Topic 1 : Two Sites In Karnataka Proposed For World Heritage List

Why in news: The monuments at Shravanabelagola in Hassan and Lakkundi in Gadag districts are set to be proposed for inclusion on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the State Department of Archaeology Museums and Heritage (DAMH).

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What is UNESCO tentative list?

What is a World Heritage Site?

Difference between a World Heritage site & Tentative List

Indian Sites on the Tentative List – Total 52

Why in news: Critically endangered plant species Saurauia Punduana plant recorded for first time in Manipur.

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Topic 3 : How Mumbai terror attacks changed India’s security infrastructure

Why in news: The 26/11 attacks on Mumbai forced India to acknowledge and focus on India’s security concerns vis-à-vis its neighbourhood. It also exposed India’s under-preparedness in combating asymmetric warfare of such scale.

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Places where the terrorists attacked:

Changes in India’s security infrastructure:

Challenges remain:

Why in news: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the world’s biggest climate negotiation – 28th Conference of the Parties, better known as COP.

About CoP:

Why in news: Marking Constitution Day on November 26, President of India unveiled a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar at the Supreme Court premises in New Delhi.

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What was the Constituent Assembly?

The Constitutional debates

Ambedkar’s arguments:

Why in news: In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday holds a unique and deeply rooted place in the country’s psyche.

About Thanksgiving:

Why in news: A new report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said measles cases in 2022 have increased by 18%, and deaths by 43% globally, compared to 2021.

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What is the Union Health Ministry saying?

About Measles:

Measles in India

What has India done to achieve targets?

Global Burden of measles:

Prevention of measles:

Impact of COVID-19 on the vaccination programme:

Why in news: Recently, Bihar government passed a resolution seeking the grant of special category status (SCS) to Bihar.

Why the demand?

What is a special category status?

Benefits of special category:

Why is Bihar demanding the SCS?

Is Bihar’s demand justified?

Other States demanding SCS:

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