Topic 1: India’s stand on same-sex marriage

Context: A Bench led by Chief Justice of India referred petitions to legally recognise same-sex marriages to a Constitution Bench of five judges of the Supreme Court.

The case:

Why does the community want this right?

Court’s standing:

The Centre’s stand

Overall status of same-sex marriage in India:

Topic 2: Raccoon dogs

Context: A new analysis of genetic data collected from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, has linked coronavirus to raccoon dogs, adding evidence to the belief that the pandemic might have originated from the infected animals sold at the site.

What are raccoon dogs?

Topic 3: Late-life depression

What is LLD?

How is late-life depression treated?

Topic 4: IQAir Report

Context: The findings of a recent report by Swiss technology company IQAir said 39 of the world’s top 50 most polluted cities were in India.

Key details:

Topic 5: Background radiation in Kerala

Context: In parts of Kerala, background radiation levels are nearly three times more than what’s been assumed, a pan-India study by scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has found.

Key details:

About IAEAThe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an intergovernmental organization.It seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy.It was established in 1957 as an autonomous organization within the United Nations system.Headquarters : Vienna, Austria.Following the ratification of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1968, all non-nuclear powers are required to negotiate a safeguards agreement with the IAEA.Through this the IAEA is given the authority to monitor nuclear programs and to inspect nuclear facilities.In 2005, the IAEA and its administrative head were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Topic 6: Shree Anna Conference

Context: APEDA organizes Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference

Key details:

About APEDA:

Topic 7: India-Bangladesh friendship pipeline

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (IBFPL).

Key details:

Indo-Bangladesh relations:

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