Topic 1: The Indian Arms Act

Context: The Punjab government has cancelled the 813 gun licenses across the state in a bid to clamp down on the “gun culture” in the state.

Who can possess firearms under the Indian Arms Act?

The Arms Rules, 2016

Topic 2: Prohibition on blood donation by gay, transgender people

Context: Members of the transgender community, moved the Supreme Court seeking to strike down the prohibition on gay and transgender people donating blood in the country.

Key details:

International rules:

Topic 3: Person in News: Alluri Sitharama Raju and Komaram Bheem

Context: With a win for Best Original Song for ‘Naatu Naatu’ at the 2023 Oscars, the Telugu movie ‘RRR’ is garnering attention on the global stage. Its story and characters have roots in real historical figures, inspired by the lives of Indian freedom fighters Alluri Sitharama Raju.

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Topic 4: Suspension of Operations agreement

Context: The Manipur government decided to withdraw from the Suspension of Operations (SoO) agreement with two hill-based tribal militant groups – Kuki National Army (KNA) and Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), alleging they were influencing agitation among forest encroachers.

Who are the Kukis? 

The Kuki insurgency:

The agreement:

Topic 5: The Saudi-Iran detente

Context: Saudi Arabia and Iran, two of West Asia’s major powers that have been at odds with each other for decades, agreed to restore diplomatic relations last week in an agreement brokered by China.


Terms of the agreement


The China angle:

Where does this deal leave India?



Topic 6: SIPRI report

Context: India remained the world’s largest arms importer for the five-year period between 2018 and 2022 even though its arms imports dropped by 11% between 2013-2017 and 2018-2022, according to the Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Key findings of the report:

About SIPRI: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is an international institute based in Stockholm.It was founded in 1966.It provides dataanalysis and recommendations for:armed conflict,military expenditurearms trade as well as disarmament and arms control.The research is based on open sources and is directed to decision-makersresearchersmedia and the interested public.

Topic 7: Antiquities laws

Context: An investigation has found that the catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, includes at least 77 items with links to a person, who is serving a 10-year jail term in Tamil Nadu for smuggling antiquities.

What is an antiquity as per different laws?

Topic 8: Red Cross Society

Context: The CBI has launched an inquiry into allegations of corruption against the health non-profit Indian Red Cross Society and its regional branches.

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