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UGC Regulations for Collaboration Between Indian and Foreign Universities

Context:  The University Grants Commission (UGC) has simplified the procedure for enabling academic collaborations between Indian and foreign higher educational institutions to offer joint degrees, dual degrees and twinning programmes. Relevance: GS II- Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: What has the UGC proposed? How do the new regulations differ from that of […]

Noise pollution

Context: The political controversy in Maharashtra over the demand to remove loudspeakers from mosques raises some fundamental questions regarding noise pollution. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Definition of ‘noise’ under the law Threshold for acceptable level of noise Noise pollution impact on health What are the rules around the use […]

Space Bricks

Context: Researchers from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a way to make bricks from Martian soil with the help of bacteria and urea. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Space Bricks Significance About Space Bricks The Indian Space Research Organization […]

Submarine Vagsheer

Context: Recently, Vagsheer, the sixth submarine of the P75 project of the Indian Navy was launched at Mazgaon Dock Ltd. It is the last of the Scorpene class submarines made under the P75 project and can join the Navy fleet within 12-18 months after sea trials. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the […]

East Timor

Context: Asia’s youngest nation, East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, holds the second and final round of its presidential election. Relevance: Facts for Prelims, Places in News Dimensions of the Article: About East Timor Its geography About East Timor Portugal colonised the area in the 18th century, and it remained under their hands until […]

Meghalaya Council Opposes Border Deal

Context: A tribal council in Meghalaya has joined the list of individuals and organisations in opposing the State government’s deal with Assam to resolve a 50-year-old boundary dispute. The Assam and Meghalaya governments had on March 29 finalised the pact to divide 36.79 sq. km of disputed areas. The two governments had taken up six […]

WHO & Traditional Medicine

Context: Recently, Prime Minister along with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General will perform the ground breaking ceremony for the first-of-its-kind WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Relevance: GS II- Health Dimensions of the Article: What is traditional medicine? About Global Centre for Traditional Medicine: Why has the WHO felt the need to advance knowledge […]

Guru Tegh Bahadur

Context: To mark the 401st birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru who stood up against forcible conversions by the Mughals, Prime Minister  will give an address from the Red Fort. Relevance: GS I- History Dimensions of the Article: About Guru Tegh Bahadur Run-in with the Mughals The guru’s martyrdom About Guru Tegh Bahadur: Tegh […]

Green Hydrogen

Focus: GS III- Environment Why in News? Oil India Limited (OIL) has taken the first significant step towards Green Hydrogen Economy in India with the commissioning of India’s First 99.999% pure Green Hydrogen pilot plant, with an installed capacity of 10 kg per day at its Jorhat Pump Station in Assam. About Green Hydrogen The […]