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About The Jacaranda Bloom

Context: The early onset bloom of jacaranda set off alarm bells among residents and scientists in Mexico City. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Jacaranda Bloom: A Lavender Spectacle Scientific Identification: Native Habitat: Growing Characteristics: Cultural Uses: Wood Carving Potential: Ecological Importance: Concerns: -Source: The Hindu

Very Short-Range Air Defence System

Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted two flight tests of the Very Short-Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile. Relevance: GS III: Defence Dimensions of the Article: Very Short-Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS): Safeguarding Low-Altitude Spaces Strategic Overview: Characteristics: Indigenous Development: Key Features: -Source:  India Today

Revolutionizing Waste Management through Pyrolysis

Context: A recent study has claimed that BioTRIG, a new waste management technology could help rural Indians. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: BioTRIG: Revolutionizing Waste Management through Pyrolysis Significance of BioTRIG: Understanding Pyrolysis: Chemical Recycling Process: Operational Procedure: -Source: Down To Earth

Houthi Attacks on Red Sea Shipping 

Context: Ongoing Houthi Assaults on Commercial Vessels in the Red Sea underscore Global Supply Chain Vulnerabilities, prompting a reassessment of alternative routes for international trade. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: The Red Sea and its Impact on Global Trade About the Red Sea: Effects on India: India-Middle East Europe Economic Corridor […]

About The Financial Action Task Force

Context: The recent removal of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list has sparked optimism for investment landscapes, particularly in India’s Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs). Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Impact of UAE’s Exit from FATF Grey List on Investments in Indian NBFCs RBI Regulations in 2021: Restrictions on […]

Challenges in Regulating Coal Mining in Nagaland due to Article 371A

Context: The regulation of coal mining in Nagaland faces a significant hurdle due to Article 371A of the Indian Constitution. This constitutional provision, which upholds Naga customary law, creates complications for government oversight of small-scale mining, particularly in the aftermath of recent fatalities resulting from a rat-hole mine explosion. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance […]

Ensuring Sustainable Support for Research and Development Funding

Context: National Science Day, observed on 8th February each year, commemorates the discovery of the Raman Effect and recognizes the invaluable contributions of scientists to India’s progress. The day emphasizes the pivotal role of science in fostering sustainable development. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: National Science Day Origin of the […]

The Genome India Project’s Recent Feat

Context: The Genome India Project, funded and coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology, has declared the completion of sequencing 10,000 Indian genomes. This milestone involves the comprehensive analysis of the complete DNA blueprints of 10,000 individuals, establishing a ‘reference’ Indian human genome. Relevance: GS-3 Mains Question: What is genome sequencing and why is it significant? What […]

Indian Diplomacy: Leveraging Soft Power

Context: In the present global geopolitical context, there is a notable transformation in the conventional measures of national power. Policymakers and diplomats are increasingly acknowledging the significance of soft power aspects in influencing international relations, redirecting their attention from pure military strength to factors such as cultural impact and moral authority. India, specifically, has effectively […]

About the Exercise Samudra Laksamana

Context: The third edition of Exercise Samudra Laksamana is currently underway from February 28 to March 2, 2024, at/off the coast of Visakhapatnam. Relevance: GS III: Security Challenges Exercise Samudra Laksamana 2024: Fostering Naval Collaboration Phases of Exercise: Objectives: Interoperability and Bonds: