July 20, 2024

Lukmaan IAS

A Blog for IAS Examination

WSDP Bulletin (03/06/2024)

(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1. James Webb Space Telescope spots earliest-known galaxy: What a new study says READ MORE

2. Volcano in Iceland erupts: Why is the country so volcanically active? READ MORE

3. Delhi govt moves Supreme Court: Legal history of Delhi’s water dispute with other states READ MORE

4. World Health Assembly passes historic resolution on climate change & health, urging countries to take action READ MORE

5. What grade of coal does India produce? | Explained READ MORE

6. Archaeologists, Sanskrit scholars tie up to decipher Rigveda text READ MORE

7. H5N1 remains infectious on milking equipment for over one hour READ MORE

8. Tonga volcano could cause unusual weather for rest of decade: study READ MORE

9. New method to generate virus-like particles, to help with developing antibodies against Nipah READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. Child development as a fundamental right READ MORE

2. Celebrating the power of cultural diversity READ MORE

3. Women’s role key to demographic dividend READ MORE

4. Creating food systems for tropical climate READ MORE

5. Cyclone Remal has a warning for Northeast READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. Does the Model Code of Conduct need legal teeth? READ MORE

2. Ambedkar’s warning on democracy rings true READ MORE

3. EC stirs a bit READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. What does Mission Antyodaya data say about rural deprivation? READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. India-Iran revitalise Chabahar Port READ MORE

2. EU roots for a shift from free trade to fair trade on global stage READ MORE

3. New challenges for India’s foreign policy READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. Does inequality lead to growth? | Explained READ MORE

2. For next government, how to meet the demand challenge READ MORE

3. Financing India’s green structural transformation READ MORE

4. Economic growth raises sustainability concerns READ MORE

5. RBI dividend aids Government finances READ MORE

6. Relevant skill sets can combat unemployment READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. In Sikkim, Arunachal, ecology is the governance challenge READ MORE

2. Heatwave havoc: Urbanisation under fire as region sizzles READ MORE

3. Electric vehicles lead eco-friendly commute READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. Science archives preserve our scientific legacy READ MORE

2. The dawn of AI: Balancing innovation and prudence READ MORE

3. The rise of robots READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. Navy needs a capacity boost to become ‘net security provider’ READ MORE

2. Defence sector challenges before the new government READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

1. The great Himalayan tragedy READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

1. Consciousness is brain’s user-illusion of itself READ MORE

2. Empowerment practices to boost inner strength READ MORE

3. The Court of Conscience READ MORE

4. Mind Management is crucial for happiness READ MORE

Case study

1. Time to prioritise human life over commerce READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

1. The Chabahar Port project is a cornerstone of India’s strategy to enhance its regional influence and economic reach. Analyse.

2. As AI advances, it is essential to strike a balance between harnessing its advantages and addressing its challenges to ensure a sustainable future. Comment.

3. The rapid digital shift necessitates comprehensive strategies to address skill gaps and ensure inclusive growth and for that Public-private partnerships are essential. Examine.

4. Emphasising manufacturing as a key driver of job creation would align with India’s political aspirations, demographic needs, and geopolitical realities. Comment.

5. The inclusion of Iran in the INSTC through the Chabahar raises India’s accessibility and will help strategically balance Chinese entry into the Arabian Sea through the Gwadar Port. Comment.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • Reconciliation is a spiritual process. It has to happen in the hearts and minds of people.
  • After dealing with the banking system, infrastructure, housing and bankruptcy, the focus must turn to employment, consumption and exports.
  • Improved land-use plans, mapping of landslide-prone regions, and regulating logging and mining can help the region prepare for exceptional weather events.
  • As Indians embrace a culture of ‘wants’ over ‘needs,’ there’s a growing urgency to address the unsustainable patterns of consumption.
  • Electric two-wheelers, with their zero tailpipe emissions, are providing an efficient and sustainable transport option for urban mobility.
  • Establishing a National Science Archives Centre in India is crucial to safeguarding our scientific heritage for future generations.
  • Despite the US pressure, India and Iran sign $370 million deal, reviving Chabahar Port’s strategic importance, which would be beneficial for both countries.
  • The Chabahar Port project is a cornerstone of India’s strategy to enhance its regional influence and economic reach.
  • For India, Chabahar offers a strategic alternative to bypass regional instability, ensuring uninterrupted trade routes to Europe and Central Asia. For Iran, the development of Chabahar boosts its economy and strengthens its regional influence by providing a vital link in global trade networks.
  • India backslides on global democracy indexes and exhibits resistance to internal party democracy, starkly contrasting with the political culture of the UK.
  • To ensure future elections are fairer and more respectful of democratic principles, the EC should adopt a more proactive stance involving faster interventions and stricter penalties for violations.
  • In the pursuit of a more equitable society, the universalisation of early childhood development should be recognised as a fundamental right, not a gratuitous freebie.
  • ECD should be recognised as a fundamental right, not a discretionary freebie. Its universalisation must be backed by adequate funding and robust policies, to ensure equitable access to marginalised children. There is a clear roadmap for achieving this goal.
  • The RBI’s dividend transfer provides a substantial fiscal cushion to the cash-strapped Government, but it must be prudent in fiscal management and resource allocation.
  • In the realm of leadership and management, micromanagement and under management represent two extreme ends of a spectrum posing significant challenges to organisational success.
  • Micromanagement and undermanagement, as opposite ends of the management spectrum, both present significant challenges to organisational effectiveness and employee well-being.
  • As AI advances, it is essential to strike a balance between harnessing its advantages and addressing its challenges to ensure a sustainable future.
  • The rapid digital shift necessitates comprehensive strategies to address skill gaps and ensure inclusive growth. Public-private partnerships are essential.
  • As climate change reshapes our environment, its impact on food systems becomes clear. We must model our food systems for resilience to ensure food security in a warmer world.
  • Investing in advanced recycling technologies can help improve the efficiency and safety of extracting valuable materials from e-waste.

ESSAY TOPIC

  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

50-WORD TALK

  • Steep US tariff increases on China, and ally UK hauling in Beijing’s ambassador over spying charges underline hardening of their policy. This emerging trade war could inevitably grow into a new Cold War. There are obvious lessons for India, at the receiving end of Chinese trade domination and military bullying.
  • India has signed a 10-year contract to manage Iran’s Chabahar port in a boost to the country’s energy security. Described by Jaishankar as a “crucial contract” that would lead to bigger investment in the port, the move is also about India standing up for its own interests despite western pressures.

Things to Remember:

  • For prelims-related news try to understand the context of the news and relate with its concepts so that it will be easier for you to answer (or eliminate) from given options.
  • Whenever any international place will be in news, you should do map work (marking those areas in maps and exploring other geographical locations nearby including mountains, rivers, etc. same applies to the national places.)
  • For economy-related news (banking, agriculture, etc.) you should focus on terms and how these are related to various economic aspects, for example, if inflation has been mentioned, try to relate with prevailing price rises, shortage of essential supplies, banking rates, etc.
  • For main exam-related topics, you should focus on the various dimensions of the given topic, the most important topics which occur frequently and are important from the mains point of view will be covered in ED.
  • Try to use the given content in your answer. Regular use of this content will bring more enrichment to your writing.
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