UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : Tackling the fatty liver disease epidemic

Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of national importance, WHO, NCDs, G20, age tax, mortality, fertility rate, AI, robotic surgery etc Mains GS Paper I & II: Development and management of social sectors/services related to Health and education etc ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The theme for International Fatty Liver Day this year, an awareness initiative observed annually …

Lipulekh pass

Context: Indian traders, engaged in border trade through the Lipulekh pass since 1992, urge the government to resume trade with China. The route was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, leaving goods worth Rs 15 lakh stranded in Tibet.   Source: BS

ISRO’s Aditya-L1 mission

Context: Recently, ISRO’s Aditya-L1 mission captured images of the Sun during the May solar storm. The Solar Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) and the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) instruments on board took images and made vital observations, aiding in the study of solar flares, energy distribution, sunspots, and space weather prediction.   What are Geomagnetic …

Portable Optical Atomic Clock

Context: Researchers have developed a portable optical atomic clock for use on ships, offering superior accuracy compared to other maritime timekeeping methods. They assert it is the most advanced optical clock available for maritime use. About Atomic Clock:  Atomic clocks measure time using atom vibrations, particularly electrons’ oscillations, with extreme precision, having an error margin …

Notified Disasters

Context:  The ongoing discussion on including heatwaves as a notified disaster under the Disaster Management Act (DM Act) has reopened due to the extreme heat in many parts of India. Currently, heatwaves are not considered disasters under the Act, which was enacted after the 1999 Odisha super-cyclone and the 2004 tsunami. The Act defines a …

UN declares 2025 as International Year of Quantum Science and Tech

Syllabus: Applications of S&T  Source: TH Context: UN has declared 2025 as International Year of Quantum Science and Tech. Next year marks the centenary of Werner Heisenberg’s foundational paper on quantum mechanics. What is Quantum computing?  Quantum computing is a new way of computing that uses the principles of quantum mechanics to perform calculations. In traditional …

A Review of Village Government in India

Syllabus: Polity: Panchayati Raj  Source: BS  Context: The World Bank Group released a Policy Research Working Paper titled “Two Hundred and Fifty-Thousand Democracies: A Review of Village Government in India,” analyzing the impact of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment on India’s democratic path.   What is Panchayati Raj (PRI)? A Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) is a …

UPSC Sansad TV: In Focus- Sustainable Agriculture

     Introduction: Sustainable agriculture is a holistic approach to farming that prioritizes environmental health, economic profitability, and social equity.It aims to meet society’s current food and textile needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.The core of sustainable agriculture is to balance the ecosystem’s needs with human agricultural activities. Importance …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 13 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: 13 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 …

“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” ― H.G. Wells

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) “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” ― H.G. Wells Difficulty level: Tough Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and …

Evaluate the various benefits and risks associated with the Agnipath scheme. Suggest reforms that are needed in the scheme.

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate. 6. Evaluate the various benefits and risks associated with the Agnipath scheme. Suggest reforms that are needed in the scheme. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Indian Express Why the question: The government on Tuesday unveiled its new Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the three …

The debate over including heatwaves as a notified disaster under India’s Disaster Management Act, 2005, underscores the urgent need for formal recognition to improve preparedness and mitigate the growing impacts of extreme heat events. Examine.

Topic: Disaster and disaster management. 5. The debate over including heatwaves as a notified disaster under India’s Disaster Management Act, 2005, underscores the urgent need for formal recognition to improve preparedness and mitigate the growing impacts of extreme heat events. Examine. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Indian Express , Insights on India Why the …

India’s poor performance on the Global Gender Gap report is attributed to several factors. Improving political participation of women is pivotal for achieving gender equality and has far-reaching impacts on society. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 4. India’s poor performance on the Global Gender Gap report is attributed to several factors. Improving political participation of women is pivotal for achieving gender equality and has far-reaching impacts on society. Discuss. (250 words) Difficulty …