Libya

Mapping   Source: TOI Devastating floods in Derna, eastern Libya, have resulted in over 5,000 feared dead and thousands missing due to breached dams and flash floods caused by the Mediterranean storm named Daniel. What is a Mediterranean storm?  A Mediterranean storm, also known as a Mediterranean cyclone or a Mediterranean low, is a type …

A novel approach to detect and kill cancer cells

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a novel approach to detect and potentially kill cancer cells, especially those forming solid tumour masses. They created hybrid nanoparticles consisting of gold and copper sulphide, which can both kill cancer cells using heat and facilitate their …

Dolly the sheep

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE Context: Ian Wilmut, the British embryologist renowned for leading the team that created Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal from an adult cell, has passed away recently.   About Dolly: Dolly the Sheep, born in 1996, marked a significant scientific breakthrough in the 20th century. Wilmut, …

Gresham’s Law

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: TH  Gresham’s Law, named after Thomas Gresham, states that “bad money drives out good” when the government fixes the exchange rate between two currencies at a level different from the market rate. Impact: This leads to the undervalued currency going out of circulation, while the overvalued currency remains but …

ILO and OECD to measure and monitor the global skills gap

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: Under India’s Union Education and Skills Development Minister’s leadership, the G20 nations have adopted indicators from the ILO and OECD to track the global skills gap.   What is a Skills Gap? A skills gap refers to the mismatch between the skills and qualifications that job seekers …

CBI does not require permission to probe pre-2014 cases too: SC

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Supreme Court of India has ruled that a 2014 judgment declaring a legal provision requiring prior permission for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate corruption cases against senior government officials is retrospective. This means that the provision, Section 6A of the Delhi Special Police …

National Strategy for Robotics (NSR)

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Science and Technology   Source: BS  Context: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in India has released a draft “National Strategy for Robotics” (NSR) aimed at strengthening the innovation cycle of robotic technology and fostering India’s leadership in robotics by 2030.   What is Robotics? Robotics deals with the …

G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Multilateral Institutions   Source: G20  Context: The 18th G20 Summit was hosted by India in New Delhi on September 9-10, 2023. The theme, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” highlighted global unity. The G20 Leaders’ New Delhi Declaration achieved unanimous consensus, addressing issues like Russia-Ukraine tensions, sustainable development, and food security.   Key highlights of …

Reasons behind Morocco’s earthquake

GS Paper 1  Syllabus: Geography: Geomorphology   Source: TH, IE  Context: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Morocco, causing extensive damage and a death toll exceeding 2,400 people. The earthquake’s epicentre was in the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech.   Reason for the Earthquake: The earthquake in Morocco resulted from a geological phenomenon …