Holistic Progress Card (HPC)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The National Council for Educational and Research Training (NCERT) is introducing a new ‘holistic progress card’ (HPC) to replace traditional report cards. The HPC, developed by the Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development (PARAKH), assesses academic performance along with interpersonal relationships, self-reflection, creativity, …

Links between consanguinity and genetic diseases

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: Consanguinity, the practice of marrying close relatives, is a widespread tradition still practised in many human societies, particularly in Asia and West Africa.   Key points regarding consanguinity and genetic diseases: Prevalence: An estimated 15-20% of the world’s population practices consanguinity, with India having numerous endogamous …

‘Self-respect’ marriages

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context: The Supreme Court of India recently ruled that “self-respect” marriages are valid under the Hindu Marriage Act The court overruled a 2014 Madras High Court ruling that stated that marriages performed by advocates are invalid. The court ruled that advocates can solemnize “self-respect” marriages in their personal capacity …

Paharis and Paddaris

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The government has introduced the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in Lok Sabha to include four communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Jammu and Kashmir. The four communities proposed for ST status are “Gadda Brahmin,” “Koli,” “Paddari Tribe,” and …

Endogamy and harmful genetic variants in India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)      Source: TH  Context: A study by researchers at the Institute for Human Genetics, University of California, focused on genetic differences among South Asian populations, particularly in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The researchers found distinct genetic patterns among different regions, including smaller geographies within India, attributed to endogamous practices like …

Breaking Barriers and Building Inclusivity – Women still minority

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Social Justice   Source: TH   Context: Preeti Aghalyam, the first woman to become the Director of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), highlighted the underrepresentation of women on IIT campuses. Her appointment coincides with a broader effort by various IITs to address the gender imbalance on their campuses.   The …

Matrilineal Meghalaya

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Hindu  Context: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) ordered not to issue an ST certificate to any Khasi person who adopts their father’s surname as it is against the traditional custom of inheriting the mother’s surname.   What is the matrilineal system among Khasis? It refers to a …

NCST functioning with less than 50% of sanctioned strength

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Constitutional and Statutory bodies   Source: TH, TH   Context: Data from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) revealed that the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is currently functioning with less than 50% of its sanctioned strength    Issues with the staffing in the commission: The sanctioned strength of the …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 30 January 2023

InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions ina your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their …

This was the year that said goodbye to hyper globalisation

GS Paper 1 Syllabus: Effects of Globalisation on Indian Society   Source: IE  Direction: The article highlights the evolution of globalisation to hyper-globalisation and signs of the end of the era of hyper-globalisation.  Context: Two wars (Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an economic war – a geopolitical confrontation between two superpowers – the US and …

There has been a persistent decline in poverty in India

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Issues related to poverty   Source: The Hindu  Context: The recent release of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data for 2019-21 allows a detailed examination of progress in reducing absolute poverty and related variables such as nutrition.   Background: The NFHS survey is an attempt to provide estimates of a multidimensional …

Global Hunger Index

GS paper 2 Syllabus: Issues related to poverty and hunger, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection of vulnerable sections of society etc   Directions: The report is important and often Indian government has disputed its findings. Source: The Hindu Context: India ranks 107 out of 121 countries  (under the “serious category”) on the Global …

The process of inclusion or exclusion from the Scheduled Tribes list(continuation of 15sep article)

GS paper 2 Syllabus: Parliament and state legislature-structure, functioning and conduct of business, issues related to SC/ST etc   Directions: This is from the explained section of the Hindu. But we had already done the article on it on 15th September FFP. This will be just a revision.   Source: The Hindu   Context: The …

Family needs to be at the heart of India’s health system

GS Paper 2 Syllabus:  Issues Relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   Source: Indian Express Direction: Go through once to understand the issue. Context: Evaluation of health care in India Health Care System in India: multi-tiered structure. Village-level PHC: a community worker operates and provides services covering 12 diseases/needs. Block-level: there is a 30-bed community health …

WPP’s Projections on India

GS Paper 1 Syllabus: Society: Population   Source: The Hindu Direction: The world population prospectus report 2022 was released last month. This is just an analysis of the trend. Findings: India is at the 3rd stage of the demographic transition (DT). India is experiencing a slowing population growth rate due to constant low mortalityand rapidly declining fertility. Its population growth …