What Are Coronal Holes?

Context: Recently, the @NASASun Twitter handle shared an image of the sun seemingly ‘smiling’. Captured by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, the image has dark patches on the sun’s surface resembling eyes and a smile. NASA explained that the patches are called coronal holes, which can be seen in ultraviolet light but are typically invisible […]

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Context: An invasive species, Senna spectabilis, an exotic tree, has taken over between 800 hectares and 1,200 hectares of the buffer zones of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the picturesque Nilgiris hill district.  Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Senna Spectabilis: About Mudumalai Tiger Reserve -Source: The Hindu  

Purchasing Managers Index

Context: The S&P Global India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey shows that the India’s manufacturing production growth and new orders eased to four-month lows in October, but a surge in new jobs and subdued price pressures kept producers optimistic about future prospects. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy, Mobilization of […]

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Context: Connectivity projects must respect sovereignty issues, External Affairs Minister said in a reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), at a virtual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)  Relevance: GS II- International relations Dimensions of the Article: What is the SCO?  Member states Main goals Focus areas: Organizational structure of SCO The […]

GM Mustard Hybrid DMH 11

Context: The recent clearance by the government for the release of GM Mustard Hybrid DMH 11 based on the recommendations of GEAC under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is a bold decision in the best interest of our farmers and the nation. Relevance: GS II: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: […]

Aadhaar-Voter ID linkage

Context: Recently, The Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the power of the Election Commission (EC) to link the Aadhaar database with voter ID cards. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: What was the petition challenging? Is the linking of Aadhaar with one’s Voter ID […]

Developing GM Mustard Hybrid DMH 11

Context Based on the recommendations of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change recently approved the environmental release of genetically modified (GM) mustard hybrid (DMH 11), paving the way for commercial use of the first GM food crop (GEAC). Relevance GS Paper 3: Science and Technology- developments and their […]

Curious Run of Andhra’s 3-Capitals Case

Context The Chief Justice of India (CJI) recently recused himself from hearing appeals filed by the government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) against an AP High Court decision that invalidated the state’s “three-capital” system. As a senior advocate, the CJI made this decision because he was previously involved in a thorough legal opinion to the state […]

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

Focus: GS II- Government policies and Interventions Why in News? Prime Minister in the latest edition of Mann Ki Baat, highlights the importance of various festivals, celebrations and sports in uniting people and bringing out the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ About Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Objectives:    

Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

Focus: GS III- Indian Economy Why in News? Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Environment, Forest & Climate Change inaugurated the 70th Foundation Day of EPFO held at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi. About Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Nodal: Ministry of Labour & Employment Employees Pension Scheme (EPS): Main features: