‘Akashteer Command and Control Systems’

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: The ‘Akashteer Command and Control Systems’ is a new initiative by the Indian Army, developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) as part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. About the project: Project Akashteer, developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), is a state-of-the-art initiative enabling the monitoring of low-level …

Doping in Sports

Sports:   Source: TH Context: India maintains its unfortunate status as one of the top countries for doping cases, with 3.2% of samples testing positive according to WADA’s 2022 statistics. India has the highest percentage of positive results for both 2000-plus and 1000-plus samples. Certain sports like wrestling, where India has Olympic success, contribute to …

Artificial reefs

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: In a pioneering initiative in Maharashtra, Mumbai is preparing for the installation of 210 artificial reefs near Worli Koliwada. The artificial reefs, composed of recycled cement and steel, will increase the sea surface area by 50-60 square feet per module. They are expected to attract small and …

Venomous jellyfish blooms

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: An unusual occurrence of venomous jellyfish blooms, particularly Pelagia noctiluca, was reported along the Visakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh recently. Pelagia noctiluca, rarely seen on the East coast of India, is known for causing various illnesses including diarrhoea, vomiting, extreme pain, and anaphylactic shock. The blooms are …

Criollo

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE   Context: A recent research on Criollo cattle, a breed developed in the New World from Iberian ancestors suggested that Criollo cattle possess various climate-adaptive traits, making them well-suited to survive and thrive in a warming world. These traits include a short, slick-hair coat for improved thermotolerance, as …

India has eliminated Kala-azar

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: India has successfully achieved its target to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis, commonly known as kala-azar, according to data from the National Centre for Vector Borne Diseases Control (NCVBDC)   About Kala-azar:  It is a disease caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania (transmitted by sandfly bites). It progresses slowly …

Total solar eclipse  

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: A total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. This type of solar eclipse is a rare event for any particular spot. According to Royal Museums Greenwich, once a place on Earth witnesses a total solar eclipse, it will be about …

Ikshvaku-era

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Recently around 3,730 lead coins were unearthed in an earthen pot at Phanigiri, a renowned Buddhist heritage site in Telangana. The coins, bearing an elephant symbol on the obverse and a Ujjain symbol on the reverse, are believed to belong to the Ikshvaku period. Phanigiri is considered …

UNHRC Resolution on Intersex People

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: UNHRC  Context: The United Nations Human Rights Council recently made a historic decision by adopting a resolution aimed at combating discrimination and harmful practices against intersex people.   Who are Intersex people? Intersex people are individuals born with sex characteristics (such as sexual anatomy, reproductive organs, hormonal patterns, …

Opportunities and Challenges of Green Hydrogen in India

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Energy sector   Source: IE  Context: India is making strides in embracing green hydrogen as a promising alternative fuel, evident from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Rs 496 crore scheme supporting pilot projects.   Definition of Green Hydrogen: Green hydrogen is produced through a process called electrolysis, where water …