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Strait of Gibraltar

Mapping:   Source: BBC  Context: A sailing yacht sank in Moroccan waters near the Strait of Gibraltar after being rammed by orcas.   About Orcas, also known as killer whales: They are the largest dolphins, recognized by their black-and-white colouring, reaching up to 8 meters in length and weighing up to 6 tonnes. Highly intelligent …

Pig Butchering Scam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: LM  Pig Butchering Scams, also known as “sha zhu pan” scams, involve building trust with victims over time before tricking them into investing in fraudulent schemes. It is a type of long-term scam and investment fraud. For instance, scammers may offer attractive job opportunities or investment plans, creating emotional connections …

Purnima Devi Barman Wins the 2024 Whitley Gold Award

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: whitely-award  Context: Dr Purnima Devi Barman from India has been awarded the 2024 Whitley Gold Award (dubbed ‘Green Oscar’) by the UK charity Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) for her efforts to save the Greater Adjutant Stork (Hargila).   Conservation Efforts: Barman’s campaign has increased the stork population in …

World Bees Day

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: UN  Context: The UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day to raise awareness and protect pollinators. The 2024 theme, “Bee Engaged with Youth,” emphasizes involving young people in conservation.  Honey bees, with three pairs of legs, four wings, and five eyes, perform a “waggle dance” to communicate food …

SPECULOOS- 3 b

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NASA  Context:  Astronomers at the University of Liège in Belgium discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet, SPECULOOS-3 b, orbiting an ultra-cool red dwarf, 55 light-years away.   Exoplanets: Planets beyond our solar system, either orbiting other stars or free-floating. Red dwarfs are the smallest main sequence stars, much smaller than the …

Bacterial Pathogens Priority List (BPPL)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Th  Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its Bacterial Pathogens Priority List (BPPL), highlighting critical priority pathogens that pose significant global health threats due to their resistance to treatment and ability to spread resistance.   About BPPL: The Bacterial Pathogens Priority List (BPPL) is a crucial tool in …

Giant viruses

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Daily Mail  Context: Giant viruses, dating back 1.5 billion years, discovered in Yellowstone’s geothermal springs shed light on Earth’s early conditions. A giant virus, also known as a “girus,” is notably large, with some exceeding typical bacteria in size. They are classified within the phylum Nucleocytoviricota.   These viruses, …

Materiovigilance Programme of India (MvPI) platform

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), through a circular, has directed all device license holders and manufacturers to report any adverse events on the Materiovigilance Programme of India (MvPI) platform to mitigate risks and ensure public health safety.    

Higher Education in India: Status, challenges and solutions

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government policies and interventions Source: TH  Context: Indian higher education is experiencing heightened politicization, posing a serious threat to academic institutions and intellectual freedom. India boasts one of the world’s largest higher education systems, including prestigious institutions like IITs and IIMs. Despite its vastness, challenges such as quality and relevance persist. …

UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A minor girl victim support scheme that loses its way

                       Source: The Hindu Prelims: POCSO, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), medical termination of pregnancy (MTP), Child Welfare Committee (CWC), National Crime Record Bureau etc Mains GS Paper I and II: Vulnerable sections of society, Laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections of society etc   ARTICLE …

UPSC Sansad TV: In Depth: Geopolitical significance of Chabahar Port

    Introduction: India and Iran have signed a 10-year contract for the operation of a terminal at the strategically important Chabahar port in Iran, a move that will boost regional connectivity as well as trade ties. This is the first time India will take over the management of an overseas port that will also …

UPSC SANSAD TV: PERSPECTIVE- INDIA-EU RELATIONS

    Introduction: India and the European Union share a vibrant Strategic Partnership which has been witnessing strong growth with wider and deeper co-operation in Political and Strategic, Trade and Commerce, Climate and Sustainability, Digital and Technology aspects as well as people-to-people ties. The India-EU Leaders’ Meeting held in May last year set new milestones …