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Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority

Context: The Delhi High Court recently upheld an order by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPVFRA), revoking the intellectual property protection granted to PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd with respect to a potato variety developed by it. Relevance: GS III: Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ […]

About The Cluster Bombs

Context: Recently, the decision by the United States to supply Ukraine with cluster bombs has caused concern among key US allies. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Dimensions of the Article: About Cluster bombs Cluster bombs, also known as cluster munitions, are weapons designed to scatter smaller bomblets over a wide area. Here are some key points […]

New Wheat Variety (PBW RS1)

Context: Recently, the Ludhiana-based institution has developed a new variety of wheat called PBW RS1. Relevance: GS III: Science Dimensions of the Article: PBW RS1: PBW RS1 is a variety of wheat known for its high amylose starch content, which contributes to its unique properties. Benefits of PBW RS1: Type 2 Diabetes: Glycemic Index: -Source: […]

Impact of Microplastics and Nanoplastics on Human Health

Context: Recently, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in its report “Impact of Microplastics and Nanoplastics on Human Health” highlighted that the Microplastics and nano plastics considerably impact human and animal gut microbiomes as well as the environment. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of the Report “Impact of Microplastics and Nanoplastics on Human […]

Majorana Zero Modes: Potential Breakthrough for Quantum Computing

Context: Recently, researchers at Microsoft announced that they had figured out a way to create an elusive kind of particle that could potentially revolutionise quantum computing. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Majorana Fermions and Majorana Zero Modes Majorana Fermions: Majorana Zero Modes: Advantages of Majorana Zero Modes in Computing: Topological Degeneracy: […]

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Context: India’s electric mobility plan is largely focussed on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, with Li-ion seen as the most viable battery option for now. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Electric Vehicles (EVs): Origin and Increasing Scope in India: Types of EVs: EV Sales in India: […]

PCA Ruling on India-Pakistan Hydroelectric Projects

Context: The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear Pakistan’s objections to India’s Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir. However, India rejects the establishment of the “Court of Arbitration,” arguing that it contravenes the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Relevance: GS II: International  […]

About Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

Focus:  GS II-  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Why in News? The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has lauded the expansion of Ayushman Bharat scheme to more than 1.60 lakh health and wellness centres.   About Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) National […]

About The One District One Product Programme

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Why in News? Recently, One District One Product (ODOP) programme under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry collaborated with an e-commerce player, Groyyo to onboard aggregators selling ODOP-identified products on its platform. One District One Product (ODOP) programme: Promoting District […]