Topic 1: New railway proposal for Kerala

Context: In Kerala, a new semi-high speed railway, expected to cruise at an average speed of 125 kmph has been proposed.

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Topic 2: Kanwar yatra

Context: The annual Kanwar Yatra, during which lakhs of pilgrims carried waters from the Ganga and other holy rivers to Shiva shrines concluded recently.

About the Kanwar Yatra

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Pilgrimage centres:

Topic 3: Alzheimer’s disease

Context: Less than two weeks after an Alzheimer’s drug developed by Biogen and Eisai won full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody donanemab has been shown to significantly slow the progression of the disease if treated early.

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Topic 4: BIMARU states

Context: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the State has risen from its BIMARU tag and is now contributing positively to the process of India’s development.

About BIMARU states:

Role of BIMARU states in population growth,387

Topic 5: Fusion of rock art in Rudragiri

Context: Rock art was discovered recently at Rudragiri hillock in Andhra Pradesh.

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Topic 6: DPT3 immunisation in India

Context: India reports a record 93% DPT3 immunisation coverage in 2022.

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About DPT:DiphtheriaThe dangers associated with diphtheria come from the toxin released by the bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae.The toxin makes it difficult for children to breathe and swallow, but it also attacks the heart, kidneys and nerves.TetanusTetanus is another disease caused by a toxin-releasing bacterium, Clostridium tetani.The bacteria live in the soil and usually enter the body following punctures or wounds that are not kept clean or include damaged.  PertussisPertussis (also known as whooping cough) is one of the most contagious diseases around.Caused by a bacterium, Bordetella pertussis, whooping cough makes children cough uncontrollably.

Topic 7: Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Context: Genetic resources commission gathers in Rome to deliberate on biodiversity, nutrition & human health.

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