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On the legality of Israel’s occupation

How Has Israel Altered Its Occupation of Palestinian Land Over The Years? Israel has occupied Palestinian land since 1948, when it declared independence and captured more territory than had been proposed in the UN partition plan.   This resulted in the displacement of around 700,000 Palestinians. In 1967, Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip, […]

Stem Cell-derived Mitochondria Transplantation

Context: Recently, six children with rare disorders caused by deletion in the genomes of their mitochondria were successfully treated for the first time by Stem-cell derived Mitochondria Transplantation. Relevance: Facts for Prelims What is the Stem Cell-derived Mitochondria Transplantation? -Source: The Hindu

What is Purchasing Managers’ Index

Context: As per the S&P Global India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the manufacturing sector in India had its most significant production growth in 13 months in December 2022. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy, Mobilization of Resources) Dimensions of the Article: What is Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)? Understanding PMI -Source: […]

What Is A Heat Dome?

Context: At least seven countries have recorded their hottest January weather ever. These included Poland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia. According to The Washington Post report, the continent is experiencing an extreme warm spell because of the formation of a heat dome over the region. Relevance: GS I: Geography Dimensions […]

Systemically Important Banks

Context: State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank have again been named as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Relevance: GS III: Indian economy Dimensions of the Article: What are Systemically Important Banks (SIBs)? Types of SIBs How are D-SIBs determined? What regulations do these banks need […]

192nd Birth Anniversary Savitribai Phule

Context On her 192nd birth anniversary, a look at the life of Savitribai Phule, India’s first woman teacher Relevance: GS I: History Dimensions of the Article: Who was Savitribai Phule? The loud opposition to Phules’ schools Phule’s role as a social reformer, beyond education Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha Satyashodhak Samaj: Balyata Pratibandak Gruha: Husband’s funeral procession […]

Draft Rules for Online Gaming

Context: Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has released the Draft Rules for Online Gaming. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: About Draft Rules for Online Gaming: Self Regulatory Body: Additional due diligence Random Number Generation Certificate: Betting: Appoint a compliance officer Online gaming sector in India What is […]

Road to Decarbonisation After the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Context The Ukraine conflict has disrupted the international energy market, and India will have to navigate the difficult situations of a volatile petroleum market without deviating from the “green” path toward clean energy. Relevance: GS Paper-3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation Mains Question India must shift its energy compass needle toward short-term energy security and long-term […]

Protests Over Eco-Friendly Zones

Context Several farmers’ organisations and church bodies in Kerala have announced protests against the state government’s satellite survey of eco-sensitive zones, which is being conducted in accordance with a Supreme Court order. Relevance: GS Paper-3: Conservation, Environmental Pollution, and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment Mains Question What are eco-sensitive zones, and what is the recent Supreme Court […]