- Hotter oceans spawn super cyclones(TH) Record temperatures in the Bay of Bengal have set the stage for storm systems
- 6 Cities rated 5 Star, 65 Cities rated 3 Star and 70 Cities rated 1 Star(PIB) The protocol has been devised in a holistic manner including components such as cleanliness of drains & water bodies, plastic waste management, managing construction & demolition waste, etc. which are critical drivers for achieving garbage free cities. While the key thrust of this protocol is on SWM, it also takes care of ensuring certain minimum standards of sanitation through a set of prerequisites defined in the framework.
GS2: International Relations
- Behind new incidents, a changed dynamic along IndiaChina border(TH) India has upgraded its infrastructure, letting troops beef up patrol in areas where China has established a more frequent presence.
- Explained: The ‘travel bubble’ idea that many are pinning hopes on(IE) In the Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania travel bubble, residents would be able to travel freely by rail, air, and sea without quarantine measures.
- Agri reform creates a level playing field for the farmer(Mint) The Centre has for long been asking states to facilitate agricultural produce market committee (APMC) reforms to give better market access and prices to farmers.
- End of a monopoly(IE) Initiative for APMC reforms should have come from states. But it is welcome that Centre is now taking the lead.
- Financing the stimulus(IE) Governments across the world resort to privatisation to fill budgetary gaps. But revenue from privatisation is a one-off benefit and generally, only profit-making units are sold at a good price.
GS3: Science & Technology
- TB vaccine as anti-Covid candidate: what ICMR will study in BCG trial(IE) India, like many other Asian, African, and Latin American countries, has a current national BCG vaccination policy for all at birth.