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Droughts Increase as World Warms

Context The study found that flash droughts were more common than slower ones in tropical areas like India, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Amazon basin. Relevance: GS Paper-3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment: Disaster and disaster management. Mains question Describe the idea of “flash drought” and how it affects tropical regions’ agriculture […]

Unrestricted Constitutional Posts

Context Relevance: GS Paper-2: Appointment to various Constitutional Posts. Mains Question Why are independent institutions necessary in a democracy? How did India’s founding fathers ensure the independence of the country’s various constitutional authorities? The need of Independent institutions The different appointment procedures The Explanation and Issues Choice that is “unbounded and unhindered” Both changes were […]

About Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Context: A recent study shows that Epstein-Barr virus that is primarily spread through saliva can evolve into cancer. Relevance: Facts for Prelims About Epstein-Barr virus (EBV): Details: -Source: Hindustan Times

About The Cycas Pectinata

Context: Recently, a new study by five botanists has revealed that the Cycas pectinata plant’s existence in the Himalayan country is threatened by overcollection as an ornamental plant and habitat destruction. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Cycas pectinata: Conservation status: Significance: -Source: The Hindu

Polar Crown Prominence (PCP)

Context: Recently, an Argentina-based astronomer captured a structure that looked like a wall of plasma on the surface of the sun. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Polar Crown Prominences (PCP) Solar Prominences: Solar Filaments: -Source: The Hindu

Central Government Health Scheme

Context: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently hiked consultation charges and room rents under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: Details: Central Government Health Scheme CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) is a healthcare scheme provided by the Indian Central Government to its employees, pensioners, […]

Extra-Judicial Killings

Context: Recently, the Supreme Court (SC) has expressed its views on Extra-Judicial Killings (EJK) in India, after an Encounter in Uttar Pradesh, stating that the right to life as a Fundamental Right enshrined in the Constitution and EJKs are a violation of this right. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What […]

About The G7 Ministers Meet

Focus: Facts for Prelims, International Relations Why in News? Recently, the G7 countries pledged to quit fossil fuels faster and urged other countries to follow suit, but failed to agree to any new deadlines on ending polluting power sources like coal. About G7: History: Objectives: Meetings and decisions: Criticism:

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

Focus: Facts for Prelims Why in News? The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has come up with a set of guidelines to streamline foundation stone laying ceremonies and inauguration functions of national highway projects. About National Highways Authority of India (NHAI): NHAI is the premier organization in India responsible for the development, maintenance, and […]