Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Mapping   Source: Northeast Today    Context: A Red panda, an endangered species, was recently captured on camera in the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary (EWS) in Arunachal Pradesh.   Key Points about Red Pandas: Two panda species: Giant Pandas and Red Pandas. State animal of Sikkim. Shy, solitary, arboreal; indicator species for ecological change. Two (sub) …

Semal trees

Facts for Prelims (FFP)       Source: TH   Context: Semal trees, crucial to Udaipur’s Holi festivities, face peril in south Rajasthan. Despite their ecological significance, thousands are cut annually for bonfires, violating forest laws.   Semal trees, also known as silk cotton trees or Bombax Ceiba, are large, fast-growing trees (large deciduous trees, …

Ancient Baobab Trees

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: BBC   Context: Scientists have unravelled the origins of ancient baobab trees, revealing they first appeared in Madagascar 21 million years ago before spreading to Australia and mainland Africa via ocean currents. Baobabs, dubbed “the tree of life” for their unique shapes and longevity, face threats from climate change …

[Our IFS 2023 Toppers] 20+ Candidates from various Courses and Initiatives of InsightsIAS Clear UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination – 2023!

  Hearty congratulations to all the Rank Holders for making it to the coveted final list of UPSC IFS 2023.  Your accomplishment reflects an ultimate blend of exceptional hard-work, grit and perseverance. InsightsIAS has produced stellar results in the UPSC Civil Services Exam ever since 2014.This year, around 200+ candidates who have been a part …

GPT-4o

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE   Context: OpenAI has introduced GPT-4o, its newest and most advanced AI model, designed to enhance ChatGPT by making it smarter, faster, and free for all users.   Features of GPT-4o: This model, named “Omni,” represents a significant upgrade from previous models by supporting multimodal interactions—processing and responding to …

Wholesale Price Index (WPI)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line    Context: Recently, India’s Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation surged to a 13-month high of 1.26%, up from 0.5%, driven primarily by increases in food and fuel prices. Economists noted that this spike was influenced by seasonal factors and base effects. Food inflation, specifically, hit an eight-month …

Chabahar port

Facts for Prelims (FFP)  Source: IE   Context: The US has warned of potential sanctions following India’s signing of a 10-year contract with Iran to operate the Chabahar port.   About Chabahar Port: Chabahar port, strategically located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, facilitates India’s trade access and has been a key element in the trilateral agreement …

Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) has deferred the accreditation of India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the second consecutive year, which could impact India’s voting rights at the Human Rights Council and some UNGA bodies. The deferral was based on issues highlighted …

Sahul

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times    Context: Recent archaeological findings have revealed an ancient, Atlantis-like supercontinent named Sahul, which facilitated human migration from Asia to Australia around 70,000 years ago. This landmass was exposed during the last ice age due to lower sea levels and connected present-day Australia, Papua New Guinea, and …

Theaterisation of India Armed Forces

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Internal Security in India   Source: LM  Context: The article highlights the necessity for India’s armed forces to adopt specific theatre commands for efficient defense planning.   What are Theatre Commands?  A theatre command in the military refers to a specific geographical area where military operations are planned, coordinated, and executed under a single …

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UPSC Editorials Quiz : 16 May 2024

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UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 16 May 2024

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“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” 

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 7.  What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”  Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static …

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” – Charlotte Bronte

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 6.  What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds …