Category: current affairs

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 19/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 19/04/2024 India’s nuanced approach in the South China Sea (General Studies- Paper II) Source : The Hindu In March 2024, India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, expressed full support for the Philippines in upholding its national sovereignty amidst the ongoing South China Sea dispute between Manila and Beijing. This statement follows a joint statement in 2023 between New Delhi and Manila, calling for China to adhere to the rules-based maritime order and acknowledge the International Court of Justice ruling in favor of Manila. These statements mark a departure from India’s previous cautious and neutral stance on the…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 17/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 17/04/2024 Navigating life as a consumer with disability (General Studies- Paper II) Source : The Hindu Every year on March 15, World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated to raise awareness about consumer rights. However, the rights of consumers with disabilities often remain overlooked in these discussions. Key Highlights Challenges Faced by Consumers with Disabilities: Consumers with Disabilities encounter various challenges such as inaccessible transportation booking apps, lack of tactile pavements in the supermarket, and difficulty contacting customer support due to inaccessible contact details. These challenges lead to a loss of dignity, independence, and privacy for persons with…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 16/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 16/04/2024 India to get above-normal monsoon rainfall: IMD (General Studies- Paper III) Source : The Hindu The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast for the upcoming monsoon season, indicating favorable conditions for above-average rainfall. The IMD’s prediction suggests a 6% increase in rainfall compared to the annual average of 87 cm from June to September. Key Highlights Factors Influencing the Forecast: Last year, the presence of El Niño, a warming phenomenon in the Central Pacific, negatively impacted India’s monsoon, resulting in a 6% deficit. However, this year, while El Niño persists, it is expected to…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 15/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 15/04/2024 Concurrent heatwaves, sea level rises pose a threat to coastlines (General Studies- Paper II) Source : The Hindu Researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, conducted a study investigating Concurrent Heatwave and Extreme Sea Level (CHWESL) events worldwide. These events, where both a heatwave and extreme short-term sea level rise occur simultaneously at coastal locations, pose a serious threat to coastal communities. Key Highlights Research Scope The study examined CHWESL events between 1979 and 2017 and projected future occurrences between 2025 and 2049 under a high emissions climate scenario (IPCC’s SSP5-8.5 scenario). They focused on the…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 13/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 13/04/2024 IISc researchers design novel hydrogelto remove microplastics from water (General Studies- Paper III) Source : The Hindu Microplastics, tiny plastic debris, present a significant threat to human health and the environment. They can enter our bodies through drinking water, increasing the risk of illnesses. Microplastics are pervasive, found even in remote areas like polar ice caps and deep ocean trenches, endangering aquatic and terrestrial lifeforms. Key Highlights The Sustainable Hydrogel Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a sustainable hydrogel to combat microplastic pollution. Led by Professor Suryasarathi Bose from the Department of…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 12/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 12/04/2024 The advent of a holistic approach to ‘one health’ (General Studies- Paper II) Source : The Hindu The emergence of pandemics like COVID-19 has underscored the intricate interdependence between humans, animals, and the environment. It’s no longer just humans who are affected; outbreaks such as the lumpy skin disease in livestock highlight this interconnectedness. Key Highlights The Significance of the National One Health Mission The cabinet recently approved the establishment of the ‘National One Health Mission.’ This initiative, endorsed by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) in July 2022, represents a milestone…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 10/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 10/04/2024 BSE market cap hits Rs. 400L Cr for the first time (General Studies- Paper III) Source : The Indian Express Despite recent warnings by the market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), regarding a potential “froth” in Indian equities, the market capitalisation (m-cap) of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has surpassed the landmark Rs 400 lakh crore mark for the first time. This significant valuation milestone coincided with a notable rally in benchmark indices, with the BSE Sensex nearing the 75,000 mark and the NSE Nifty50 exceeding the 22,600 level. Key…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 09/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 09/04/2024 Total Solar Eclipse in North America: Why is this so rare? (General Studies- Paper III) Source : The Indian Express A solar eclipse is a celestial event that occurs when the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the sunlight either partially or entirely, thus casting a shadow on certain parts of the Earth. Key Highlights Types of Solar Eclipses There are four main types of solar eclipses, each distinguished by the extent to which the Sun is obscured and the appearance of the eclipse: Total Solar Eclipse: During a total solar eclipse, the…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 08/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 08/04/2024 All-weather road gives a strategic fillip to Ladakh (General Studies- Paper III) Source : The Hindu  The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has recently accomplished a significant feat in Ladakh by establishing the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road, linking Himachal Pradesh and Leh. This accomplishment holds crucial implications for bolstering security measures in the region and enhancing India’s strategic depth along its hostile border neighborhood. Key Highlights Strategic Importance of the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha Road: By connecting remote regions like Zanskar Valley, the road offers a secure route for establishing an ordnance depot, safeguarded from the surveillance of neighboring nations, particularly China…

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 06/04/2024

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 06/04/2024 Parliaments past, a mirror to changing dynamics (General Studies- Paper II) Source : The Hindu The 17th Lok Sabha concluded its proceedings on a Saturday, deviating from its usual working schedule, prompting reflection on historical parallels and anticipation for the upcoming general election. Key Highlights Performance of Ministries: Reflecting on legislative activity, it’s evident that the nation’s polity is in flux. The Office of the Prime Minister faced a significant influx of questions from Rajya Sabha MPs, with only a fraction being answered. Interestingly, there’s a notable decline in queries directed at the Prime Minister’s Office…