Bojjannakonda and Lingala Metta-Buddhist sites

Weekly Current Affairs Prelims (14th to 20th January, 2020)

Weekly Current Affairs Prelims (14th to 20th January, 2020) (Info-graphic Summary at the end) Topic: Bojjannakonda and Lingala Metta-Buddhist sites Topic in Syllabus: Art & Culture Context-  Recently the administration has succeeded in stopping an old practice of throwing stones at a Buddhist site called Bojjannakonda, located in Shankaram, Andhra Pradesh. The villagers here used to […]

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US-Guatemala Asylum Deal

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: US-Guatemala Asylum Deal

Topic: US-Guatemala Asylum Deal Topic in Syllabus: International Affairs Context: In July 2019, the then President of Guatemala signed an asylum deal with the US. Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala’s new President, has not cleared his position on the pact, causing uncertainty over its future. What is a safe third country agreement? Under the “safe third country” […]

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Taal Volcano

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: Taal Volcano

Topic: Taal Volcano Topic in Syllabus: Indian Geography Context: In the Philippines, a volcano called Taal on the island of Luzon; 50 km from Manila has recently erupted. Taal Volcano Taal is classified as a “complex” volcano. Taal has 47 craters and four maars (a broad shallow crater). It is situated at the boundaries of […]

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CRZ rules for ‘Blue Flag’ beaches

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: CRZ rules for ‘Blue Flag’ beaches

Topic: CRZ rules for ‘Blue Flag’ beaches Topic in Syllabus: Ecology & Environment Context: The MoEFCC has relaxed Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules that restrict construction near beaches to help States construct infrastructure and enable them to receive ‘Blue Flag’ certification. Why such move? The Blue Flag certification, however, requires beaches to create certain infrastructure […]

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Bru-Reang Refugee Crisis

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: Bru-Reang Refugee Crisis

Topic: Bru-Reang Refugee Crisis Topic in Syllabus: Indian Governance Context: The Ministry of Home Affairs has presided over the signing of an agreement between Union Government, Governments of Tripura and Mizoram and Bru-Reang representatives to end the 23-year old Bru-Reang refugee crisis. Who are the Brus? Reangs or Brus are the second largest ethnic group […]

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Virtual human NEON

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: Virtual human NEON

Topic: Virtual human NEON Topic in Syllabus: Science & Technology Context: NEONs are being called the world’s first artificial humans. They look and behave like real humans, and could develop memories and emotions — though from behind a 4K display. NEON: Star Labs is headed by India-born scientist Pranav Mistry who underlines that what was […]

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SDG India Index

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: SDG India Index

Topic: SDG India Index Topic in Syllabus: Indian Economy Context: The SDG India Index 2019-20, developed by NITI Aayog, was launched on December 30th, 2019. Who developed it? The SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019–20 have been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), the United Nations in India, and […]

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Opening up Mining Sector

UPSC PRELIMS 2020: Opening up Mining Sector

Topic: Opening up Mining Sector Topic in Syllabus: Indian Economy: Infrastructure Introduction: The Union Cabinet has approved promulgation of Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 to amend the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 as well as the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. Why was it needed? Despite having the world’s fourth largest coal reserves, India imported 235 million […]

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UPSC CSE PRELIMS 2020 STUDY PLAN – DAY 113 TOPICS TO BE COMPLETED TODAY UPSC PRELIMS 2020 STUDY PLAN  (Click Here For Full Timetable)   VALUE ADDED NOTES  (SAMPLE) GOVERNMENT SCHEMES Note: Register to IAS junior Mentorship Program for complete notes and unlimited quizzes (Click Here)   MOCK PRELIMS QUIZ ON TODAY’S TOPIC Complete the […]

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