What is Meteor Shower?

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Awareness in space.   Context: Lyric Meteor showers peaked in Indian skies on April 22nd and will continuously pass through till April 29 at nearly 10-15 meteors every hour. Lyrids are debris of Comet Thatcher, which is currently traveling at a distance of 1,60,00,00,000 kilometers from the planet. Currently traveling …

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will head an assistance mission to the now-defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine aimed at stepping up efforts to help prevent the danger of a nuclear accident in …

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: India and neighbours.   Context: Pakistan’s new government has initiated a process to abolish the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, with the planning minister saying it was a “redundant organisation” that wasted resources and thwarted speedy implementation of the ambitious regional connectivity programme.   Background: CPEC Authority established through an ordinance …

Dengue fever:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: Rajasthan has reported 467 cases of dengue from January 1 to April 12 even before the arrival of the monsoon. In 2018, dengue was declared a perennial infection in the state. It is also a notifiable disease. Doctors and diagnostic centers have to report …

Draft Protection and Enforcement of Interests in Aircraft Objects Bill, 2022:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Government Policies and issues arising out of their implementation.   Context: Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has sought stakeholders’ comments on the draft Protection and Enforcement of Interests in Aircraft Objects Bill, 2022.   Highlights of the Bill: The Bill implements the provisions of the Convention on International Interests …