GS2: Polity    

  • What is plea bargaining and how does it work?(TH) The Law Commission of India, in its 142nd Report, mooted the idea of “concessional treatment” of those who plead guilty on their own volition, but was careful to underscore that it would not involve any plea bargaining or “haggling” with the prosecution.

GS2: International Relations     

GS3: Environment       

  • Mobile app KURMA helps save turtles in India(TH)  On May 23, 2020, World Turtle Day, a mobile-based application called KURMA was launched. The application, developed by the Indian Turtle Conservation Action Network (ITCAN) in collaboration with the Turtle Survival Alliance-India and Wildlife Conservation Society-India, not only provides users a database to identify a species but also provides the location of the nearest rescue centre for turtles across the country.

GS3: Disaster Management        

  • Govt. opens up NDRF for individual donations(TH) The SDRF is the primary fund available with State governments to meet the expenses of relief operations of an immediate nature, for a range of specified disasters. The Centre contributes 75% of the SDRF allocation for general category States and Union Territories, and 90% for special category States (northeast States, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir).

GS3: Science & Technology        

  • Psoriasis drug in COVID-19 therapy(TH)  Monoclonal antibodies are proteins cloned in the lab to mimic antibodies produced by the immune system to counter an infection. They have their genesis in serum, the colourless constituent of blood that contains antibodies.

GS3: Internal Security      

  • Explained: What is BlackRock Android malware and are you vulnerable?(IE) BlackRock works like most Android malware. Once installed on a phone, it monitors the targeted app. When the user enters the login and/or credit card details, the malware sends the information to a server. BlackRock uses the phone’s Accessibility feature, and then uses an Android DPC (device policy controller) to provide access to other permissions.