Topic 1: Project Deepak

Why in news: The Tripura government recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Assam Rifles for ‘Project Deepak’ targeting underprivileged students in the state.

About the project:

About the Super 30 scheme:

About Assam Rifles:The Assam Rifles are a central armed police force.The AR is one of the six central armed police forces (CAPFs) under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).The other five forces are:Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),Border Security Force (BSF),Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP),Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) andSashastra Seema Bal (SSB).Role:The AR is tasked with maintaining law and order in the Northeast along with the Indian Army.It also guards the Indo-Myanmar border.It is the only paramilitary force with a dual control structure.While the administrative control of the force is with the MHA, its operational control is with the Indian Army, which is under the Ministry of Defence (MoD).This means that salaries and infrastructure for the force is provided by the MHA, but the deploymentpostingtransfers, and deputation of AR personnel is decided by the Army.

Topic 2: Glacial lake outburst flood

Why in news: Ten people have been killed and 80 are missing in Sikkim after the South Lhonak Lake burst due to incessant rains, leading to the release of water in downstream areas.

What is GLOF?

Why GLOFs are triggered:

Topic 3: Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2023

Why in news: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2023 has gone to Moungi Bawendi, Louis Brus and Alexei Ekimov for the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.

What are quantum dots?

Applications of quantum dots:

Topic 4: Dynamic injunction

Why in news: The Delhi High Court restrained nine websites from illegally broadcasting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 matches. The court passed a “dynamic injunction” in favour of the cup’s broadcaster.

What is a dynamic injunction?

What is Section 37 of the Copyright Act?

Topic 5: The impact of the Bihar caste survey

Why in news: Recently, the Bihar government published the ‘Bihar Caste-based Survey 2022’.

Key details:  

What are the outcomes of the survey?

Possible implications of the report:

Will this lead to more welfare schemes?

Topic 6: PUSA-44 paddy variety

Why in news: Punjab Chief Minister announced that the state will ban the cultivation of the PUSA-44 paddy variety from next year onwards.

Key details:

Why the ban?

Topic 7: New defence indigenisation list

Why in news: Defence Minister of India released the fifth Positive Indigenisation List of 98 items to be procured by the three Services from domestic sources in a staggered manner on specified timelines.

Key details:

About iDEX:The iDEX initiative was launched in 2018.Aim:iDEX aims to achieve self – reliance and foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging Industries including MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes and academia.iDEX has launched challenges on frontier technologies/ domains to ensure that the Services enjoy a technological edge over their adversaries.

Topic 8: Uterus transplant

Why in news: Recently, doctors in the U.K., conducted the country’s first uterus transplant.

What is a uterus transplant?


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