India’s emission targets most ambitious among G20 nations

Context: While none of the G20 nations’ determined emission contributions for 2030 are in line with the Paris Agreement, India’s emission targets are the most ambitious and close to the 1.5°C limit, says a stock-take report of G20 nations to “assess the collective progress” towards the agreed goals. It adds that 82 Read More …

India GSLV MkIII-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29

Context: India’s GSAT-29 communication satellite was successfully launched by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MarkIII (GSLV MkIII-D2) today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. More details about GSLV MK III:  GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by the Read More …

Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS)

Context: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, in consultation with National Institute of Wind Energy Chennai, has prepared a draft of new Scheme called Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS) incorporating various guidelinesTurbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS). About the draft IWTCS: The IWTCS is a consolidation of relevant National and International Read More …

70% Youth Unaware of Govt’s Skill Development Programmes: WEF

Context: Though the government is aiming to skill 40 crore people by 2022 through its ‘Skill India’ program, the lack of awareness among youth about the government-run skill development programs is one of the key obstacles with about 70% of Indian youth is not aware of these schemes, according to a Read More …

National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Conservation and Management) Bill, 2018

Context The Bill calls for a National Ganga Council and a National Ganga Rejuvenation Authority to enforce the law and protect the river which flows over 2500 km. The draft Bill prepared by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. The draft Bills defines Ganga as ‘India’s Read More …

Ozone: The Earth’s protective shield is repairing

Context: The ozone layer which is a part of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 percent per decade since 2000 said by U.N. Environment and the World Meteorological Organization. Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere Read More …

Multi-Modal Terminal in Varanasi

Context: Prime Minister will inaugurate a Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga in Varanasi. About the Modal Terminal: The Multi-Modal Terminal in Varanasi is the first of three Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga. Started in June 2016. A total of three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-modal Terminals are being constructed Read More …