Narmada River

Mapping   Source: DTE  Context: Severe rains in Gujarat caused the Narmada River to flood, displacing thousands. Some blame the Sardar Sarovar Dam operators for their delayed actions. The Sardar Sarovar Dam (opened 2017) is a concrete gravity dam built on the Narmada River in Navagam near the town of Kevadiya, Narmada District, in the …

Operation Sajag

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Indian Coast Guard conducted a coastal security drill named ‘Operation Sajag’ along the west coast. This drill aimed to involve all stakeholders in the coastal security system, reaffirm the effectiveness of coastal security measures, and raise awareness among fishermen at sea. To enhance coastal security, several …

Supra Thermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer (STEPS)

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context: India’s first solar mission, Aditya-L1, has begun collecting data using the Supra Thermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer (STEPS) sub-system, one of the seven instruments on board.   What is STEPS? STEPS stands for Supra Thermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer. It is a sub-system onboard India’s Aditya-L1 spacecraft and …

UNCITRAL South Asia Conference

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: LM  Context: India hosted the inaugural United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) South Asia Conference recently. The conference aimed to strengthen India’s engagement with UNCITRAL and encourage interaction between UNCITRAL, the judiciary, bureaucracy, academia, and the legal fraternity. It was organized jointly by the Ministry of External …

Kisan Rin Portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Standard  Context: The Indian government has launched the “Kisan Rin Portal” as part of the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme to revolutionize the agriculture sector. Additionally, the government launched the Weather Information Network Data Systems (WINDS) portal and initiated a door-to-door KCC campaign.   About Kisan Rin Portal: …

SHREYAS scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The “SHREYAS” scheme, consisting of four central sector sub-schemes, has played a significant role in empowering students from Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) in India since 2014-15. The sub-schemes are as follows: Free Coaching Scheme for SCs and OBCs Top Class Education for SCs …

London’s India Club

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: London’s India Club, a historic establishment that served as a meeting place for Indians in the United Kingdom during the independence movement got permanently closed. The club, located in the Strand Continental Hotel, offered Indian cuisine and served as a hub for individuals associated with India in …

Examples of Ethics (Biohacking, Mahsa Amini)

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Applications of Ethics   Source: ORF Example 1:  Biohacking: Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup, Neuralink, has received approval to begin the first human trial of its brain implant designed for paralysis patients.   About the Trial: The trial will focus on individuals with paralysis due to cervical spinal cord injury or amyotrophic …

Advanced Manufacturing

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Indian Economy   Source: WEF  Context: The paper, created by the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Industry community, highlights the role of advanced manufacturing in addressing global disruptions and promoting innovative, inclusive, and sustainable industry transformation.   What is Advanced Manufacturing? Advanced manufacturing involves the use of innovative technologies to create …

Rift in relations between India and Canada

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Bilateral Relations   Source: IE  Context: Current tensions between India and Canada escalated when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, designated as a terrorist by India. India rejected the allegations and accused Canada of sheltering Khalistani extremists.    Who are Khalistani …