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Potteromyces Asteroxylicola: Ancient Plant-Fungus Interaction

Context: Researchers discover a 407-million-year-old fungus fossil, Potteromyces asteroxylicola in the Rhynie Chert, marking the oldest evidence of fungi causing diseases. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Potteromyces asteroxylicola: Unveiling Ancient Plant-Fungus Interaction Discovery and Host: Reproductive Structures: Rhynie Chert Site: Devonian Period: -Source: The Times of India

Syphilis: A Sexually Transmitted Infection

Context: A cluster of cases of ocular syphilis has been recently reported in Michigan, US. Relevance: GS II: Health Syphilis: A Sexually Transmitted Infection Cause and Duration: Transmission: Symptoms: Complications and Risks: Treatment: -Source: The Print  

Online Gaming Industry’s Initiative for Stability in India

Context: The online gaming industry has taken a significant step toward self-regulation by voluntarily adopting a code of ethics. This initiative aims to establish a more stable and responsible environment within the industry. The Government of India has designated the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to oversee online gaming matters, emphasizing the need for […]

Ban on the Use of Sugarcane Juice and Sugar Syrup in Ethanol Production

Context: The Centre’s recent ban on using sugarcane juice and sugar syrup for ethanol production in the 2023-24 supply year aims to maintain adequate sugar availability for domestic consumption and stabilize prices. However, the government has permitted the use of B-molasses for ethanol production. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology, GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: What is Ethanol […]

UNEP’s Action Plan for Cooling Sector Emission Reduction

Context: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has put forth an action plan outlined in the report “Keeping it Chill: How to meet cooling demands while cutting emissions,” with the goal of significantly decreasing emissions from the global cooling sector. This initiative has the potential to make a substantial impact, foreseeing a 60% reduction in […]

Indian Navy’s Modernization for Undersea Operations

Context: The Indian Navy aims to enhance the capabilities of its Marine Commandos (MARCOS) for special undersea operations through the acquisition of indigenously-made swimmer delivery vehicles, also referred to as underwater chariots and midget submarines. Relevance: GS III: Defence and Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: Navy’s Acquisition Plans for Indigenous Undersea Chariots Key Features: […]

Climate Change Performance Index

Context: Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2024 was released on the sidelines of the ongoing COP28 at Dubai. India ranked 7th in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index, up one spot from the previous one. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: India’s Climate Action: Fourth Strongest Germanwatch Annual Performance Index: Top […]

The Global Climate 2011-2020 Report

Context: Few indicators capture the severity of the climate crisis as effectively as the condition of glaciers, a crucial element of the cryosphere. The World Meteorological Organization’s recent publication, “The Global Climate 2011-2020,” provides a comprehensive overview of the Earth’s reaction to greenhouse gas emissions. Relevance: GS3- Environment- Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. Mains Question: […]

Calibrating a Strategy for India’s Future Growth

Context: India’s growth for the fiscal year 2023-24 is currently estimated at 7% by the Reserve Bank of India, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have set it at 6.3%. Looking ahead, the IMF forecasts an annual growth of 6.3% up to 2028-29. India’s future growth strategy needs to be adjusted considering changing global […]

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)

Context: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) recently signed a Memorandum of Common Purpose (MoCP) with the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI), which represents 124 cities/towns situated along the banks of the Mississippi River, the United States. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: National Mission for Clean […]