NAFIS

  Source: HT Context: The Ministry of Home Affairs in India has directed central law enforcement agencies, including the CBI, NIA and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), to access and share their records with the national fingerprints database, NAFIS (National Automated Fingerprint Identification System).    About NAFIS This database, known as NAFIS, is a web-based …

Babool

Facts For Prelims:   Source: DTE  Context: Studies have shown that arid plant babool has many benefits. Tags: GS3, Environment, Species, babool

Evergreening of loans

  Source: Indian Express  Context: Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor raised red flags over banks adopting innovative methods for evergreening of loans – covering up the real status of stressed loans of corporates.    About Evergreening of loans: Evergreening of loans refers to a practice where banks or lenders provide additional funds or …

Utilizing pine needles

  Source: DTE A group of women (under Jyoti Self-Help Group (SHG)) in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district have found self-sufficiency by utilizing pine needles and leaves abundantly available in their surroundings. The women have been collecting and weaving these materials into various items for the past five years, including cutlery, containers, serving trays, home decor …

Richard Feynman: Think on your own

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: TH Physicists once doubted the existence of gravitational waves until Richard Feynman (an American theoretical physicist) settled the debate with a thought experiment. Albert Einstein had discovered the theory of general relativity in 1915, including the existence of gravitational waves, but he was sceptical. The debate continued for …

Insurgency in Manipur

 GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Linkages between Development and Spread of Extremism   Source: IE  Context: Amid fresh violence in Manipur, the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) has countered the claims of the Manipur CM that 40 insurgents had been killed by security forces.     How did violent clashes start? Violence erupted in the Kuki-dominated Churachandpur …

Direct-seeding method gains currency in India’s paddy-growing regions

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Agriculture   Source: Hindu Business Line  Context: There is a growing trend of farmers in rice-growing states of India adopting the direct-seeding method for paddy cultivation.   Reasons: With delays in rainfall and labour shortages, this method allows farmers to sow seeds without waiting for rain or spending time in nurseries. …