Haryana’s Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary

Mapping   Source: The Print  Context: The Supreme Court has halted the construction of four dams inside Haryana’s Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary, citing concerns about the negative impact on wildlife and the ecosystem.  

ROCKS or Crystal Maze 2

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) achieved a milestone with the successful test firing of an air-launched ballistic missile, known as ROCKS or Crystal Maze 2, capable of hitting targets over 250 kilometres away.  

Paro Statement

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IUCN  Context: The Sustainable Finance for Tiger Landscapes Conference, held in Paro, Bhutan, concluded with the Paro Statement, committing to mobilize an additional $1 billion over the next decade to conserve tigers and their landscapes. Tiger Range Countries present included Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, and …

Voyager 1

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Guardian  Context: Voyager 1, Earth’s farthest spacecraft, is back online after engineers remotely fixed its 46-year-old systems. The Voyager mission, conducted by NASA, launched Voyager 1 on September 5, 1977, followed by Voyager 2 on August 20, 1977. Its objective was to explore the outer planets of the …

Sympathetic solar flares

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Recently, a rare celestial event occurred as four solar flares erupted simultaneously, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. These “sympathetic solar flares” originated from different regions of the Sun’s surface due to complex magnetic interactions. Such flares are caused by multiple eruptions linked by massive magnetic field …

Payments Aggregator

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: PayU, a digital financial services provider, has received in-principle authorization from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate as a Payments Aggregator (PA) under the Payment Settlements Act, 2007. With this approval, PayU can onboard new merchants on its platform.  

Material Resource of the Community(Article 39 (b))

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Maharashtra government informed the Supreme Court that the phrase “material resources of the community” encompasses both public and private resources, subject to judicial review for redistribution. The case concerns Article 39(b) of the Constitution, directing the state to distribute material resources for the common good. The …

Deadly Dubai floods made worse by climate change

GS Paper 1  Syllabus: Geography   Source: BBC  Context: Recent deadly storms that submerged Dubai and caused fatalities in Oman were likely exacerbated by climate change, with human-induced heat making the record rainfall 10-40% heavier, according to scientists.   Meanwhile, across the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, a humid heatwave has persisted in recent days, with …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 26 April 2024

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