Editorials

A sunshine initiative

Centre’s solar initiative should be accommodative to States In her interim Budget Day speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to use rooftop solar panels to power one crore households across the country. According to the Minister, this could save households up to ₹15,000 annually. So …

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Uniform Civil Code

A UCC would establish a single law for the entire country, governing all religious communities in personal matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, and adoption. In other words, the UCC is a set of rules/regulations that proposes replacing personal laws based on the scriptures and customs of each major religious …

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HEAT WAVES

A heat wave is a high temperature condition that can be lethal to the human body. Quantitatively, it is characterised by temperature thresholds over a region in terms of actual temperature or deviation from normal. Criterion for declaring heat wave A heat wave is defined as a maximum temperature of …

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Additional Judges

According to Article 224 of the Indian Constitution, if there is reason to believe to the President that the number of Judges of a High Court should be subsequently increased due to a temporary increase in its business or due to arrears of work, the President may appoint duly qualified …

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SNOW LEOPARD

INTRODUCTION During the National Board for Wildlife meeting in New Delhi, Union Minister Bhupender Yadav released the first-ever Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India (SPAI) report. SPAI is India’s first scientific exercise, reporting 718 snow leopards. Implementation and Arrangements: The SPAI programme was run by the Wildlife Institute of India …

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WORLD HERITAGE SITES

India nominates 12 forts of Marathas for UNESCO World Heritage List India has formally nominated the “Maratha Military Landscapes” for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List for 2024-25. This proposal includes a network of twelve forts in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu that demonstrate the Maratha rulers’ strategic military prowess. …

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Dhimsa Dance

The Dhimsa dance is a vibrant and energetic tribal dance form originating from the Koraput district of Odisha, India. While traditionally performed by the Porja caste women, it has transcended boundaries and become a beloved cultural symbol across Andhra Pradesh, particularly in the regions around Araku Valley and Visakhapatnam. Meaning …

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Voice Cloning

About Voice Cloning Voice cloning is the process of creating a synthetic voice from audio recordings of a real person. Why in NEWS Music composer A.R. Rahman has stated that his team obtained the necessary permission to use an AI software to recreate the voices of late singers Bamba Bakya …

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A new species of tiny lizards

Why in NEWS The Western Ghats’ biodiverse forests have produced yet another evolutionary marvel: a new species of tiny lizards dubbed the “diminutive dragon” by researchers. Agasthyagama edge, also known as the northern kangaroo lizard, belongs to the Agamidae family and has a maximum snout-vent length of 4.3 cm. The …

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