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About Swell Waves

Context: Recently, swell waves inundated coastal areas in central and southern districts of Kerala. Relevance: GS I: Geography About Swell Waves Formation of Swell Waves Characteristics of Swell Waves Early Warning Systems in India -Source: The Hindu

Deadly Tornado Hits Mainaguri West Bengal

Context: A devastating tornado recently hit the Mainaguri area in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, lasting for approximately 10 minutes. The natural disaster resulted in the tragic loss of five lives, with more than 100 people sustaining injuries. The event highlights the destructive power of tornadoes and underscores the urgent need for preparedness and […]

Key Points on the Havana Syndrome and Microwave Weapons

Context: Recently, there has been a noticeable surge in interest in the Havana Syndrome, particularly concerning its occurrence among US diplomats. Relevance: Facts for prelims Key Points on the Havana Syndrome and Microwave Weapons Havana Syndrome Incident: Research and Symptoms: Microwave Weapons and DEW: Countries with Microwave Weapons: India’s Directed Energy Weapons Plans: Concerns: -Source: The Hindu

Ukraine Reports Russian Use of Hypersonic Missiles in Kyiv Attacks

According to Ukraine’s military administration, Russia has deployed five of its new hypersonic Zircon missiles in attacks on Kyiv since the beginning of the year. Additionally, Russia has launched 11 Kinzhal missiles, another type of hypersonic weapon known for traveling at speeds several times faster than sound. These reports underscore the increasing use and potency […]

UNEP and WRAP Release Food Waste Index Report 2024

Context: The Food Waste Index Report 2024, a collaborative effort between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UK-based non-profit organization WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), highlights the critical need for enhancing and fortifying data infrastructure. The report emphasizes the importance of robust tracking and monitoring systems to effectively address and reduce food […]

Jobs for Resilience Report

Context: The World Bank’s ‘South Asia Regional Update: Jobs for Resilience report’ raises concerns over the South Asia region, including India, failing to capitalize on its demographic dividend. Despite projecting a robust growth rate of 6.0-6.1% for 2024-25, the report indicates that the pace of job creation in the region is insufficient compared to the […]

New Study Advocates for Category 6 Hurricane Classification

Context: A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences proposes the addition of a Category 6 to the existing hurricane wind scale. Researchers assert that hurricane wind speeds can exceed 309 km/hour, suggesting that the current scale’s highest category, Category 5, may not adequately represent the extreme wind speeds experienced […]

Commercial Interests Public Health and Safety

Context: In February of this year, the Supreme Court of India issued a contempt notice against Patanjali Ayurved for releasing deceptive advertisements that directly violated the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act of 1954 and its accompanying rules. This action came despite the company assuring the Court in November of the previous year that it would not engage in […]

Curbing Malpractices within Private Banks

Context: Numerous private banks in India have been implicated in significant irregularities and malpractices, with some of these infractions highlighted in their Inspection Reports since the Supreme Court directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to make such reports public under the RTI Act. However, the RBI is currently hesitant to disclose these reports publicly as per […]

About OptiDrop Platform

Context: Recently, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) in Bengaluru has developed a new platform called OptiDrop. Relevance: Facts for Prelims About OptiDrop Platform Applications of OptiDrop Platform What is C-CAMP?