Topic 1 : Khap Panchayat

Context: Demanding immediate arrest of Wrestling Federation of India chief over the allegations of sexual harassment, khap leaders decided to send a delegation to meet the President.

What is a ‘khap?

How many khaps are currently functional?

Their social importance

Where do khaps draw their power from?


Way forward:

Context: The Karnataka High Court held that having sexual intercourse with a woman’s dead body will not attract the offence of rape, punishable under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, as there is no provision in the IPC for it.

What is necrophilia?

Is necrophilia an offence in India?

Context: “There is no justification for introducing any change in the law relating to adverse possession,” the 22nd Law Commission has said in its recent report.

What is adverse possession?

Provisions of the Limitation Act, 1963

Main ingredients of adverse possession


Topic 4 : The Kavach system

Context: The death of over 288 passengers in the ghastly train accident recently at Bahanaga Bazaar railway station in the Balasore district of Odisha has brought into sharp focus the safety mechanisms needed to prevent such tragedies.

What is Kavach?

Topic 5 : The ‘interlocking’ system in Railways

Context: Minister for Railways said that a change in the “configuration” of the track had led to the Coromandel Express smashing into the stationary goods train from behind, triggering the three-way train accident in Odisha in which 275 people have died so far.

What is meant by ‘interlocking’ in railways?

Function of each of these three main components

How safe is this system?

Who operates and monitors the interlocking signalling system?

Context: In a major breakthrough for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine, scientists from the United States and Canada have found a new antibiotic – powerful enough to kill a superbug – using AI.

What are superbugs?

Acinetobacter baumannii

How do bacteria become resistant to drugs?

How did researchers use AI in this case?

Topic 7 : India rethinking its anaemia policy

Context: Questions related to anaemia are slated to be dropped from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-6) .

Key details:

What causes anaemia?

What prompted the change?

What is DABS-I and will a dietary survey help?

Way forward:

Topic 8 : Centre on structural safety of dams

Context: Jaipur to have centre on structural safety of dams

Key details:

Context: OPEC and its allies began two days of meetings that may culminate in further output cuts of as much as 1 million barrels per day.

What is Opec+?

How does OPEC influence global oil prices?

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