Topic 1 : Restoration of a 12th Century Chola temple

Why in news: A 12th century temple of the Chola dynasty, with striking architectural features, is in a dilapidated condition at Mundlapudi village on the outskirts of Tirupati.

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Why in news: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has recommended to the authorities that the Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary abutting the Bandipur Tiger Reserve be declared as a core critical tiger habitat.

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Topic 3 : Laser Signal from space

Why in news: NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, currently over 16 million kilometres away in space, successfully fired a laser signal at Earth on November 14.

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Electromagnetic spectrum in space:

NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications

How the laser signal was received?

Topic 4 : Electoral bonds

Why in news: While reserving its judgment on a batch of petitions challenging the Electoral Bond Scheme, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission to submit data of the electoral bonds received by political parties.

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What is an electoral bond?

Are electoral bonds taxable?

Restrictions done away with after the introduction of the electoral bond scheme

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