Kareri Lake

Mapping Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) is a high altitude, shallow, freshwater lake south of the Dhauladhar range, near Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. It is best known for being a trekking destination.  Dhauladhar is a mountain range which is part of a lesser Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises from the …

BWF Super 1000 title

  Source: ESPN  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made history by winning India’s first-ever BWF Super 1000 title at the Indonesia Open. They defeated the reigning world champions from Malaysia in the final, marking their biggest career win to date. This victory adds to their successful year, including titles at the Swiss Open and Asian …

Padel

  Source: TH  Context: Pade, a racket sport played in over 90 countries, is gaining attention around the world. It originated in Mexico in the 1960s and is played in a two-on-two format with underhand serves. Padel utilizes a turf court and glass walls, allowing players to use them strategically. It is similar to tennis …

State of the Climate in Europe 2022 Report

  Source: WMO   Context:  The State of the Climate in Europe 2022 report, produced by the World Meteorological Organization and the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, reveals that Europe has been warming twice as fast as the global average since the 1980s. In 2022, Europe’s average temperature was approximately 2.3 °C above the …

The link between surges of cosmic radiation from space and earthquakes

  Source: DTE  Context: A recent study revealed that scientists have identified a striking link between earthquakes and changes in the intensity of cosmic radiation measured on Earth’s surface.    What is Cosmic Radiation?  Cosmic radiation refers to high-energy particles, mainly protons and atomic nuclei, that originate from outer space and travel through the universe. …

India outperforms the US and China in LEED net zero certifications

  Source: Hindustan Times Context: India has emerged as a top country with LEED Zero green building projects, outperforming the United States of America and China.   Key Findings: Out of 150 LEED Zero-certified projects, India has 73 projects, accounting for 45% of the total. Haryana and Tamil Nadu are the top states in terms …

Digital Drudgery

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH Digital drudgery refers to the repetitive, mundane, and time-consuming tasks performed in digital environments. It often involves manual data entry, data processing, and other repetitive activities that can be automated.   Generative AI has the potential to eliminate digital drudgery. However, the focus should be on deploying trustworthy …

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2023 (GSER 2023)

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Economy   Source: Startupgenome Context: The report has been released by Startup Genome, a policy advisory and research organization.   About the report: The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2023 (GSER 2023) is an in-depth analysis of startup ecosystems worldwide. It provides insights into leading ecosystems, emerging trends, and challenges faced by …

ICIMOD Report: Water, ice, society, and Ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

GS Paper 1/3  Syllabus: Climate/ Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation   Source: DTE  Context: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) released the Water, Ice, Society, and Ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HI-WISE) report.   The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region: It is a vast area, encompassing mountain ranges stretching from the Hindu …