Tackling antimicrobial resistance:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Biotechnology related issues.   Context: Health ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) highly industrialised countries recently recognised antimicrobial resistance was a bigger threat to low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) even though fighting it was a shared responsibility.   Concerns associated: Nearly 700,000 people die of AMR every year. The toll …

World No Tobacco Day:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Environment and Conservation related issues.   Context: 31st May is observed as ‘World No Tobacco Day’ every year to spread awareness around the deadly effects of tobacco consumption. The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic …

India’s first liquid-mirror telescope:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Awareness in space.   Context: India’s first liquid-mirror telescope- International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) has now entered the commissioning phase and will start scientific observations some time in October this year. About the International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT): It is located at an altitude of 2,450 metres on the Devasthal Observatory …

Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT):

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: India and Sweden recently hosted the Industry Transition Dialogue in Stockholm, as a part of their joint initiative i.e. Leadership for Industry Transition (LeadIT).   About LeadIT: The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) gathers countries and companies that are …

India finally holds talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban govt:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: India’s neighbourhood relations.   Afghanistan’s Taliban govt: Context: For the first time since the Taliban takeover, India has sent an official delegation to Afghanistan, led by J.P. Singh, joint secretary at MEA.   Areas of discussion: Resumption of stalled infrastructure projects, activation of diplomatic ties, and restarting the issue of visas …