Japan

Mapping   Source: BBC  Japan is set to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, a move that has been met with opposition from neighbouring countries.   The water, which has accumulated since the 2011 tsunami that damaged the plant, will be released over 30 years after being filtered …

1st hydrogen bus in Leh

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ET  Context: India’s largest power producer, NTPC Ltd, has begun a trial run of its first hydrogen bus in Leh as part of the Green Hydrogen Mobility Project.   The programme: This initiative aims to achieve carbon-neutral status for Ladakh. NTPC plans to establish a hydrogen fuelling station, and …

Dholpur-Karauli tiger reserve in Rajasthan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times   Context: India has established its 54th tiger reserve in the Karauli and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan, following approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). This new reserve marks Rajasthan’s fifth, joining the existing reserves of Ranthambore, Sariska, Mukundra Hills, and Ramgarh Vishdhari. The Dholpur-Karauli Tiger …

Pfizer’s RSV vaccine

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: livescience  Context: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to Pfizer’s vaccine, Abrysvo, aimed at safeguarding new-borns from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by vaccinating pregnant individuals during the latter stages of pregnancy. Abrysvo has been authorized for use in adults aged 60 and above to protect them …

The Fujiwhara effect

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The western coast of the United States recently experienced Hurricane Hilary, which transformed into a sub-tropical storm upon reaching the US. This event led to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) issuing its inaugural tropical storm watch for certain areas of Southern California. California had an exceptionally wet …

Eco-anxiety

Content for Mains Enrichment   Source: CivicScience What is Eco-anxiety? Eco-anxiety refers to a chronic fear or worry about environmental issues and the potential negative impacts of climate change. It is characterized by a sense of distress and anxiety related to the state of the planet’s environment, including concerns about the future well-being of ecosystems, …

ISRO and Chandrayaan-3 mission

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Science and Technology: Space Science   Source: IE, IE, TOI  Context: The Chandrayaan-3 mission’s successful soft landing on the Moon marks India’s significant achievement, becoming the fourth nation in history to reach the lunar surface.   Historical overview of ISRO’s major programs – satellites, launch vehicles, and planetary exploration. Challenges of …

India is becoming a young country but with an ageing workforce

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Indian Economy, Unemployment   Source: IE, IE  Context: An analysis of employment data from the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE) reveals that India’s workforce has undergone a significant ageing trend over the past seven years.   Meaning of ‘India’s Workforce is Aging’: An ageing workforce basically means that if …

India-UK Relationship

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Bilateral Relationship   Source: TH  Context:The article discusses the U.K.-India relationship and the opportunities it presents across various aspects. Various aspects of the India-UK relationship:   The current major bilateral issues between India and the UK include: Extradition of Indian Economic Offenders: The issue pertains to the extradition of Indian economic …