Topic 1: Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Context: Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR) launched to leverage Emerging Technologies in Power Sector

Key details:

Topic 2: Pandemic Treaty

Context: The latest version of the draft Pandemic Instrument, also referred to as the “pandemic treaty,” was shared with Member States at the World Health Assembly and it became apparent that all mentions of addressing antimicrobial resistance in the Pandemic Instrument were at risk of removal.

What is the pandemic accord?

Antimicrobial resistance

Inclusion in the pandemic treaty:

Way forward:

Topic 3: Amrit Generation Campaign: Naye Bharat Ke Sapne

Context: Meta and Ministry of Women and Child Development launch the Amrit Generation Campaign: Naye Bharat Ke Sapne

Key details:

About Meta:

Topic 4: Process of travelling abroad for state ministers

Context: The Centre informed Delhi High Court that Delhi Education Minister has been cleared to travel to the UK.

Key details:

What is political clearance?

Additional clearances

Rules for judges:

What is the FCRA?The FCRA regulates foreign donations and ensures that such contributions do not adversely affect internal security.First enacted in 1976, it was amended in 2010 when a slew of new measures were adopted to regulate foreign donations.The FCRA is applicable to all associationsgroups and NGOs which intend to receive foreign donations.It is mandatory for all such NGOs to register themselves under the FCRA.The registration is initially valid for five years and it can be renewed subsequently if they comply with all norms.Registered associations can receive foreign contribution for socialeducational, religious, economic and cultural purposes.Filing of annual returns, on the lines of Income Tax, is compulsory.It also said all such NGOs would have to operate accounts in either nationalised or private banks which have core banking facilities to allow security agencies access on a real time basis.

Topic 5: How can we transition to a low-carbon city?

Context: Transitioning to low-carbon or even net-zero cities requires us to integrate mitigation and adaptation options in multiple sectors. This is called the ‘sector-coupling approach’, and it is necessary to decarbonise urban systems.

Significance of energy-system transitions:

Different strategies

How can an energy transition be just?

Way forward

Topic 6: Shagri-La Dialogue

Context: Singapore is hosting the 20th Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) for three days.

What is Shangri-La Dialogue?

Key takeaways of the 2023 Shangri La Dialogue for India

Topic 7: Global Stocktake

Context: One of the most important tasks to be accomplished at this year’s Bonn meeting is what is known as Global Stocktake, or GST.

What is Global Stocktake?

Way forward:

What is Paris Agreement?

How does the Paris Agreement work?

How are countries supporting one another?

How progress is tracked?

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