8th January – Tulu Language

According to the 2001 Census, India has 30 languages that are spoken by more than a million people each. Additionally, it has 122 languages that are spoken by at least 10,000 people each. It also has 1,599 languages, most of which are dialects. Constitutional provisions – Article 29 of the Constitution provides that a section …

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8th January – Prelims Booster

Vaikunta Festival Srirangam was soaked in religious fervour as thousands of devotees thronged the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple and offered worship to Namperumal on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi. About Vaikunta Ekadasi Festival – Vaikunta Ekadashi is the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi that occurs during the Dhanu/Margazhi month in the Hindu calendar (December-early January). The Vaishnava (worshippers …

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7th January – Prelims Booster

Challakere to be ISRO’s astronaut training hub India’s world class facility for training astronauts will come up at Challakere, Karnataka, a shrubby, arid and oilseeds town on the Bengaluru-Pune NH4 in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. Details – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed a ₹ 2,700-crore master plan to create top infrastructure that …

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7th January – State of the Forest Report

India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017. For the second successive time since 2007, the biennial State of Forest Report (SFR) recorded a gain — an impressive 1,275 sq km — in dense forest (including Very Dense Forest with a canopy density of over 70%, and Moderately Dense Forest …

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6th January – The Kural and Ethics

The Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar, also known as the Kural is a powerful and compact Tamil text from South India which has survived and thrived over 2,000 years. The Kural deals with three concepts which in Sanskrit relate to dharma, artha and kama. Ethical connection – The matters of statecraft, governance and related topics lie embedded …

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4th January – Minimising the housing divide

Notwithstanding growing disparities of material status in India, there is a framework to mitigate the country’s socioeconomic problems and create a common development platform for rural and urban areas. This is called the Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA). The realisation of PURA’s transformative potential depends on public policies that recognise that its …

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3rd January – FASTags

In line with the government’s digitisation push, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has made FASTags mandatory from 15 January for vehicles using national highways. What is FASTag? It is an electronic toll collection system in India, operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). It employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for …

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