Topic 1: Critical Minerals

Context: A recent working paper from Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) extends the earlier minerals assessment for 23 minerals by assessing the criticality levels of 43 select minerals for India based on their economic importance (demand-side factors) and supply risks (supply-side factors) which are determined through the evaluation of specific indicators.

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Challenges for India

Way forward:

Topic 2: Hakki Pikkis tribe

Context: More than 181 members of the Hakki Pikki tribal community from Karnataka are stuck in violence-hit Sudan, even as the government is making efforts to bring them back.

Who are the Hakki Pikki?

What are their rituals and customs?

Topic 3: Abhilekh Patal

Context: Prime Minister of India praises “Abhilekh patal” a portal with over 1 Crore Pages of Historical Records of the National Archives

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Topic 4: Exercise Iniochos-23

Context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) will be participating in Exercise INIOCHOS-23.

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Topic 5: The Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border dispute

Context: Assam Chief Minister and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the long-standing border dispute between the two states.

The dispute:

Past efforts to resolve this issue

Topic 6: PSLV-C55 mission

Context: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is scheduled to launch the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C55 (PSLV-C55) mission, will carry out in-orbit scientific experiments by using the spent PS4 (fourth and final stage of PSLV) as an orbital platform.

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Topic 7: Eat Right movement

Context: The Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has asked States and Union Territories to develop 100 eat right food streets in 100 districts across the country.

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Eat Right Movement:

Topic 8: How AI can help the environment

Context: AI has been touted as a powerful tool to help tackle global crises, such as climate change.

How this can be achieved?

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