North Korea

Mapping   Source: TH North Korea conducted a test of its new Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) using solid propellants. The test has drawn reactions from neighbouring countries, with Japan, South Korea, and the United States expressing concerns about regional stability and emphasizing the need for closer cooperation and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. North …

Agri Infra Fund

  Source: PIB Context: Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, has launched a new campaign titled BHARAT (Banks Heralding Accelerated Rural & Agriculture Transformation) under the Agri Infra Fund (AIF). The one-month-long campaign aims to raise Rs 7200 crore and will run from July 15, 2023, to August 15, 2023.   About the AIF: AIF …

Endogamy and harmful genetic variants in India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)      Source: TH  Context: A study by researchers at the Institute for Human Genetics, University of California, focused on genetic differences among South Asian populations, particularly in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The researchers found distinct genetic patterns among different regions, including smaller geographies within India, attributed to endogamous practices like …

J Robert Oppenheimer

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Ethics of War/nuclear weapon   Source: IE Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the USA’s World War II program to develop the first nuclear weapons. He is known as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb”. However, after witnessing the destructive power of nuclear weapons, Oppenheimer became a …

Breaking Barriers and Building Inclusivity – Women still minority

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Social Justice   Source: TH   Context: Preeti Aghalyam, the first woman to become the Director of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), highlighted the underrepresentation of women on IIT campuses. Her appointment coincides with a broader effort by various IITs to address the gender imbalance on their campuses.   The …

Efforts to reform the statistical system in India

 GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors   Source: TH  Context: The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has constituted a Standing Committee on Statistics (SCoS) to reform the statistical system in India.   About the SCoS: It will replace: The Standing Committee on Economic Statistics (SCES), which …

Issue of succession faced by the regional political parties in India

GS Paper 2   Syllabus: Pressure Groups & Formal/informal Associations & Their Role in Polity   Source: TH  Context: 24 years after its formation, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) split over the question of succession.   Similar cases: The Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party (SP) have gone through this churn. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) seems …

The Collegium system

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Structure, Organization and Functioning of the Judiciary   Source: TH  Context: The SC Collegium under CJI DY Chandrachud has quietly and transparently streamlined the appointment process of judges to the constitutional courts. The Collegium system: About: The collegium system, which has evolved through judgments of the SC, is the way by …