Topic 1: Clouded leopards

Context: Scientists have found that the clouded leopard in western Assam’s Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve seems to play a mysterious game of hide-and-seek in the tropical canopy forests.

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Topic 2: Kuttikkanam Palace

Context: The 130-year-old Kuttikkanam Palace, once the summer residence of the kings of erstwhile Travancore, is set to be declared a historical monument.

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Topic 3: Emblems and Names Act

Context: A PIL has contended that the use of the acronym INDIA by the opposition parties violates provisions of The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.

About the Act:

What powers are exercised by the Centre under this Act?

Topic 4: Havana Syndrome

Context: The Central government has told the Karnataka High Court that it will look into the matter of the ‘Havana Syndrome’ in India

About Havana Syndrome

Causes of Havana Syndrome

Topic 5: The language used in courts

Context: Recently, the Supreme Court observed that although there are at least 22 official languages in the country, Hindi is the national language.

Key details:

What is the Eighth Schedule?

Status of English

Language to be used in courts

What about subordinate courts?

Topic 6: Zafar Mahal

Context: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is expected to begin conservation work at Zafar Mahal — a 19th-century monument in Mehrauli.

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Topic 7: Zoological Survey of India report

Context: A recent publication by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) points out that about 5% of the birds found in the country are endemic and not reported in other parts of the world.

Key findings:

About Zoological Survey of IndiaThe Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was founded in 1916 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.It is a premier Indian organisation in zoological research and studies to promote the surveyexploration and research of the fauna in the country.

Topic 8: Artificial Intelligence and the environment

Context: Artificial intelligence has a big CO2 footprint and is being used to boost activities that make climate change worse.

About artificial intelligence

Key issues with Artificial Intelligence:

Ethical challenges:

What can be done to tackle AI’s footprint?

Way forward:

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