GS1: Art & Culture

COVID­19: Odisha cancels annual Chaitra Jatra festival (TH) Tara Tarini Development Board has decided not to allow any gathering or mass feast at the foothill


GS2: Polity & Governance

Labour Ministry yet to spend ₹2,053.59 cr. of 2019­-20 Budget (TH) ‘Utilisation percentage has been 70% and above in most schemes, while NCS recorded a low of 60.88%’

Reforming power to serve people(TH) Political parties in India pursue power without adequate transparency and accountability

SC approves Kerala slotting projects in orange category (TH) Declines to interfere in appeal filed by CREDAI against NGT


GS2: International Relations

Explained: Reading the criticism from Iran (IE) Iran has criticised India on the Delhi riots. It had also reacted to the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition and the 2002 riots, but its strong words now have caught notice. A look at the bilateral history and global context

A dam of contention in Africa (TH) International mediation over GERD is no substitute for regional cooperation

Modi calls for SAARC emergency fund  Proposal from the South Asian leaders came days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) floated the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund with the help of corporate bodies, foundations and the UN Foundation. 


GS3: Disaster

Explained: What is a notified disaster and how is the SDRF used (IE) The SDRF is constituted under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and is the primary fund available with state governments for responses to notified disasters.


GS3: Science & Tech

Herd immunity: Why Britain wants 60% of its population to contract COVID-19 (IE) Herd immunity is when a large number of people are vaccinated against a disease, lowering the chances of others being infected by it.

How does soap use help in tackling COVID-19? Viruses such as coronavirus, influenza-causing viruses, Ebola, Zika have their genetic material encased in a layer of fat called the lipid envelop.

TIFR study reveals role of glucose in regulating liver functions, ageing Study shows both over-activation and under-activation of longevity factor SIRT1 can lead to diseases.


GS3: Climate Change

Heat stress may impact over 1.2 billion people annually by 2100: study Heat stress is caused by the body's inability to cool down properly through sweating. Body temperature can rise rapidly, and high temperatures may damage the brain and other vital organs. Heat stress ranges from milder conditions like heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion, the most common type. Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, can kill or cause permanent disability without emergency treatment, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


GS4: Ethics and integrity

Book on Vivekananda launched (TH) Sri Ramakrishna Math President Swami Gautamananda on Sunday launched a book titled ‘The Monk who took India to the World’ on Swami Vivekanand