Pride and foreign aid

Context: India’s refusal to take help in times of natural disasters is self-defeating and against the federal spirit. The Central government’s decision to decline offers of humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates and other concerned countries for Kerala. New Delhi’s unwillingness to accept foreign aid reflects poor judgment. It is Read More …

O-SMART scheme

Context: The Cabinet approved a scheme aimed at stepping up ocean research and setting up early warning weather systems. About‘Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)’ scheme O-SMART scheme encompasses 16 sub-projects related to ocean development activities and science for implementation during 2017-18 and 2019-20. Key Highlights of Read More …

Trouble in the hills

Context: The catastrophic monsoon floods in Kerala and parts of Karnataka have revived the debate on whether political profitability outshined science. About Western Ghats: Western Ghats is spread over 6 states (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat) and houses about 139 species of mammal, 508 species of birds Read More …

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

Context: A high level Ministerial delegation from India headed by Minister of State for Home Affairs will be participating in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Theme: The theme of the AMCDRR 2018: ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’ Read More …

Dam Safety Bill, 2018

Context: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in the Parliament. Benefits: It will help all the States and Union Territories of India to adopt uniform dam safety procedures which shall ensure safety of dams and safeguard benefits Read More …

NIDM Centre to help Southern States

Context: The Vice President of India, has said that Southern parts of the country are prone to multiple disaster challenges –  hence require the NIDM Centre to help these states build infrastructure to tackle disasters.  Value Edition for Mains: India needs a disaster resilient infrastructure and provide life-line services to Read More …

BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise – 2017

The first Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, Disaster Management Exercise (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) concluded here today. Members of the BIMSTEC i.e Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal participated in the four-day exercise, conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the nodal Read More …

A waste management model for small towns

Introduction: India faces major environmental challenges associated with waste generation and inadequate waste collection, transport, treatment and disposal. Current systems in India cannot cope with the volumes of waste generated by an increasing urban population, and this has impact on the environment and public health. The challenges and barriers are Read More …