Ban on Popular Front of India

Context: The central government has announced a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the organisation whose leaders and offices were raided by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in states across the country. Following these actions, which were based on allegations that members of the PFI are involved in […]

India and UNSC

Context: Recently, External Affairs Minister said there is greater support for India to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council and also a broad global consensus over the need to reform the Council. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology, GS-II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: United Nations Security Council Membership Functions and Powers […]

Who Are The Cheetah Mitras?

Context: With the arrival of African cheetahs in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park has begun the process of their re-introduction, around 70 years after they went extinct in India. Concerns have been raised about whether the big cats can settle in and survive in the Indian landscape. One way the government is trying to smoothen […]

Air Pollution Target For Cities By 2026

Context The Central Government has increased the target for reducing urban air pollution (particulate matter (PM) concentrations) from 20-30% by 2024 to 40% by 2025-26. The revised target may encourage states to raise their ambitions through city-based action plans under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Relevance GS Paper 3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, […]

Community Forest Rights

Context: Recently, residents of Karipani and Budra villages in Chhattisgarh carried out a massive afforestation drive over 100 acres, as it was the last-ditch effort of the villagers to secure rights over their forest land. As many as 10 villages in protected areas of the state received the Community Forest Resource Rights (CFRR) titles on Adivasi Divas observed […]

About Indian Rhinoceros

About Indian Rhinoceros

Context: Three lifeless rhinos have risen from the ashes of the most conspicuous part of the herbivore, at the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Conservation of Environment and Ecology, Protected Areas, Species in news) Dimensions of the Article: About Indian rhinoceros Status of Rhinoceros in India Indian Rhino […]

International Argo Program

Context: The International Argo Program system to observe carbon concentration in the world’s oceans is extremely inadequate to meet the growing and urgent need for information on oceanic carbon, says a report. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What is Argo? What are its aims? How does it work? What is […]

What Is Carbon dating?

Context: A district court in Varanasi  allowed a petition seeking carbon dating of the structure inside the Gyanvapi mosque that the Hindu side has claimed is a ‘Shivling’. Relevance: GS II: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What is carbon dating? What about non-living things? Is there anything that cannot be dated? What is […]

What is Stubble Burning?

Context: Recently, the Delhi government announced that it would spray Pusa bio-decomposer free of cost over 5,000 acres of paddy fields in the city as this would help in controlling stubble burning and air pollution during winter. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Pusa Bio-Decomposer What is stubble burning? Effects […]

Green Fins Hub

Context: The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has launched the Green Fins Hub, a global digital platform to give sustainable marine tourism a ‘major boost’. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Green Fins Hub Membership of Green Fins Hub Green Fins Hub The Green Fins Global Hub will be a first-of-its-kind […]