Taiwan

Mapping Source: TH  Taiwan-based company Foxconn has withdrawn from its joint venture with the Vedanta Group in India’s semiconductor industry. The companies were planning to jointly invest in a semiconductor fabrication plant in Gujarat. It is the world’s largest technology manufacturer and service provider.  Taiwan produces 92% of the world’s most advanced logic chips and 70% …

Export control

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: China has implemented export restrictions on gallium and germanium, two elements crucial for chip production, solar panels, and fibre optics.   What is Export control? Export control refers to the regulations and restrictions imposed by governments on the export of certain goods, technologies, and services. It is …

India joins the Champions Group of the Global Crisis Response Group

Facts for Prelims (FFP)  Source: MEA  Context: India has accepted an invitation from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to join the Champions Group of the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG).   About GCRG The GCRG was established (in 2022) by the UN Secretary-General to address urgent global issues related to food security, energy, and finance, …

Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D) 2.0

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: The Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), under the Ministry of Education, has released the Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D) combined report for 2020-21 and 2021-22. This index assesses the performance of the school education system at the district level by creating a comprehensive …

Nari Adalats

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH The Indian government is launching a unique initiative to establish women-only courts (known as Nari Adalats) at the village level as an alternative dispute resolution forum for issues such as domestic violence and property rights. The pilot project will start in 50 villages each in Assam and Jammu …

Lambani Art

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: PM has praised the Guinness World Record achieved for the “largest display of Lambani items,” totalling 1755 items, during the 3rd G20 Culture Working Group Meeting held in Hampi, Karnataka   What is Lambani art? It is a traditional form of art and craft practised by …

Zero Waste Dining

Content for Mains Enrichment  Source: TH Restaurants and bars around the world are embracing zero-waste dining and changing the way diners approach sustainability. One such establishment is RE- in Sydney, Australia, which is the world’s first permanent “waste-free” regenerative cocktail bar and restaurant. RE- uses upcycled decor elements and serves cocktails and food made from …

Chandrayaan-3

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Science and Technology: Space   Source: IE  Context: Chandrayaan-3 is India’s upcoming lunar mission, which aims to be the world’s first mission to soft-land near the lunar south pole.   What is Chandrayaan-3 Mission? Chandrayaan-3 is India’s third moon mission and is a follow-up of Chandrayaan-2 (2019) which aimed to land a rover on …

The problem with battery electric vehicles

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment/ Science and Technology – Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life   Source: IE  Context: The government of India is solely promoting battery electric vehicles (BEVs), regardless of the problems associated with them.   Types of EVs:   Initiatives for Promoting EVs in India: National Electric Mobility Mission …

Palliative care in India

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services Relating to Health   Source: TH  Context: Access to palliative care in India continues to be abysmal.   What is palliative care? Palliative care is the branch of medicine focusing on improving the quality of life and preventing suffering among those with …