Polar Science and Cryosphere (PACER) scheme:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Achievements of Indians in Science & Technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.   The Polar Science and Cryosphere (PACER) scheme has been approved for continuation during 2021-2026. The PACER scheme: Polar Science and Cryosphere Research (PACER) scheme comprises the Antarctic program, Indian Arctic program, Southern Ocean program and …

BIMSTEC:

GS Paper 2: Topic covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.   Context: BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) completes 25 years of the journey this year that began in Bangkok in June 1997. The fifth summit of BIMSTEC will be held in Colombo on …

Bucharest Nine:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: International Relations.   Context: The envoys to India of nine Eastern European countries called Bucharest Nine jointly wrote to acquaint the Indian public with the basic facts on the ground” about the “premeditated, unprovoked and unjustified Russian aggression in Ukraine”. The B9 countries have been critical of President Vladimir Putin’s …

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana:  

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes and betterment of these vulnerable sections.   Context: In keeping with the concern and sensitivity towards poor and vulnerable sections of society, the Government has extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan …

NPPA hikes prices of 800 essential drugs from 1 April:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to Health.   Context: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has announced a hike in prices of around 800 essential drugs from 1 April. These drugs are included in the National Essential List of Medicine (NELM). The rise in drug prices works out at around 10.76% based on …

Hindus can get minority status in some states: Centre to Supreme Court:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.   Context: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking minority status for Hindus in Mizoram,Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, Lakshadweep, Ladakh, Kashmir etc.   What the plea seeks? Minority status for Hindus: Hindus were …