Siang River

Mapping Source: Outlook India is planning to build a large barrage on the Siang River to protect it from a Chinese dam being built in Tibet. The dam is being built on the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet’s Medog district. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu warned that if India does not respond to the dam, …

BHARAT DRONE SHAKTI 2023

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is collaborating with the Drone Federation of India to co-host ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’, at the IAF’s airbase in Hindan, Ghaziabad. This event aims to showcase the capabilities of the Indian drone industry and promote the use of drone technology in …

One Sun, One World, One Grid (OSOWOG)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: A one-day conference in New Delhi (“Transnational Grid Interconnections for One Sun, One World, One Grid”), organized by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, focused on cross-border energy connectivity and collaboration.

Human embryo

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Scientists have managed to grow a human embryo-like structure in a laboratory without using traditional sperm or eggs. This remarkable achievement involved using a combination of stem cells, which can differentiate into various cell types, and chemicals to create an embryo-like structure that mimics the molecular characteristics …

New UPI features

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Live Mint  Context: The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has introduced new features for the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) with the goal of achieving 100 billion monthly transactions. These features include a credit line on UPI, a conversational payment mode called ‘Hello UPI,’ BillPay Connect, UPI Tap & …

ASEAN summit

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Prime Minister, in his address at the 20th ASEAN-India summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, emphasized that ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) plays a central role in India’s Act East Policy.   ASEAN, established on August 8, 1967, initially consisted of five member states: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

India’s Pond Man

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: IE Ramveer Tanwar, known as ‘India’s Pond Man,‘ is dedicated to restoring and revitalizing lakes, ponds, and wetlands across India Through his NGO, Say Earth, Tanwar employs sustainable methods and community-driven approaches to clean and restore these water reservoirs. Born in an agricultural family in Greater Noida, Tanwar …

Amended Forest (Conservation) Act imperils the Northeast

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: TH  Context: This article discusses the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Act, 2023, which allows forest land diversion for certain projects near India’s borders.   More about the article: The article highlights opposition from states in India’s Northeast due to concerns about its impact on tribal and customary laws. …

Use financial inclusion to reduce inequality and speed up growth

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Inclusive growth   Source: LM  Context: The article discusses financial inclusion as a tool for reducing inequality and fostering economic growth.   What is financial inclusion? It means ensuring that all individuals and businesses have access to affordable and essential financial services, such as banking, credit, savings, and insurance, regardless of …

End of old multilateralism – and the beginning of a new order

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: International Relations   Source: IE  Context: The article discusses the declining state of post-Cold War multilateralism at both global and regional levels, particularly due to conflicts involving Russia and China.   What is Multilateralism?  It refers to the practice of multiple countries coming together and collaborating on global issues, challenges, and …