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India, Myanmar army conduct mega ops to protect Kaladan project

The Indian and Myanmarese armies have, in a coordinated operation, destroyed at least 10 camps belonging to an insurgent group in Myanmar, which had become a threat to India’s mega Kaladan Project in the neighbouring country. About Kaladan project: The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project is a US$484 million project connecting the eastern Indian seaport… Read More »

4th UN Environment Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya

The fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was held in Nairobi from 11th to 15th March 2019.UNEA adopted both the resolutions with consensus. The theme of the UNEA this year was Innovative Solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption. Outcomes : India pilots resolutions on Single-use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen management. The… Read More »

Second Scorpene submarine ready for induction

The Indian Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi . Khanderi has completed all trials and is in the final stages of acceptance. It is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by end April or early May, 2019. Key Facts: The Scorpene submarine is jointly developed by French state-owned shipbuilding firm… Read More »

Power Ministry to bring norms to promote green transmission cables

The Power Ministry is likely to issue new norms for bringing greener options of electricity transmission cables like aluminium to protect environment from ill-effects of lead-based equipment. Power Ministry along the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) are working on greener options. Key Facts: This translates almost to the extent that a single km of cable, which… Read More »

Citizens’ Charter Initiative in India : UPSC IAS Exam

The Urban Question: Issue of Urban Governance A group of civil society organisations, workers’ collectives, and over two lakh urban poor across India have been deliberating on a citizens’ charter of demands for inclusive and just urban development. Key Facts: Citizens’ Charters initiative is a response to the mission for solving the problems which a… Read More »

New hydro policy to help meet renewables target

Recently,Central government had approved a new hydroelectric policy aimed at boosting the sector. According to the new policy, large hydro projects will also be designated as renewable energy projects. Key Facts: India is endowed with large hydropower potential of 1,45,320 MW. However, only about 45,400 MW has been utilized so far. Further, Only about 10,000… Read More »

The problem is jobs, not wages

India is not unique in experiencing rising joblessness and, consequently, income inequality.Jobs crisis in India is an economic issue, not a political one. Thus, there is a need for coordinated implementation of ideas to solve the job crisis. Key Facts: According to a set of arguments, India does not have a job crisis but rather is… Read More »

Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits: survey

A government-commissioned survey shows that only 26% of rural toilet have twin-leach pits, meaning that Waste disposal from other toilets could turn into a health and environmental nightmare. Key Facts: Centre’s flagship sanitation scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is on the verge of completing toilet construction for all rural households. Anyway, a government-commissioned survey shows that just over… Read More »

Pinaki Chandra Ghose set to be India’s first Lokpal

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, the Former Supreme Court judge and current member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is set to be  India’s first Lokpal or first anti-corruption ombudsman. Key Facts: He is recommended by High-level selection committee chaired by Prime Minister. Other members of the committee are Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok… Read More »