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About the Pig Butchering Scam

Context: An online financial fraud called Pig Butchering Scams are increasing across the globe, including in India. Relevance: Facts for Prelims About the Pig Butchering Scam How It Is Carried Out -Source: The Economic Times  

India Contemplates Free Trade Agreement with EAEU

Context: India is “seriously considering” initiating discussions for a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), as announced by the Foreign Minister of Belarus during his recent two-day visit to India. Relevance: GS II: International Relations About the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Objectives Structure Key Characteristics -Source: Times of India

Supreme Court Orders Closure of Mines Near Sariska Tiger Reserve

Context: Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Rajasthan government to close 68 mines operating within a 1-kilometre radius of the critical tiger habitat (CTH) in the Sariska reserve. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Critical Tiger Habitat (CTH) Key Facts about Sariska Tiger Reserve Project Tiger Introduction: Objectives: Implementation: Success […]

Lab-grown Diamonds (LGDs)

Context: India is playing a significant role in the lab-grown diamond industry, positioning itself as the world’s second-largest producer of precious stones created in laboratories rather than extracted from the earth. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What are lab grown diamonds? How are LDGs produced? What are Lab-Grown Diamonds (LDGs) […]

Serum Institute of India Ships Malaria Vaccines to Africa

Context: Recently, Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) announced that the shipment of its first batch of R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccines to Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half a million children die from malaria annually in Africa, which accounted for 94% of the global malaria cases (233 million) and 95% of the […]

Supreme Court Rulings on Professional Services Under CPA

Context: The Supreme Court ruled that lawyers, as professionals, cannot be subjected to legal proceedings for providing faulty services under the Consumer Protection Act 2019 (CPA). Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What is the Consumer Protection Act (CPA)? What Did the Apex Court Rule in Indian Medical Association vs V […]

RBI’s Proposed Framework to Administer Project Financing

Context: To enhance the current regulatory framework governing long-gestation period financing for infrastructure, non-infrastructure, and commercial real estate projects, the RBI released draft regulations for public consultation earlier this month. Feedback on the draft regulations is invited until June 15. Relevance: GS3- Mains Question: Infrastructure projects typically have extended gestation periods, increasing the likelihood of […]

Analysing Local Environmental Footprints

Context: While climate change is a global issue, problems like water scarcity and air pollution are often localized or regional. For instance, excessive water usage in one area may not directly impact water scarcity in another. Therefore, focusing on local environmental issues is vital, emphasizing the importance of understanding household environmental footprints. Relevance: Mains Question: What is the […]

Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

Context: India is set to play a pivotal role in facilitating the first-ever focused discussions on regulating tourism in Antarctica at the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and 26th Meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP).  Relevance: GS II: International Relations Understanding the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM): Understanding the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP): […]