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RBI’s ‘Lightweight’ Payments System

Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has conceptualised a lightweight payment and settlements system, which it is calling a “bunker” equivalent of digital payments, which can be operated from anywhere by a bare minimum staff in exigencies such as natural calamities or war. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Details: Reasons […]

About Senkakau Islands

Context: Amid the rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan Coast Guard (JCG) source recently revealed that a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel has been navigating in Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands. Relevance: Places in News Senkaku Islands Dispute: Administration: -Source: The Print  

About Chandrayaan-3

Context: Recently, chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed that Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in July, 2023. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Chandrayaan-3 Objective and Composition: Lander and Rover Instruments: -Source: Indian Express

About China’s Shenzhou-16 Spacecraft Launched

Context: China launched a spacecraft carrying three astronauts, including its first civilian, to its Tiangong space station. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About New Mission to the Tiangong Space Station: Mission Goals: Manned Mission History: Launch Details: Tiangong Space Station: Background: Objectives and Expansion: International Collaboration: -Source: Indian Express

About The National Rare Diseases Committee

Context: Recently, the Delhi High Court has taken a proactive step to address the challenges faced by patients with rare diseases by establishing a five-member panel to implement the Centre’s rare diseases policy effectively. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: What are ‘Rare diseases’? A rare disease, also referred to […]

India: Sixth Largest Producer of Coffee

Context: According to a recent report by Statista, India ranks as the sixth largest coffee producer globally, following Brazil (the largest producer), Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Honduras. Relevance: GS III: Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: What is South Indian Coffee Blend? Chicory: Health Benefits: Key Points about Coffee: Coffee Varieties in India: Coffee Plantations […]

About NVS-01 Satellite

Context: The NVS-01 satellite was successfully launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) using the GSLV-F12, and after a 19-minute flight, it was accurately placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About NVS-01 NVS-01 is the first satellite of the second-generation NVS series by ISRO […]

Statehood Day of Goa

Focus: GS II- Governance Why in news? The Prime Minister greeted the people of Goa on the occasion of their Statehood Day (30 May). Key Points: History of Goa as a Portuguese Colony Geography: Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks: Liberation of Goa Operation Vijay The Referendum: Road to Statehood A referendum was held which offered […]

About Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS)

Focus: GS III: Indian Economy Why in News? According to the recent periodic labour force survey, the urban unemployment rate dipped further in the January to March 2023 quarter. Key Points: Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) Overview: Objectives: Indicators: The PLFS focuses on estimating the following indicators: Current Weekly Status (CWS): Conducting Authority: Types of […]

Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 31 May 2023

Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 31 May 2023 Contents Same-Sex Marriage: Urban Elite Concept or Integral Right? Context Relevance:  GS Paper 2:Judiciary- Justice Mains Question Examine the defences put forth by the Indian government for opposing same-sex marriage there. Do you share their point of view? Justify your response. (150 Marks) The case made by the […]