- Explained: Why Kailash Range matters (IE) The Kailash Range was the theatre of conflict during the 1962 Chinese offensive, with key battles at Rezang La and Gurung Hill. In 2020, Indian troops secured Kailash Ridge in an operation that took the Chinese by surprise. A look at the strategic importance of the mountain range, and the lessons learnt.
International Relations: GS2
- Nigeria’s OkonjoIweala appointed WTO head (TH) Ms Okonjo-Iweala, 66, was appointed director-general of the World Trade Organization by representatives of the 164 member countries, according to a statement from the body.
- Coal burning responsible for heavy air pollution in India: IEACCC study (DTE) Unabated burning of coal in thermal power stations and a delay in implementation of latest carbon capture storage technology are among major reasons of air pollution in India, according to a recent study.
Science & Technology: GS3
- Explained: What is Sandes, the government’s new Instant Messaging platform? (IE) After security scares, the Ministry of Home Affairs had in April last year issued an advisory to all government employees to avoid using platforms like Zoom for official communication. This was after the Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) had also posted an advisory against Zoom over safety and privacy concerns.
- Explained: Why is India opening up the geo-spatial sector? (IE) Geospatial data is data about objects, events, or phenomena that have a location on the surface of the earth. What is the present policy, and what impact are the new guidelines likely to have?