Mount Kanlaon

Context: Mount Kanlaon, located in the central Philippines, erupted recently (through a Phreatic eruption), prompting hundreds of people to seek shelter in evacuation centres. About Mount Kanlaon/ Canlaon: It stands as the highest peak on Negros Island and is one of the active volcanoes within the Philippines’ Pacific Ring of Fire. The volcano comprises various …

Minuteman III

Context: The US conducted an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. The LGM-30G Minuteman III, a solid-fueled ICBM first deployed by the USAF in the 1960s, serves as the sole land-based component of the U.S. nuclear triad. Designed and manufactured by Boeing, it was initially intended for …

Fungus Parengyodontium album

Context: Recently, the marine fungus Parengyodontium album was discovered to break down oceanic polyethylene (PE) plastic.   About Fungus Parengyodontium album:  This fungus converts PE-derived carbon into fungal biomass, using it as an energy source, a process that requires the initial photodegradation of PE by UV sunlight. This discovery highlights the potential of P. album …

Reports in News

  Keyphrases: Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update (2024-2028), Nature Geosciences projects study on Groundwater, A World of Debt Report 2024, Environmental Performance Index (EPI), 2024

Clearing Corporation

 Context: SEBI forms a committee, chaired by Usha Thorat, to review the ownership and economic structure of clearing corporations. Aim: Ensure resilience, independence, and neutrality. Previous norms by SEBI focused on dispersed ownership and governance framework. The current structure is dominated by parent exchanges, raising concerns about independence and capital infusion. Globally, major CC have …

Special Category Status (SCS)

 Context: The strong showing of Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD(U)) in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections has reignited their calls for special category status (SCS) for their respective states, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.   About SCS: Source: TH

Issues with the Shift in Cropping Pattern

Syllabus: Agriculture, Cropping Pattern, Geography Source: BS Context: Shift in paddy sowing may not aid despite normal monsoon, as groundwater depletion persists. India anticipates a normal monsoon, enhancing agricultural output, yet groundwater depletion poses challenges. Punjab and Haryana’s wheat-paddy cycle exacerbates this issue, with paddy consuming significant water. Groundwater extraction rates in these states surpass …

Disparities in Education Outcomes in India

 Syllabus: Government Policies and Intervention  Source: LM  Context: National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 highlights the disparities in educational outcomes among Indian states, advocating for improved teaching methods and targeted interventions to enhance learning outcomes for all students.   What is NAS 2021?  NAS 2021 is a nationwide assessment conducted (by the Ministry of Education) to gauge …

Women MPs in Lok Sabha

Syllabus: Indian Parliament  Source: HT  Context: The 18th Lok Sabha will have 74 women Members of Parliament (MP), a slight decrease from 2019 when 78 women were elected.   Status of women in legislatures: Women will now constitute 13.6% of the new Lok Sabha, down from 14.3% in the previous term. (although increasing from 5% …

INSIGHTS IAS WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAGAZINE : 27 May – 1 June 2024

  Dear Students, Our motto has always been to simplify your UPSC CSE preparation. In pursuance of the above objective, our team decided to improve the magazines further. The new and improved version of our Weekly CA Magazine has several features/changes: No more bullets in the index (a much-requested feature! Yes, we are always listening …

UPSC Static Quiz – Polity : 7 June 2024

We will post 5 questions daily on static topics mentioned in the UPSC civil services preliminary examination syllabus. Each week will focus on a specific topic from the syllabus, such as History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, and more. Join our Official Telegram Channel HERE for Motivation and Fast Updates Subscribe to our YouTube …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 7 June 2024

Introducing QUED – Questions from Editorials (UPSC Editorials Quiz) , an innovative initiative from InsightsIAS. Considering the significant number of questions in previous UPSC Prelims from editorials, practicing MCQs from this perspective can provide an extra edge. While we cover important editorials separately in our Editorial Section and SECURE Initiative, adding QUED (UPSC Editorials Quiz) …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE: 7 June 2024

The Insights IAS Secure Initiative for UPSC Mains Answer Writing practice enables you to practice daily answer writing, enhancing your skills and boosting your scores with regular feedback, expert tips, and strategies. Let consistency be the hallmark of your preparation and utilize UPSC Mains Answer Writing practice initiative wisely   Click on EACH question to post/upload …

“The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.”  – Travis Bradberry

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 ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.”  – Travis Bradberry Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question …