Topic 1 : Grandmaster title

Why in news: Indian chess player Vaishali and Praggnanandhaa became the first brother-sister duo to become Grandmasters.

About the Grandmaster:

Why in news: Members of India’s first expedition to Antarctica were felicitated recently at an ‘Antarctica Day event’.

Key details:

About the operation and its outcomes:  

Topic 3 : World Malaria Report

Why in news: The recently released World Malaria Report shows that the number of cases and deaths due to the mosquito-borne infection India have continued to decline.

Key details:

Status of Malaria in India

Key Takeaways From The Report
India saw a 30% decline in malaria cases and 34% decline in deaths in 2022 as compared to the previous year
Globally there were 5 million additional malaria cases in 2022 as compared to the previous year, totalling to 249 million
Of the 5 million additional cases, the highest 2.1 million was from Pakistan that had a flood in 2022
India accounted for 1.4% of total malaria cases in the world

Reasons behind India’s success story:

About Malaria:

Climate change and malaria


Way forward:

Why in news: Bihar receives global acclaim at COP-28 for afforestation initiatives.

About the Mission:

Why in news: For the first time in 28 years of climate change negotiations, the climate-health nexus will take centre stage at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP-28) summit in the UAE.

Key details:

A ‘Health Day’ at the summit:

Expectations from the Health talks:


Where does India stand?

Toxic 6 : Global Stocktake

Why in news: Countries at COP28 will examine how much progress they have made in curbing global warming — a process called the Global Stocktake, which is happening for the first time — since the Paris Agreement in 2015.

Key details:

What Is the Global Stocktake?

Which Aspects of Climate Action Does the Global Stocktake Assess?

Way forward:

Why in news: Malaysia has become the latest country to extend the advantage of visa-free travel to Indian citizens.

Key details:

Which are the other countries extending visa-free travel to Indians?

Categories of visa exemption:

Is the visa-free facility permanent?

Why in news: India has been unanimously elected as a member representing Asian region in the Executive Committee of Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Key details:

What is the Codex Alimentarius?

Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)

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