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Desk of Contents:

GS Paper 2:

1. Discount of Baby Mortality


GS Paper3:

1. Indian Agri-Tech


Content material for Mains Enrichment (Essay/Ethics)

1. Productiveness Paranoia

2. World Rivers Day


Details for Prelims:

1. Superior Dvorak Method (ADT)

2. Nutri-gardens

3. G4 nations spotlight ‘pressing want’ for reform in U.N. Safety Council

4. Quad nations signal Settlement

5. Lancet Fee criticizes WHO for appearing ‘too slowly

6. Particular Help to States for Capital Funding

7. Algal biofuels


9. Swarm drone competitors for start-ups

10. Mapping


Discount of Baby Mortality

GS Paper 2

Syllabus: Social Justice/Governance/ Well being


Supply: PIB

 Course: No want to recollect the information. Observe the pattern and know the fundamental definitions of phrases.

 Context: As per the just lately launched Pattern Registration System (SRS) Statistical Report 2020, India has witnessed a progressive discount in IMR, U5MR and NMR since 2014.

  • The report is launched by the Registrar Basic of India (RGI)
INDICATOR SRS 2014 SRS 2019 SRS 2020
Crude Delivery Price (CBR) 21.0 19.7 19.5
Whole Fertility Price 2.3 2.1 2.0
Early Neonatal Mortality Price (ENMR) – 0- 7 days 20 16 15
Neonatal Mortality Price (NMR) 26 22 20
Toddler Mortality Price (IMR) 39 30 28
Underneath 5 Mortality Price (U5MR) 45 35 32


Different findings:

  • Six (6) States/ UT have already attained the SDG goal of NMR (<=12 by 2030):  Kerala (4), Delhi (9), Tamil Nadu (9), Maharashtra (11), Jammu & Kashmir (12) and Punjab (12).
  • Eleven (11) States/UT has already attained the SDGs goal of U5MR (<=25 by 2030)
  • U5MR for females is greater (33) than for males (31).



Fundamental Phrases:

  • Crude Delivery price: It’s expressed as births per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • The overall Fertility Price is the typical variety of kids a lady would bear at her reproductive age.
    • The present fertility price for India in 2022 is 2.159 births per lady, a 0.92% decline from 2021
  • Neonatal deaths (deaths throughout the first 28 days of lifetime of an toddler)
  • U5MR: The mortality price of youngsters aged beneath 5 years
  • The toddler mortality Price is the variety of deaths of youngsters beneath one yr of age per 1000 dwell births.


About SRS 

  • The SRS is a demographic survey for offering annual estimates of IMR, BR, DR and different fertility on the nationwide and sub-national ranges. It was began in 1964-65 by the Registrar Basic of India.


About RGI 

  • It was based in 1961 by the Authorities of India beneath the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs.
  • It conducts and analyses the outcomes of the demographic surveys (together with the Census of India and the Linguistic Survey of India).


SDG Goal 3| Well being:

  • By 2030, finish preventable deaths of newborns and kids beneath 5 years of age
  • Purpose: To scale back neonatal mortality and beneath5 mortality


Insta Hyperlinks:

SDG Report 2022

Baby mortality


Mains Hyperlinks:

Q. Apart from being an ethical crucial of the Welfare State, main well being construction is a obligatory precondition for sustainable improvement.” Analyze. (UPSC 2021)


Prelims Hyperlinks:

  • IMR
  • U5MR
  • NMR
  • Registrar Basic of India

Take into account the next statements: (UPSC CSE 2016)

  1. The Sustainable Growth Objectives had been first proposed in 1972 by a worldwide suppose tank referred to as the ‘Membership of Rome’.
  2. The Sustainable Growth Objectives need to be achieved by 2030.

Which of the statements given above is/are appropriate?

a. 1 solely

b. 2 solely

c. Each 1 and a couple of

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (b)


  • Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs) had been born on the United Nations Convention on Sustainable Growth in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
  • The Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs) had been adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 to finish poverty, cut back inequality and construct extra peaceable, affluent societies by 2030.

Indian Agri-Tech

GS Paper 3

Syllabus: Agriculture: transport and advertising and marketing of agricultural produce


Context: FSG, a worldwide consulting agency, has launched the Agritech Report 2022, “What’s subsequent for Indian agri-tech


Agricultural expertise, or agri-tech, is using expertise in agriculture based mostly on agricultural science, agronomy, and agricultural engineering.

  • It goals to enhance yield, effectivity, profitability, and sustainability of agricultural operations.

Key takeaways from the report:

  • Agri-tech startups are driving India’s agri-tech improvements and funding story with vital non-public fairness inflows.
  • Areas of focus: Market linkages, agri-fintech, farm administration software program, distant sensing and advisory, and farm automation.
  • Expertise has irreversibly disrupted the standard agricultural worth chain – from how farmers entry info and inputs to how they develop and promote their produce.

As per Agricultural consultants, Ashok Gulati: Agritech startups can steer the shift from government-controlled agricultural markets in the direction of extra demand-driven digital markets.

Presently, it’s estimated that there are about 600 to 700 agri-tech startups in India working at totally different ranges of agri-value chains.

  • A lot of them use synthetic intelligence (AI), machine studying (ML), web of issues (IoT), and many others, to unlock the potential of huge knowledge for better useful resource use effectivity, transparency and inclusiveness.
  • g. Ninjacart, Dehaat, and Crofarm (Otipy)

Affect of Agri-tech startups:

  • Ninjacart diminished wastage to 4 per cent in comparison with as much as 25 per cent in conventional chains by means of a demand-driven harvest schedule.
  • Dehaat has enabled as much as 50 per cent enhance in farmers’ revenue on account of financial savings in enter prices, elevated farm productiveness, and higher value discovery.

Function of expertise in agrarian modifications:

Different examples of using expertise in agriculture:

  • Seed high quality enhancing
    • Excessive-yielding varieties and genetically engineered seeds (BT Cotton) result in environment friendly use of pesticides, water, and many others and may enhance yields.
  • Effectivity in farm inputs:
    • Water: drip irrigation expertise, use of sensors for moisture management, sprinklers for irrigation.
    • Fertilizers and pesticides: fertilizer sensors, drones for spraying pesticides
    • Environment friendly enter knowledge: Kisan suvidha portal, M-Kisan
    • Electrical energy: Photo voltaic-powered water pumps.
    • Labour: Mechanization of harvest led to improved labour productiveness.


  • Harvest administration:
    • PUSA Biodecomposer- for coping with stubble/crop residue
    • Agricultural waste is used as enter for bioethical manufacturing.


Insta Hyperlinks

E-Expertise in support of farmers

Mains Hyperlink

Q. Focus on the position of expertise in agrarian change in India. (10M)

Prelims Hyperlink

With respect to Agriculture in India, which of the next statements is wrong


a) Agriculture Infrastructure Fund presents long-term monetary help for constructing infrastructure for the post-harvest stage.

b) India is the highest producer of milk, spices, tea, jute, and rice.

c) The target of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) is to complement agriculture, modernize processing and reduce Agri-Waste.

d)Agriculture’s contribution to the gross home product (GDP) has diminished to lower than 20 per cent.


Reply: B

The share of agriculture in GDP elevated to 19.9 per cent in 2020-21 from 17.8 per cent in 2019-20. The final time the contribution of the agriculture sector to GDP was at 20 per cent was in 2003-04.

China is the highest producer of Tea and Rice. India comes 2nd.


Content material for Mains Enrichment (Essay/Ethics)

Productiveness Paranoia

 Supply: LiveMint

Microsoft chief government officer Satya Nadella has coined a recent time period referred to as ‘Productiveness Paranoia’. It occurs when leaders suppose their workers aren’t productive, whereas workers suppose they’re being productive and in lots of instances even really feel burnt out.

Managers’ fears about idle employees are creating what Microsoft Chief Government Officer Satya Nadella calls “productiveness paranoia,” with undesirable outcomes—like spying on workers.


World Rivers Day

 Supply: DTE

World Rivers Day is well known on the fourth Sunday of September yearly to extend public consciousness about rivers and to encourage their conservation. The day celebrates Earth’s waterways, wherein over 60 nations take part yearly.

 Case Examine:

neha Shahi a scholar who cleaned the Vadodara stream highlighted the significance of a bottoms-up strategy for cleansing rivers and rejuvenating them.

Again in 2019, Sneha Shahi, then a scholar on the Maharaja Sayajirao College of Baroda in Vadodara, Gujarat, led a staff of scholars and volunteers to clear the Bhukhi, a pure stream that had was a sewer. Her efforts enabled wildlife reminiscent of crocodiles, turtles, fish and birds to return to the Bhukhi.


Based on her engaged on a smaller water physique could be extra logical and possible as a result of these feed into the principle river.



Details for Prelims

 Superior Dvorak Method (ADT)

Supply: Indian Categorical

Context: Lately, American meteorologist Vernon Dvorak, credited with having developed ADT within the Seventies,  handed away on the age of 100.

 What’s ADT?

The Superior Dvorak Method (ADT) makes use of longwave-infrared, temperature measurements from geostationary satellites to estimate tropical cyclone (TC) depth. 

  • Throughout day time, photos within the seen spectrum had been used whereas at evening, the ocean could be noticed utilizing infrared photos.


The Dvorak method mentioned to be one of many biggest meteorological improvements, has undergone a number of developments since its inception. The present estimation methodology relies on it. It has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals internationally.



Supply: PIB

Context:  Poshan Vatikas or Nutri- gardens are being arrange throughout the nation to supply simple and reasonably priced entry  to fruits, greens, medicinal vegetation and herbs

What’s Nutri-garden?

Nutri-garden is a sophisticated type of kitchen backyard wherein vegetables and fruit are grown as a supply of meals and revenue.

With a view to present the proper of nourishment, Poshan Vatikas or Nutri-gardens are being set beneath POSHAN Abhiyaan. It’s going to present simple and reasonably priced entry to regionally produced fruits, greens, medicinal vegetation and herbs to ladies and kids.


  • Improve dietary variety by offering key micronutrients by means of native vegetables and fruit.
  • It’s going to cut back exterior dependency and make communities Atmanirbharfor his or her dietary safety.

 POSHAN Abhiyaan

Launched in 2018, POSHAN Abhiyaan goals to enhance dietary outcomes for youngsters, adolescents, pregnant ladies & lactating moms.

  • It’s half of Mission Poshan 2.0

Poshan Maah” is well known through the month of September 2022. By way of Jan Andolan and group mobilization, actions for establishing Nutri-gardens or retro-fitting Poshan Vatikas with yard poultry/fishery models are being carried out at Anganwadi centres.

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Girls and Baby Growth


G4 nations spotlight ‘pressing want’ for reform in U.N. Safety Council

 Instructions: It will be requested straight in prelims. Additionally, see mapping part on G4

Supply: The Hindu

Context: India’s Overseas Minister met along with his counterparts from Germany, Brazil and Japan beneath The Group of 4 (G4) banner.

Key Highlights:

  • Help to one another: They reiterated their help for one another’s bids to turn out to be everlasting members of the UNSC.
  • Help for African Nations: G4 additionally reiterated its help for African nations being represented in a everlasting and non-permanent capability on a reformed Council.
  • Pressing reforms: N. decision-making our bodies wanted to be urgently reformed as international points had been more and more complicated and interconnected, a joint press assertion from the group mentioned.
  • No significant progress: G4 ministers expressed concern that the 76th Session of the N.Basic Meeting didn’t make “significant progress” within the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN).
  • Advice of the President: The G4 Ministers welcomed the advice of the President of the 76th Basic Meeting to “regularly transfer the method in the direction of text-based negotiation

Intergovernmental Negotiations:

  • IGN is a gaggle of nation-states working throughout the United Nations to additional reform the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC)
  • The IGN consists of a number of totally different worldwide organizations, specifically:
    • African Union
    • G4 nations
    • Uniting for Consensus Group (UfC)
    • 69 Group of Growing International locations
    • Arab League
    • Caribbean Group (CARICOM).


Quad nations signal Settlement

 Supply: The Hind


  • Overseas Ministers of the Quad group of nations met on the fringes of the United Nations Basic Meeting (UNGA) to signal a Humanitarian Help and Catastrophe Reduction (HADR) partnership.

 A number of applications which have been beforehand introduced:

  • STEM (Science, Expertise, Engineering, and Arithmetic) fellowship
  • Financial framework with different companions (Indo Pacific Financial Framework)
  • Maritime area consciousness initiative.

 Australia’s Overseas Minister:

  • Quad is about bringing tangible advantages to the area and making certain the area is “ peaceable, secure, affluent and wherein sovereignty is revered”.

Japan’s Overseas Minister:

  • The world is witnessing “direct makes an attempt to unilaterally change the established order by drive” and the worldwide order based mostly on the rule of legislation was beneath menace.

Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue(QUAD):

  • It’s the casual strategic dialogue between India, the USA, Japan and Australia
  • Goal: guarantee and help a “free, open and affluent” Indo-Pacific area.
  • Spirit of the Quad: In 2021, Quad nations issued a joint assertion selling a free, open guidelines border, rooted in worldwide legislation to advance safety and fight threats each within the Indo-Pacific and past.
  • 3C technique of QUAD


Lancet Fee criticizes WHO for appearing ‘too slowly

 Supply: The Hind

Context: The Lancet Fee on classes for the longer term from the COVID-19 pandemic castigated the World Well being Group (WHO) for appearing “too cautiously and too slowly” on a number of essential issues.

  • Points over which WHO was criticized:
    • Warning in regards to the human transmissibility of the virus
    • Declare a Public Well being Emergency of Worldwide Concern
    • Help worldwide journey protocols designed to sluggish the unfold of the virus
    • Endorse the general public use of face masks as safety
    • Recognise airborne transmission of the virus.

The Lancet COVID-19 Fee:

  • It was established in July 2020
  • 28 commissioners had been appointed for the worldwide consultants in:
    • Public coverage
    • Worldwide cooperation
    • Epidemiology and vaccinology
    • Economics and monetary techniques
    • Sustainability sciences
    • Psychological well being.

The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed common medical journal. It’s the world’s highest-impact common medical journal, and one of many oldest. It was based in England in 1823.


Particular Help to States for Capital Funding

Supply: PIB

Context: The Authorities of India has launched a Scheme Particular Help to States for Capital Funding for 2022-23.

Underneath this Scheme, monetary help is offered to the States Governments within the type of a 50-year interest-free mortgage for capital funding tasks.

Standing of State Funds:

  • As per the RBI report
    • States like Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, and many others. had the best debt burden in 2020-21.
    • Income expenditure of those states constitutes 80-90% of the full bills and due to this fact they’ve poor capital spending.
    • Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Punjab exceeded each debt and monetary deficit targets for 2020-21 set by the fifteenth Finance Fee.

Capital funding is the cash spent on buying belongings whereas income expenditure signifies each day operations bills like salaries and pensions.



Algal biofuels

Supply: DTE

 Context: India’s Reliance Industries Ltd just lately launched a brief video on the social media platform Instagram highlighting the cutting-edge algae-to-fuel expertise it has developed.

Algae can be utilized to synthesize massive volumes of oil (20 occasions greater than that of mustard per acre), develop quick (10 occasions faster than terrestrial vegetation) and seize carbon dioxide (CO2). 

The corporate has been efficiently operating massive algae raceway ponds for the final 5 years at their facility close to Jamnagar, to transform sunshine, CO2 and seawater into bio-oil.

It additionally displayed the utilisation of catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction expertise to transform algae biomass to grease. Underneath this course of, water is used as a solvent beneath excessive temperature and strain to extract oil from the biomass.

The advantages of this expertise embody direct utilisation of moist biomass with none want for drying and conversion of each natural fragment of biomass into the oil with none wastage.




Supply: Stay Mint

Context: In collaboration with the house company ISRO, the Indian Railways will develop an RTIS system for real-time monitoring of the prepare.

About Actual-Time Prepare Data System (RTIS)

Developed in collaboration with ISRO, RTIS will assist in the automated acquisition of prepare motion timing on the stations, together with that of arrival and departure or run-through.

It’s going to assist observe prepare’s motion info as present as 30 seconds to railway passengers


Swarm drone competitors for start-ups

Supply: The Hindu

 Context: Defence Ministry has unveiled the second version of the ‘Mehar Baba’ swarm drone competitors by the Indian Air Pressure (IAF) for Indian start-ups.

Swarm drones include various drones managed from the identical station and coordinate with one another to finish the mission.

  • It’s going to assist them develop a swarm drone-based system to detect international objects (even of sub-centimetre dimension) on plane working surfaces.
  • Indian Military has inducted Swarm drones into operational use.



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