GS1: Social Issues 

  • Global Hunger Index: Why is India trailing? (DTE) The target is to launch the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme within a year. Once the point-of-sale machines are made available at all the public distribution system (PDS) shops across the country, the scheme will be launched, which will help people, especially migrant workers, avail the benefits.”

GS2: International Relations   

GS3: Economy

 GS3: Environment    

  • Explained: As pollution peaks in Delhi, a look at pollutants you should be worried of (IE) Delhi woke up to high levels of air pollution on Friday as air quality index (AQI) slipped into ‘very poor’ category while some parts of the city saw AQI turn ‘severe’. As of 2pm, the overall AQI was 370 and eight out of 36 monitoring stations were in the ‘severe’ category, with most severely affected areas being North Delhi’s Alipur and Wazirpur, and Central Delhi’s Shadipur, which had AQI between 435 and 447.
  • Government committed to landscape restoration for snow leopard habitat conservation (PIB) In India, their geographical range encompasses a large part of the western Himalayas including the states and UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Protecting the snow leopard and its habitat ensures protection of the major Himalayan rivers that support the teeming millions downstream. It also ensures that the ecological balance is maintained in these fragile ecosystems.
  • International Snow Leopard Day: Of snow leopards and domestic dogs (DTE).By scavenging for food on garbage dumps, they are concomitant to anthropogenic activities, and their populations have seen explosive growth. Subsidised by waste in human habitations, they range widely in packs into wildlife areas and harass and hunt wild animals and birds.
  • Sustainable Processing of Municipal Solid Waste: ‘Waste to Wealth’(PIB) The plasma gasification process uses electricity to generate high temperature plasma arc (above 3000°C) inside the plasma reactor which converts the waste into syngas. The produced syngas when passed through a series of gas purification system comprising of catalytic converter, redox reactor, cyclone separator, scrubber and condenser is ready for use in gas engines for generation of electricity.The residual ash can bemixed with cement for preparation of recycled bricks for usage in construction. Thus, Science helps in the creation of ‘Wealth from Waste’.