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Key Features of Ixchiq Vaccine

Context: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States recently granted approval for Ixchiq, the world’s first vaccine for chikungunya. Developed by the European vaccine manufacturer Valneva, this novel vaccine represents a crucial advancement in addressing the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: Key Features of Ixchiq Vaccine […]

Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Context: Recently, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development 2022 was jointly awarded to the Indian Medical Association and the Trained Nurses Association of India as representatives of the COVID-19 warriors in the country. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Indira Gandhi Peace Prize: Inception and Purpose: Award Components: Criteria for Recognition: Distinguished Recipients: -Source: […]

What Is Greenwashing

Context: The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) recently proposed guidelines that aim to check Greenwashing in ads. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What Is Greenwashing? Examples of Greenwashing Effects of greenwashing -Source: Business Standard

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Context: Recently, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit 2023 took place in San Francisco, United States. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: APEC Leaders’ Summit 2023 Highlights Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Establishment and Purpose: Permanent Secretariat: Member Countries: Significance: Operational Framework: Main Goals: India and APEC: -Source: Indian Express

UN Warning on Unprecedented Greenhouse Gas Surge

Context: The United Nations has issued a warning, drawing attention to the unprecedented surge in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, reaching new records in 2022. The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) 19th Annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin emphasizes the alarming implications of this surge, anticipating increased temperatures, intensified extreme weather events, and elevated sea levels. Relevance: […]

Once-in-a-Century Floods in East Africa

Context: The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has characterized the recent floods in Somalia and neighboring East African countries as a once-in-a-century event. The floods, triggered by torrential rainfall and influenced by climatic factors like El Niño and the Indian Ocean Dipole, have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The impact […]

Emission Gap Report 2023

Context: Ahead of COP28, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report titled ‘Emissions Gap Report 2023: Broken Record — Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again)’. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Emissions Gap Report United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Major Insights from the […]

A Renewed Focus on Emerging Technologies in Defence

Context: The utilization of capabilities that leverage a combination of cyber technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), unmanned systems, and advanced computing is prevalent among most militaries. The Indian military is actively acknowledging this trend as recently highlighted by General Manoj Pande. Relevance: GS3- Defence Mains Question: Fully realising the potential of emerging technologies in the military […]

Is Artificial Intelligence Taking over the Control

Context: AI technology has become extensively integrated into the ongoing Assembly poll campaign. This encompasses the creation of songs featuring the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in various languages. Additionally, AI-powered voice cloning tools are being employed to send personalized messages to voters and party workers. Relevance: GS3- Science and Technology- Awareness in the fields of […]

About The ADMM-Plus Meeting

Context: Recently, the Defence Minister of India has participated in the 10th Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Key Points from Indian Address in ADMM-Plus Meeting ASEAN’s Central Role: Commitment to International Laws: Security Initiatives: Dialogue for Global Stability: Appreciation for Joint […]