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About The Phanigiri Artefacts

Context: The Phanigiri artefacts, dating from 200 BCE-400 CE and discovered in 1942, are on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Relevance: GS I: History, Facts  for Prelims Phanigiri Artefacts: Phanigiri Buddhist Site: Key Findings: Mahayana and Hinayana Depictions: Deification of Buddha: Buddha’s Image: -Source: The Hindu

About Salem Sago

Context: Recently, the Salem Starch and Sago Manufacturers Service Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd. (popularly called SAGOSERVE) received a Geographical Indication Tag, or GI Tag, for Salem sago. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Salem Sago: Tapioca: Climate and Soil Requirements: Geographical Indications (GI) Tag Definition and Importance: Administration and Registration: Significance and […]

About The Global Biofuels Alliance

Context: Recently, the Prime Minister of India announced the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Global Biofuels Alliance: The Global Biofuels Alliance is an initiative led by India, with the goal of forming an alliance consisting of governments, international organizations, and industry stakeholders to promote the […]

What Is E-Waste Management?

Context: The Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) has published a report titled ‘Pathways to Circular Economy in the Indian Electronics Sector.’ This report emphasizes the pressing requirement to reconsider e-waste management and identifies potential opportunities for its utilization. According to the report, this shift could create an additional market opportunity worth USD 7 billion. […]

Unprecedented August 2023 Rainfall Deficit Challenges India’s Water Resources

Context: In August 2023, India, heavily dependent on monsoon rains, faced an exceptional challenge with a severe rainfall deficit. This deficit has led to a significant drop in water levels in the country’s vital reservoirs, sparking concerns about water supply for households, industries, and power generation. Historically, August is a month of substantial reservoir water […]

Global Shifts in Online News Consumption

Context: The 2023 Digital News Report by the Reuters Institute reveals notable changes in global online news consumption. The Reuters Institute focuses on studying journalism’s future through research, debate, and engagement on a global scale. Relevance: GS III: Role of Media & Social Networking Sites in Internal Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: Changing News […]

India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council Meeting

Context: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and PM Modi co-chaired the first summit-level meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council (SPC). The Saudi Crown Prince is on a daylong State Visit to India post the G20 Summit. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership […]

Indian UNSC Permanent Membership

Context: The G20 meeting in New Delhi clearly demonstrated India’s increasing importance on the global stage. The fact that it was able to successfully craft a unified statement addressing significant matters, such as the conflict in Ukraine, underscored the extent of its global impact. Consequently, including India as a permanent member in an expanded UN […]

Ridding India of Food Insecurity

Context: India might be the world’s quickest expanding major economy, but it is also grappling with an escalating surge in food price inflation. The increase in food prices initially surged significantly in 2019 and has continued to rise in most subsequent years. In July of this year, the annual inflation rate surpassed 11%, marking the highest […]

About A Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGB)

Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently announced the issue price for the upcoming Sovereign Gold Bond (SGB) Tranche 2. Relevance: GS II- Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. Dimensions of the Article: About Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGB) Benefits of Sovereign Gold Bond