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Importance of IOR for India and Its Neighborhood

Context Speaking at the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Plus Defence Ministers’ Conclave, Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh stated that India is prepared to provide missiles and weapon systems to friendly countries in the region. He stated that India seeks the IOR countries’ cooperation in combating terrorism, narcotics, and unregulated fishing in the Indian Ocean. Relevance […]

The Electoral Bond System and Its Transparency

Context In April 2022, the Supreme Court heard a pending petition challenging the Electoral Bond Scheme, 2018, and it is scheduled to hear it again in December 2022. In October 2022, the Supreme Court asked the government whether the electoral bonds system reveals the source of money pumped in to fund political parties, despite the […]

Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Context Centre to promote destinations in 15 States as part of Swadesh Darshan 2. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: About Swadesh Darshan scheme Swadesh Darshan Scheme 2.0 About Swadesh Darshan scheme: Nodal: Ministry of Tourism Features of Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship scheme of […]

About Rustom-2

Context: The indigenous medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Rustom-2 developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation is expected to complete all user trials by August 2023. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Rustom-2 Features Significance About Rustom-2 It has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment […]

Lothal – To Get Heritage Complex

Context: Prime Minister evening reviewed the construction of the National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) site at Gujarat’s Lothal via video conferencing. Relevance: GS I: History Dimensions of the Article: About Lothal Heritage Value National Maritime Heritage Complex About Lothal Lothal was one of the southernmost sites of the Indus Valley civilization, located in the Bhāl […]

Carbon-Dating On Disputed Structure

Context: Recently, a Varanasi district court has rejected the plea to conduct carbon-dating of the disputed structure known to have been found inside the premises of the Gyanvapi Mosque. Relevance: GS II: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What is carbon dating? What about non-living things? Is there anything that cannot be dated? What […]

What Is Graded Response Action Plan?

Context: The Commission for Air Quality Management directed authorities to enforce stage II of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), which includes a ban on diesel generators and use of coal and firewood in hotels, restaurants and open eateries, with immediate effect. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What is the […]

Geological Survey of India

Focus: GS II: Polity and Governance Why in News? Ministry of Mines Reviews Geological Survey of India (GSI) Functioning in Kolkata About the Geological Survey of India (GSI) The Geological Survey of India (GSI) was founded in 1851 and it is an attached office to the Ministry of Mines. The GSI was founded for: Conducting geological […]

India Post Payments Bank

Focus: GS III- Indian Economy Why in News? India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) and Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH) have come together to focus their efforts on enhancing the reach of financial solutions to large sections of society across India and enabling frictionless finance to a billion Indians. Details: The collaboration between IPPB and RBIH will […]