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GS 2 Hurrying through a legislation The passage of the quota Bill highlights grave gaps in India’s parliamentary procedures GS 3 Centre signs pact with 5 States on Renuka dam The Renuka dam project has been conceived as a storage project on the Giri river (a tributary of the Yamuna) in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The project envisages making a 148-metre-high dam for supplying water to Delhi and other basin States. It will also generate 40 MW of power. ISRO cranks up Gaganyaan project The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday said work on ‘Gaganyaan’, the project to send a manned mission to space by 2022, would start soon at the newly created Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC). Cycling helps user, economy: study Cycling for short distance trips can yield an annual benefit of Rs. 1.8 trillion to the economy, and cycling regularly for an average distance of 3.5 km for just 120 days can help avoid 4,756 premature deaths, says an analysis by The Energy Resources Institute (Teri). Meghalaya’s rat hole traps As efforts are under way to reach 15 miners trapped in an illegal coal pit in Meghalaya since December 13, the tragedy puts the spotlight on the dark underbelly of coal mining in the State, despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal. ‘Oceans are heating up at a fast pace’ Latest report relied on four studies, published between 2014 and 2017, that gave more precise estimates of past trends Musk unveils prototype of Mars-bound rocket SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking, steely rocket called Starship that may one day carry people to the Moon and Mars.