Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill 2021- Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Bill,2021. The MMDR Bill 2021 seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. This bill is expected to be the watershed moment in the development of mines and minerals in India.  In this article,… Continue reading Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill 2021- Explained, Pointwise

116th meeting of the “Permanent Indus Commission(PIC)”

What is the News? India and Pakistan will hold the 116th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission(PIC) in New Delhi. They will discuss water sharing issues and address each other’s concerns with the Indus Water Treaty. About Permanent Indus Commission(PIC): The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission of officials from India and Pakistan. It… Continue reading 116th meeting of the “Permanent Indus Commission(PIC)”

PM launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan: ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign

What is the News? The Prime Minister has launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign on World Water Day. About Catch the Rain Campaign: Catch the Rain is a Jan Andolan campaign. It aims to take water conservation at the grass-roots level through people’s participation. The campaign intends to accelerate water conservation across… Continue reading PM launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan: ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign

The emerging “Helium” crisis in India

What is the News? India imports the majority of helium for its domestic needs. However, the U.S appears to cut off exports of helium from 2021. Hence, the Indian industry may have to find an alternative. About Helium: Helium is a chemical element with the symbol He and atomic number 2. It is a colourless,… Continue reading The emerging “Helium” crisis in India

Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Act, 2021

Introduced: The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on 15.03.2021 as a Government Bill (Ministry of Mines). Present Status: The Bill was passed in both the Houses and received President’s assent on 28.03.2021. The Act seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. This act regulates the mining sector in India. Salient… Continue reading Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Act, 2021

SC orders Info. on Rule Curve for “Mullaperiyar Dam”

What is the News? The Supreme Court orders the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary to give information on the ‘rule curve’ for the Mullaperiyar dam. It also directed the Supervisory Committee to issue directions or take steps to address the three core safety issues. What is Rule Curve? The ‘rule curve’ in a dam decides the… Continue reading SC orders Info. on Rule Curve for “Mullaperiyar Dam”

Centre reconstitutes “Committee on Saraswati river”

What is the news? The Central Government reconstitutes an advisory committee for studying the mythical Saraswati river for the next two years. The earlier panel’s term ended in 2019. About the Advisory Committee on Saraswati River: The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) had first set up the Advisory Committee for the Study of the River Saraswati… Continue reading Centre reconstitutes “Committee on Saraswati river”

China’s plans for new dams on Brahmaputra River- Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Chinese government’s new five-year plan(2021-2025) is about to approve the construction of dams in the lower stretch of the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Zangbo in China). It is a matter of serious concern for the lower riparian states namely India and Bangladesh. The move is expected to give China an edge in International diplomacy… Continue reading China’s plans for new dams on Brahmaputra River- Explained, Pointwise

China Approves Dam Building on “Brahmaputra River”

What is the news? Chinese Government approves dam-building on Brahmaputra river under its draft of the New Five year plan (2021-2025). What does the five-year plan provide? The New Five-year plan approves the dams to be built on the lower reaches of the Brahmaputra river. The river is also known as Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet.… Continue reading China Approves Dam Building on “Brahmaputra River”

“M-Sand Policy” a policy to promote manufactured sand

Why in News? The Rajasthan government has brought a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand). It will provide an industry status to the units producing manufactured sand for construction work. It will reduce the dependence on riverbed sand. Facts: What is Manufactured Sand(M-Sand)? Manufactured sand (M-Sand) is a substitute of river sand for concrete construction. It… Continue reading “M-Sand Policy” a policy to promote manufactured sand