Cope India

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: The Hindu   Context: The Air Forces of India and the U.S. are set to conduct the Cope India exercise at the Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal, with Japan as an observer. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to field its frontline fighters SU-30MKI, Rafale and the indigenous Light …

One of the biggest known black holes discovered

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: Indian Express Context: Astronomers have discovered one of the biggest black holes ever found, using gravitational lensing.   About Gravitational Lensing: Gravitational lensing is the name given to the phenomenon where a foreground object—a galaxy or a black hole—bends the light from a more distant object behind it, magnifying it in …

Nagri Dubraj rice

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: BS Context: The Geographical Indication Registry has granted Chhattisgarh’s aromatic rice, Nagri Dubraj, a geographical indication (GI) tag facilitating the brand to get a unique identity and a wide market.

Sagar Setu Mobile App

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: PIB  Context: The App Version of the National Logistics Portal (Marine), named ‘Sagar-Setu’, has been launched by Ministry for Ports, Shipping and Waterways.   Aim: The app will provide real-time information on vessel-related information, gate, container freight stations, and transactions, enabling digital transactions for payments.   Benefits: The app will …

Advance Pricing Agreements (APA)

Source: PIB   Context: Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into a record 95 Advance Pricing Agreements in FY 2022-23 with Indian taxpayers. With this, the total number of APAs since the inception of the APA programme (2012) has gone up to 516 (420 Unilateral APAs (UAPAs) and 96 Bilateral APAs (BAPAs))

Article 191(1)(e)

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: The Election Commission of India has chosen not to take a stance on whether a disqualified lawmaker should be banned from contesting elections for five years.   The issue: A petition has been filed in SC that an MP or an MLA who has either been disqualified from …

Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” (Knight of the Legion of Honour)

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: The Hindu  Context: Philanthropist and art collector Kiran Nadar was recently conferred “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain. Awarded for Contribution to the field of art, her commitment to providing greater access to culture both nationally and internationally, …

Cool Roof Policy- Telangana

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: HT The Telangana government in India has announced a “Cool Roof Policy” for buildings, requiring all government, non-residential, and commercial buildings to implement cool roofs, which are designed to be heat resilient and energy-efficient.   Aim: The policy aims to make buildings thermally comfortable and heat resilient, reduce energy …

India celebrates 50 successful years of “Project Tiger”

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation    Source: The Print  Context: The Indian government will officially mark the 50th year of ‘Project Tiger’ on 9 April with a three-day event in Mysuru, Karnataka.    Background: Project Tiger-an initiative to save tigers, was first initiated in the year April 1, 1973 in Jim Corbett National Park, …

UN to allow deep sea mining: Issues and concerns

GS Paper 2/3 Syllabus: International Relations/Environment, Conservation   Source: IE Context: The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has decided that it will start taking permit applications from companies that want to mine the ocean floor. Image Credits: ISA 2021 Background:.     Concerns: At the 28th Session of the ISA (Kingston, Jamaica), several countries insisted that …

Defamation law

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Indian Constitution—Historical Underpinnings, Evolution, Features, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure   Source: TH   Context: The defamation law in India has come under scrutiny once again following the conviction of a Congress leader (Rahul Gandhi) in a 2019 defamation case.   Background: In 1860, the British imported their idea of …