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Current Affairs 10 November 2022

CONTENTS

  1. All Employees Can opt for PF Pensions Scheme
  2. Vikram-S: India’s first private sector rocket  
  3. Pseudohelice Annamalai
  4. Apis karinjodian

 All Employees Can opt for PF Pensions Scheme


Context:

In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court has upheld the Employees’ Pension (Amendment) Scheme, 2014 but quashed the threshold limit of Rs 15,000 monthly salary for joining the pension fund. 

Relevance:

GS II: Government policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS)
  2. EPS (Amendment) Scheme, 2014
  3. SC’s Judgement

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Vikram-S: India’s First Private Sector Rocket  


Context:

Space technology startup Skyroot Aerospace is set to make history by sending India’s first privately developed rocket Vikram-S into space under the ‘Prarambh’ Mission.

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Vikram-S
  2. Prarambh mission

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Pseudohelice Annamalai


Context:

Recently, researchers have discovered a new species of Estuarine Crab at the Mangroves of Parangipettai near the Vellar River estuary (an area where river meets the ocean) in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu.

  • The species has been named ‘Pseudohelice Annamalai’ in recognition of Annamalai University’s 100 years of service in education and research.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Pseudohelice Annamalai
  2. Significance

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Apis karinjodian


Context:

Recently, a new species of endemic honeybee named Apis karinjodian has been discovered in the Western Ghats after a gap of more than 200 years.

  • The last honeybee described from India was Apis indica in 1798 by Fabricius.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

  • Common Name: Indian black honeybee.
  • Apis karinjodian has evolved from Apis cerana morphotypes that got acclimatised to the hot and humid environment of the Western Ghats.
  • Indian black honeybees are able to produce a thicker honey which allows for increased honey production.
  • Till date, only a single species, Apis cerana was noted across the plains of central and southern India and Sri Lanka as a ‘fairly uniform population’ in the Indian subcontinent.
  • The research has given a new direction to apiculture in the country by showing the presence of three species of cavity nesting honey bees, namely Apis indica, Apis cerana, and Apis karinjodian.
  • The distribution of Apis karinjodian ranges from the central Western Ghats and Nilgiris to the southern Western Ghats, covering the States of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu.
Protection:
  • IUCN Red List: Near Threatened (NT)

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