GS1: Art & Culture

Rongali Bihu artists decry order on cheque payments (TH) Assam's Goods and Services Tax authority has asked the Bihu committees across Assam to make all transactions, including payments

Explained: How Swami Vivekananda became the ‘messenger of Indian wisdom’ to the West (IE) Vivekananda was born in Kolkata on January 12, 1863, as Narendra Nath ... Vivekananda became the 'messenger of Indian wisdom' to West

Villagers give up stone-throwing ritual at Buddhist site (TH) Indian villagers riot over ban on the stone-throwing festival. Indian villagers rioted after police tried to enforce a ban on a bizarre annual stone-throwing ritual which often leaves people dead or

GS2: Governance

Kerala luxury apartments razed using controlled blasts (TH) The court had even ensured the personal presence of Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose for

Explained: What are CRZ rules, which the demolished Maradu flats violated (IE) In India, the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Rules govern human and industrial

Lessons from Maradu (TH)The four high-rise luxury apartment complexes in Maradu municipality in Kochi, which violated Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notifications

No ‘wordplay’ in health insurance policies: IRDAI (TH) Health insurance policy clauses, at least a clutch that is common, will soon be easier to comprehend,

Explained: NASA’s Artemis mission and the Indian American in its new astronaut cohort (IE) Explained: NASA's Artemis mission and the Indian American in its new ... Indian American Raja Chari is among 11 new astronauts who joined

Tripura HC says social media posting a fundamental right (TH) In a landmark order, the High Court of Tripura ordered the police to refrain from prosecuting a man who was earlier arrested over a social media post. Chief Justice Akil Kureshi also barred the police from making any further arrest in connection with the case.

CCI to get more teeth to regulate tech M&As (Mint)  Deal size is likely to become part of CCI's criteria for vetting global M&As that have relevance to the Indian market

Matter of interpretation (TH) Overall crime rate in India in 2018 increased marginally since 2016

The warp and weft of religious liberty (TH) In expounding the scope and extent of freedom of religion, the Supreme Court faces a difficult question of balance.

Private property is a fundamental right, says SC (TH) Private property is a fundamental right: Supreme Court ... then claim ownership of the land in the name of 'adverse possession', the court said

India’s under-5 girls face high mortality (TH) India's under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys, unlike global

GS3: Security

India amends rules for U.S. airlines (TH) In an effort to resolve a persistent concern of the U.S., India will make exceptions for American airlines on its ground handling regulations.

GS3: Environment

Rajasthan to get first biotech park soon (TH) Rajasthan will shortly get its first biotechnology park and an incubation center, for which a memorandum of understanding will be signed

Why are bushfires raging in Australia? (TH) The story so far: Australia's bushfires have razed more than 10.3 million hectares (103,300 sq km) of land — roughly the size of South Korea

Species-rich forests offer stable carbon capture (TH) Teak, eucalyptus plantations had 43% and 55% less carbon storage than natural forests, respectively.

India should lead in the fight against multidrug-resistant pathogens (TH) India is already the major vaccine provider for children across the world

Kaziranga has one of the highest number of wetland birds (TH) Kaziranga, home of the world's most one-horned rhinos, has 96 species of wetland birds — one of the highest for wildlife preserves in India.

Crocodile population on the rise in Odisha’s Ghodahada reservoir (TH) Twenty-one mugger crocodiles live in ten village ponds adjoining Ghodahada reservoir of Odisha’s Ganjam district that houses 44 of these reptiles.​

GS3: Science and Technology

LCA Navy variant successfully lands on INS Vikramaditya (TH) The Naval variant of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk1 ... LCA Navy did an arrested landing on INS Vikramaditya successfully

The Developmental Naval LCA Achieves Major Technological Milestone (PIB)  The Developmental Naval LCA Achieves Major Technological Milestone. The developmental LCA (N) MK1 achieved an important milestone.

New method better estimates melting of debris-covered Himalayan glaciers (TH) Their new method gives a better estimate of the glacier's melting than existing ones

Explained: What is H9N2, which has infected Indian children? (IE) The child had fever, cough, breathlessness, and difficulty in feeding for two days after illness onset on January 31, 2019,

GS3: Infrastructure

Explained: The significance of the Kolkata port, renamed by PM Modi (IE) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (January 12) renamed the Kolkata Port Trust after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr. Syama Prasad.