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About Monkeypox Virus Zoonotic Disease

Context: There is now more evidence for pre-symptomatic transmission of monkeypox virus. A study published recently, which involves a larger cohort, found that pre-symptomatic transmission had taken place as long as four days before symptoms manifested. The researchers have estimated that 53% of monkeypox virus transmission have occurred during the pre-symptomatic phase.  Relevance: GS II-Health […]

Genetic Modification (GM) of Mustard

Context: As soon as the government took the decision to release India’s first genetically-modified (GM) food crop Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11) for “environment release”, some activists approached the Supreme Court to ban it for various reasons. The Supreme Court has ordered the status quo to be maintained till the next hearing on the matter on […]

What is CRISPR Technology?

Context: Recently, Scientists have, for the first time, used CRISPR technology to insert genes that allow immune cells to attack cancer cells, potentially leaving normal cells unharmed and increasing the effectiveness of immunotherapy. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What is CRISPR technology?  ‘Cut-copy-paste’, or ‘find-replace’ functionalities Technology in action What […]

CP Ramaswamy Iyer

Context: Amid the ongoing tussle between the LDF government in Kerala and Governor, senior BJP leader and state education minister traded allegations over erstwhile Travancore Diwan Sir CP Ramaswamy Iyer. Relevance: GS I: History Dimensions of the Article: About Sir CP Ramaswamy Iyer Independent Travancore mission ‘American model’ for Travancore: Punnapra-Vayalar revolt: Assassination attempt on […]

New Regulations for Awarding PhDs 

Context: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made sweeping changes in its latest regulations governing the award of PhDs.Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: What are the key changes? The UGC notified the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of PhD Degree) Regulations, 2022. Evaluation and assessment […]

Sealed Cover Jurisprudence

Context: A Bench led by Chief Justice of India last month criticised the practice of “sealed cover” jurisprudence as setting a “dangerous precedent”, which makes “the process of adjudication vague and opaque”. Relevance: GS II- Executive & Judiciary Dimensions of the article:: What is sealed cover jurisprudence?  It also mentions that information can be kept […]

Tracking System For Methane Emissions

Context Relevance GS 1: Geography, climate change GS 3: Environment protection Mains Question Do you believe that goals such as net zero emissions and afforestation can help to mitigate the negative effects of climate change? (150 Words) MARS (Methane Alert and Response System) MARS’s Operation MARS Is Required

Indo-Pacific Peace and Stability

Context The 19th ASEAN-India Summit recently took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar represented India. Relevance GS Paper – 2: Groupings & Agreements Involving India and/or Affecting India’s Interests, Bilateral Groupings & Agreements, India and its Neighbourhood. Mains Question Instead of joining the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, India should prefer bilateral economic forums […]

Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in News? The 29th Regional Workshop of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare at Morena, Madhya Pradesh. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Functions of KVKs