- "In major thrust to indigenous games, Sports Ministry includes Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba in Khelo India Youth Games 2021 (PIB)" The four selected games represent different parts of the country. Kalaripayattu has its origin from Kerala and has practitioners all over the world; Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal being one. Mallakhamba, meanwhile, has been well-known across India and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been the hotspots of this sport. Gatka originates from the State of Punjab and this traditional fighting style of the Nihang Sikh Warriors is used both as self-defense as well as a sport. Thang-Ta, a Manipur marital art has passed into oblivion in the recent decades, but the sport will get national recognition again with the help of the Khelo India Youth Games 2021.
- ‘Any exploitation of Sentinel Island will wipe out tribals’(TH) Anthropological Survey of India policy document warns of threat to endangered group from commercial activity
GS2: International Relations
- India, U.S. mull over unfinished work (TH) Despite progress in defence ties, deals in trade, sanctions, nuclear energy hang fire
- Improve APMCs, not close them, says AIKMS (TH) The document argued that the diesel cost had been raised tremendously by the present government.
- An Expert Explains: Road to India’s economic recovery from the pandemic (IE) Like kasturi mrig, we are roaming the world searching for money, but are ignorant of money that lies among us. In the last two decades, we have spent $373 billion for net imports of gold. Smuggled gold and jewellery worn by travellers will take that amount beyond $500 billion.
GS3: Internal Security
- India to bring more nations into coastal radar network (TH) Efforts are in advanced stages to set up coastal radar stations in Maldives, Myanmar and Bangladesh
GS3: Science & Technology
- Explained: What is the ‘Christmas Star’ conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter and how can you see it? (IE) After nearly 400 years, Saturn and Jupiter – the two largest planets in our solar system – will be brought closest in the night sky by an astronomical event called the “great conjunction” and popularly referred to as the “Christmas Star”. On December 21, almost all the viewers across the world will be able to see the two gas giants very close to each other, while they will still be hundreds of millions of miles apart in space.