Published By: Sukanya Nandy
Last Updated: October 15, 2023, 12:16 IST
From the Bihar train accident to the Israel-Hamas war, a lot has happened in the past week. It is advisable that you keep up with news and current affairs, particularly if you are preparing for an upcoming recruitment exam. One of the most crucial topics on many job or entrance tests is general knowledge. As a result, we have compiled a list of the week’s most important news items to assist you in your UPSC CSE preparation.
Bihar Train Accident
A preliminary investigation has shown that the railway tragedy in Buxar, Bihar, may have been caused by a potential “fault in tracks.” A high-level investigation has been requested into the incident that occurred on Wednesday, October 11, at the Raghunathpur railway station, when all 23 of the North East Express’s coaches and the engine derailed, killing four persons and injuring numerous more. Officials from the rail ministry, however, declined to comment on the paper due to an ongoing inquiry.
India to Urge Developed Countries to Become ‘Carbon Negative’
According to two Indian government sources, India seeks to force wealthy countries to become carbon-negative by 2050 rather than carbon-neutral, saying that this will give emerging market economies more time to use fossil fuels for development requirements. India is scheduled to submit its proposal at the COP28 climate meeting in Dubai later this year. The country is defying efforts to commit to a timeline for phasing out its own use of coal and other fossil fuels. Developed countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan are aiming towards net zero emissions by 2050. China has promised to achieve net zero emissions by 2060, whereas India has committed to doing so by 2070.
On October 13, the Delhi airport welcomed the first flight of Rescue Mission Ajay, which was transporting 212 Indians who were stuck in Israel. On Thursday evening (October 12), the aircraft took off from Ben Gurion Airport. Due to Air India’s immediate suspension of flights on the day, the fighting started on October 7 and continued suspension of its commercial operations, the flights have been scheduled to assist passengers who were trapped in Israel during the Israel-Hamas war and aid their return.
Termination of Pregnancy Case
On October 13, the Supreme Court requested a report from the AIIMS medical board about any abnormalities the 26-week foetus of a married woman seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy may have. The Centre has requested that the Supreme Court recall its October 9 judgement allowing a 27-year-old mother of two children to undergo pregnancy termination at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The bench, led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, was hearing arguments on this motion.
Manipur Missing Students Case
The CBI’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) has arrested the prime suspect in the Manipur missing students case. The suspected accused is a 22-year-old resident of Pune in Maharashtra. The missing students, namely 20-year-old Phijam Hemanjit and 17-year-old Hijam Linthoingambi were last seen on CCTV footage riding a motorbike on July 6. The case garnered national attention after disturbing images, allegedly depicting their lifeless bodies, surfaced on September 25. Kuldeip Singh, Manipur’s security advisor said since the bodies of the missing students have not been found, the case is officially classified as a “missing persons” case.