Indian Railways likely to become world’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

Synopsis: Indian railways announced a grand plan to achieve net-zero carbon emission. But the plan might face a few challenges in implementation. Introduction Indian Railways has recently announced ambitious plans to become a ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030. Read more: What is net zero target? How fair and realistic these targets are? About Indian Railways… Continue reading Indian Railways likely to become world’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

School students to prepare projects on lives of gallantry award winners under ‘Veer Gatha’ initiative

What is the News? The Government of India has launched the Veer Gatha Initiative. What is the Veer Gatha Initiative? Under the initiative, school students across the country will prepare projects in the form of poems, paintings, essays or multimedia presentations on the lives of gallantry award winners. Aim of the Project The aim of… Continue reading School students to prepare projects on lives of gallantry award winners under ‘Veer Gatha’ initiative

Launch of NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission Digi-Book Innovations for You Sector in Focus – Health Care

What is the News? NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has launched – “Innovations for You”. About Innovations for You  Innovations for You is a digital book that aims to showcase the success stories of Atal Innovation Mission’s Startups in different domains.  These startups have worked to create new, disruptive and innovative products, services and… Continue reading Launch of NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission Digi-Book Innovations for You Sector in Focus – Health Care

Govt sets up ‘war room’ on movement of fertilisers

What is the News? The Department of Fertilizers under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has set up a war room on the movement of fertilizers. What is the issue? The international prices of fertilisers and inputs have increased to their highest since 2008-09. Due to this, there is an unprecedented shortage of fertilisers both… Continue reading Govt sets up ‘war room’ on movement of fertilisers

Explained: Why a peak in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is now named after Manipur

What is the News? The Government of India has renamed Mount Harriet of Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands to Mount Manipur.  Why was Mount Harriet named as Mount Manipur? Mount Harriet is the third-highest island peak in the A&N Islands. It is the place where Manipur’s Maharaja Kulchandra Singh and 22 other freedom fighters were… Continue reading Explained: Why a peak in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is now named after Manipur

Gene editing guidelines facing delay

What is the News? The Government of India is delaying in approving the Guidelines for Safety Assessment of Genome/Gene-Edited Plants. What is Gene Editing? Genome editing, also called gene-editing, is a group of technologies that give scientists the ability to change an organism’s DNA. These technologies allow genetic material to be added, removed, or altered… Continue reading Gene editing guidelines facing delay

System to track prisoners on parole

What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued directions to all the states and the Union Territories on a system to track prisoners on parole. What are the directions given by the Centre to track prisoners on parole? Firstly, States should update recent photographs of prisoners released on parole/ furlough/premature release… Continue reading System to track prisoners on parole

‘Double-dip’: La Nina has formed for second year in a row, says NOAA

What is the News? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared that La Niña has re-developed.  What is Double Dip La Nina? La Nina is one part of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. But when two La Ninas happen one after the other (with a transition through ENSO neutral conditions in… Continue reading ‘Double-dip’: La Nina has formed for second year in a row, says NOAA

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

What is the News? Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19 has been extended for 180 days with effect from October 21,2021.So far, 1,351 claims have been paid under the scheme. About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for health workers Fighting Covid-19 Launched by: It is… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

U.S. surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient

What is the News? For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient’s immune system. This is a potentially huge milestone in the quest to use animal organs for human transplants. How was the transplantation done? The Pig was genetically engineered so that its… Continue reading U.S. surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient