Civil Services Chronicle August 2021

Prelims IAS Books English 2021
Mains Book for IAS Preparation 2021 - Hindi
Complete GS Preparation for Civil Services Examination-2022
Prelims IAS Books Hindi 2021
Sanskriti IAS
Essay Competition


Topper's Interview


Prelims PCS Books Hindi 2021
Newsmakers

Antonio Guterres The UN Security Council has recommended Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second fiveyear term as chief of the world organisation beginning January 1, 2022. India had supported to Guterres for his candidature as chief of the world body for a second term. Guterres is the first former head of government to .... Read More
Appointments

Ebrahim Raisi The Chief Justice of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as the President of Iran and will assume charge on 3rd August 2021 replacing Hassan Rouhani. Manoj Kumar Senior Indian Administrative Service officer Manoj Kumar Parida was 17th June 2021 appointed as Chairman, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC). NACWC has been .... Read More
Obituary

Kenneth Kaunda Kenneth David Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and a champion of African nationalism who spearheaded the fights to end white minority rule across southern Africa, has died on 17th June 2021. Kaunda came to prominence as a leader of the campaign to end colonial rule of his country, then known as .... Read More
Defence

DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation ‘Agni P’ Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore on June 28, 2021. Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni .... Read More
Survey/Study/Report

Global Peace Index 2021 The Global Peace Index (GPI) 2021 which ranked 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness was released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Australia. India has moved up two places from its previous year’s ranking to become the 135th most peaceful country .... Read More
Places in News

Great Barrier Reef The United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - the world’s biggest coral reef system - beplaced on a list of ‘in danger’ world heritage sites, a move opposed by the Australian government. World heritage sites are global icons and “in danger” .... Read More
Awards

UN Land for Life Award Familial Forestry, an environmental conservation project by Rajasthan's Shyam Sunder Jyani, bagged the prestigious United Nations' Land for Life Award 2021. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) announced the winner on June 17 2021 (World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, observed with the theme “Restoration.Land.Recovery. .... Read More
World of Sports

Athletics Indian Flag-bearers for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh Indian Olympic Association have announced that 6-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom and men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh will be India's flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on 23 July 2021. Closing Ceremony: Bajrang .... Read More
Mains Book for IAS Preparation 2021 - English
G7 Summit & India: Key Takeaways & an Opportunityto expand Ties with West

The G7 is an artifact of a bygone era. In the 1970s, when the G5 was expanded to include Canada and Italy, the new grouping really did dominate the world economy. Japan was booming, and many expected it to catch up to the US; Italy was growing, and nobody was .... Read More
Political and Constitutional Crisis in Nepal

Nepal has seen chaotic political changes in the last three decades. A decade-long armed struggle from 1996 to 2006 pushed the country to the backyard on all aspects of life. During the last 70 years, Nepal has witnessed seven Constitutions. Nepal’s Constitution of 2015 envisaged a ray of hope for .... Read More
The Race to Zero Emissions

A host of countries have recently announced major commitments to significantly cut their carbon emissions, promising to reach "net zero" in the coming years. The term is becoming a global rallying cry, frequently cited as a necessary step to successfully beat back climate change, and the devastation it is causing. The .... Read More
Model Test

Prelims 2021: Questions & Answers Total Questions: 25

1. Consider the following statements with reference to the articles of the Indian Constitution:

  1. Under Article 150, States also get divided into territorial constituencies as per Delimitation Act after every Census.
  2. Article 225 empowers the High Court to make rules regarding proceedings and other matters connected to the High Court.
  3. Article 227 determines that every High Court shall have superintendence over all courts and tribunals throughout the territories in relation to which it exercises jurisdiction (except a court formed under a law related to armed forces).

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
2 and 3
C
1 and 3
D
Only 3
Bill & Acts in News

Places of Worship Act, 1991 The Supreme Court of India has recently asked the Centre to respond to a plea challenging the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. About Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 The law seeks to maintain the “religious character” of places of worship as it was in .... Read More
Important Bodies in News

National Start-Up Advisory Council (NSAC) Recently, 1st meeting of the National Start-Up Advisory Council was held in April 2021. The Union Government has notified the structure of the National Start-Up Advisory Council in January 2020 to advice on measures needed to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and start-ups in the .... Read More
Judiciary & Important Judgements

Maratha Quota Unconstitutional: Supreme Court of India A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court recently struck down the Maharashtra law granting reservation to the Maratha community in admissions and government jobs in the state. The court had framed six questions of law on the issue; it unanimously agreed on three .... Read More
Legislature & Executive

Legislative Council in West Bengal Recently, the West Bengal government approved the setting up of a Legislative Council in the state. It was a promise made by the party in its election manifesto. West Bengal’s Legislative Council was abolished 50 years ago (1969) by a coalition government of Left parties. Currently, six states .... Read More
Governance & Federal Issues

Sixth Schedule Recently, Arunachal Pradesh assembly unanimously passed a resolution for the entire state to be included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. About 6th Schedule of the Constitution Sixth schedule to the Constitution provides power to tribal communities to administer the tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram under the .... Read More
Articles of the Constitution in News

Article 164(3) As the demand for online swearing-in of the new government in Kerala gets louder, jurists say there is no legal infirmity in a government assuming office through online mode. About Article 164(3) The Article 164 (3) of the Constitution states that “before a Minister enters upon his office, the Governor shall .... Read More
International Relations & Bilateral Developments

BRICS Employment Working Group Meeting The 1st BRICS Employment Working Group (EWG) Meeting was held on 11-12 May 2021 in Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, New Delhi in virtual format. India has assumed BRICS Presidency this year. The prime agenda for the discussions were Promoting Social Security Agreements amongst BRICS nations, formalization of .... Read More
Science & Technology (Space Technology)

Humans in Space Policy for India 2021 The Department of Space (DoS), an Indian government department responsible for administration of the Indian space program, as part of a series of new policy initiatives, has prepared a draft “Humans in Space Policy for India 2021 and released it for public suggestions. The Department .... Read More
Science & Technology ( Defence Technology)

Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) Recently, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully demonstrated the hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. About HSTDV The Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) is .... Read More
Science & Technology (Biotechnology)

Genome Sequencing IndiGen, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR) resource, was completed in six months, and the results were recently published. About IndiGen Programme It aims to undertake whole genome sequencing of a thousand Indian individuals representing diverse ethnic groups from India. It is funded by the CSIR India (autonomous body). .... Read More
Science & Technology (Other Major Developments)

National Strategy on Blockchain The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has prepared a draft framework for the use of blockchain technology in government services and intends to use it in the areas of property record keeping, digital certificates, power distribution, health records, as well as supply chain management. About Draft .... Read More
History/ Art & Culture (Personalities in News)

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur (350th Anniversary) The Prime Minister recently paid tribute to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Ji on his 350th Jayanti. About Banda Singh Bahadur Banda Bahadur was born in October 1670 in a Rajput family doing farming in village Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. He was named Lachman Dev. At age 15, .... Read More
History/ Art & Culture (Sculpture & Architecture)

Ancient Buddhist Monastery The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a Buddhist monastery, believed to be at least 900 years old, buried under a mound in a village situated in a hilly area of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. The finding comes after discovery of an ancient Buddhist shrine recently, buried under .... Read More
History/ Art & Culture (Painting & Other Art Forms)

Cave Paintings Recently, World’s oldest known cave painting (painted at least 45,500 years ago) was found in the limestone cave of Leang Tedongnge, Indonesia. Cave or rock paintings are paintings painted on cave or rock walls and ceilings. They have been found in Europe, Africa, Australia and Southeast Asia. More on Discovered Cave .... Read More
History/ Art & Culture (Historical Events)

Gurudwara Reform Movement On February 21, 2021, the centenary of Sri Nankana Sahib massacre, popularly known as Saka Nankana Sahib was observed. About Saka Nankana Sahib The Nankana massacre (or Saka Nankana) took place in Nankana Sahib gurdwara on 20 February 1921, at that time a part of the British India but today .... Read More
History/ Art & Culture (Global Initiatives to Conserve Cultural Heritage)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Recently, six Indian places have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage sites. The submissions were made by Archaeological Survey of India, which is responsible for the conservation and preservation of Indian monuments. The Six New Indian Places/Sites Satpura .... Read More
History/ Art & Culture (Miscellaneous)

GI Tags Recently, GI tags were awarded to multiple products. Recently Awarded GI Tags Kashmir Saffron (Jammu & Kashmir) It is cultivated in Karewas (highlands) of Jammu & Kashmir. It is only saffron in world grown at an altitude of 1,600 m to 1,800 m. In ancient Sanskrit literature, saffron is referred to as .... Read More