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About The Fujianvenator Prodigiosus

Context: Scientists recently said they unearthed in Fujian Province the fossil of a Jurassic Period dinosaur they named Fujianvenator prodigiosus. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Dimensions of the Article: About Fujianvenator Prodigiosus: Key Facts About the Jurassic Period: -Source: The Hindu

National Payments Corporation of India

Context: Recently, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) unveiled several new products with an aim to create an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable digital payments ecosystem. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: New Product Offerings in Digital Payments: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI): -Source: Indian Express

About The Varicella Zoster Virus

Context: Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology scientists, have for the first time in the country, found the presence of Clade 9 variant of varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: Varicella Zoster Virus Overview: Key Facts about Chickenpox: -Source: The Hindu

Nation First Transit Card

Context: State Bank of India has launched its ‘Nation First Transit Card’, a RuPay prepaid instrument under the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) that can be used nationwide. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Nation First Transit Card Nation First Transit Card Features: About National Common Mobility Card (NCMC): What is a […]

 20th ASEAN-India Summit

Context: Prime Minister visited Jakarta, Indonesia at the invitation of Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. During his visit, PM attended the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and 18th East Asia Summit being hosted by Indonesia as current Chair of ASEAN. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of PM Modi’s […]

Push to Criminalize Ecocide

Context: The Maya train project in Mexico, designed to connect tourists with historic Maya sites, has raised concerns about its possible adverse effects on the environment and culture. This controversy highlights the discussion around “ecocide” and the increasing worldwide push to make environmental harm a criminal offense. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of […]

Swachh Vayu Survekshan 2023

Context: Recently, the awards for Swachh Vayu Survekshan (Clean Air Survey) 2023 were announced. The survey was conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: Swachh Vayu Survekshan 2023 Assessment Criteria The evaluation of cities in SVS 2023 is based on eight key parameters: Performance Highlights of Swachh Vayu […]

India is staring at Water Poverty

Context: Based on recently released data from the India Meteorological Department, the South-West monsoon for the June to August 2023 period has been inadequate in 42 percent of the districts (see the table for reference). Specifically, in August, the country witnessed a rainfall deficit of 32 percent compared to the normal average, with the southern […]

Before The Waters Rise

Context: Intense rainfall and flooding have been documented across various north Indian states in recent months, shedding light on a concerning situation. Although India has established a robust early warning system (EWS) for cyclones, there are significant deficiencies in our capacity to issue flood alerts. As we confront the rising challenges of climate extremes, EWS […]

Biodegradable Nanocomposite Film with Enhanced Optical and Mechanical Properties

Context: Recently, researchers from the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, have successfully fabricated a biodegradable nanocomposite film with optical and mechanical properties. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of the Research: Polymers: Nanomaterials: Nanocomposite Film: