BHIM – UPI Launched in Bhutan

The Union Minister of Finance of India along with her counterpart, the Finance Minister of Bhutan has jointly launched Bharat Interface for Money – Unified Payments Interface (BHIM-UPI) in Bhutan. The payment system was launched by NPCI International Payments Ltd. (NIPL), the international arm of National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), in partnership with the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) of Bhutan. BHIM

Draft Drone Rules, 2021

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has unveiled the Draft Drone Rules, 2021 based on “trust, self-certification and non-intrusive monitoring”. The new rules would replace the existing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, notified in March 2021. Draft Drone Rules, 2021 Aim: To create a “digital sky platform” as a business-friendly single-window online system for procuring various approvals. There will

India’s Textile Sector

Recently, the Union Minister of Textiles held an in-depth review of initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Textiles for giving a boost to the textiles sector. India’s Textile Sector About: Textiles & garments industry is labour intensive sector that employs 45 mn people in India is second only to the agriculture sector in terms of employment. India’s textiles sector is one

Neurological Disorders in India

A recent study published in the ‘Lancet Global Health’ is the first comprehensive analysis of India’s neurological diseases burden from 1990 to 2019. The study is a part of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019, which was published by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative. India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative is a joint initiative of Indian Council of

Amazon Forests: No Longer Carbon Sinks

According to a recent study, Amazon Forests have started emitting Carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of absorbing it. Growing trees and plants have taken up about a quarter of all fossil fuel emissions since 1960, with the Amazon playing a major role as the largest tropical forest. Amazon Forests: No Longer Carbon Sinks Findings: A significant amount of deforestation (over

Emerging Market for Renewables

According to a recent report, fossil fuel electricity generation has peaked worldwide as emerging markets seize the opportunities of low-cost renewables. The Report was published by India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the financial think tank Carbon Tracker (both are not-for-profit organisations). Emerging Market for Renewables Findings: Emerging Market are Key to Global energy Transition:

Assam-Mizoram Border Dispute

Recently, several IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blasts were carried out inside Cachar district of Assam allegedly by miscreants from Mizoram. These blasts signal the re-emergence of long-unresolved Assam-Mizoram Border Dispute. The boundary issue between Assam and Mizoram has existed since the formation of Mizoram — first as a union territory in 1972, and then as a

Delay in Aadhaar Enrolment due to Incomplete NRC: Assam

The Aadhaar enrolment of more than 27 lakh people in Assam has become uncertain/delayed because of the delay in completing the process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The biometrics of these people were frozen after the publication of the NRC in August 2019. The Centre had earlier been asked to unfreeze the biometrics since the NRC was

Fertiliser Self-Sufficiency

Recently, the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers has reviewed the initiatives of the Department of Fertilisers for making India Atmanirbhar in Fertilisers. The Government is planning to liberalise Market Development Assistance (MDA) policy to promote the use of alternative fertilisers. Fertiliser Self-Sufficiency MDA Policy: MDA policy was earlier limited to city compost only. There were demands to expand this policy by incorporating organic waste like Biogas, Green

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has demanded an additional $200 billion fund flow to developing countries from various sources to manage nature through 2030. It is one of many demands and targets that have been set through 2030 in the official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework. Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Background: Biodiversity,

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