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   Omkareshwar Reservoir (Madhya Pradesh) Source: PIB NTPC Renewable Energy Limited has successfully secured a bid for an 80 MW floating solar project at the Omkareshwar Reservoir in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. The largest floating solar project in India is a 100 MW installation located at NTPC Ramagundam in Telangana. The Omkareshwar Dam is a gravity …

Havana Syndrome

  Source: IE Context: The Indian Central government has informed the Karnataka High Court that it will investigate the matter of the ‘Havana Syndrome’ in India, in response to a petition from a Bengaluru resident. The petitioner had requested a writ of mandamus for an inquiry into the syndrome and the prevention of high-frequency microwave …

OS Maya

    Source: TH  Context: Amidst rising cyber and malware attacks on defence and critical infrastructure, India’s Defense Ministry plans to replace the Microsoft Operating System (OS) with a new open-source OS called Maya, developed locally based on Ubuntu. Maya offers a similar interface and functionality as Windows, easing the transition for users. A cybersecurity …

Plant-eating dinosaur species

  Source: TOI  Context: Scientists from IIT-Roorkee and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the fossil remains of a new dinosaur species in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, naming it ‘Tharosaurus indicus’. This long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur belongs to the dicraeosaurid group. The name “Tharosaurus indicus” is derived from the Thar desert, where the fossils were unearthed, …

Air pollution linked to rise in antibiotic resistance

  Source: The Guardian   Context: A global study suggests that air pollution is contributing to a rise in antibiotic resistance, posing a significant threat to human health worldwide. The analysis shows a consistent link between increased air pollution and rising antibiotic resistance in every country and continent. Particulate matter PM2.5 in the air can …

Supreme Court verdict on Rahul Gandhi’s conviction case

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The quint  Context: Recently Supreme Court put a stay order on Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a defamation case. Background of the Case: Rahul Gandhi was convicted of criminal defamation for comments made during an election rally. He accused individuals with the surname “Modi” of being involved in financial fraud. …

Chennai City Partnership

Content for Mains Enrichment Source: TH  Context: The World Bank is set to provide funding for projects aimed at creating safe and efficient streets in Chennai as part of the second phase of the Chennai City Partnership.   Its objectives include: Enhancing the city’s digital infrastructure for e-mobility and smart parking solutions Improving bus services, …

Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Agriculture   Source: TH  Context: The Lok Sabha has passed the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, to decriminalize offences related to coastal aquaculture activities, promoting ease of business.   What is Aquaculture? Aquaculture involves cultivating aquatic organisms such as fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants under controlled conditions. It is a …

National Dental Commission Bill, 2023

GS Paper 2   Source: PIB  Context: The Parliament has passed the National Dental Commission Bill, 2023, aiming to elevate dental education and healthcare standards in India. Aim: To improve dental care accessibility, professionalism, and global employability for Indian dental professionals.   Key provisions of the Bill:   Insta Links: Dentists to practice as general …

National Nursing and Midwifery Commission (NNMC) Bill, 2023

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions   Source: PIB Context: The Parliament has approved the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission (NNMC) Bill, 2023, a significant legislative reform aimed at revolutionizing the nursing education and practice sector.   Objectives: This bill will replace the existing Indian Nursing Council with a modern regulatory structure. Repeal …

Parliamentary panel findings on Drug abuse in India

GS1/GS 2 Paper   Syllabus: Government policies and interventions/ Indian Society   Source: TOI Context: Parliament Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment in India has recommended conducting a survey to assess the impact of drug abuse on society.   In 2018, the ministry commissioned a national survey conducted by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre …