Prime Minister declares 14th August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day

Source: The Hindu, PIB, PIB   Synopsis: In a fitting tribute to all those who lost their lives due to the partition of the nation and were displaced from their roots, the Government has decided to observe 14th August as the day to commemorate their sacrifice. Background: The country celebrated 75th Independence Day on 15th August… Continue reading Prime Minister declares 14th August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day

On August 15, 1947, where was Bapu?

Source: The Hindu  Synopsis: Mahatma Gandhi was working for the welfare and unity of the nation on 15th August 1947. He enlightened the new leaders about their humongous responsibility towards the nation and appealed to the masses for sustaining the trust between Hindus and Muslims. Background: On the midnight of Independence Day, the nation was… Continue reading On August 15, 1947, where was Bapu?

An Indian sail to navigate the maritime environment

Source: The Hindu Relevance: On maritime security Synopsis: India’s leadership in the debate on maritime security has boosted its standing as a key player in the shared commons. Background A high level open debate was conducted by the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 9th August 2021. Its theme was “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For… Continue reading An Indian sail to navigate the maritime environment

The State of Urban Wetlands in India – Explained, pointwise

Introduction Four more wetlands have been recognized as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, taking the number to 46. The inclusion will provide better protection and conservation of the wetlands, especially the urban wetlands.  However, the estimates of Wetlands International South Asia shows that nearly 30% of the natural wetlands in India have… Continue reading The State of Urban Wetlands in India – Explained, pointwise

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Landslides in India: impacts and management – Explained, pointwise

Introduction A landslide has struck the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, the 2nd time within 15 days, killing at least 14 people and burying several others. The catastrophe has been severe, with mud, rocks, and debris raining down on vehicles, including a state transport corporation bus on National Highway 5. 15% of the Indian landmass… Continue reading Landslides in India: impacts and management – Explained, pointwise

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Maritime Security Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The issue of Maritime Security is being discussed at the global level. India recently hosted the UNSC summit on maritime security. The meeting was chaired by India, as it holds the council’s membership for the month of August. A cautious discussion and deliberation took place in the meeting over concerning issues like piracy, terrorism,… Continue reading Maritime Security Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

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Revisit the idea of ‘aging out’ India’s coal plants

Source: The Hindu  Synopsis: It is right to let old coal capacity fade away in due course, but age shouldn’t be used as the sole criteria for it. The focus should be on doing detailed analysis and weeding out the needless capacity in the pipeline, to derive long-term economic and environmental benefits. Background: The government… Continue reading Revisit the idea of ‘aging out’ India’s coal plants

Expiry of safeguard duty: Boon for solar developers, bane for manufacturers

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: The decision of the center to impose a basic customs duty from April 2022 and the expiration of the existing safeguard guard duty will result in higher solar imports. This move will benefit solar plant developers, but create more problems for domestic manufactures.   Background: Indian solar cell and module makers may… Continue reading Expiry of safeguard duty: Boon for solar developers, bane for manufacturers

ISRO-SAC instrument finds presence of hydroxyl and water molecules on Moon

Source: Indian express Synopsis: The discovery of hydroxyl and water molecules on the moon would help in studying its mineralogy.   Background: Chandrayaan-2 has detected the unambiguous presence of hydroxyl and water molecules on the Moon. The findings were confirmed by a paper published in the latest issue of the fortnightly journal Current Science. The paper was… Continue reading ISRO-SAC instrument finds presence of hydroxyl and water molecules on Moon

The foreign stimulus

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: Foreign money pouring into the start-up universe may finally provide the stimulus to the economy that the government was unable to provide. This money would help the country to achieve a sustained growth rate of 7% for the coming years. Background: The Indian start-up scene is on fire. In the first six… Continue reading The foreign stimulus