Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017

Context:  As per International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA)’s latest ‘Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017’ report, India has the world’s fifth largest cultivated area under genetically modified (GM) crops. Highlights of the report: Unlike other big growers, India’s entire GM crop area is under Read More …

DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018

Context: The primary intended purpose for enactment of “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill” is for expanding the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. The utility of DNA based technologies for solving crimes, and to identify missing persons, 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 …

Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System

Context: The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System(RIMES), an UN-registered agency would collaborate with Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to strengthen its quality, prediction ability and response capacity. According to an official statement, the international agency will provide technical support to OSDMA regarding analysis of data to be generated through automatic weather stations being installed Read More …

What is the plastic ban in Maharashtra all about?

Context The Maharashtra government began enforcing a ban on plastic, a decision it announced in March. On World Environment Day, June 5, India was the host nation, with the theme for this year being ‘Beat plastic pollution.’ What is the plan? On March 23, the government issued a notification banning Read More …

Can India manage its toxic e-waste?

Context: Even one and a half years after the E-Waste Management Rules, which were notified in October 2016 was passed, there is little evidence that it is being implemented. i.e. manufacturers of electric and electronic equipments must facilitate their collection and return it to authorised dismantlers or recyclers. The matter came Read More …

World Bank’s report ‘South Asia’s Hotspots’

Context: A World Bank report has found that rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change could cost India 2.8% of GDP and depress the living standards of nearly half the country’s population by 2050. The report, ‘South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Read More …