GS2: Polity & Governance

BJP cornered 78% of donations to parties(TH) BJP got ₹742 crores out of ₹951 crores, says ADR analysis of contributions of over ₹20,000 in 2018-19


GS2: Social issues

Explained: Coronavirus in 47 countries, but is it a pandemic yet? (IE) The novel coronavirus disease that emerged in Wuhan, China, in the final days of last year, is now in at least 47 countries around the world, spanning every continent except Antarctica. More than 82,000 people have been infected, and over 2,800 are dead.


GS2: International Relations

Explained: Reading the Trump visit (IE) America’s support was critical in fending off the Pakistani effort to get the UNSC to discuss Kashmir after India changed the constitutional status of the state last August. It was also crucial in sustaining the pressure on Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

India-Myanmar According to the joint statement, the two sides will start a coordinated bus service between Imphal and Mandalay on April 7. Bus operators on both sides have already signed the agreement.


GS3: Security

What should India’s joint command structure look like? The Chief of Defence Staff must spell out India’s strategic interests as part of a vision document


GS3: Science and Technology

A browning east (TH) Climate change impact warnings for the Eastern Ghats underscore the need for forest protection

What is a mini-moon? (IE) he mass — roughly 1.9-3.5 meters in diameter — was observed by researchers Kacper Wierzchos and Teddy Pruyne at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on the night of February 15. “BIG NEWS. Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3,” likely to be a C-type asteroid, Wierzchos tweeted on Wednesday.

Prelims Corner

1. Appointment and Transfer of HC judges - War of words over HC judge’s transfer (TH) The late Wednesday notification of the Law Ministry, notifying the transfer of Justice S. Muralidhar from the Delhi High Court to the Punjab and Haryana Court.

2. National Science Day 2020  NSD is celebrated every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’. The government of India designated 28 February as National Science Day (NSD) in 1986.  On this day, Sir C.V. Raman announced the discovery of the 'Raman Effect' for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. On this occasion, theme-based science communication activities are carried out all over the country.

3. Leap Year - Why it’s a leap year, and why our great-grandparents skipped one of them(IE) To be more precise than earlier, Earth completes one orbit in 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. However, with three years of 365 days and one leap year of 366 days, the average length of a year in the Julian calendar was 365 days and 6 hours. This was longer, if ever slightly so than 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.

4. HENNEGUYA SALMINICOLA -  Other organisms such as fungi and amoebas that are found in anaerobic environments lost the ability to breathe over time. The new study shows that the same can happen in the case of animals, too