Environmental performance index:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Conservation related issues.   Context: The latest edition (2022) of the Environmental Performance Index was recently released. The report is prepared by the researchers of: Yale Centre for Environmental Law &Policy. Centre for International Earth Science Information Network Earth Institute, Columbia University.   About the Environmental Performance Index: The EPI provides …

Fast radio burst:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Awareness in Space.   Context: Astronomers have reported a fast radio burst (FRB) whose characteristics are different from almost all other FRBs previously detected, except one. The latest FRB (Named FRB 20190520B), unlike many other FRBs, emits frequent, repeating bursts of radio waves. Only one FRB has been previously observed to …

IAEA board passes resolution criticizing Iran:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Important International Institutions.   Context: The International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors has passed a resolution calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the UN inspectors’ investigation into three undeclared sites. The resolution was submitted by the UK, France, Germany and the US to the IAEA and was backed by …

India 7th in FDI inflows: Unctad:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Important International Institutions.   Context: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (Unctad) has released the annual World Investment Report.   Highlights of the Report: India is ranked seventh despite a 30% decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. The United States ($367 billion) remained the top recipient …

QS World University Rankings 2023:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Issues related to Education.   Context: Leading global higher education analysts QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) has released the 19th edition of one of the most-consulted international university rankings. It is the only international ranking to have received the approval of International Ranking Expert Group (IREG).   How are institutions ranked? QS uses …