Khorasan

Mapping   Source: IE  Context: The gunmen, associated with ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan), carried out a shooting spree at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, resulting in the deaths of at least 143 people and injuries to hundreds more. ISIS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan, is a terrorist organization that emerged in eastern Afghanistan in late 2014. It …

Kerala: Man-animal conflict declared as a state-specific disaster

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE    Context: Recently, Kerala has declared the man-animal conflict a state-specific disaster, shifting responsibility from the forest department to the state disaster management authority. Previously, Uttar Pradesh became the first state in India to declare death through a man-animal conflict a state disaster and the deceased’s family were …

Supreme Court Eases Ban on Power Lines in Great Indian Bustard Habitat

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times   Context: The Supreme Court has eased the ban on high-power transmission lines within the habitat of the endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) in Rajasthan and Gujarat. This decision comes after the formation of an expert committee tasked with balancing conservation efforts and development goals. The GIB, …

Statio Shiv Shakti

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved the name ‘Statio Shiv Shakti’ for the landing site of Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander. The name ‘Statio Shiv Shakti’ reflects the duality of nature in Indian mythology, representing both masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) aspects. This name aligns with IAU’s …

AI Tool Predicts Neem Fruit Metabolite Content

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Biotechnology have developed an Artificial Intelligence-based tool to predict the metabolite content in neem fruits, specifically azadirachtin, which is used as a biopesticide. The AI model analyses images of neem leaves and fruits to classify them as having either …

COP Presidentcies’ Troika

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: The hosts of upcoming United Nations climate conferences, including the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, and Brazil also known as COP Presidentcies’ Troika, have called for nations to align their nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.   They aim …

Archaeological Survey of India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to delist 18 centrally protected monuments due to their assessed lack of national importance. This is the first large-scale delisting exercise in decades, reducing ASI’s purview from 3,693 to 3,675 monuments. These monuments, including landmarks like the medieval highway …

Election Commissioner Selection: Ensuring Independence

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Constitutional Bodies   Source: Th  Context: The recent swift appointment of two new Election Commissioners  (after the resignation of resignation of Arun Goel) in India has sparked criticism due to concerns about the independence of the ECI and its selection process.  The two officials are the first to be appointed under …