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About The Mount Marapi

Context: Recently, Indonesia’s Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province erupted, spewing white-and-grey ash plumes for more than 3,000 metres (about 9,800 feet) into the air. Relevance: GS I: Geography Dimensions of the Article: Mount Marapi: Pacific Ring of Fire: -Source: The Hindu

What is White Lung Syndrome

Context: An outbreak of a respiratory illness in northern China and Ohio in the US — the White Lung Syndrome as people are calling it — has sparked speculation online of a new pandemic threat after COVID-19. Relevance: GS II: Health White Lung Syndrome: -Source: Hindustan Times

What is Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)?

Context: India’s manufacturing sector continued to perform better with S&P Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rising to 56 in November against 55.5 in October. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy, Mobilization of Resources) Dimensions of the Article: What is Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)? Understanding PMI -Source: The Hindu  

About a International Maritime Organisation

Context: Recently, India has been re-elected to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council, marking its continuous service at IMO. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: International Maritime Organization (IMO): Membership: Role: Structure of IMO: India’s Engagement with IMO: -Source: The Hindu

Supreme Court Clarifies BSF Jurisdiction in Punjab

Context: In a recent development, the Supreme Court clarified that the Centre’s 2021 notification, which extended the Border Security Force’s (BSF) jurisdiction in Punjab from 15 to 50 km, allows the BSF to act concurrently to prevent specific offenses within these limits. However, it does not diminish the investigative authority of the state police. This […]

Coal phase-out in COP28 pledge

Context: India chose not to sign a global pledge to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 due to concerns about the draft text’s mention of phasing out coal. Additionally, India is likely to abstain from endorsing a health declaration due to references to health sector emissions. These decisions reflect India’s reservations about commitments that could […]

Staggering Hidden Costs of Global Agrifood Systems Exceed $10 Trillion

Context A recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reveals the astonishing hidden costs of global agrifood systems, surpassing $10 trillion. In countries like India, these costs account for nearly 11% of GDP, leading to increased poverty, environmental damage, and health-related issues, including undernourishment and unhealthy diets. The report attributes these […]

Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)

Context: Recently, India has been unanimously elected as a member representing the Asian region in the Executive Committee of Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) during its 46th meeting at Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) headquarters at Rome. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) Codex Standards:

Foreign Universities Best Bet for Better Education

Context A noticeable trend in recent times has been the increasing migration of Indian students to foreign countries for higher education and job opportunities, particularly in states like Kerala and Punjab. Several factors contribute to this exodus, prompting questions about the quality of education in India, the state of infrastructure in educational institutions, and the […]

A Dark Shadow on New Delhi’s Credibility On the U.S. indictment

Context: The recent release of a U.S. indictment against an Indian individual accused of targeting Khalistani separatists in North America, allegedly at the request of a government official, remains an unproven allegation awaiting trial. Nevertheless, it has already cast a somber shadow over New Delhi’s credibility concerning both covert capabilities and public communication, demanding a thoughtful response. […]