Topic 1: Namda Art

Context: Skill India project successfully revives the dying Namda Art of Jammu and Kashmir

About the Art:

Topic 2: Maputo Protocol

Context: There has been some progress on gender equality in African countries due to the Maputo Protocol, but it has been uneven, according to a new report.

Key details:

Topic 3: Aspartame

Context: Artificial sweetener aspartame has been labelled “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

About Aspartame:

Topic 4: How Electric vehicle tires cause pollution

Context: Due to their bigger batteries, EVs tend to be significantly heavier than their internal combustion engine counterparts, which burdens the tires of the vehicle.

How tires cause pollution?

Environmental hazard


Topic 5: Person in News: Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

Context: An exhibition in Kolkata will mark the bicentenary year of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the last king of Awadh.

About the Nawab:

Topic 6: Three pillars of India and France relationship

Context: India and France agreed on a slew of new initiatives and agreements.

Key details:

Partnership for security, sovereignty

Partnership for the planet

Partnership for people

Topic 7: Death of cheetah

Context: After another cheetah death at Kuno, officials looking into ‘satellite collars’ as possible cause.

Key details:

Kuno Palpur Forest ReserveLocated in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh, the Kuno-Palpur National Park is spread over an area of 750 square kilometres.It currently has leopardsjackalsspotted deersambharneelgaichinkarawild boar and the four-horned antelope, a prey base ideal for felids.The sanctuary was also chosen for the lion reintroduction project in 2013.Kuno Palpur, therefore, was well on its way to become the only wildlife sanctuary in the world to host all four major cat species—lion, tiger, cheetah and leopard. About satellite collaring:Satellite collaring is also known as Radio-collars.These are GPS-enabled collars that  can be fitted around the neck of animals.They relay information about an animal’s whereabouts.GPS information from the collar helps track and study the movement patterns of the animals, across regions and habitats. This would help in understanding what is driving the conflict.The collars serve as an early warning system.

Topic 8: African Union

Context: India’s proposal to include the African Union as a full member of the G20 has been

About AU:

India Africa Union Relations:

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