Fire Safety in India

Over the past year, there have been deadly fires in hospital buildings, including those treating Covid-19 patients. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says 330 people died in commercial building fires in 2019, while fatalities for residential or dwelling buildings were much higher at 6,329. Fire Safety in India Leading Cause: Electrical faults are cited as the leading cause

Myanmar Refugees Can Approach UNHCR

The High Court of Manipur has ordered safe passage to seven Myanmar nationals, stranded at a border town in Manipur, to travel to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in New Delhi. The seven nationals entered India secretly after the military coup in Myanmar. The coup returned Myanmar to full military rule after a short span of quasi-democracy that

P-8I Patrol Aircraft

The US State Department has approved the sale of six P-8I patrol aircraft and related equipment to India. The six aircraft will come fitted with encrypted systems, as India has signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with the US. The Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of the aircraft in 2019. P-8I Patrol Aircraft About the P-8I

Financial Sector & Climate Change

Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) joined the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). The RBI expects to benefit from the membership of NGFS by learning from and contributing to global efforts on climate finance, which has assumed significance in the context of climate change. Financial Sector & Climate Change Risks to Financial Stability due to

Small Savings Instruments

Recently, the central government withdrew its orders of reducing the rates on all small savings instruments/schemes. Small Savings Instruments About: Small savings instruments help individuals achieve their financial goals over a particular period. They are the major source of household savings in India. The small savings instrument basket comprises 12 instruments. Collections from all small savings instruments are credited to

Classification of Corona Variants

Recently, India’s Health Ministry said that a new double mutant variant of the coronavirus had been detected in addition to many other strains or Variants of Concern (VOCs) found in 18 states in the country. Classification of Corona Variants Virus Variant: Variants of a virus have one or more mutations that differentiate it from the other variants that are in circulation. While most mutations are

Climate Change Causing Shift in Earth’s Axis

A study published in Geophysical Research Letters of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) says that due to the significant melting of glaciers because of global temperature rise, Earth’s axis of rotation has been moving more than usual since the 1990s. While this change is not expected to affect daily life, it can change the length of the day

Covid-19 and Neanderthal Genome

Evolutionary biologists from different countries have shown that the regions of host genomes that increase the risk of getting severely ill and protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus were inherited from Neanderthals. Neanderthals are an extinct species of hominids that were the closest relatives to modern human beings. Covid-19 and Neanderthal Genome Findings: A region on host chromosome 3 acts

Asian Development Outlook 2021

According to the report Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021, the second wave of Covid-19 can put India’s economic recovery at “risk”. ADO is a series of annual economic reports on the Developing Member Countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asian Development Outlook 2021 GDP Projections: For India: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will rebound strongly by 11% in Fiscal

Core Sector Output

The eight core sectors grew by 6.8% in March 2021 (the highest in 32 months), after a 3.8% dip in February, but the spike was largely due to the base effects from March 2020. During 2020-21 (April-March), output of the eight sectors contracted by 7% as against a positive growth of 0.4% in 2019-20. Core Sector Output About Eight Core

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