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About Fattah 2

Context: Iran recently unveiled its new and improved hypersonic weapon, the Fattah-2. Relevance: Facts for Prelims About Fattah 2: Name and Origin: Features: Hypersonic Missile -Source: The Hindu

Nolamba Dynasty

Context: Ancient inscriptions, hero stones, and idols of Shiva Linga and Nandi have been unearthed during recent research about the history of Nolamba Pallavas. Relevance: GS I: History The Nolamba Dynasty: Historical Significance: Territorial Dominance: Capital Shifts: Self-Identification: Founder and Origin: Political Changes: Decline: Temple Complexes: -Source: Indian Express

RBI’s Move to Increase Risk Weight for Lending

Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) to reserve more capital for risk weights. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Background: Understanding ‘Risk Weights’: Reasons for Regulatory Changes: Chief Concerns: Impact on Consumers: Conclusion: -Source: The Hindu

NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft

Context: NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft, currently journeying over 16 million kilometers away in space, recently achieved a ground breaking feat by successfully firing a laser signal at Earth. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: NASA’s Psyche Mission: Objective: Scientific Goals: Scientific Instruments: Significance of Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC): -Source: Indian Express

Halal Certification Ban in Uttar Pradesh

Context: The Uttar Pradesh Government’s Food Security and Drug Administration has imposed an immediate ban on the “manufacture, sale, storage, and distribution of halal-certified products.” Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: About Halal Certification Ban Halal Definition: Ban Reason: Government Stance: Enforcement Actions: Controversial Implications: Halal Certificate Issuance Process: Certifying […]

Rat-Hole Mining

Context: The rescue operation for 41 workers trapped in the partially-collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand utilized two scientific mining methods, vertical drilling and auger (horizontal drilling), after 17 days of being trapped. The final phase of the rescue involved the use of rat-hole mining, a technique previously employed in Meghalaya. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions […]

Not a Panacea – On Maratha Demand for Reservations

Context: In a clear indication of substantial socioeconomic changes occurring in various regions of India, there have been calls for reservation from communities that are traditionally considered politically influential and are not conventionally categorized as “backward.” The demand for reservation by the Maratha community in Maharashtra is a notable example. Relevance: GS-2 Mains Question: Highlighting the present […]

A Better Model – On the Model Code of Conduct

Context: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which sets the guidelines for parties and governments during election campaigns, is well-intentioned but challenging to enforce. Its effectiveness relies heavily on the cooperation of parties and governments and the watchfulness of the Election Commission of India (ECI). Relevance: GS-2 Mains Question: The ECI must act independently as the arbiter of election code breaches. Analyse in the context of recent […]

About The National Cadet Corps

Context: Recently, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated its 75th Anniversary on November 26, 2023 Relevance: Facts for Prelims About the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Voluntary Recruitment: Training and Preferences: Aims of the National Cadet Corps: Leadership and Headquarters: