US, India, Israel and UAE to form a ‘New Quad’:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.   Context: First virtual summit of the foreign ministers of the US, India, Israel and UAE was recently held. At the end of the meet, the four nations agreed to form a new international economic forum to utilise …

Mount Harriet renamed after Manipur:

GS Paper 1 Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.   Context: The Centre has rechristened Mount Harriet, a historical tourist spot in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, as ‘Mount Manipur’.   What is Manipur’s connection to Mount Harriet? After the Anglo-Manipur War …

Kushinagar, a Buddhist pilgrimage town:

GS Paper 1 Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the Kushinagar international airport. The airport in eastern UP, the third international airport in the election-bound state, will mainly service the Buddhist tourism circuit. …