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Apple Warns Opposition MPs of State-Sponsored Attacks on iPhones

Context: At least seven Opposition Members of Parliament alerted by Apple about potential state-sponsored attacks targeting their iPhones, with warnings indicating the attackers’ likely motivations. The warning advises protective measures, including activating the ‘Lockdown Mode’ feature on their devices. Relevance: GS III: Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: Characteristics of State-Sponsored Attackers According to Apple: […]

Tamil Lambadi Embroidery

Context: Porgai Artisan Association Society, with 60+ women, has been making and selling embroidered clothes to ensure that there is awareness about the art form and that it is passed on to the next generation Relevance: Facts for Prelims Dimensions of the Article: Tamil Lambadi Embroidery: A Rich Tradition Key Facts about the Lambadi Community […]

Chhath Festival: A Hindu Vedic Celebration

Context: The Patna district administration is set to deploy drones to manage the four-day-long mass gatherings for the annual Chhath festival. Relevance: GS I: Festivals Dimensions of the Article: Chhath Festival: A Hindu Vedic Celebration Rituals of Chhath Festival: -Source: The Hindu

Akhaura-Agartala Rail Link

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually inaugurated a rail link connecting Northeast India with Bangladesh. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Akhaura-Agartala Rail Link Route Details: Transit Routes and Funding: Significance: -Source: Times of India  

Working Conditions for India’s Gig Workers

Context: The fifth annual study conducted across 12 e-commerce platforms by Fairwork India, presents a grim picture of working conditions for India’s gig workers. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of the Study: The study on gig work and workers’ rights brings to light several significant findings and issues, including: Minimum Wage Policies: Living Wage Concerns: Alienation […]

Enhancing Food Accessibility with QR Codes for the Visually Impaired

Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed the incorporation of QR codes on food products to promote food accessibility among visually impaired individuals, emphasizing universal access to safe food. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: FSSAI’s Recommendations for QR Codes on Food Products for the Visually […]

State Food Safety Index (SFSI) 2023

Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) introduced the State Food Safety Index (SFSI) four years ago to encourage enhancements in food safety. The latest data reveals that in 2023, 19 out of 20 major states have witnessed a decline in their SFSI scores compared to the scores from 2019. After considering […]

About The Malware Malice

Context: In a healthy democracy, the Opposition and the media play crucial roles within a system overseen by a ruling authority that requires transparency to function effectively. The fact that more than a dozen Opposition leaders and journalists have received alerts from Apple, notifying them of potential targeting by “state-sponsored attackers,” raises concerns that this […]

Stocktaking Climate Finance — a Case of Circles in Red Ink

Context: Climate finance plays a vital role in upholding the trust of developing nations in future climate change negotiations. The issues regarding climate finance are expected to take centre stage at the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) meeting in Dubai, scheduled for November 30 to December 12, as part of Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report, […]

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Birth Anniversary

Context: The President of India paid homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. Relevance: GS I- Modern History About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue of Unity