- When the Indian Ocean’s ancient climate patterns return(TH) By studying microscopic zooplankton called foraminifera, the team had published a paper in 2019 which first found evidence from the past of an Indian Ocean El Niño. Foraminifera build a calcium carbonate shell, and studying these can tell us about the properties of the water in which they lived.
- SC dismisses review petitions challenging verdict on adultery(TH) The original judgment was by a Constitution Bench led by then chief justice Dipak Misra who found that Section 497 (adultery) of the Indian Penal Code cannot “command” married couples to remain loyal to each other for the fear of penal punishment.
- World Bank approves $500 mn education project for six states(Mint) The project will be implemented through the flagship central scheme of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
GS2 : International Relations
- On the warpath against terror financing(TH) The FATF is not a part of the UN system, but it functions out of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development headquarters in Paris, since it was started in 1989 after a decision by members of the G-7 and the European Commission.
- In border claims, reimagining South Asia’s boundaries(TH) One of the major problems of South Asian politics is that it has to flow from within a state-centric paradigm. State-centrism, within the assumption of a South Asia, has given the state structure the propriety to be the sole arbiter of disputes, if any, among communities and regions falling within the territorial limits of nation states.
- Russia agrees to speed up defence deals(TH) India has been asking Russia to speed up deliveries of the S-400 long range air defence system in addition to spares and support for military hardware.
- Centre unveils new rules to regulate exotic animal trade(TH) Under the new rules, owners and possessors of such animals and birds must also register their stock with the Chief Wildlife Warden of their States.
- Rise in carbon emission may lead to more extreme rainfall events in Chennai(PIB) The researchers say that high carbon emissions provide more favourable environment for extreme rainfall events in the Chennai region.
GS3: Science & Technology
- Black hole merges with unusual compact object(TH) The LIGO Scientific and VIRGO Collaborations (LSC) have detected an unusual compact object whose mass falls in between that of a typical black hole and a neutron star.
- Explained: Why India’s crude oil production has been falling(IE) According to experts, this is because of long delays in the operationalisation of production even after an oil block is allotted due to delays in approvals.
- “Statistics Day” to be celebrated on 29th June, 2020(PIB) It has been designated as one of the Special Days to be celebrated at the national level and is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis, on 29thJune, in recognition of his invaluable contribution in establishing the National Statistical System.