Nisarga Cyclone

Context Recently a fast-moving depression in the Arabian Seais predicted to be intensified into a severe cyclone named ‘Nisarga’. It is headed towards the coastline of north Maharashtra and south Gujarat. Cyclone formation in Arabian Sea Cyclones formed in the Bay of Bengal side of the north Indian Ocean are more frequent and Read More …

The Armenian Genocide

Context The Armenian Genocide is often called the first genocide of the twentieth century. It refers to the systematic annihilation of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire between 1915 to 1917. According to estimates, approximately 1.5 million Armenians died during the genocide, either in massacres and in killings, or from Read More …

National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India

Context Union  Minister for Culture (I/C) launched the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India in New DelhI. More details: India houses a repository of unique Intangible Cultural Heritage(ICH) traditions, 13 of which have also been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The National ICH Read More …

Flood Risks for India

Context According to a study that uses a new modelling approach the number of Indians who stand to be affected by rising sea levels may have been underestimated by as much as 88%. Details: In India, 36 million people would face annual flooding by 2050 and 44 million by 2100 if Read More …

What does ancient DNA show about history?

Context The journal Cell published a paper, An Ancient Harappan Genome Lacks Ancestry from Steppe Pastoralists and Iranian Farmers, which claimed that the inhabitants of the Indus Valley Civilisation lacked the steppe-pastoralist ancestry which had brought Indo-European languages into South Asia. The findings of the paper, whose key authors are the archaeologist Read More …

The National Population Register

Context In the backdrop of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam excluding 19 lakh among the 3.3 crore who had applied, the resurrection of the National Population Register (NPR) project has added to the uncertainty around the idea of citizenship in the country. Advertising Even as issues of privacy associated Read More …

UPSC MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – 1 : CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2019

Qn1. Highlight the Central Asian and Greco -Bactrian elements in Gandhara art. (Answer in 150 words) Qn2. The 1857 Uprising was the culmination the recurrent big and small local rebellions that had occurred in the preceding hundred years of British rule. Elucidate (Answer in 150 words) Qn3. Examine the linkages Read More …

Explained: How India and the world are ageing

Context In the United Nations report that projects India will overtake China as the most populous country by around 2027, other trends and projections include an ageing population and an improving sex ratio, both globally and in India. Some of the key takeaways from ‘World Population Projections 2019: Highlights’: The big Read More …

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Context India accounts for over one-sixth of the world’s population in 2019 (1.37 billion out of 7.71 billion) and has grown at an rate (1.2% per year between 2010 and 2019) that is just over the world growth rate (1.2%), according to State of the World Population 2019, the flagship Read More …

The Munich Agreement

Context On this day 80 years ago — September 1, 1939 — German troops marched into Poland, triggering the beginning of World War II, the deadliest military conflict in the history of mankind, involving an estimated 100 million people from 30 countries. Great Britain and France, which had assured help Read More …