Topic 1 : New Species and New Records 2023

Context: Recently, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) published Animal Discoveries – New Species and New Records 2023.

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Context: The Lansdowne Cantonment Board has decided to rename the quaint hill station in Uttarakhand as Jaswantgarh after the 1962 war hero Rifleman Jaswant Singh, Maha Vir Chakra.

About Lord Lansdowne

Rifleman Jaswant Singh

Context: India and France participated in Maritime Partnership Exercise, recently.

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Topic 4 : Article 370

Context: The Supreme Court is set to hear a batch of nearly 23 petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution, which had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

About Article 370 and its consequences:

Provisions of Article 370

Terms included in the IoA for Kashmir

Enactment of Article 370:

Deletion of Article 370

Significance for the Indian Union

Article 35A

Arguments in favour of Abrogation of Article 370

Arguments against the repeal of Article 370


   Arguments in favour of Article 370Arguments against Article 370
1. Special status and autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir1. Hinders integration of J&K with the rest of India
2. Protection of land and property rights of permanent residents2. Hinders economic development and investment
3. Right to enact their own laws and regulations3. Hinders the application of central laws in J&K
4. Control over their own education system4. Hinders the application of central schemes and programs in J&K
5. Exemption from the Right to Education Act5. Hinders access to quality education for children in J&K
6. Exclusive control over their own resources6. Hinders the application of central policies for resource management
7. Right to fly their own flag7. Hinders the national unity and identity of India
8. Protection of their unique cultural identity8. Hinders social integration and national unity
9. Local government control over land and resources9. Hinders the application of uniform laws in J&K
10. Right to determine permanent residency in J&K10. Hinders free movement of people and opportunities for employment



Context: Under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) to celebrate Ashadha Purnima at National Museum tomorrow

About Ashadha Purnima:

About International Buddhist Confederation:

Topic 6 : Maize Cultivation in India

Context: The sowing of kharif maize is currently ongoing in Punjab, but no major increase is expected in the area under the crop.

About Maize

Maize in India:

How will cultivating maize during the kharif season improve the current situation?

Challenges in expanding maize area under cultivation:

Way forward:

Context: Govt launches scheme for shelter, aid to pregnant minor rape victims

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Context: Scientists from Bangladesh and Mauritius embarked onboard India’s research vessel ‘Sagar Nidhi’ to participate in the joint ocean expedition spanning nearly 35 days.

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