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India’s alarming ‘fixed dose combination’ problem

Context: A new study reveals that a huge volume of unapproved and even banned fixed dose combinations (FDC) of antibiotics are being sold in India. In 2020, 60.5% FDCs of antibiotics were unapproved and another 9.9% were being sold despite being banned in India. […]

Consular access

Context: Indian Ambassador received consular access to the eight Indian prisoners who are held in Qatar. What is Consular access?

Caustic Soda (NaOH) – Properties & Uses

Caustic soda, also known as sodium hydroxide (NaOH), is a corrosive white crystalline solid.  It is strongly alkaline, meaning it readily dissolves in water and releases hydroxide ions (OH-), giving it a pH of around 14. It is primarily produced through electrolysis. This process […]

Climate change is making the world sick

Context – For the first time ever at COP 28, the impacts climate change on health has been discussed.  Recently IPCC report for the first time ever has noted that climate change has adversely affected the physical and mental health of people globally. What […]

Exercise MILAN

Context: India Navy is looking up to host its largest multilateral exercise early next year at Vishakhapatnam.  About Exercise MILAN

How Global Positioning System (GPS) work?

GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System, is a satellite-based navigation system. It is a network of satellites and receiving devices that allows users to determine their precise location (in latitude, longitude, and altitude) and obtain accurate time information anywhere on Earth. The original […]

Cyclone Michaung

Context: Cyclone Michaung is the first cyclone to cross the Andhra Pradesh coast after cyclone Gulab which developed in September 2021. About Cyclone Michaung Naming of cyclone: Guidelines to adopt names of cyclones

Kolkali Art

Context: The mothers’ grouping of the Thrissur Archdiocese performed ‘Kolkali, a folk art’, on the Lour des Metropolitan Cathedral premises in remembrance of St. Thomas’ arrival in India. About Kolkali Art:

X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat)

Context: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that India is set to launch its first X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) scheduled to be launched in December 2023.  X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite:  Payloads: Polarisation of light:  Polarimetry: Why X-rays? […]

Quantum Superposition and Entanglement

Quantum mechanics is a field of physics that describes the behaviour of matter and energy at the smallest scales, typically at the level of atoms and subatomic particles. Thus, it describes the behaviour and significance of small particles like atoms, electrons, and photons. Quantum […]

Occupational Safety & Health

Context: In the wake of the incident Silkyara Tunnel collapse , the Central Trade Unions have urged the Union government to ratify the labour conventions. About Occupational Health & safety:  Key components of occupational health and safety:  Provisions for ensuring occupational safety in India:  Constitutional […]

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Context: According to a recent study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women – In 2022, a staggering 88,900 women and girls were intentionally killed globally due to gender-related factors, marking the highest number of such fatalities in […]

Odisha govt allows ST people to sell their land to non-tribals

Context: The Odisha government has permitted Scheduled Tribe (ST) individuals to sell their land to non-tribals and mortgage it for non-agricultural purposes under the Odisha Scheduled Areas Transfer of Immovable Property (by STs) Regulation (OSATIP), 1956. However, the implementation of this legislation has currently […]

Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

Context: The idea behind Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAO) is to create self-sustaining, community-driven entities governed by smart contracts on blockchain networks. However, the legality and regulatory framework surrounding DAOs remain a topic of debate.  Decentralised Autonomous Organisation:  Unique features: Various use cases:  Challenges: 

Generic Medicines approved for Rare Diseases

Context: Health Ministry has made available generic drugs to support the care and treatment of four ailments: Tyrosinemia-Type 1, Gaucher’s Disease, Wilson’s Disease, and the Dravet-Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. About Rare Diseases: Rare diseases in India Government Interventions

What is the Piezoelectric effect?

Piezoelectric effect is the ability of a material to generate an electric charge in response to an applied mechanical stress or pressure.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Context: The UK government’s attempt to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda has been deemed illegal by the Supreme Court. About UNHCR Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (The 1951 Refugee Convention) Note: India is not a signatory to 1951 Refugee Convention and its […]

INDIA’s case for APEC

Context: The 2023 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held in San Francisco, the US hosted APEC after a gap of 12 years Thus in this scenario it is important to understand the candidature of India for APEC i.e. the credentials, benefits and […]

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