NIA’s Operation Dhvast

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: NIA  Context: NIA’s Operation Dhvast was a nationwide operation targeting terrorists, gangsters, and drug smugglers. It involved raids at 129 locations across multiple states, resulting in three arrests.   Aim: The operation aimed to dismantle the terror nexus involved in targeted killings, terror funding, extortion, and smuggling of drugs …

INDUS-X under the iCET

  Source: TH Context: India and the U.S. are exploring the possibility of co-producing jet engines, long-range artillery, and infantry vehicles with the upcoming launch of INDUS-X.   What is INDUS-X?  It is a major upcoming initiative under the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET), with the aim to promote partnerships and collaboration between …

Cold-blooded animals

Facts for Prelims: Source: TH Context: Scientists have disputed the idea that as the planet warms, the bodies of cold-blooded marine species, including fish, will contract.   Conventional understanding: Warming temperatures lead to smaller body sizes in cold-blooded marine animals, suggesting that they may actually grow larger in response to warmer waters.   The recent …

Calcium-41

  Source: TH  Context: A recent study has proposed using calcium-41 as a new method for radiometric dating, similar to carbon-14 dating but with several advantages.   What is radiocarbon dating? Radiocarbon dating, also known as carbon-14 dating, is a method used to determine the age of organic materials that originated from living organisms. It …

Arsenic contamination

  Source: TH   Context: A recent peer-reviewed study suggests that even low levels of arsenic consumption, commonly found in contaminated groundwater in India, can impact cognitive function in children, adolescents, and young adults.   What does the study say: Arsenic exposure leads to reduced grey matter in the brain, affecting concentration, information storage, and …

Sunflower oil

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: The Ukraine-Russia war had a significant impact on sunflower oil consumption in India.   Status of Sunflower Oil:  Globally: Ukraine (the highest producer) and Russia account for 60% of the world’s sunflower oil production Other top producers of sunflower oil globally include Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria …

e-Malkhana

Facts for Prelims:   Source: TH   Context: Visakhapatnam City police is set to introduce e-Malkhana in all police stations by June this year. What is e-Malkhana? e-Malkhana is a scientific storage system implemented by the Visakhapatnam Police Commissionerate to preserve and organize items and evidence recovered from crime scenes.   Features: The system uses standardized …

Freedom to Protest

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context: The Andhra Pradesh High Court recently struck down a government order that aimed to regulate public meetings, processions, and assemblies on roads, highways, and streets.   What was the issue involved? The Andhra Pradesh government contended that its action was necessary to regulate these activities in light of …

Ganga Prahari

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH Ganga Prahari refers to the volunteers (about 4000 in number) who are part of the task force called “Guardians of the Ganga.” They are individuals who have joined the National Mission for Clean Ganga and Namami Gange initiative to protect and preserve the Ganga River in India.   …

Technophobia

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: IE Technophobia is the tendency of individuals or societies to exhibit resistance, fear, or negative attitudes toward emerging technologies.   Examples of Technophobia:   Reason for “technophobia”: It can be attributed to various factors such as complexity, lack of knowledge, fear of losing control, and emotional responses. Usage: Such …

Maria Mies

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: IE   Maria Mies, a Marxist Feminist scholar, recently passed away. She was known for her extensive work on how patriarchy, capitalism, and colonialism exploit women and nature.   Her works: Ecofeminism: She co-wrote the book “Ecofeminism” with Vandana Shiva, a scientist and activist. Ecofeminism recognizes the interconnectedness of …

Methane mitigation policies

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation   Source: DTE  Context: According to a new study, only 13% of methane emissions are covered by global methane mitigation policies.   Highlights of the study: Since the 1980s, the rate of increase in methane emissions is higher than ever before. Methane policies are actions by …

Indian Pharma Industry

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Industrial Growth/ Governance   Source: IE  Context: The article emphasizes the need to improve India’s drug regulatory regime to ensure credibility in the pharmaceutical industry.   Status of India’s pharmaceutical industry:   Various issues associated with regulating the pharmaceutical industry in India:   In India, drugs and cosmetics are regulated by: …