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Mithila Makhana

Focus: GS III – Intellectual property rights Why in News? The government has recently awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Mithila Makhana. About Mithila Makhana: Mithila Makhana or Makhan (botanical name: Euryale ferox Salisb.) is a special variety of aquatic fox nut cultivated in Mithila region of Bihar and Nepal. Makhana is the one of the three prestigious cultural identities of Mithila. […]

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Focus: GS II- International Relations Why in News? Raksha Mantri  is visiting Tashkent, Uzbekistan to attend the Annual Meeting of the Defence Ministers’ of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States. What is the SCO?  Founded in June 2001, it was built on the ‘Shanghai Five’, the grouping which consisted of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and […]

The Digital Rupee — Central Bank Digital Currency

Context According to reports, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) digital rupee — the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) — could be introduced in stages, starting with wholesale businesses in the current fiscal year. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated in her Budget speech on February 1 that the CBDC would be launched in fiscal year […]

Increasing Cloudburst Incidents in India

Context  Over the last three days, cloudbursts and flash floods have killed over 20 people in various parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Relevance GS Paper 1:Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanic activity, cyclones etc. Mains Question Discuss the measures to prevent and mitigate the devastating effects of cloudbursts, highlighting the causes and […]

Forever Chemicals

Context: A recent study published in Environment Science and Technology has found that rainwater from many places across the globe is contaminated with “per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,” (PFAs), which are called “forever chemicals” because of their tendency to stick around in the atmosphere, rainwater and soil for long periods of time. Relevance: GS III: Environment […]

Kerala Savari

Context: Kerala has soft launched ‘Kerala Savari’, the country’s first online taxi service owned by a State government, to ensure fair and decent service to passengers along with fair remuneration to auto-taxi workers. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: About ‘Kerala Savari’ Security-related features of ‘Kerala Savari’ Will the new […]

Pandurang Khankhoje

Pandurang Khankhoje

Context: Lok Sabha Speaker, who is currently in Canada for the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, will travel to Mexico where he will unveil statues of Swami Vivekananda and Maharashtra-born freedom fighter and agriculturalist Pandurang Khankhoje (1883-1967). Relevance: GS I: History Dimensions of the Article: Who was Pandurang Khankhoje? What was his association with the Indian […]

What is Tomato Flu?

Context: A new infection dubbed tomato flu, or tomato fever, has been detected in India mostly among children younger than five, according to a report in the Lancet Respiratory Journal. Relevance: GS II- Health Dimensions of the Article: What is tomato flu? How can tomato flu be treated? How to take care of it? What […]

Central Bank Digital Currency

Context: According to the recent reports the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) digital rupee — the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) — may be introduced in phases beginning with wholesale businesses in the current financial year. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: About Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Why are central banks […]