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International Day for Biosphere Reserves

Context: The second anniversary of International Biosphere Reserve Day, celebrated on November 3, annually highlights the critical importance of biosphere reserves(BR) in safeguarding our environment and promoting sustainability. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: World Biosphere Reserve Day 2023 Objectives: Significance: UNESCO Collaborates for Environmental Sustainability in South and Central Asia In collaboration with the […]

About The Helicobacter Pylori

Context: A two-step PCR-based assay of a small region of the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria can help detect H. pylori infection, which has been developed by a team of researchers from the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (ICMR-NICED), Kolkata. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Helicobacter pylori: A Bacterial Infection in the Digestive Tract […]

About Pancorius Sebastiani

Context: Recently, researchers discovered a new species of jumping spider in the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Dimensions of the Article: About Pancorius Sebastiani: Features of Pancorius Sebastiani: Key Facts about the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary: -Source: The Hindu

Haemoglobin in Chondrocytes

Context: A recent serendipitous discovery in a study published in Nature found that chondrocytes, which produce cartilage, also produce and rely on haemoglobin for their survival, revealing that haemoglobin isn’t exclusive to red blood cells (RBCs). Chondrocytes are the cells that make cartilage, the connecting tissue between bones. Relevance: GS II: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Haemoglobin Bodies […]

Advocate-on-Record (AOR) in the Indian Legal System

Context: Recently, the Supreme Court pulled up an Advocate-on-Record (AoR) for filing a frivolous case and dismissed the public interest litigation. The Court censured the lawyer that an AoR cannot merely be a signing authority. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: Advocate-on-Record (AOR) in the Indian Legal System Role and Functions: […]

About The Universal Basic Income

Context: Recently, the positive outcome Universal Basic Income (UBI), can have on individuals and families has been highlighted through the WorkFREE pilot project, started in 2022 in Telangana. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: Universal Basic Income (UBI): Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a social welfare proposal that entails providing all […]

Tiding Air Quality of Delhi

Context: Every year, Delhi and parts of the surrounding states, including Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, face a critical point in their annual air quality. This is the period when the southwest monsoon retreats, taking with it the atmospheric drafts that typically help disperse pollutants resulting from various human activities like construction, transportation, power generation, […]

Giving the Urban Indian a Better Life

Context: The central theme of World Cities Day for this year, observed on October 31, was “Financing Sustainable Urban Future for All.” The focus is on ensuring that financial resources are directed towards addressing the flawed urbanization that is currently shortening urban futures, thereby making cities more livable and safe. It is deeply concerning that air pollution is responsible […]

Graded Response Action Plan

Context: Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas invokes 8-point action plan as per Stage-IV of the GRAP in the entire NCR with immediate effect to prevent further deterioration of air quality in the region Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What is the Graded Response Action Plan? […]

3rd International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards (ICSTS)

Context: The Quality Council of India (QCI), an autonomous organization of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry hosted the 3rd International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards (ICSTS) in New Delhi. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Inerventions Dimensions of the Article: Event Organization and Purpose: Key Highlights: Quality Council […]