3200 Phaethon

  Source: NASA  Context: Phaethon, an asteroid that is the source of the annual Geminid meteor shower, has been found to have a tail made of sodium gas rather than dust as previously thought.   About Phaethon


  Source: DTE Context: According to a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, galaxy mergers likely ignite quasars, the most powerful and brightest objects in the universe.   About Quasars:


  Source: TOI  Context: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharma has announced the launch of the Shingrix vaccine in India for the prevention of shingles (herpes zoster) and post-herpetic neuralgia in adults aged 50 years and above.

The Big Catch-up

  Source: UNICEF  Context: On April 24, 2023, a global effort called “The Big Catch-up” was announced by various health organizations  About Big Catch-up Initiative:

SUPREME initiative

  Source: BS  Context:  The Ministry of Science and Technology has launched the Support for Up-gradation Preventive Repair and Maintenance of Equipment (SUPREME) initiative to provide financial support for the upgradation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation facilities (AIFs).   What are AIFs? They are specialized laboratories that provide advanced research infrastructure and technical expertise for …

PM-SHRI scheme

  Source: HT  Context: The government has selected 6,448 schools from 28 states and Union territories for upgradation under the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) scheme, out of more than 200,000 eligible schools that applied.   Key details of the PM ScHools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) initiative:

Zero Shadow Day

  Source: IE Context: Recently, Bengaluru experienced a ‘Zero Shadow Day’, when vertical objects appear to cast no shadow.   About Zero Shadow Day:

Thirunelly temple

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH Context: The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has urged the government to conserve historically significant structures, including the 600-year-old ‘Vilakkumadom’ at the Sree Mahavishnu Temple in Thirunelly, during its renovation. About Thirunelly temple

Barbie with Down syndrome

  Source: HT Mattel, the toy company behind the iconic Barbie doll, has introduced its first Barbie representing a person with Down syndrome. The company collaborated with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to ensure that the doll accurately represents a person with Down syndrome. The company aims to increase diversity and inclusivity. Previous dolls …

Rising sea levels and their disastrous consequences

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment, Conservation   Source: TH  Context: As per the WMO’s ‘State of the Global Climate 2022’ report, the world’s sea level is rising at an unprecedented rate. Rising sea levels: The rate of global mean sea-level [GSML] rise has doubled from 2.27 mm/year in 1993-2002 to 4.62 mm/year in 2013-2022.  GSML …