Genome India Initiative

Topics Covered: Issues related to biotechnology.   Genome India Initiative   What to study? For prelims: What is genome sequencing and how is it done? For Mains: Significance, need and challenges to the project.   Context: The Department of Biotechology (DBT) plans to scan nearly 20,000 Indian genomes over the next five years, in a …

Fit-and-proper criteria

Topics covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.   Fit-and-proper criteria   What to study? For prelims and mains: Fit and proper criteria- features, need and significance.   Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened the fit-and-proper …

Space Situational Awareness Control Centre

Topics covered: Awareness in space.   Space Situational Awareness Control Centre   What to study? For prelims and mains: SSAM- need, significance and features of SSACC.   Context: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has laid the foundation stone for the Space Situational Awareness Control Centre in Bengaluru.   Background: ISRO has set up a Directorate of …

Canine distemper virus (CDV)

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Canine distemper virus (CDV)   What to study? For Prelims: About CDV and it’s effects on wildlife, concerns, measures needed.   Context: A recent study published in Threatened Taxa notes that 86% of the tested dogs around Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan carried Canine Distemper Virus …

Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM)

Topics Covered: Indigenization of technology.   Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: QRSAM- key features, significance and potential.   Context: DRDO has successfully test-fired indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from a test range off the Odisha coast.   About QRSAM: It has been developed to replace the ‘Akash’ missile …