Topic 1: Access Now Report on internet shutdowns

Context: India has had the most internet shutdowns for five years in a row now, recording almost half of all shutdowns globally in 2022, found a report.

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Topic 2: The Great Pyramid of Giza

Context: A hidden corridor has been unearthed by scientists close to the main entrance of the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza.

About the Pyramid:

Topic 3: Pegasus

Context: In his recent lecture at Cambridge University, Congress leader alleged that the Israeli-made spyware Pegasus had been used to snoop on him.

About Pegasus

The aftermath in India:

What do Indian laws outline?

Topic 4: Forest Certification in India

What is forest certification?

Standards of forest certification:

Forest certification in India

India-specific standards

Topic 5: World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2023 report

Context: The laws affecting the Indian working woman’s pay and pension do not provide for equality with Indian men, dragging India’s score in a World Bank index on the life cycle of a working woman down to 74.4.

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Indian reforms according the report

Topic 6: Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission

Context: The World Bank is lending up to $1 billion to help India with preparedness for future pandemics as well as to strengthen its health infrastructure.

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Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission

  1. The Central Sector components will be implemented by the central agenciessubordinate officesautonomous bodies under the Department of Health & Family Welfare and the Department of Health Research, by following the existing procedure.

Need for Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission

Way forward:

World BankThe World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low- and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.The World Bank includes two institutions of the World Bank Group –the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) andInternational Development Association (IDA).It was established along with the International Monetary Fund at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference.The World Bank Group consists of:International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)International Development Association (IDA)International Finance Corporation (IFC)Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) 

Topic 7: Qualified Stock Brokers

Context: The National Stock Exchange (NSE) issued a list of 15 designated Qualified Stock Brokers (QSBs).

Who are Qualified Stock Brokers?

Topic 8: ADIP Scheme

Context: The Prime Minister of India has hailed the impact of Cochlear Implant Scheme where children up to the age of 5 years are operated free of cost.

What is a cochlear implant?

Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP Scheme)

Topic 9: Samarth Scheme

Context: It was informed in the parliament that 1.50 lakh persons were imparted skill (70% employed) under the Scheme.

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Topic 10: Yellowstone National Park

Context: Yellowstone National Park, which celebrated its 151st anniversary, is widely considered to be the first national park in the world.

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