Mangrove pitta bird

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: A census of mangrove pitta birds was conducted in two coastal districts of Odisha, India, where the nearly threatened species is found. A total of 179 individual mangrove pitta birds were counted, with the highest concentration found in the mangroves near the Mahipura river mouth inside the Bhitarkanika …

Trojan Asteroids

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE   Context: NASA’s Lucy mission has captured its first images of the Jupiter and Trojan asteroids using its high-resolution L’LORRI camera   What are Trojan asteroids? Trojan asteroids are a group of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit around the sun. There are two groups of Trojan asteroids, the “Greeks,” …

Global Buddhist Summit

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: PM will inaugurate the first Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi on April 20th and 21st.   Conducted by: The Ministry of Culture+ International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) Theme: “Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis.” Aim: The summit aims to enhance cultural and diplomatic relationships with …

Farm Distress Index

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: HBL Scientists at the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) have developed an early warning system called Farmers Distress Index, which is built on 21 simple questions— based on financial, emotional, and other parameters. The index can sense imminent distress at least 3-4 months ahead of its actual …

The issue of narcotics trade

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas – Linkages of Organized Crime with Terrorism   Source: IE  Context: The issue of narcotics trade has kept security agencies and law enforcement agencies on the tenterhooks.   Background: Legally speaking, the term “narcotic” has negative connotations – narcotic drugs (such as heroin) …

Issues in same-sex marriage

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Mechanisms, Laws, Institutions and Bodies constituted for the Protection and Betterment of these Vulnerable Sections   Source: IE  Context: A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by CJI will hear a batch of petitions seeking legal recognition for same-sex marriage.   Background: The Court has been hearing multiple petitioners’ requests for legal recognition …

Heat stroke

GS Paper 1  Syllabus: Important geophysical phenomenon/Disaster management   Source: IE  Context: 13 people died due to heatstroke after they attended a large public gathering in the open in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.     Why did a heat stroke event happen in Maharashtra? Two different observatories recorded 34.1 and 38 degrees Celsius as the maximum …