Glacier retreat in Himalayas to cause water crisis: study

News: A study commissioned by the Observer Research Foundation, has found that the retreat of glaciers in the Himalayan Hindu Kush region is affecting the surface water and groundwater availability in the region. Facts: Himalayan Hindu Kush region It is famously known as the earth’s “third pole” as it forms the largest area of permanent… Continue reading Glacier retreat in Himalayas to cause water crisis: study

‘World Bank-ISA Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative has mobilised $333 m’

News: The World Bank has operationalised a Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI) with $333 million for 22 African countries. Facts: Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative: It has been developed by the World Bank in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA) and International Solar Alliance (ISA). Aim: To support countries in developing… Continue reading ‘World Bank-ISA Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative has mobilised $333 m’

Top IITs and IISc slip in global rankings

News: The QS World University Rankings 2021 has been released. Facts: QS World University rankings: They are published annually by global higher education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds. Parameters: It is based on six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. Key Takeaways: Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)… Continue reading Top IITs and IISc slip in global rankings

Indian Air Force designs, develops & manufactures ARPIT

News: Indian Air Force has indigenously designed, developed and manufactured an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation(ARPIT). Facts: ARPIT: It is a rescue pod that will be used for evacuation of critical patients with infectious diseases including COVID-19 from high altitude areas, isolated and remote places. Significance: It will help in preventing the spread of… Continue reading Indian Air Force designs, develops & manufactures ARPIT

Gujarat, Goa, Chandigarh lead India’s food safety index

News: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released the second State Food Safety Index. Facts: The index was released on the occasion of World Food Safety Day with the theme “Food Safety is everyone’s business”. It ranks states on five parameters of food safety: a) human resources and institutional data b) compliance… Continue reading Gujarat, Goa, Chandigarh lead India’s food safety index

Economy to contract by 3.2% this fiscal, says World Bank

News: The World Bank has released the Global Economic Prospects (GEP) June 2020 report. Facts: Global Economic Prospects is a World Bank Group flagship report that is issued twice a year, in January and June. Aim: To examine global economic developments and prospects with a special focus on emerging markets and developing economies. Key Takeaways:… Continue reading Economy to contract by 3.2% this fiscal, says World Bank

Andhra govt launches India’s first online waste management platform

News: Andhra Pradesh(AP) government has launched country’s first online Waste Exchange Platform for industrial waste. Facts: Purpose: To ensure safe disposal of toxic wastes with the help of monitoring, scrutinizing and auditing of the waste. Besides, the platform will also encourage proper utilisation of waste and promote 6Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle, refurbish, redesign and… Continue reading Andhra govt launches India’s first online waste management platform

Distinct colour band for number plate sticker for BS-6 four-wheel vehicles

News: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made it mandatory for the Bharat Stage(BS) VI Vehicles to carry a one cm green sticker providing registration details. Facts: Bharat Stage(BS) norms: These are standards instituted by the Government of India in 2000 to regulate emission of air pollutants from motor vehicles.They are based on… Continue reading Distinct colour band for number plate sticker for BS-6 four-wheel vehicles