Indian Vessels Bill, 2021

Introduced: Lok Sabha (22nd Jul 2021) Passed: Lok Sabha on 29.07.2021 Present status: Passed by Rajya Sabha on 2nd Aug 2021 About Indian Vessels Bill, 2021: Indian Vessels Bill seeks to replace the Inland Vessels Act, 1917. The bill aims to regulate the safety, security and registration of inland vessels. Key Features of the Indian… Continue reading Indian Vessels Bill, 2021

What is Kerala’s “SilverLine project”?

What is the News? Kerala cabinet has given the approval to begin acquiring land for the SilverLine Project. About SilverLine Project: SilverLine Project is Kerala’s semi high-speed railway project that aims to reduce travel time between Kerala’s northern and southern ends. Distance: The railway line will be around 529 kms long, covering 11 districts through 11… Continue reading What is Kerala’s “SilverLine project”?

“One Nation One Standard Mission” and “Research Designs & Standards Organization”

What is the News? Indian Railways Research Design & Standards Organization(RDSO) has become the nation’s first institution to be declared as Standard Developing Organization(SDO) under the “One Nation One Standard” mission. About One Nation One Standard Mission: One Nation One Standard was first conceived in 2019 by the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS). The mission is… Continue reading “One Nation One Standard Mission” and “Research Designs & Standards Organization”

“Mekedatu Project” – A Panel to investigate charges of illegal construction

What is the News? The National Green Tribunal(NGT) has formed a committee to investigate the alleged violation of norms in the construction of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river. The NGT has also directed the panel to submit a report on or before July 5. About Mekedatu Project: Mekedatu project is a balancing reservoir… Continue reading “Mekedatu Project” – A Panel to investigate charges of illegal construction

Finance Ministry grants “infrastructure status for convention centres”

What is the News? The Finance Ministry has granted infrastructure status for exhibition and convention centres. The expectation from this move is to ease bank financing for such projects. What is Infrastructure Status? The Department of Economic Affairs(DAE), Ministry of Finance will grant the Infrastructure Status. Benefits: The status helps projects in such sectors to… Continue reading Finance Ministry grants “infrastructure status for convention centres”

Central Vista Project – Demolition of National Institutions

 Synopsis: Demolition of national institutions for Central Vista Project require thorough analysis. Introduction  The Government of India’s Central Vista redevelopment project is being treated as a national priority amid a pandemic. This is very debatable. The project comprises the construction of a new Parliament building and new residences for the Prime Minister and the Vice… Continue reading Central Vista Project – Demolition of National Institutions

NITI Aayog’s Report on Creating a “Roadmap for Digitally Inclusive Bharat”

What is the News? NITI Aayog and Mastercard have released a report titled ‘Connected Commerce: Creating a Roadmap for a Digitally Inclusive Bharat’. Purpose of the report: The report identifies challenges in accelerating digital financial inclusion in India. The report also provides recommendations for making digital services accessible to its 1.3 billion citizens. Key Findings… Continue reading NITI Aayog’s Report on Creating a “Roadmap for Digitally Inclusive Bharat”

GOA Infra Project Red Flagged- Key Findings and Recommendation by the CEC Panel

Synopsis – The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) recommended changes to the rail track doubling project in GOA.  The project would have destroyed the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats. Introduction – The Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) gave clearance to linear infrastructure projects within the boundaries of Wildlife Sanctuary and… Continue reading GOA Infra Project Red Flagged- Key Findings and Recommendation by the CEC Panel

Railways to Map Local Festivals Near Tracks

What is the News? The Ministry of Railways will map local festivals celebrated along the railway tracks across the country. It aims to stop the unusual incidents resulting in casualties. About Railway’s Initiative People in India celebrate several local festivals near Railway tracks. During this, the crowd gathers near the railway premises and crosses the… Continue reading Railways to Map Local Festivals Near Tracks

Chenab Bridge – An Icon of Indian Railways Heritage

Synopsis – Indian Railway is building modern engineering marvels such as Chenab Bridge and Anji Khad Bridge. Decades from now, they will serve as the Railways’ heritage. Introduction- Over the last 160 years, railway engineers built a number of ‘Mega Structures,’ including railway bridges. The Indian Railway has 1,50,390 Bridges, out of which 702 are… Continue reading Chenab Bridge – An Icon of Indian Railways Heritage