India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries

Recently, the Fourth Meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries was held through virtual mode. Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar are major fishing grounds for both the countries. Key Points The Fourth Meeting: The two sides exchanged views on the status of cooperation between Navy & Coast Guard of both countries in patrolling, existing hotline between the Coast Guards

Yamuna’s High Ammonia Level

High levels of ammonia in Yamuna is resulting in frequent disruption to Delhi’s water supply. Key Points Recently, ammonia levels shot up to 7.3 parts per million (ppm) at some places. When the concentration rises beyond the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB’s) treatment capacity of 0.9 ppm, water production has to be stopped or reduced in water treatment plants. As per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the acceptable

Digital India Awards 2020

Recently, the President of India has conferred Digital India Awards 2020. Key Points About the Awards: Digital India Awards have been institutionalized under the ambit of National Portal of India to honor exemplary initiatives/practices in Digital-Governance. National Portal of India: It is a Flagship Project to facilitate single window access to Government Information and Services in cyberspace. Digital-Governance: It is a framework for establishing

Assam’s Bill on Madrasa Conversion

The Assam Assembly has recently passed a Bill to convert state-run madrasas into regular schools – removing them from the status of centres for religious education. The Cabinet has also decided that the existing provincialised Sanskrit tols will be converted to “study centres, research centres and institutions to study the Certificate/ Diploma/ Degree courses” to be started by Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies

Protests Against Eco-sensitive Zones

Recently, tribal communities in Gujarat have been protesting against the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) order classifying 121 villages around the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Narmada district as eco-sensitive zones. They have appealed to the centre to withdraw the notification to mitigate the protests. Tribes like Tadvi and Vasava have been concerned ever since Kevadia village of Narmada district was developed into a tourism circuit

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