Lithium:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Developments in science and technology.   Context: With the EV industry growing rapidly, the demand for lithium, an essential resource for EV battery makers, has surged along.   Significance: It is estimated that if the entirety of ore from the African mines are extracted, it will be sufficient to meet the …

BIMSTEC:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Important International Institutions.   Context: June 6 marked the completion of 25 years since the 1997 Bangkok Declaration launched a modest grouping (of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand), with the acronym, BIST-EC. Three countries (Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar) joined it later to make it the Bay of Bengal Initiative for …

Contempt of Court:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.   Context: The Supreme Court has threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against the chief secretary of Telangana if the state government failed to deposit a cost of ₹2.5 lakh within two weeks.   What’s the issue? The cost was imposed …