Rampage Missiles

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI    Context: Israel recently utilized the Rampage missile in an attack on an Iranian military base. The Rampage missile is an air-to-surface weapon developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and Israeli Military Industries Systems.   Features of Rampage: Designed for precision strikes, it targets high-quality, well-protected sites such as …

Golden trevally

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: Business Line  Context: The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute achieved a significant breakthrough in mariculture by successfully developing seed production technology for golden trevally, a high-value marine fish. This accomplishment is expected to create new opportunities for sustainable seafood production and enhance India’s mariculture potential. Golden trevally is considered …

Neptis philyra

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: Butterfly enthusiasts made a remarkable discovery in Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lower Subansiri district, India, spotting the elusive Neptis philyra, also known as the long-streak sailor, for the first time in the country. The butterfly, initially described in Russia in 1859, is native to East Asia but …

Sodium-ion battery

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION    Context: South Korean researchers have developed a high-power hybrid sodium-ion battery capable of charging in seconds, marking a potential breakthrough in energy storage technology. Sodium, being nearly 1000 times more abundant than lithium, offers a cheaper and more feasible energy source. This development suggests the battery could …

Challenges posed by Renewable Energy Projects in India

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Indian Economy/ Environment Conservation   Source: TH  Context: The challenges posed by renewable energy development, particularly in the context of solar parks, underscore the complex intersection between sustainable energy goals and local socio-economic and environmental concerns.   India’s Renewable Energy Status: India is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 24 April 2024

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UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 24 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: Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1. The expansion of glacial lakes in …

Leadership should exemplify ethical behaviour and demonstrate a commitment to integrity. Discuss.

Topic: Work culture. 7. Leadership should exemplify ethical behaviour and demonstrate a commitment to integrity. Discuss. (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate. Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of Mission-2024 Secure. Key Demand of the question: To write about components of ethical workplace …

Successfully tackling corruption is a catalyst for positive transformation across various sectors. It creates a virtuous cycle where increased public trust, economic development, and social justice reinforce each other, leading to a more equitable, stable, and prosperous society. Elaborate.

Topic: challenges of corruption. 6. Successfully tackling corruption is a catalyst for positive transformation across various sectors. It creates a virtuous cycle where increased public trust, economic development, and social justice reinforce each other, leading to a more equitable, stable, and prosperous society. Elaborate. (250 words) Why the question: The question is part of the …

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) is a controversial law that has been a subject of criticism and debate, with arguments both in favor of its retention and for its repeal. Analyse.

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security. 5. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) is a controversial law that has been a subject of criticism and debate, with arguments both in favor of its retention and for its repeal. Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate …

Against the backdrop of a rising cross-border terrorism over the past two decades, discuss the ways in which India can improve its security to prevent terror attacks from its neighbouring countries.

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism. 4. Against the backdrop of a rising cross-border terrorism over the past two decades, discuss the ways in which India can improve its security to prevent terror attacks from its neighbouring countries. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Insights …

Expanding eligibility for health insurance is crucial for ensuring broader access to healthcare services. However, affordability is equally important to ensure that individuals can actually utilize their insurance coverage. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 3. Expanding eligibility for health insurance is crucial for ensuring broader access to healthcare services. However, affordability is equally important to ensure that individuals can actually utilize their insurance coverage. Discuss. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough …