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List of topics – THE HINDU (Delhi Edition)
Date: 06 May 2018
|News or Article||Page Number||For Prelim or Main?||Area||What to look out for? And, what extra needs to be explored?|
|1) ISRO’s clock to prop up India’s own GPS|
|1||P||S&T||NavIC (Navigation in Indian Constellation) project|
|2) Microbeads in soaps, gels flow into water bodies|
|8||M||G.S. paper 3||What are microbeads? How they are polluting the environment and proving to be a health hazard?|
|3) Limit trans fats to 1% of calorie intake to keep diseases at bay|
|G.S. paper 2||About WHO|
WHO releases draft guidelines on daily food consumption by adults and kids. These draft recommendations, the first since 2002, are aimed at controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for an estimated 39.5 million deaths (72%) of the 54.7 million deaths worldwide in 2016.
|4) A RAT that spies on computers|
|5) The lowdown on falling water reserves|
|12||M||G.S. paper 3||Reasons for falling groundwater reserves of India, concerns, conservation methods|
|6) Western Ghats’ forests vital for Tamil Nadu’s monsoon rainfall|
|14||M||G.S. paper 3||Researchers have found that the dense vegetation in the Western Ghats also determine the amount of rainfall that Tamil Nadu gets during the summer monsoon.|
The dense forests of the Western Ghats contribute as much as 40% of moisture to the southwest monsoon rainfall over Tamil Nadu during normal monsoon years. The average contribution is 25-30%. But during monsoon deficit years, the contribution increases to as high as 50%.
|7) First record of invasive aphid in Kashmir Valley|
|14||M||G.S. paper 3||What are invasive species?|
What’s the news?
The brown peach aphid – an insect that attacks temperate fruit trees – has been recorded in Kashmir valley for the first time. The spread of the aphid could affect the local economy which is dependent on fruit trees to a large extent.
|8) NASA launches spacecraft to explore depths of Mars|
|14||P||S&T||Mars lander, InSight|