Civil Services Chronicle February 2021

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been nominated as a member on the GAVI Board by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. He will represent India for two years starting from 2021 to 2023. The GAVI Board oversees the operations of the Vaccine Alliance .... Read More
On the Hot Seat

Lloyd Austin Lloyd Austin has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to be the first African-American secretary of defense and head of Pentagon. Suneet Sharma Suneet Sharma has taken over the charge of new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Railway Board (Ministry of Railways). Prior to this, he worked as General Manager, .... Read More
Faces Only in Memory

Jack Steinberger Jack Steinberger was a German-born American physicist noted for his work with neutrinos, the subatomic particles considered to be elementary constituents of matter. He was a recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Leon M. Lederman and Melvin Schwartz, for the discovery of the muon neutrino. .... Read More
States in News

‘Matru Sahyogini Samiti’: MP Initiative to Check Malnutrition The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an order for the appointment of committees called ‘Matru Sahyogini Samiti’ or Mothers’ Cooperation Committees, led by mothers to ensure better monitoring of services delivered at anganwadi or day care centres across the State. These Committees will .... Read More
Places in News

Vanuatu Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation has recently graduated from the official list of Least Developed Countries (LDC), becoming the sixth country to achieve the milestone since the development categorization was created in 1971. Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Muslim University celebrated its centenary recently. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan .... Read More
Tribes/Ethnic Groups in News

Zomi Ethnic Group Manipur's Zomi ethnic group has renewed its demand for the creation of Zoland Territorial Council (ZTC) under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, a self-administered zone on the lines of the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam. Zomi identify themselves as descendants of the Zo, the Tibeto-Burman people that speaks .... Read More

Four Indian Sites won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation India won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation towards its four sites. Award of Excellence/ Special Recognition for Sustainable Development: Sunder Nursery, set amid historical structures at Nizamuddin, has become Delhi’s first heritage complex to receive two UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards .... Read More
New Initiative

Light House Projects under GHTC-India On 1-1-2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Light House Projects (LHPs) under Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC)-India at six sites across six States- Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). The LHPs showcase .... Read More
Science & Technology

EZIE & EUVST: Two Heliophysics Missions The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved two heliophysics missions. Heliophysics is the science of understanding the Sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system, including space weather. Of the two missions, NASA will lead the Electrojet Zeeman .... Read More

DRDO, Indian Navy Conduct Successful Trial of SAHAYAK-NG Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of SAHAYAK-NG - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft of Indian Navy off the coast of Goa. The trial was conducted .... Read More
Ecology & Environment

India's Highest Meteorological Centre Inaugurated at Leh The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has set up India's highest (Located at 3,500 metres above sea level) Meteorological Centre (MC) at Leh. After Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, the Leh centre is the second MC located in the Himalayas. It will provide specialised weather forecasts for traffic .... Read More

Four Film Media Units Merged With NFDC The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of four film media units - Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children's Film Society, India with NFDC (National Film Development Corporation). Book/Author ‘Oh Mizoram’: P S Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Mizoram “Covid-19: Sabhyata .... Read More
World of Awards

‘Champions of the Earth’ award 2020 in the ‘Policy Leadership’ The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama has been awarded the UN's highest environmental honour ‘Champions of the Earth’ award 2020 in the ‘Policy Leadership’ category for his global climate action work and his commitment to climate-responsive national development. Global Teacher Prize Ranjitsinh .... Read More
Significance of BRICS for India in the Global Order

BRICS is an acronym for 5 emerging economies of the world namely – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The term BRIC was coined by Jim O’ Neil, an economist and the then chairman of Goldman Sachs in 2001.The first BRIC summit took place in the year 2009 in .... Read More
Blue Dot Network, ‘Quad Plus’ Arrangement and India’s Options

Recently, a group of the US Senators, in a letter, has asked India to join the Blue Dot Network (BDN). They also backed India’s decision to invite Australia to the annual Malabar naval exercise, which India did. Given the rising anti-China narrative across the globe, the scope for promoting the BDN .... Read More
Geoengineering – A Controversial Solution: Concept and Issues

Climate change, or more aptly, climate chaos, is arguably one of the major challenges of the 21st century, and is often considered an existential threat to humanity. However, recent research suggests that no matter how ambitious our efforts are, current emission trends indicate that it is unlikely we will be .... Read More
Ethical Challenges of Allocating Vaccines in a Pandemic

The year 2021 brings a sense of hope to Indians with India's drugs regulator, Drugs Controller General of India, approving emergency use authorization of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, locally manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech's indigenously manufactured Covaxin. However, a streak of uncertainty is also looming large .... Read More
Indo-US Ties under New US Government: Continuity and Contrast

Indo-US relations over the past two decades have been well ordered with the only wrinkle being in trade and immigration issues. Trade related market access has traditionally been an irritant in the bilateral relationship, immigration issues flared up mainly during the Trump administration. With the change in guard in Washington, .... Read More
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History Of India With Art & Culture (Ancient History)

Day 1 1) Pre-History Pre-History generally refers to a period where there’s no writing or development. In the absence of records, these periods are judged on the basis of artefacts (mostly tools). Pre-history period in India is divided into three different phases based on the tools used by the people. They are – .... Read More
History Of India With Art & Culture (Medieval History)

Day- 7 Tripartite Struggle The tripartite struggle was between Gurjara-Pratihara, Rashtrakuta and Pala dynasties for control over Kannauj and the fertile Gangetic valley. The infighting lasted for 200 years and weakened all of the above empires involved. The Palas of Bengal Gopala was the founder of the Pala dynasty and ruled over .... Read More
History Of India With Art & Culture (Modern History)

Day- 14Consolidation of European Rule - Administrative Measures, Policies etc. Consolidation of British Rule in India Conquest of Bengal (Battle of Plassey and Battle of Plassey) a) Bengal was one of the fertile and wealthy regions of India. The English ascendancy in Bengal proved to be the basis for the expansion of English rule .... Read More
History Of India With Art & Culture (Art & Culture)

Harappan Art and Culture Salient features of Harappan Culture– Town Planning a) Grid System: The Harappan culture was distinguished by its system of town planning on the lines of the grid system – that is streets and lanes cutting across one another almost at right angles thus dividing the city into several rectangular blocks. b) Use .... Read More