Topic 1: Hue and cry notice

Context: While informing the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it has not been able to arrest a fugitive pro-Khalistan preacher, the Punjab government said Amritsar Rural police has issued a “hue and cry notice” against him.

What is the notice?


Its usage in India

Topic 2: Rising Antarctic ice melt will slow global ocean flows

Context: Rapidly melting Antarctic ice is dramatically slowing down the flow of water through the world’s oceans, and could have a disastrous impact on global climate, the marine food chain and even the stability of ice shelves, new research has found.

Key findings of the study:

What is the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation?The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a large system of ocean currents that carry warm water from the tropics northwards into the North Atlantic.It acts like a conveyor belt, driven by differences in temperature and salt content – the water’s density.As warm water flows northwards it cools and some evaporation occurs, which increases the amount of salt.Low temperature and a high salt content make the water denser, and this dense water sinks deep into the ocean.The cold, dense water slowly spreads southwards, several kilometres below the surface.Eventually, it gets pulled back to the surface and warms in a process called “upwelling” and the circulation is complete.This global process makes sure that the world’s oceans are continually mixed, and that heat and energy are distributed around the earth. 

Topic 3: Competition (Amendment) Bill

Context: The lower house of Parliament passed the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which seeks to amend the Competition Act, 2002.

Key features of the bill:

The Competition Act 2002

Competition Commission of IndiaThe Competition Commission of India is a body that deals with all matters under the act.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is a statutory body of the Government of India responsible for enforcing the Competition Act 2002 throughout India and preventing activities that hurt competition in India.HeadquartersNew Delhi.It has six regional offices:Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.Composition and appointment:The Commission is headed by a Chairperson and is made up of six members appointed by the Central Government.The chairperson must be a person who has been a Judge of the Supreme Court or Chief Justice of the High Court, or an economist with 20 years of experience.Members should possess qualifications prescribed under Competition Commission Rules, 2009.

Topic 4: Indira Gandhi Canal

Context: The closure of the Indira Gandhi Canal, considered the lifeline for northern and western Rajasthan districts, for repair and relining of feeders, is set to have an impact on the drinking and irrigation needs of 1.75 crore people in the State.

About Indira Canal:


Topic 5: EOS-06 satellite

Context: ISRO releases images of Earth captured by its EOS-06 satellite

Key details:

Other Satellites in the EOS Series

Earth Observation Satellites

Topic 6: Disinvestment in India

Context: The Finance Ministry pared the disinvestment target for 2023-24 to a nine-year low of ₹51,000 crore and publicly acknowledged the multiple challenges it is facing in privatising public sector enterprises (PSEs) and raising funds through minority stake sales, a drive that has stalled since Air India’s sale.

What is Disinvestment?

Why does the government undertake disinvestment?

Methods of disinvestment:

Trends in disinvestment

Topic 7: Mahila Samman Savings Certificates

Context: Mahila Samman Savings Certificates made available in Post Offices.

Key details:

Topic 8: CERT-in and Right to Information Act

Context: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) may soon be exempt from responding to queries under the Right to Information Act.

Key details:

What is CERT-In?

What is RTI Act?

Topic 9: India ranks fifth in national contribution to warming: Study

Context: India is responsible for 0.08 degrees Celsius of warming from the 1850s through 2021, a new study estimated.  

Key details:

What are Nationally Determined Contributions?Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of its long-term goals.NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.The Paris Agreement requires each Party to preparecommunicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that it intends to achieve.The government of India has recently updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) submitted by India to UNFCCC under the Paris Agreement. These include targets:to reduce the Emissions intensity of its GDP by 45 percent by 2030, from 2005 level;to achieve about 50 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.

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