2020-02-19 09:24:25

BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise -2020

The 2nd Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Disaster Management Exercise was conducted (11-13 February 2020) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The focus of the 2nd edition of Exercise is on heritage structures’ protection. The first edition of the BIMSTEC DMEx was also hosted by India in 2017 with the...

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2020-02-19 08:12:42

Toxic Air: The Price of Fossil Fuels – Greenpeace Report

The Greenpeace Southeast Asia has released a report titled ‘Toxic Air: The Price of Fossil Fuels’. The report provides a global assessment of the health impact of air pollution from fossil fuels in 2018 and a first-of-its-kind estimate of the associated economic cost. The study is limited to the following pollutants: fine particulate matter ...

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2020-02-12 06:35:53

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Recently, a rejuvenation camp for captive elephants was inaugurated inside the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR). Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is located in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu state at the tri-junction of three states, viz, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (1st Biosphere Reserve in...

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2020-02-11 05:10:05

Longest Spaceflight by a Woman: Christina Koch

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Christina Koch landed on the Earth on 6th February 2020 after a record stay of 328 days on the International Space Station. Previous Records: 1) Single Spaceflight The previous longest single spaceflight by any woman was 289 days by Peggy Whi...

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2020-02-10 10:13:05

International Intellectual Property Index: US Chamber of Commerce

India has slipped to 40th position on the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, 2020 from the 36th position in 2019. It is released by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center. The US, the UK, France, Germany, and Sweden are the top five economies on the IP Index in 2020. India’s rank has slipped despite ...

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2020-02-05 07:54:08

Coastal Regulation Zone

Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the 2019 Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms, replacing the CRZ norms of 2011. The CRZ was issued under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, it aims to promote sustainable development based on scientific principles. Two separate categories for CRZ-III (Rural) ar...

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2020-02-04 09:38:57

Operation Vanilla

Recently, the Indian Navy has launched the ‘Operation Vanilla’ to assist the population of Madagascar affected by Cyclone Diane. Indian Navy also diverted large amphibious ship viz. INS Airavat carrying clothing, medicines, and other relief material to provide assistance and support in the relief operations. Cyc...

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2020-02-04 08:48:25

India-Brazil Agriculture Marketing

Brazilian President JairBolsonaro attended India’s 71st Republic Day parade as the chief guest for the event. India-Brazil Business Forum held during his visit and 15 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU ) were signed between the two countries. Key Points: MoUs Signed: The MoUs related to inv...

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2020-01-28 07:03:50

Corruption Perceptions Index 2019

India’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the year 2018. The 2019 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). First launched in 199...

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2020-01-27 10:33:00

Lady Robot for Gaganyaan:Vyom Mitra

Recently, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled its first ‘woman’ astronaut, named VyomMitra who will ride to space in the first test flight of the human space mission, Gaganyaan. Key Points: She is half-humanoid and her body stops at the torso and has no legs. She is capable of switching panel...

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