GS1: Art & Culture

Explained: Mud packs and other remedies to save the Taj from pollution Mud packs have been one of the ASI’s favored ways to remove the yellow stains that have appeared over the years on the Taj Mahal’s white marble facade. It is hoped that the treatment — traditionally employed to clean marble surfaces — will help restore the natural shine and color of the monument.

GS2: Governance

The unassailable keywords for the judiciary (TH) India’s judges must remind themselves constantly of the need to uphold an independent, strong and respected judiciary

The issues around data localization (TH) The contentious clauses on local data storage in the revised Personal Data Protection Bill need re-examination

Income scheme to cover fewer farmers (TH) Kisan Samman Nidhi will cover only 12 crore people; Centre urges West Bengal to join scheme and Bihar to expedite the process.


GS3: Science and Technology

Explained: What is biojet fuel (IE) On December 17, 2018, ASTE pilots and engineers flew India’s first military flight using blended bio-jet fuel on the An-32 transport aircraft.


Prelims Corner

UNESCO WHS of Hampi - ASI planning barricade around famed stone chariot at Hampi(TH) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is contemplating installing a wooden barricade around the stone chariot inside Vittala Temple complex

Central Wakf Council The size of a mosque and the area it would occupy in the site is yet to be decided

 G20 The Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank heads faced a sober presentation by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which predicted the epidemic would shave 0.1 percentage points off global growth.
Blue Dot Network The Blue Dot network is “a multi-stakeholder initiative to bring together governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote high-quality, trusted standards for global infrastructure development”, sources said.