EMIC plasma wave

  Source: BS  Context: Scientists in India have identified a type of plasma wave called Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) waves at the Indian Antarctic station, Maitri.    What is Plasma? Plasma is often referred to as the fourth state of matter, along with solid, liquid, and gas. It is a type of gas that is …

MAHARISHI

  Source: LM  Context: MACS 2023 unanimously agreed to launch a Millet Initiative – MAHARISHI which was proposed by India for research in the field of millets   About:  

‘Sathi’ portal and mobile app

  Source: LM  Context: The Sathi (Seed Traceability, Authentication and Holistic Inventory) portal and mobile app were launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.  

Global Unicorn Index

Source: ibef   Context: After the United States and China, India has retained the third-highest number of unicorns in the world (Hurun Report on Global Unicorn)   Findings: India, with 68 unicorns has added 14 new unicorns since the pandemic began and stands behind USA (666) and China (316) Top-most unicorn in India: BYJU’s ($22 …

Parvatmala Pariyojana

Source: ET  Context: The government has announced plans to develop over 250 projects in the next five years under the Parvatmala Pariyojana.   About National Ropeways Development Programme – “Parvatmala”

City Nature Challenge

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH   Over 30 Indian cities will participate in the City Nature Challenge, an app-based competition that encourages people to record observations of nature. Participants can use the iNaturalist app to click and upload photos of natural flora and fauna, and the app uses Artificial Intelligence to suggest the …

Indian Space Policy (ISP) 2023: Pros and Cons

GS Paper 3   Syllabus: Science and Technology: Space   Source: TH  Context: The Indian government has approved a new space policy, which allows non-government entities (NGEs) to offer national and international space-based communication services through self-owned or leased satellite systems. Non-government entities refer to organizations or institutions that are not directly controlled by the …

Biomass pellets

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Conservation and pollution-related issues   Source: DTE  Context: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) revised the financial grants for biomass pellet manufacturing units.   What are Biomass pellets?   Biomass pellets production/usage in India: It is mandatory to use biomass or agricultural residue (5-10%) as combustion fuel along with coal in …

Critical minerals: Resilient supply chains

GS Paper 1  Syllabus: Distribution of Key Natural Resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent)   Source: IE  Context: A recent working paper evaluated the criticality levels of 43 select minerals for India.   Background: Critical minerals refer to mineral resources, both primary and processed, that are Economically important/demand-side factors (to …