July 12, 2024


General Studies Paper -3 Context: The issue of Indian Railway safety is once again under scrutiny following a recent incident where a freight train collided with a passenger train near Siliguri in West Bengal. This incident, along with last year’s tragic Balasore train accident, underscores the pressing need for comprehensive reforms and enhanced safety protocols to safeguard passengers and prevent such devastating accidents in the future. Train Accidents in India It is an occurrence in the course of working of Railway which does or may affect the safety of the Railway, its engine, rolling stock, permanent way and works, fixed....Read More

General Studies Paper -3 Context: Recently, India has accelerated the efforts to improve infrastructure and connectivity along the Line of Actual Control with China. Enhanced Connectivity and Development The Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, a contested border area between India and China, has seen significant developments in infrastructure and connectivity in recent years. Boosting Connectivity: The Indian Army has been instrumental in connecting remote areas of the state, speeding up efforts to improve infrastructure along the LAC. It has both military and civilian advantages, boosting tourism and quickening the Army’s movements. The work on the 2,400-km-long Trans Arunachal Highway....Read More

General Studies Paper 3 Current events of national and international importance. Context Two scientific methods of mining — vertical drilling and auger or horizontal drilling — were employed to rescue 41 workers on November 28 after 17 days of being trapped in the partially collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand. The last leg of the rescue involved rat hole mining. In the coal mines of Meghalaya, this crude method was banned by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2014. What is rat hole mining? Rat Hole mining, of two types, is so named as it involves digging tunnels 34 feet deep,....Read More

General Studies Paper 3 Introduction Each year, 3 lakh people are estimated to be killed on the road in India, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The number of people suffering life altering injuries in road crashes is exponentially higher even than that. World Day of Remembrance As the planet commemorated the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 19 to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to remember, support and act, such figures should serve as a wakeup call to all of us. We need immediate, coordinated and evidence based interventions....Read More

Railway safety

General Studies Paper 3 Introduction Nothing focuses the nation’s collective attention on the Indian Railways as a major accident. The triple train collision at Bahanaga Bazar railway station, near Balasore in Odisha on June 2, which led to the tragic loss of over 280 lives, has evoked all the expected responses from various quarters, offering explanations as to how the accident occurred and remedial measures to prevent accidents in the future, and comparisons with Railway systems abroad. In short, there is an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Safety and the information flow This concerns the flow of information regarding unsafe....Read More

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