Commission for Air Quality Management

Context :  With the President signing the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 on 28th October , a statutory authority to track and combat air pollution in and around the National Capital Region has come into existence. The Commission, the Ordinance says, will supersede bodies such as

Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey 2020

Recently, the Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey has been released which provides a glimpse into the levels of learning loss that students in rural India are suffering, with varying levels of access to technology, school and family resources resulting in a digital divide in education. This year, in the wake of the pandemic,

Typhoon Molave

Recently, Vietnam has been hit by one of its biggest storms in two decades – Typhoon Molave. Vietnam is prone to natural disasters in the rainy season between June and November, with central coastal provinces commonly impacted, but the storms have notably worsened in recent years. Key Points Typhoon is a regionally specific name for a strong “tropical cyclone”. Tropical cyclones are

Projects launched by the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated various projects under Integrated Development of Kevadia in Gujarat. Projects launched Arogya Van & Arogya Kutir – Arogya Van has 5 lakh plants of 380 different species spread over an area of 17 acre. Arogya Kutir has a traditional treatment facility named Santhigiri wellness centre which will provide healthcare

Fiscal Deficit

Fiscal Deficit has continued to soar in September to reach Rs 9.1 lakh crore, or almost 115% of the budget target of Rs 7.96 lakh crore for 2020-21, as per the CAG. What is ‘Fiscal Deficit’? Fiscal Deficit is the difference between the total income of the government (total taxes and non-debt capital receipts) and its

Euthanasia or ‘Assisted Dying’ Act

As per preliminary referendum results, a majority of voters in New Zealand have voted in favour of the End of Life Choice Act 2019. What is the ‘End of Life Choice Act’ 2019? The act is meant to give certain terminally ill people the option of requesting medical assistance to end their lives and to establish a

Translocating Corals

Recently, the Mumbai civic body received the green signal from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Nagpur, for translocating the corals off the coast of Mumbai for the Rs 12,700-crore Mumbai Coastal Road Project. What are ‘corals’? Corals exhibit characteristics of plants, but are marine animals that are related to jellyfish and anemones. Coral polyps are tiny,

NCR Air Quality Ordinance, 2020

With the President signing the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 recently, a statutory authority to track and combat air pollution in and around the National Capital Region has come into existence. Objective of the Commission The Commission will supersede bodies such as the central and state pollution control boards

Water on the Moon

The Moon has water at places where none had been detected before, and has potentially more water than previously believed in regions where it was already understood to exist. What was known about water on the Moon? Previous Moon studies, including by the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-1 mission, have provided evidence for the

Annual State of Education Report

Recently, the Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey was conducted in September i.e. during the sixth month of school closures due to COVID-19 across the country. What are the findings of the survey? About 20% of rural children have no textbooks at home. In Andhra Pradesh, less than 35% of children had textbooks, and

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