The RERA report card

Context: The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) came into effect (May 1 2017). There is still a long way to go before the real estate sector operates in an “efficient and transparent manner and protect the interest of consumers”, as set forth in the statute’s preamble. A Read More …

Clean Air India Initiative

Context: Prime Minister of Netherlands, who is in India on a two-day visit, launched the ‘Clean Air India Initiative’ in the national capital. All about the Initiative: The campaign aims to curb air pollution in Indian cities by promoting partnerships between Indian start-ups and Dutch companies and build a network of entrepreneurs Read More …

Global warming may have ‘devastating’ effects on rice

Context: As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned. Value Edition: Global warming, climate change and particularly greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide — can have an impact Read More …

All you need to know about Nipah virus

According to WHO, the Nipah virus infection is a newly emerging zoonosis, that is, a disease transmitted from animals to humans. The virus belongs to a new genus termed Henipavirus (subfamily Paramyxovirinae). Which animals can spread the disease? The natural host of the virus are fruit bats belonging to the Read More …

AI on the Brink of Revolutionising Banking and Insurance of the Future

Context: Mankind’s quest for Artifical Intelligence (AI) has driven development from times immemorial. It dates back to the architectural astronomy instruments in India to Abacus of Mesopotamia; from mechanical triggering of medieval cannons in China to the emergence of the big World Wide Web; and finally to the 21st century when Read More …

All About Impact Assessment-GS Paper-3

What is Impact Assessment? Impact assessments are carried out to assess the consequences of individual projects — Environmental Impact Assessment — or of policies and programmes — Strategic Environmental Assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development, taking Read More …