Dam Safety Bill, 2018

Dam Safety Bill, 2018

The government introduced the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha. About: • The government, on 12th December, introduced the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha which will enable the States and Union Territories to adopt uniform procedures to ensure safety of reservoirs. • Why the need of Dam Safety Bill arose:…

Heat Waves

Heat Waves

The Lancet countdown on health and climate has reported that India was particularly affected by the rising frequency of heatwave events and lost about 75 billion hours of work, a significant part of it in the agricultural sector. About: • Lancet Report: An estimated 153 billion hours of labour was lost during 2017 due to…

The Karmapa and Tibetan Buddhism

The Karmapa and Tibetan Buddhism

Karmapa tradition Lama has acquired the Dominican citizenship hurting relationship with India. About: • The 13th Religious Conference of the Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon Tradition, which was scheduled for November 29 and 30 in Dharamshala, has been postponed to indefinite period. • Reason for Postponement: The reason for this tussle between the Government…

H-1B Visa

H-1B Visa

US government decided to award H-1B visa only for most skilled and highest paid foreign workers. About: • The Trump administration proposed major changes to the H-1B application process. • Electronically register with USCIS: Under a new proposed merit-based rule, the companies employing foreign workers on the H-1B visa – under the Congressional mandated annual…

BeiDou Navigation System

BeiDou Navigation System

China moved a step closer to its dream of building a satellite navigation system that could challenge America’s Global Positioning System (GPS) with the launch of two new BeiDou-3 satellites in November. About: • The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is a Chinese satellite navigation system. • The current launch means that a total of 19…

Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing

India and Russia has decided to increase cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain System, and Quantum Computing. About: • In the first India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue at St Petersburg, both countries decided to increase cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence, blockchain system, quantum computing, financial Technology and explore the possibility of…

Solar Cycle

Solar Cycle

IISER Kolkata develops simulation to predict solar activity over 10 years. About: • A team of researchers from IISER Kolkata have developed a way of predicting the intensity of activity in the next solar cycle (approximately from 2020 to 2031) using data spread over the last 100 years. What is Solar Cycle? • The solar…