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Why PM Modi is attending a special climate meet on sidelines of UNGA (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

UN Secretary General António Guterres has convened a special Climate Action Summit, at the start of the annual General Assembly session, in a bid to nudge countries to do more to fight climate change. He has told world leaders to come with ‘concrete’ and ‘realistic’ proposals to enhance the actions that they are already taking. … Continued

Production and sale of e-cigarettes have been made a punishable offence in India. How widespread is their use in India? What are the health concerns around such products, and how do they compare with traditional tobacco? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Recently, the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance prohibiting electronic cigarettes in the country. It makes production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) such as vapes, e-hookahs and e-cigars a punishable offence. What is the amount of punishment prescribed? First-time offenders may face imprisonment … Continued

Giving birth at 74: Issues in debate around setting an age limit for IVF (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

A 74-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh was recently recorded as the oldest in the world to give birth to twins through in-vitro fertilisation or IVF. While her doctor has said both babies and mother are stable, the medical community has expressed ethical and medical concerns over conception at such an advanced age. Why this is … Continued

Fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service : Gone are the days of Mbps, now it will be about Gbps (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Jio GigaFiber is a fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service by the Reliance Industries. It will provide ultrahigh-definition entertainment on TVs, video conferencing, virtual reality gaming, and immersive experiences. Any FTTH connection, be it Jio, Spectra or Airtel, will be a lot better than normal broadband services. This is because the normal broadband services … Continued

What is ‘Vaccine hesitancy’? Why it is a significant threat? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Vaccine hesitancy Vaccine hesitancy is defined as the “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines. With a 30% increase in measles cases worldwide in 2018, the World Health Organization, in January 2019, included ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the 10 threats to global health this year. Why ‘vaccine hesitancy’ for MMR vaccine? … Continued

Recent observations by the Supreme Court have put the spotlight back on the debate over a Uniform Civil Code. What would such a Code seek to achieve, and what have been the arguments for and against it? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code, observed that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a Uniform Civil Code for India but there has been no attempt at framing one. What is a … Continued

Present state of Yemen (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

The War in Yemen In February 2012, the Arab Spring’s Yemeni Revolution of Dignity ended President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 34-year rule. The transfer of power to longtime Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was followed by massive internal strife, jihadist attacks, unemployment, and food insecurity. A two-decade old insurgency of the Shia Zaidis — called Houthis after … Continued

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