Corruption in Public Life

GS Paper 4 Syllabus: Challenges of Corruption Source: Indian Express Context: The CBI has registered an FIR against former finance secretary Arvind Mayaram for alleged cheating, criminal conspiracy, and corruption. Previously, Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal was suspended for misappropriation of funds in MGNREGA What is the case agains Mayaram? He is accused of extending …

Disaster risk reduction: CEA releases disaster management plan for power sector

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Disaster and Disaster Management   Source: BL   Direction: The article highlights the approach for disaster mitigation, preparedness, emergency response and recovery efforts in the power sector.   Context: The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has released the disaster management plan (DMP) for the power sector in a bid to evolve a …

Centre vs Delhi Govt on control over services: timeline of a dispute

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure, Devolution of Powers   Source: IE  Direction: The article highlights the protracted legal battle between the Centre and the Delhi government and SC’s verdicts on this dispute.    Context: A five-judge Constitution Bench of …

Case in Supreme Court: Can an underage Muslim girl marry after attaining puberty?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection of vulnerable sections   Source: TH  Direction: The article discusses the issue of the age of marriage in India and the challenges as the legal age of marriage is not uniform across communities.    Context: The SC agreed to examine whether girls as …

Green steel

GS Paper 1 Syllabus: Geography/ Environment/ Science and Steel   Source: DTE Context: Intergovernmental organisation International Energy Agency has released a document saying that most net-zero emission (NZE) routes for steel and cement production are not yet commercially available including for ‘green steel’   What is Green Steel? Green Steel is the manufacturing of steel using renewable or low-carbon energy …

Archeological Survey Discovers 2 1200-Year-Old Miniature Stupas At Nalanda

GS Paper 1 Syllabus: Architecture Source: TOI   Context:  Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has discovered two 1200-year-old miniature votive stupas during landscaping activities near Sarai Tila mound on the premises of ‘Nalanda Mahavihara’, a world heritage site in Nalanda district. The stupas, carved from stone, depict Buddha figures.    What are stupas? A Stupa …