[IASTODAY MASTER 2018] UPSC MAINS DAILY WRITING WITH ANSWER REVIEW-JANUARY 24 QUESTIONS

[IASTODAY MASTER 2018] UPSC MAINS DAILY WRITING WITH ANSWER REVIEW-JANUARY 24 QUESTIONS

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JANUARY 24 2018– Questions for Mains Answer Writing

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General Studies -01

Syllabus area: Social empowerment.

Q1: Analyse the possible ways to reduce gulf between haves & have nots in the light of Recent inclusive development index. (250 words)

Source: The Tribune,The Hindustan Times.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE-January 24(Page 2,3)


General Studies -02

Syllabus area: Government policies and interventions for development of various sectors.

Q2:  Compare the significant provisions of the Motor Vehicles  (Amendment) Bill, 2017 with that of the Motor Vehicles Act,1988.  (150 words)

Source: The Hindu.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 24(Page 5)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Economic developments.

Q3: Countries will need to move beyond monetary stimulus to  boost their economies .Discuss with significant datas from IMF.  (150 Words)

Source: The Hindu.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 24(Page 7)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4: Do you think that editing budget address in assembly by kerala governor violates any constitutional conventions? Comment. (Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Indian express, The Hindu.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 24(Page 8,9)


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HINDU NOTES-January 22 and 23 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

HINDU NOTES-January 22 and 23 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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WEF 2018: Modi meets Swiss President Alain Berset

News:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22, 2018, met Swiss President Alain Berset and discussed ways to deepen bilateral ties on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit.

Beyond News

  • Mr. Berset said the discussions marked the meeting of the biggest and the oldest democracies in the world.
  • Two leaders had productive discussions on steps to further deepen our bilateral cooperation built upon our shared values of democracy and diversity.
  • Sources said the two leaders are also believed to have discussed the progress on automatic exchange of tax information.
    A legislation in this regard was passed by the Swiss Parliament, following which banks and financial institutions have begun collecting data for the first exchange that is to begin from next year.

Negotiations on EFTA (European Free Trade Association) trade pact and the bilateral investment protection agreement were also discussed, among various business and trade matters, they added.

Hindu Notes from General Studies-03

Sensor-based technology to testify genuineness of organic crops

News

  • Information technology application can now help ensure genuineness of organic crops.

Beyond News

  • Already, various foreign countries have started adopting this technology that involves use of sensors in the soil, where the crop is grown, to record various parameters, including the nature of inputs provided.
  • The data from the sensors would be incorporated in the form of a bar code on the package containing the organic food.
  • Consumers could read the bar code using the relevant app in their mobile phones to confirm that what they are eating is genuinely organic.
  • In addition to this, they would also know the source of their produce such as the place of cultivation and the farmers’ groups that have grown the crop.
  • This technology is set to be tried on a pilot basis in Karnataka for the first time.

It may be tried on paddy and corn, to begin with.
Project would need a minimum of 1,000 acres so that the financial burden would not be huge on farmers.

NGO on a mission to rejuvenate Tamirabharani

rejuvenate thamirabharani

News

In an effort to rejuvenate the Tamirabharani river that plays a critical role in the livelihood, culture and the economy of south Tamil Nadu, the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) has begun an extensive outreach programme involving the communities living along the river.

Beyond News

The NGO will adopt 37 villages from Papanasam to Cheranmadevi and will conduct weekend programmes for people from all walks of life.

The activities planned include garbage removing, wall painting, planting of saplings and their maintenance, conducting a river festival once in every six months.

The Tamirabharani, which is the only perennial river that originates and ends in Tamil Nadu, is also the site of an ancient civilisation that excelled in education partly because of the surplus from agriculture.

Police struggle to keep pace with cyber thieves

News

The city police of Chennai have filed more than 1,000 cases of credit card fraud and over 2,000 cases of debit card fraud in the last two years.

Beyond News

Even though complaints have been pouring in on a daily basis, not even a single arrest has been made in the past year.

However, the stakeholders have somehow managed to recover 25% of the money lost in the last two years.

A status report released by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) recently stated that over 3.58 crore was recovered and returned to the victims by initiating quick action on the complaints.

Phishing, a common form of online fraud, is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and often directs users to enter details at a website, although phone contact has also been used at times.

According to police, after getting the details, the scammers make payments to mobile phone and online payment service providers, which are quite difficult to trace or retrieve.

Now, an app to report roadkill in wildlife habitats

tiger road kill

News

A mobile-based application, ‘Roadkills’, launched on January 21 by the Wildlife Conservation Trust, will help citizens report such wildlife deaths by uploading geotagged photographs to a public forum.

Beyond News

The data generated can be used to identify crucial road or rail stretches that urgently require mitigation measures.

With the resulting geotagged photographs, users can also include what taxon the animal belongs to (bird, mammal, reptile or amphibian), the species’ name (if known) and the area where the roadkill was seen.

The information generated from the application can help identify crucial sections of roads or railway lines where animal deaths are high to pinpoint regions that require urgent mitigation measures.

The data can also help determine what species are more at risk on specific road or rail stretches and plan the ideal mitigation measures suited for the location – from underpasses or overpasses for large mammals to canopy bridges for arboreal ones, such as monkeys.

Pollution in Yamuna hits water supply

News

Delhi Jal Board said that,water supply in almost all parts of the Capital will be affected as increase in pollution levels in the Yamuna led to water treatment plants working under capacity.

Beyond News

Due to rise in pollution level in the Yamuna and reduced supply of raw water in the carrier lined channel [CLC] by Haryana, production of drinking water has been curtailed at all water treatment plants.

Ammonia level

The level of ammonia in raw water had increased to 1.6 parts per million (ppm), while the DJB can only treat water with an ammonia level of 0.9 ppm or lower.

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[IASTODAY MASTER 2018] UPSC MAINS DAILY WRITING WITH ANSWER REVIEW-JANUARY 23 QUESTIONS

[IASTODAY MASTER 2018] UPSC MAINS DAILY WRITING WITH ANSWER REVIEW-JANUARY 23 QUESTIONS

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JANUARY 23 2018– Questions for Mains Answer Writing

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General Studies -01

Syllabus area: Significant personalities,Events and issues in modern india until present.

Q1: Compare the philosophies and approach towards manusmrithi by Ambedkar and mahatma gandhi  (250 words)

Source: The Tribune.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE-January 23(Page 2)


General Studies -02

Syllabus area: Effect of policies & politics of developed countries on india’s interest.

Q2: Discuss the Impact of government shutdown in the U.S. to global politics. (250 words)

Source: The Indian Express,The Hindu.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 23(Page 3,4)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Environmental pollution & degradation,Environmental impact assessment.

Q3: Analyse the science behind frequent fire in bengaluru lake and suggest possible solutions. (150 Words)

Source: The Indian express.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 23(Page 7)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4: Analyse the ethical issues associated with claim by world bank chief economist about unfairly manipulation in mapping ease of doing business. (Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Business standard..

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 23(Page 9)


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HINDU NOTES-January 20 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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Rockets recovered from open well are from Tipu era: Experts

Ancient india rockets discovered

News

  • A large number of unfired rockets, found in an open well at a farmhouse in Nagara village, Hosanagar taluk, have now been confirmed by experts to belong to the Tipu Sultan era.

Beyond News

  • Assistant Director of the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, confirmed that 102 unused rockets were found in varying sizes in April 2017, during the de-silting of an open well on land belonging to Nagaraja Rao, a farmer from Nagara village.
  • They concluded that these items were unused war rockets belonging to the 18th century. As Nagara was an important administrative centre of the Mysore state, and Tipu had established a mint and an armoury here, they concluded that the rockets belonged to the Tipu Sultan period.
  • After the fourth Anglo-Mysore War, there was the chance that Tipu’s army, stationed in Nagara, could have dumped the rockets in the well to prevent them from getting into the hands of the East India Company.
  • Both Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan had used rockets in the wars they fought against the East India Company. While wooden or paper casing was used for rockets back then, iron casing was used for the first time by the Mysore army.

Features of Rockets

  • The distinctive feature of the rockets is that they are filled with black powder (a mixture of sulphur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate) and encased in iron. They are seven to 10 inches long and 1 to 3 inches in diameter.
  • The rockets were corroded owing to continuous exposure to water.
  • Using iron tubes to store the propellant gave the rockets higher thrust and longer range.
  • In addition, using soft iron increased the capacity to inflict greater damage on the enemy.

Hindu Notes from General Studies-02

India admitted to Australia Group

News

  • India joined the Australia Group saying that the membership will be mutually beneficial.

Beyond News

  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that India’s entry into the group which aims to prevent proliferation of biological and chemical weapons, will ensure a more secure world.
  • The Australia Group decided to admit India as its 43rd participant.
  • Its entry would be mutually beneficial and further contribute to international security and non-proliferation objectives.
  • Australia Group said that, India’s membership will help to counter the “spread of materials, equipment and technologies that could contribute to the development or acquisition of chemical/biological weapons.
  • Diplomats said the entry is a show of support from the international community for India’s non-proliferation records.
  • India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016 and the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) last year.
  • It is understood that the membership will also boost India’s membership bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group which is being opposed by China.

Centre launches initiative to make 100 websites accessible to persons with disabilities

News

  • In an initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’.

Aim

  • The aim of the conference was to sensitize and bring awareness among different stakeholders including the officials of state government on accessibility in the context of recently enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2016.
  • The aim of the campaign is to make a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities all over the country for safe, dignified life of Persons with Disabilities.

Beyond News

  • The Ministry has so far organised around 5800 camps for distribution of assistive device to Divyangjans.
  • Accessible Website Design Principles include providing appropriate alternative text, Caption video, transcripts for audio, making all documents (e.g., PDFs) to be accessible and make sure content is structured, clearly written and easy to read.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) initiated a ‘Website Accessibility Project’ for State Government/Union Territories under Accessible India Campaign through ERNET India, an autonomous scientific society under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), to make total 917 websites accessible and providing funds for the same.

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The sun powers irrigation pump sets here

Solar project india

News

  • The State government’s ambitious project ‘Surya Raitha’, which helps farmers to generate electricity to run their irrigation pump (IP) sets, was inaugurated at Harobele in Kanakapura taluk of Ramanagaram district in Karnataka.

Beyond News

  • Surya Raitha, a first-of-its-kind project in the country, is being implemented on a pilot basis in the district.
  • It also ensures earnings to farmers by selling excess energy generated through solar panels to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company, he said.
  • The government is committed to making Karnataka open defecation-free and supplying safe and pure drinking water in rural areas, Mr. Patil said.
  • Minister for Energy said the State government was tapping renewable solar energy sources to increase the level of consumption of green energy in Karnataka.
  • The department has set up the world’s largest solar park at Pavagada in Tumakuru district.
  • Surya Raitha was implemented at a cost of ₹24 crore at Harobele. Currently, 310 IP sets are getting electricity under the scheme.

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HINDU NOTES-January 19 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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Modi to visit Palestine in February

News:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to the Palestinian capital of Ramallah on February 10, a diplomatic source has confirmed.

Beyond News:

  • The visit to the Palestinian territory is likely to be part of Prime Minister Modi’s outreach to the Arab world, during which he will hold a meeting with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • This will be the first time that an Indian Prime Minister will visit the Palestinian capital of Ramallah.
  • The visit was confirmed even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the last leg of his trip to India.
  • The official said that the trip indicates that India remains on track with its traditional stance on Palestine. Palestine had praised India’s recent vote in the UN against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • The issue of Indian support to the two-state solution was also discussed during the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Mr. Netanyahu.

Hindu Notes from General Studies-03

Agni-5 ballistic missile tested successfully

AGNI 5 launched by india

News:

  • India successfully tested Agni-V, validating the long range surface-to-surface ballistic missile’s reliability.

Beyond News:

  • The Defence Ministry said in a statement that,this was the fifth test of the missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.
  • The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission.

Agni-V:

  • Agni-V, with a range of over 5,000 km, is India’s longest range ballistic missile and can reach most parts of China, making it the mainstay of India’s triad to deliver nuclear weapons.
  • The user associate test-flight of the missile has further boosted indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence strength of the country.
  • Agni-V is the most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
  • The missile is so programmed that after reaching the peak of its trajectory, it will turn towards the Earth to continue its journey towards the intended target with an increased speed due to the attraction of the Earth’s gravitational pull, he said.
  • Official added that,its path is precisely directed by the advanced on-board computer and inertial navigation system.

India to set up $350 mn fund for solar projects to meet renewable energy target

Solar project india

News:

  • India will set up a $350 million fund to finance solar projects, as the country steps up efforts to achieve its ambitious target of adding 175 gigawatts (GW) in renewable energy by 2022.

Beyond News:

  • India will need at least $125 billion to fund a plan to increase the share of renewable power supply in the country’s grid by 2022, underlining the immense financing challenge ahead.
  • The country, which receives twice as much sunshine as European nations, wants to make solar central to its renewable expansion.
  • Installed renewable power capacity is currently about 60 GW, and India plans to complete the bidding process by the end of 2019/20 to add a further 115 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022.
  • It expects renewable energy to make up 40% of installed power capacity by 2030, compared with 18.2% at the end of 2017.
  • Power ministry said in a statement that, India’s Yes Bank Ltd. has committed to financing solar projects worth $5 billion, while state-run NTPC Ltd. will contribute $1 million to an ISA fund.

Disaster warning system for Odisha by March

News

  • The Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS), a project that aims at establishing a fool-proof communication system to disseminate disaster warning up to the community level, is expected to be commissioned by this March.

Beyond News

  • The EWDS had missed several deadlines before being fast-tracked recently.
  • The EWDS is a first-of-its-kind automatic public address system in the country.
  • Managing Director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) said that,it will help the State to warn a vast population residing along its coast from the State headquarters through loud sirens from towers installed at 122 locations in the event of occurrence of natural disasters like a tsunami or cyclone.
  • The EWDS for last mile connectivity is being implemented under a World Bank project.

Static thermal imaging cameras to track elephant movement

News

  • The Forest Department will install permanent thermal imaging cameras at four places along forest boundaries in Coimbatore to track movement of wild elephants and to develop an early warning system.

Beyond News

  • The thermal imaging captured by the cameras will be sent to the control room of the Forest Department. This will help alert staff and residents in the locality about the animal movement.
  • At present, the department is using two hand-held thermal imaging cameras that are used for anti-depredation works at night.

Importance of Thermal imaging camera

  • Thermal imaging camera capture the heat in the body of the animal. The hand-held cameras are very helpful in tracking presence of wild elephants at night, early morning and late evening when visibility is poor.
  • The four places selected for developing the warning system had witnessed frequent movement of elephants.
  • Installation of thermal imaging camera is expected to boost up the alert system at Madukkarai.
  • After the installation of thermal imaging cameras, the Department has plans to create an early warning network where information on the movement of wild elephants animals can be shared to Forest staff and people in the conflict zone.

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HINDU NOTES-January 17 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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Megalithic era sarcophagus unearthed at Viyur

Harappan discovery in kerala

News

  • A rare sarcophagus (stone coffin), said to be 2,000-year old from the Iron Age–Megalithic era, was discovered from a rock-cut cave at Viyur village of Kollam, near Koyilandy, in Kozhikode district in Kerala.

Beyond News

  • The coffin containing bone fragments was found during an excavation. So far, such a rare finding has been discovered only from two sites in Kerala.
  • The bone fragments could be of either a man or a woman. They will be sent for carbon dating using accelerator mass spectrometry at the Beta Analytical Laboratory in California.
  • Excavation at the site commenced after a hemispherical rock-cut chamber was discovered in a compound while flattening land using an earthmover.
  • Different types of pottery, mostly four-legged jars and iron implements, were found in the cave.
  • Sarcophagi was found in many archaeological sites in South India earlier. Some are adorned with a sculpture or inscription. But two types are usually found with bovine features or with legs.
  • It can be confirmed that a rich Megalithic culture existed in the region following the discoveries of pre-Iron age civilisation earlier.

Hindu Notes from General Studies-02

SC condemns conduct of caste panchayats

News

  • Supreme Court said that,any collective attack by a khap panchayat on an adult for choosing to marry the person of their choice is absolutely illegal and condemned.

Beyond News

  • Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, heading a three-judge Bench, observed that an adult man and woman are free to marry. No society, no khap panchayat, no parent can impose their will on them.
  • The apex court said it would not tolerate any manner of collective and regressive conduct by khap panchayat or such group of persons.
  • The Centre said it supports the dignity of women and agreed with the court that the judiciary should fill the legislative vacuum left by a lack of law against honour killing.
  • Amicus curiae and senior advocate referred to a recommendation by the Law Commission for a special penal law recognising honour killing as a crime.

460 Indians deported by the U.S in 2017

News

  • Tougher implementation of immigration laws in the U.S in the first year of Donald Trump presidency has resulted in 30 percent increase in arrests, compared to the previous year, but deportations have come down.

Beyond News

  • While the overall number of undocumented people deported from the U.S in 2017 decreased from 2016, the number of Indians increased 460 were deported last year compared to 353 in 2016.
  • In 2015, 311 undocumented Indians were deported from the U.S, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • A report released by the administration linked its case for changing the immigration policy to national security and the ability of the immigrants to assimilate.
  • An official speaking on background said that, 402 of the 549 people convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. since September 11, 2001 were foreign-born.

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‘Water scarcity may hit thermal power’

Water scarcity on thermal plants

News

  • India’s thermal power plants, about 90% of which rely on fresh water for cooling, risk facing serious outages because of shortage of water, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Findings in the Report

  • About 40% of the country’s thermal power plants are facing great stress in terms of water availability, according to the report, defines water stress as the ratio of total water withdrawal over available supply.
  • Between 2013 and 2016, 14 of India’s 20 largest thermal utility companies experienced one or more shutdowns due to water shortages and calculated that this cost the power producers more than ₹91 billion ($1.4 billion) in potential revenue from the sale of power.
  • According to the report, not only does high water stress result in equipment shutting down, it also results in a lower level of efficiency when it is running.
  • When power plants rely on water sourced from scarce regions, they put electricity generation at risk and leave less water for cities, farms and families. Without urgent action, water will become a choke point for India’s power sector.
  • WRI said that,freshwater-cooled thermal power plants that are located in high water-stress areas have a 21% lower average capacity factor, compared to the ones in low and medium water-stress areas.
  • The WRI’s report predicts that this problem is set to worsen as India’s thermal power sector expands and demand for water from other sectors increases.
  • It says that by 2030, 70% of India’s thermal power plants are likely to experience increased competition for water from agriculture, industry and municipalities.

Chinese ‘rainbow dinosaur’ had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

colorful rhinoceros bird

News

  • Scientists announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period.

Beyond News

  • They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow.
  • Microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved, nearly complete fossil unearthed in Hebei Province indicated that it boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds.
  • The discovery “suggests a more colorful Jurassic World than we previously imagined.

Features of Caihong

  • Using powerful microscopes, the scientists detected within the feathers the remnants of organelles called melanosomes responsible for pigmentation. Their shape determines the color.
  • Caihong’s feathers had pancake-shaped melanosomes similar to those of hummingbirds with iridescent feathers.
  • Much of its body had dark feathers, but ribbon-like iridescent feathers covered its head and neck. While it possessed many bird-like characteristics, the researchers doubted it could actually get airborne.
  • Caihong was a two-legged predator with a Velociraptor-like skull and sharp teeth, probably hunting small mammals and lizards. Caihong had fuzzy feathers and pennaceous ones, those that look like writing quills.

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Aadhaar authentication through face recognition

News:

  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said it will enable Aadhaar authentication using face recognition from July 1 onwards.

Beyond News:

  • This feature will be used only in “fusion mode”, along with one more existing mode of authentication such as fingerprint, iris or one-time password (OTP).
  • The decision has been taken ,so that people facing difficulty in other biometric authentication (fingerprint and Iris) could easily authenticate, UIDAI said in a statement, adding that some people are not able to biometrically authenticate due to their worn out fingerprints, old age or hard working conditions.
  • The face authentication provides additional option for all residents to have inclusive authentication.
  • UIDAI will release necessary details for implementation for AUAs by March 1, 2018. It will also provide software development kits that will have the ability to capture face image, check liveness, and create digitally signed and encrypted authentication input.

Poland eyes India mining sector

News:

  • Marek Magierowski, Polish Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that,Polish companies may be interested in getting into commercial mining in India provided the conditions are right.

Beyond News:

  • Among Poland’s area of expertise was deep mining in copper and coal. 
  • Its other areas of interest include energy, food processing, defense and innovation.
  • He also said they are not really promoting business here, but they want to boost trade relations with India which is a priority country for them.
  • BCCI president said India and Poland had jointly etched out a roadmap for strengthening co-operation in areas like thick-seam underground coal mining, exploitation of gassy seams , developing clean coal technologies and transfer of technology in deep coal mining from Poland to India.

Hindu Notes from General Studies-03

First joint estimation of tigers in Sunderbans begins [Deck] The region hosts 75% of all big cats in the world

News:

  • The first joint estimation of tigers in the Sunderbans, spread across India and Bangladesh, began on Monday, with a training workshop.

Beyond News

  • Eminent tiger biologist Qamar Qureshi said the Sunderbans houses the fifth largest tiger population in the world.

Beat the heat with the world’s smallest wearable device !

News

  • Scientists have developed the world’s smallest wearable device – a wafer-thin, feather-light sensor – that can fit on a fingernail and precisely measure a person’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun.

Beyond News

  • Researchers said that,the broader goal is to provide a technology platform that can save lives and reduce skin cancers by allowing individuals, on a personalised level, to modulate their exposure to the sun.
  • The device, as light as a raindrop, is powered by the sun and contains the world’s most sophisticated and accurate UV dosimeter.
  • The device called UV Sense was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
  • It is also an optimal location to measure exposure to the sun.

Drones to monitor beaches in Chennai

News

  • The Chennai City Police are making elaborate security arrangements in view of the huge crowd expected to throng the Marina Beach on the day of ‘Kaanum Pongal’ on Tuesday.

Beyond News

  • Drones would be used for monitoring the crowd and tags would be tied around the hands of children to prevent them from getting lost.
  • Drones are being used for the first time to keep a watch on pickpockets and chain snatchers.
  • Barricades have been erected on the Marina and the Elliots beaches to avoid visitors from entering the sea. Lifeguards will also be posted to save people from drowning.
  • Temporary watchtowers with public address systems have erected.

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