India’s most GIFTed city

Source: This post is based on the article “India’s most GIFTed city” published in Business Standard on 1st September 2021. What is the news?  India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gandhinagar seems to be moving up, at least on paper, after delays in land acquisition, infrastructure development snags and political crosswinds. About IFSC… Continue reading India’s most GIFTed city

A sign of Rlys’ poor health

Source: This post is based on the article “A sign of Rlys’ poor health“ published in Business Standard on 1st September. What is the news? Railways’ accounts reveal it spent ₹98 to ₹100 in 2019-20. In 2019-20, the capital expenditure of Indian Railways (IR) increased 60% over 2016-17. But an analysis by Business Standard shows… Continue reading A sign of Rlys’ poor health

Conserving groundwater: Role of women crucial in bringing about significant change

Source: This post is based on article “Conserving groundwater: Role of women crucial in bringing about significant change” published in Down to Earth on 31st August 2021. Relevance: Role of women to address the water crisis of India. Synopsis: Increased women participation in groundwater management will shift the intended objectives from technology to governance, demand… Continue reading Conserving groundwater: Role of women crucial in bringing about significant change

India is indeed walking the green talk

Source: This post is based on the article “India is indeed walking the green talk” published in The Hindu on 31st August 2021. Relevance: India’s effort to mitigate climate change. Synopsis: India is doing its part to fulfil its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under Paris Agreement. When compared with other countries, India is doing better… Continue reading India is indeed walking the green talk

Conserving Chitkul: Why the ‘last village of India’ cannot be allowed to drown in plastic

Source: This post is based on the article “Conserving Chitkul: Why the ‘last village of India’ cannot be allowed to drown in plastic” published in Down to Earth on 31st August 2021. What is the news? Plastic waste is making its way to even remote locations in the mountainous regions such as “Chitkul (in Himachal Pradesh)”… Continue reading Conserving Chitkul: Why the ‘last village of India’ cannot be allowed to drown in plastic

World freed from toxic leaded petrol: A global win

Source: This post is based on the article “World freed from toxic leaded petrol: A global win” published in the Down to Earth on 31st August 2021. Relevance: removal of lead from petrol Synopsis: It is a remarkable achievement for the global community to remove lead from petrol across the world. It will have positive… Continue reading World freed from toxic leaded petrol: A global win

Habitat of bird that flies non-stop for 5 days from Japan to Australia under threat

Source: This post is based on article “Habitat of bird that flies non-stop for 5 days from Japan to Australia under threat“ published in Down to Earth on 31st August 2021. What is the news? The Latham’s Snipe shorebird, flies non-stop for five days over thousands of kilometres of ocean for its survival, twice a… Continue reading Habitat of bird that flies non-stop for 5 days from Japan to Australia under threat

India warns arms cos of action for default in offset commitments

Source: Times of India What is the news? The Government of India has started taking action against foreign armament majors for failure to fulfill their offsets obligations in defence deals. It has threatened to ban a US company and put another 11 firms on watchlist for imposition of penalties. What are offset obligations? In defence… Continue reading India warns arms cos of action for default in offset commitments

Genetically changed mosquitoes could transform Africa’s long fight against malaria

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Tackling Malaria via genetic programming of Mosquitoes. Synopsis: Genetic programming of mosquitoes along with traditional methods of Malaria prevention could help us reduce the increasing cases of Malaria globally and help reduce associated mortality. Context For Malaria prevention, some countries heavily depend on using insecticide treated bed nets and house… Continue reading Genetically changed mosquitoes could transform Africa’s long fight against malaria

Infrastructure development and eco-conservation should go hand-in-hand

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Balancing economic development with environmental conservation. Synopsis: Infrastructural development, though necessary, must be rooted in regional ecological and environmental realities. Context Infrastructure development in the Himalayan region such as Hydropower is disturbing fragile ecosystem and leading to issues such as landslips, avalanches and the loss of lives and property. The avalanche… Continue reading Infrastructure development and eco-conservation should go hand-in-hand