1. Impeachment process of President Trump Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR President Donald Trump’s impeachment process has entered a new phase. On Wednesday, following a 228-193 vote largely along party lines, the House of Representatives (equivalent to Lok Sabha in India) sent two articles of impeachment to the Senate, and named... Continued.
1. What is Article 131, under which Kerala has moved SC against the CAA? How does this challenge differ from the other petitions filed against the law? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Recently, Kerala became the first state to challenge the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) before the Supreme Court.... Continued.
1. How mother’s education correlates with child’s school and ability Relevant for GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues Preference for private school by children of educated mothers Among the key findings of ASER 2019 is that the mother’s education often determines the kind of pre-schooling or schooling that the child gets. The report says that... Continued.
1. What is Article 131, on which Kerala has based its challenge to the CAA? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance On Tuesday (January 14), the Kerala government moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led government, the first state to challenge the law, filed a... Continued.
1. Demolition of Maradu Buildings Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment & Biodiversity The four high-rise luxury apartment complexes in Maradu municipality in Kochi, which violated Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notifications, were demolished on January 11 and 12 following a Supreme Court order. What was the order of Supreme Court? The apex... Continued.
Australia’s bushfires have razed more than 10.3 million hectares (103,300 sq km) of land — roughly the size of South Korea — since September. News agencies reported that 27 people and up to a billion animals have been killed and thousands subjected to repeat evacuations as the unpredictable fires spread over large areas in the... Continued.
What is the protocol on air accidents? How does the black box help? What happens if a country admits there has been a mistake? On January 8, 2020, a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800, on a flight from Tehran, Iran to Kiev, Ukraine, a nearly 2,300 km route, fell to the ground after initially climbing... Continued.
For more than three weeks now, striking photographs from Australian towns and villages, bathed in an orange background, have been making global headlines, and circulating on social media. The gloomy orange background is because of smoke from an unprecedented spate of forest fires in large parts of Australia for more than three months now. Forest... Continued.
A new virus identified by Chinese researchers was responsible for a new pneumonia-like illness that had swept Wuhan since last month, leaving 59 ill and created panic. The researchers described the infectious agent as a “coronavirus”, identified in a hospitalised person with pneumonia in Wuhan. What are Coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are a specific family of viruses,... Continued.
One of the largest freshwater fish has been declared extinct in a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) was an iconic species, measuring up to 7 m in length, dating back from 200 million years ago, and therefore swimming the rivers when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.... Continued.