Moyar Valley (Tamil Nadu)

Mapping   Source: TNIE  Context: Recent surveys show an increase in vulture numbers, highlighting the Moyar Valley’s importance as a nesting site for critically endangered Gyps vultures   About Moyar Valley: It is located in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and is the only region with the largest nesting colony of Gyps vultures in the wild. This …

Kalam-250

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Skyroot Aerospace successfully conducted a test firing of the Stage-2 propulsion system, named Kalam-250, of the Vikram-1 space launch vehicle. Stage 2 is crucial for propelling the launch vehicle from the atmospheric phase to outer space. The Kalam-250 utilizes high-strength carbon composite materials and a solid fuel …

White Rabbit Collaboration

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: CERN  Context: CERN has introduced the White Rabbit Collaboration to promote the adoption of its White Rabbit (WR) technology, initially developed to synchronize devices in particle accelerators with sub-nanosecond precision. This technology has applications beyond particle physics and has been incorporated into the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) standard. Unlike …

CoViNet

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a global network of laboratories named CoViNet, aimed at identifying and monitoring potential novel coronaviruses. CoViNet will not only focus on SARS-CoV-2 but also assess other coronaviruses like MERS-CoV, enhancing laboratory capabilities. The network will include animal health and environmental …

Group of Friends (GOF)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DD NEWS  Context: India, leading the Group of Friends (GOF) comprising 40 member states, convened a meeting to discuss strategies for strengthening legal frameworks against crimes targeting peacekeepers. India launched a new database hosted on the Unite Aware platform to record crimes against peacekeepers and monitor accountability efforts. The …

Assessing India’s Social Security Programs: Progress and Challenges

GS2/ GS3 Paper   Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions    Source: IE  Context: The article evaluates welfare and social protection programs in India, noting progress but also highlighting shortcomings   What is Social Security? Social security is a system implemented by societies/governments to provide individuals and households with financial assistance and support during times of need …