Explained: What are the safeguards against chemical disasters in India?

News:According to the National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), over 130 significant chemical accidents have been reported in the country. Facts: Chemical Disaster:It is the unintentional release of one or more hazardous substances which could harm human health and the environment.The most dangerous chemical accident was 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy in which more than 3,000 people died… Continue reading Explained: What are the safeguards against chemical disasters in India?

Vizag gas leak: What is styrene gas?

News:Styrene gas leakage at a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam has killed several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Facts: Styrene:It is an organic compound with the formula C8H8.It is a derivative of benzene and is colourless liquid that evaporates easily, Uses: It is the main raw material for synthesis of polystyrene which… Continue reading Vizag gas leak: What is styrene gas?

ZBNF:Andhra Pradesh government signs pact with Germany-based KFW

News:The Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German firm to implement Zero Budget Natural Farming in the state. Facts: About Zero Budget Natural Farming: Zero-Budget Natural Farming(ZBNF) is a holistic alternative to the present paradigm of high-cost chemical inputs-based agriculture. ZBNF is a farming practice that believes in natural growth of… Continue reading ZBNF:Andhra Pradesh government signs pact with Germany-based KFW

Explained:How Andhra’s concept of three capitals is inspired by South Africa

News:The Andhra Pradesh cabinet has deferred taking a decision on relocating the state capital to three separate locations. Facts: About the decision on state capital: The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister had announced that Andhra Pradesh could have three decentralised capitals on the lines of South Africa. The new capital being developed at Amaravati could become… Continue reading Explained:How Andhra’s concept of three capitals is inspired by South Africa

Andhra Pradesh Cabinet clears Disha Bill to ensure rape verdicts in 21 days

News:The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has cleared the A.P. Disha Bill,2019 (A.P. Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2019). Facts: Key features of the bill: The bill allows for death penalty for heinous offences such as rape and gang-rape. The bill also proposes to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure for serious rape cases so that if sufficient… Continue reading Andhra Pradesh Cabinet clears Disha Bill to ensure rape verdicts in 21 days

Thotlakonda monastery

News:The Mahastupa of the Thotlakonda monastery which was reconstructed in 2016 by the State Archaeology department has collapsed recently. Facts: About Thotlakonda monastery: Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is situated in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Thotlakonda was under the influence of ancient Kalinga which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and various… Continue reading Thotlakonda monastery

Village Secretariat system

News:Andhra Pradesh Government has launched the Village Secretariat system. Facts: About Village Secretariat system: The village secretariat system is aimed at ensuring an efficient and corruption-free delivery of the government’s welfare schemes to households. Under the system,one Village Secretariat has been set up for every population of 2,000 with each one comprising close to a… Continue reading Village Secretariat system

India’s longest electrified rail tunnel

Vice President of India has inaugurated the longest electrified railway tunnel in the country. The railway tunnel was commissioned by the South Central Railway (SCR) in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The electrified tunnel is a 6.7-km-long tunnel situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations. The tunnel is part of 112-km long railway line project between… Continue reading India’s longest electrified rail tunnel

Panel to study uranium contamination in A.P.’s Kadapa district

The Andhra Pradesh government has ordered an inquiry into complaints about groundwater pollution caused by the uranium processing project of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited(UCIL) at Tummalapalle of Kadapa district. UCIL is a centrally owned Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) for uranium mining and uranium processing under the Department of Atomic Energy. It was founded… Continue reading Panel to study uranium contamination in A.P.’s Kadapa district

Young biologist from Andhra Pradesh recreates a blue whale from bones

Recently,a biologist has recreated a blue whale from the skeletal remains of dead blue whales washed ashore on the Andhra Pradesh coast. The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet weighing as much as 200 tons.They are also the loudest animals on Earth and are even louder than a jet engine. Blue whales… Continue reading Young biologist from Andhra Pradesh recreates a blue whale from bones