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Padma Awards 2024

Context: Former Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty, singer Usha Uthup and tennis player Rohan Bopanna were among a host of prominent personalities who were conferred with Padma awards by President Droupadi Murmu. Relevance: Facts for Prelims Dimensions of the Article: The Padma Awards Is it a title? About Bharat Ratna Therefore: -Source: The Hindu

National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization

Context: All cases of organ transplants will be allocated a unique National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO)-ID for both the donor and the recipient, according to a recent directive by the Union Health Ministry. Relevance: GS II: Regulatory Bodies Dimensions of the Article: Key Features Directive by Union Health Ministry: Mandatory NOTTO-ID: Stricter Monitoring: […]

About BFI Biome Virtual Network Program

Context: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) has joined the Blockchain for Impact (BFI) Biome Virtual Network Program to accelerate transformative healthcare solutions through biomedical innovation. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology About BFI Biome Virtual Network Program Objective: Areas of Focus: Collaborative Approach: Funding Allocation: About C-CAMP Background: Mandate: -Source: The Hindu

Declining Household Savings Sparks Debate in India

Context: The recent decline in household savings, driven by a significant reduction in net financial savings, has become a central topic of debate in India. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Interpreting Lower Financial Savings Net Financial Savings of Household: Gross Financial Savings: Household Borrowing: Factors Reducing Household Net Financial Savings: Implication […]

MEA Revokes Passports of Over 100 Goans

Context: A recent memorandum issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has resulted in the revocation of passports of more than 100 people from Goa in recent months. These individuals, potentially unaware of the memorandum, are accused of withholding crucial information when attempting to surrender their passports after acquiring Portuguese citizenship. Relevance: GS II: […]

India’s Pulses Imports Surge 84% in FY 2024 

Context: India’s imports of pulses surged by 84% in fiscal 2024, reaching a six-year high. This significant increase is attributed to lower domestic production and the government’s decision to waive import duties on red lentils and yellow peas. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Current Status of Pulses in India Overview: Imports […]

National Panchayati Raj Day

Context: The Ministry of Panchayati Raj is organizing a National Colloquium on “Governance at the Grassroots after Three Decades of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment” on 24th April, 2024, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in observance of National Panchayati Raj Day.  Relevance: GS II- Local Self Governance Relevance: What is National Panchayati Raj Day? What is Panchayati […]

About Summit of the Future

Context: Recently, the UN Secretary General has said that the reform of multilateral development banks (MDBs) will be a key theme at this year’s Summit of the Future. Relevance: Facts for Prelims About Summit of the Future Nature of the Event: Purpose: Participants: Theme: Objective: Action-Oriented Outcome Document: Key Targets:

Restoring Earth’s Right to Good Health

Context: In a groundbreaking ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has found the Government of Switzerland culpable of breaching the rights of a cohort of elderly women belonging to a Swiss civil society group named KlimaSeniorinnen. The court emphasized that the government’s efforts to mitigate emissions were insufficient and had failed to shield women from […]

Star Campaigners

Context: The Lok Sabha Polls are seeing prominent personalities being appointed as star campaigners. In this context, it is important to note the legal frameworks governing star campaigners. Typically, star campaigners are prominent figures within a political party, though they may also include celebrities. The key criterion is that they must be members of the […]