05 Jan, 2020

  • WHO prequalifies Serum's low cost pneumococcal vaccine (Science & Tech)
  • Tussle over Belagavi (Polity & Governance)
  • Kerala to take more cover under Miyawaki forests (Environment & Ecology)
  • Elegy to Elephanta (Art & Culture)
  • Chilika May host over 1 million birds (Environment & Ecology)
  • Why has the US crippled the functioning of the WTO (Ref-1) (International Organisation)
  • The double burden of malnutrition: need for urgent policy action (Ref-2) (Social Issues)
  • Is West Asia headed for war? (Ref-3) (International Organisation
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    WHO prequalifies Serum’s low-cost pneumococcal vaccine

    The pneumococcal vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India, Pune has been pre-qualified by WHO making it all set to be cheaper and more effective than the one that is currently in use.

    • Basics of Vaccines
    • Types of vaccines
    • Basics of Pneumonia


    Tussle over Belgavi

    The recent tension along the Maharashtra- Karnataka border has brought back into focus the border dispute over Belgaum. The border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over Belagavi district is a longstanding issue. In this regard, let us understand this issue in detail.

    • Background
    • Arguments and Counter Arguments of both States
    • Recommendations of Mahajan Committee on Border Dispute


    Chilika may host over 1 million birds

    For the 2nd consecutive year, Chilika is witnessing more than 1 million migratory birds.

    • About Chilika Lake


    Kerala to take more cover under Miyawaki forests

    Kerala has adopted Miyawaki afforestation method for its social forestry programme in urban areas.

    • About Miyawaki Afforesation method


    Elegy to Elephanta

    • About Elephanta Caves