UN REPORT ON MULLAPERIYAR DAM

What is the News? United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has released a report titled “Ageing Water Storage Infrastructure: An Emerging Global Risk”. The report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on the ageing of large dams. According to the report, four Asian countries – China, Japan, India and… Continue reading UN REPORT ON MULLAPERIYAR DAM

Govt extends Smart Cities Mission timeline to 2023

What is the News? The Centre has extended the timeline for the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission to June 2023. What is the Smart Cities Mission? The Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in 2015. Type: Centrally Sponsored Scheme. Click here to read more about Smart Cities… Continue reading Govt extends Smart Cities Mission timeline to 2023

Rajya Sabha Passes The Landmark ‘Dam Safety Bill (2019)’

What is the News? Rajya Sabha has passed the landmark Dam Safety Bill (2019) paving the way for the enactment of the Dam Safety Act in the country. What is the need for the Dam Safety Bill? India is the 3rd largest dam-owning nation in the world after China and USA. There are around 5,700… Continue reading Rajya Sabha Passes The Landmark ‘Dam Safety Bill (2019)’

SC pushes for council on judicial infrastructure

What is the News? The Chief Justice of India has proposed the establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation to uniformly improve judicial facilities and access to justice. What is the status of the Judicial Infrastructure in India? An all-India survey was conducted by the Chief Justice of India’s office to know the status of… Continue reading SC pushes for council on judicial infrastructure

Ahead of PM’s trip, station gets Gond queen’s name

What is the News? Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has renamed the Habibganj railway station after Rani Kamlapati. Who is Rani Kamlapati? Rani Kamalapati was the 18th Century Gond queen of the region. She was the widow of Gond ruler Nizam Shah, chief of Ginnorgarh. She is known to have shown great bravery in facing aggressors… Continue reading Ahead of PM’s trip, station gets Gond queen’s name

Indian Railways likely to become world’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

Synopsis: Indian railways announced a grand plan to achieve net-zero carbon emission. But the plan might face a few challenges in implementation. Introduction Indian Railways has recently announced ambitious plans to become a ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030. Read more: What is net zero target? How fair and realistic these targets are? About Indian Railways… Continue reading Indian Railways likely to become world’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2030

Cabinet approval sets the implementation of PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan (NMP) in motion

What is the news? Recently, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved PM Gati Shakti- National Master Plan. It includes an institutional framework for rolling out, implementation, monitoring and support mechanism for providing multi-modal connectivity. Implementation framework further includes Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGOS), Network Planning Group (NPG) and Technical Support Unit (TSU) with required… Continue reading Cabinet approval sets the implementation of PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan (NMP) in motion

Prime Minister to attend Abhidhamma Day programme at Kushinagar, organised on occasion of inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport

What is the News? The Prime Minister will visit Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate an international airport and attend an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple. What is Abhidhamma Day? The Abhidhamma Day marks the end of a three-month rainy retreat – Varshavaas or Vassa – for the Buddhist monks and nuns, during… Continue reading Prime Minister to attend Abhidhamma Day programme at Kushinagar, organised on occasion of inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport

Kushinagar connect to Sri Lanka

What is the News? The Prime Minister will be visiting Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the Kushinagar international airport. What is the historical significance of Kushinagar? Kushinagar is an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre where Buddhists believe Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon and attained ‘Mahaparinirvana’ or salvation. Kushinagar is also identified with Kushinara, capital of the… Continue reading Kushinagar connect to Sri Lanka

Gati Shakti master plan: DPIIT to monitor, implement infra projects

What is the news?  The government has recently said that the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) would become the nodal agency for monitoring and implementation of all infrastructure projects under PM GATI SHAKTI PLAN.  In line with the Gati Shakti plan, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has finalised a blueprint for setting up multi-modal logistics… Continue reading Gati Shakti master plan: DPIIT to monitor, implement infra projects

Road accidents can be reduced

Synopsis: India road accident status highlights the importance of road safety in India.  Introduction Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways decided to award Good Samaritans who save the lives of road accident victims with the cash prize. Read more: Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Launches Rewarding Scheme for Grant of Award to… Continue reading Road accidents can be reduced

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Launches Rewarding Scheme for Grant of Award to the Good Samaritan who has saved life of a victim of a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle

What is the news? Recently, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued Guidelines for the Scheme for grant of Award to the Good Samaritan who has saved the life of a victim from a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle. Who is a Good Samaritan? A Good Samaritan is a person… Continue reading Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Launches Rewarding Scheme for Grant of Award to the Good Samaritan who has saved life of a victim of a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle

Online system for aviation safety

What is the news? The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has introduced a Web-based system on the eGCA platform for voluntary reporting of incidents that pose a potential threat to flight safety. About the Voluntary Safety Reporting System So far, the Voluntary Safety Reporting System is available on e-mail and postal mode. Now, the… Continue reading Online system for aviation safety

The aftermath of delayed central infra projects

What is the news? According  to  the  Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) – As many  as 470 central sector projects have witnessed a combined  cost overrun  of  ₹4.37  trillion. – 560  projects have an average time overrun of 46.94 months. Why are the projects delayed? The following factors have resulted in delays: –… Continue reading The aftermath of delayed central infra projects

Forgotten Vista: Beyond History And Archaeology

Synopsis: This article explains the various methods to make National Museum more public engaging. Introduction The government’s Central Vista project plans to increase the size of the Parliament, placement of buildings for military personnel, and additions to the bureaucracy to cater the present and future India’s needs. Similarly, the Central Vista project will also shift… Continue reading Forgotten Vista: Beyond History And Archaeology

Health, infra and fiscal stimulus will act as our economic panacea

Synopsis: Health, infra and fiscal stimulus are at the core of the government’s economic revival strategy as they hold significant potential to propel growth. Introduction The covid pandemic and subsequent restrictions, led to never-before economic turmoil of unprecedented proportions, sending most business plans and strategies into near chaos. Hence, the right public policies and a… Continue reading Health, infra and fiscal stimulus will act as our economic panacea

Beijing-Lhasa key road link completed

What is the News? China has completed a Lhasa-Nagqu section of the Beijing-Lhasa expressway. What is Beijing–Lhasa Expressway? Beijing–Lhasa Expressway is part of the Chinese national expressway network. It is planned to connect China’s capital Beijing to the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa. It also connects China’s Central Theatre Command with the Western… Continue reading Beijing-Lhasa key road link completed

Minister of Railways launches Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana (RKVY)

What is the News? The Minister of Railways has launched Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana. What is Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana? Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana is a skill development programme launched under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana(PMKVY). Aim: To provide training skills to the youth in various trades, with a special focus on… Continue reading Minister of Railways launches Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana (RKVY)

1.2 lakh people died in road accidents in 2020: NCRB

What is the News? National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) has released a report titled ‘Crime in India’ Report, 2020. The report has talked about road accidents in India. Read more: Crime in India Report, 2020 What are the Key Findings of the Report on Road Accidents? Road Accidents in 2020: India has recorded 1.20 lakh cases… Continue reading 1.2 lakh people died in road accidents in 2020: NCRB

Major restructuring of railways on anvil

What is the news? A panel was set up under the Principal Economic Adviser gave recommendations for Rationalisation of Government Bodies and Proposal for the Ministry of Railways. Recently, Cabinet Secretary asked about the actions taken on the rationalisation plan. What are the recommendations of the panel? Closure: Panel calls for winding up the Central… Continue reading Major restructuring of railways on anvil

National Monetisation Pipeline shows promise — and limits

Synopsis: Article focuses on two issues – How much should the government expect to raise from the Asset Monetisation plan? And, whether the plan likely to increase the efficiency of the economy? Background – Read here: National Monetisation Pipeline – Explained, pointwise How much should the government expect to raise from the Asset Monetisation plan?… Continue reading National Monetisation Pipeline shows promise — and limits

New defence office complex opened

What is the News? The Prime Minister has inaugurated the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in New Delhi. What are Defence Office Complexes? Defence Office Complexes has been constructed as a part of the Central Vista redevelopment project. These complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence… Continue reading New defence office complex opened

How banks can lose $60 billion to cybercash highways

Synopsis: Cross-border transfers are going to be more faster and economical. Introduction Currently, the cross-border transfers are both too slow and too expensive for retail customers. The monetary authorities of Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa have come together with the Bank for International Settlements on Project Dunbar. It will explore the feasibility of a… Continue reading How banks can lose $60 billion to cybercash highways

Indian Railways rolls out Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) over 156 Health facilities across Indian Railways

What is the News? Indian Railways has rolled out the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) over 156 Health facilities across Indian Railways. About Hospital Management Information System(HMIS) Objective: HMIS is an initiative of Indian Railways to bring the entire Railway Health System on a single architecture to provide faster, seamless and hassle free healthcare. Implemented… Continue reading Indian Railways rolls out Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) over 156 Health facilities across Indian Railways

Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station awarded 5-Star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification by FSSAI

What is the news? Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station has been awarded a 5- star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification for providing high-quality, nutritious food to passengers. This certification is granted by FSSAI to railway stations adhering to standard food storage and hygiene practices. About ‘Eat Right Station’ program The ‘Eat Right Station’ certification is awarded… Continue reading Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station awarded 5-Star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification by FSSAI

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

102 Vande Bharat trains to be operational by 2024

Source: This post is based on the Article “102 Vande Bharat Trains” published in “The Hindu” on 31st August, 2021. What is the News? Indian Railways has planned to operate 102 Vande Bharat trains by March 2024. What is Vande Bharat Train? Vande Bharat is India’s first indigenously built engineless semi-high speed train. Earlier, it… Continue reading 102 Vande Bharat trains to be operational by 2024

PPP model of BharatNet: DoT starts meets, hopes to float bid by Sept-end

Source: This post is based on the article “PPP model of BharatNet” published in Indian Express on 31st August, 2021. What is the News? The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has started pre-bid meetings with various stakeholders with respect to the public-private partnership model implementation for BharatNet. What is BharatNet Project? BharatNet is a project envisioned… Continue reading PPP model of BharatNet: DoT starts meets, hopes to float bid by Sept-end

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

Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme

Source: PIB What is the News? In order to boost domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS). About Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS): Launched by: Ministry of Defence in 2020. Aim: To create a state-of-the-art testing infrastructure in partnership with the private industry.  Key… Continue reading Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme

‘Gati Shakti’ master plan to give Rs 100-trillion infrastructure boost

Source: Business Standard (Article 1, Article 2), Times of India and Livemint What is the News? The Prime Minister has announced that the Centre will soon launch the ‘PM Gati Shakti Master Plan’. About PM Gati Shakti Master Plan: PM Gati Shakti Master Plan is a 100 lakh crore national infrastructure master plan. It aims… Continue reading ‘Gati Shakti’ master plan to give Rs 100-trillion infrastructure boost

Connecting India by inland waterways

Source: Indian Express  Relevance: Infrastructure development, Inland waterways  Synopsis: Recently, Parliament passed a new law to bring uniformity in the rules and regulations governing inland waterways and navigation on them. The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 replaces the century-old Inland Vessels Act, 1917. Background Read here: Indian Vessels Bill 2021 Issues with the 1917 Act The 1917 Act was seen as a purely consolidating… Continue reading Connecting India by inland waterways

Government signs US$ 250 Million Loan Agreement for Second phase of Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP)

SOURCE : PIB What Is The News? In order to enhance water security in the country and support sustainable development, the Government of India today signed a $250 million loan agreement with World Bank for the Second Phase of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP Phase II) to make existing dams and communities safe and… Continue reading Government signs US$ 250 Million Loan Agreement for Second phase of Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP)

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2021 passed in Parliament

Source: PIB What is the News? Parliament has passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Purpose of the Bill: The bill seeks to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008. The 2008 Act established the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA). AERA regulates tariffs and other charges (such as… Continue reading Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2021 passed in Parliament

Black topping of world’s highest motorable road near LAC completed

Source: The Hindu What is the News? Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed and completed black topping of the world’s highest motorable road at Umling La Pass in Eastern Ladakh. The road was built under the ‘Project Himank’. About Project Himank: Project Himank is a project of the Border Roads Organisation(BRO) in the Ladakh region… Continue reading Black topping of world’s highest motorable road near LAC completed

Subsidy scheme for shipping firms approved

Source: The Hindu and PIB Relevance: The article highlights one of the challenges with Indian shipping industry and the new government scheme to tackle it. Synopsis: Cabinet has recently approved a scheme for the promotion of merchant ships in India by providing subsidy support to Indian shipping companies in global tenders floated by Ministries and CPSEs.… Continue reading Subsidy scheme for shipping firms approved

Reviving the Airline Sector

Synopsis: The government and industry should collaborate to develop a sustainable restart strategy.  Governments need to come up with consistent policies based on evidence. While the industry should do whatever it can to reinstate passenger confidence and embrace new ways of making revenue.  Background: Airlines have been battling uncertainty since March 2020. In April 2020,… Continue reading Reviving the Airline Sector

Centre to sell its entire stake in Dredging Corporation

Centre to sell its entire stake in Dredging Corporation News: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved divestment of its entire 73.44 percent stake in Dredging Corporation of India to a consortium of four ports. Important Facts: 2. The consortium of four ports are namely Vishakhapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawahar Lal… Continue reading Centre to sell its entire stake in Dredging Corporation

6 airports get Centre’s nod for privatisation; AAI to hold a minor stake

6 airports get Centre’s nod for privatisation; AAI to hold a minor stake News: The government has decided for operation,management and development of six airports through a public-private partnership (PPP) model of six airports. Important Facts: The chosen airports are of  Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati. This comes 12 years after Delhi and… Continue reading 6 airports get Centre’s nod for privatisation; AAI to hold a minor stake

Centre eyes seaplanes in UDAN 3

Centre eyes seaplanes in UDAN 3 News: The Centre is inviting bids for connecting selected destinations under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) leading to seaplanes operating commercial passenger flights in India. Important Facts: Opening the third round of the RCS, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has invited proposals for air routes that include tourist destinations… Continue reading Centre eyes seaplanes in UDAN 3

ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi

ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi News: India’s first engine-less semi-high speed train named “Train 18” was rolled out recently by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here and will eventually replace the Shatabdi Express for inter-city travel. Important News: 2. Features: This is the first long-distance train without separate locomotive (engine) and thus… Continue reading ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi

India set to be third largest aviation market

India set to be third largest aviation market News: In its latest 20-year forecast for the aviation industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that India will be the third largest aviation market globally  in 6 years. Important Facts: 2. India is now expected to be among the top three countries by 2024… Continue reading India set to be third largest aviation market

Our fixation with metro rail projects

Our fixation with metro rail projects News: The article discusses about the viability metro rail system in India with regard to the economic viability and the transportation needs of cities. Important Facts: Metro projects in India: After the first metro project in Kolkata in 1984, India executed its second metro rail project in Delhi in… Continue reading Our fixation with metro rail projects