Topic 1: Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology

Context: The Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) was announced recently by President of the USA and Prime Minister of India.

What is iCET?

Progress so far

Topic 2: Toponyms

Context: A toponym is a word formed from the name of a place, which may denote a habitation or certain physical features of a landscape or anything specifically associated with a location.

Toponyms in news:

Topic 3: Pride flag

Context: The month of June, recognised worldwide as the Pride Month, is marked by many events across India to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.

What’s Pride flag?

Why is it called Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag?

What do the colours of the flag signify?

Topic 4: Miyawaki forests

Context: Prime Minister of India during his latest ‘Mann ki baat’ episode spoke about Miyawaki plantation, the Japanese method of creating dense urban forests in a small area.

What is the Miyawaki plantation method?


Mumbai’s experiment:

Topic 5: Quote: ‘Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes’

Context: The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library was rechristened as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library, removing the reference to India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

The quote and its meaning:


Topic 6: Uniform Civil Code

Context: The 22nd Law Commission of India sought the views of religious organisations and the public on the issue of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

What did the 21st Law Commission say on the matter?

What is Uniform Civil Code

Why is Article 44 important?

Origin of Uniform Civil Code

Topic 7: ICMR study on Diabetes

Context: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Indian Council of Medical Research (Indiab researchers ) recently published their study on diabetes in India.

Key findings:

What is Indiab and its significance?

Geographical variation in the data

Way forward:

Topic 8: Telegram bots

Context: Recently, reports came out which alleged that a Telegram bot had access to and was presenting the identification numbers of the documents submitted for vaccination purposes which includes Aadhaar, PAN card, and even passport numbers of individuals.

What is Telegram?

What are Telegram bots?

Who can create bots on Telegram?

Use of bots on Telegram


Topic 9: Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021

Context: The Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 will be conferred on Gita Press, Gorakhpur, one of the largest publishers of religious texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and the Upanishads.

About the Prize:

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