Surety bonds

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: BS  Context: The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has relaxed norms for ‘surety bonds’.    The changes introduced: The solvency requirement for surety bonds has been reduced to 1.5 times from the previous 1.875 times, and the exposure limit of 30% applicable to each contract underwritten by …

Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary

  Source: aninews   Context: Assam government is currently taking measures to open the traditional path for wild animals from Kaziranga to Orang National Park via the Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary.   About the Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary:

ASTR

  Source: IE   Context: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched the Artificial Intelligence and Facial Recognition powered Solution for Telecom SIM Subscriber Verification (ASTR) tool to detect and block fraudulent mobile connections.   About ASTR:

Meri LiFE’s app

  Source: HBL  Context: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) launched the “Meri LiFE” (My Life) mobile application to empower youth and encourage their participation in addressing climate change.   About the Meri LiFE app: About LiFE Mission:

Matrilineal Meghalaya

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Hindu  Context: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) ordered not to issue an ST certificate to any Khasi person who adopts their father’s surname as it is against the traditional custom of inheriting the mother’s surname.   What is the matrilineal system among Khasis? It refers to a …

Sam Altman: Challenges and future of AI technology

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: DTE   Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, testified before the United States Congress about the challenges and future of AI technology. Some key points from his testimony include: Learning from social media’s mistakes: World missed the opportunity to regulate social media at its inception, resulting in issues like misinformation …

WHO: Incentivising the development of new antibacterial treatments 2023

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Science and Technology: Health   Source: WHO  Context: The new WHO report (Incentivising the Development of new antibacterial treatments 2023) highlights progress in addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) but also identifies gaps in ensuring a robust pipeline of antibiotic treatments.   What is AMR? It refers to the ability of microorganisms, such …

Making agri-commodity value chains sustainable

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Indian Agriculture   Source: TH   Context: The article highlights the challenges associated with making agricultural commodity value chains sustainable. It identifies four dimensions that make mitigating environmental impacts a difficult task     Meaning of agri-commodity value chains:  Agri-commodity value chains refer to the entire process of production, processing, distribution, …

Erosion of the traditional Indian family

GS1/GS4 Paper   Syllabus: Indian Society: Family System/ Ethics   Source: IE  Context: The article highlights the increasing cases of violence within families, suicides among young individuals, and the rising number of children involved in criminal activities as symptoms of societal ill-health and disruptions in the traditional family system.   What is a family?  A family …