UDAN 5.1

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched UDAN 5.1, a new version of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) specifically designed for helicopter routes.   Key features of UDAN 5.1: Allowing routes where one of the origin or destination locations is in a priority area Reducing airfare caps …

India-Bangladesh rail link

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: The Indian Ministry of Railways has handed over 20 Broad Gauge locomotives to Bangladesh to support the increasing volume of passenger and freight train operations.   Currently, three pairs of passenger trains operate between India-Bangladesh. These are: Kolkata-Dhaka: Maitree Express Kolkata-Khulna: Bandhan Express New Jalpaiguri- Dhaka: Mitali Express …

Sengol

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH, IE  Context: During the inauguration of the new Parliament building, a sacred “sengol” sceptre  (a Symbol of Transfer of Power) that was given to Jawaharlal Nehru on the eve of Independence will be handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   About the Issue: Renowned danseuse Padma Subrahmanyam’s letter …

Georgi Gospodinov

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH, IE Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov and translator Angela Rodel have won the International Booker Prize for their novel “Time Shelter.” The book explores the impact of nostalgia and memory through a story set in a clinic that recreates different decades of the past. It examines the allure of …

Neeraj Chopra

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH Indian javelin thrower and Olympic Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has achieved the top spot in the World Athletics men’s javelin throw rankings. This marks the first time Chopra has reached the number-one position in his career. Previously, he had secured the second spot in the rankings.   About …

National Human Rights Commission

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies   Source: TH  Context: For the 2nd time in a decade, the UN-backed Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) deferred the accreditation of the National Human Rights Commission, India (NHRC-India).   GANHRI: Formerly known as the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights …

76th World Health Assembly

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Important International Institutions, agencies and fora – their Structure, Mandate   Source: DTE  Context: The 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) is being held in Geneva (Switzerland) with the theme: WHO at 75: Saving lives, driving health for all.   WHO and WHA: WHO: Since 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) – …

Indian Diaspora: Sri Lanka’s Malaiyaha Tamils

GS2/GS Paper 1  Syllabus: Indian Diaspora/ Indian History    Source: TH  Context: The Malaiyaha Tamil community in Sri Lanka has released a declaration calling for greater recognition, political rights, and improved living and working conditions.   Who are Malaiyaha Tamil community? The Malaiyaha Tamil community refers to a historically marginalized group in Sri Lanka who …