PET coke (Petroleum coke) imports allowed

PET coke also known as Petroleum coke, has been allowed to import for selective use. This move will benefit many manufacturing industries. About: Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has allowed petcoke import of only for use as feedstock in some select industries such as cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries. These industries were earlier affected…

All India Survey on Higher Education(AISHE)

All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MoHD) for conducting an annual web-based survey for portraying the status of higher education in India. About: A survey by the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) published in July this year shows that the gross enrolment ratio (GER)…

Green Agriculture Project

Green Agriculture Project is a international multi body initiative. About: Emerging concerns: The Indian Government along with UN body Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an agriculture project with USD 33.5 million grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) that aims to bring transformative changes in agriculture sector by conservation of Biodiversity and forest landscapes. India’s…

India targets increase in food grain output for 2018-19

India targets increase food grain output for FY 2018-19. About: The Agriculture Ministry has set a foodgrain production target of 285.2 million tonnes for 2018-19, a marginal increase from the previous year’s harvest of 284.8 million tonnes. This increase is despite patchy rainfall in some parts i.e. some areas got extra rainfall, some areas were deficient. Rainfall…

CASPIAN SEA DEAL

CASPIAN SEA DEAL was concluded in the Kazakh city of Aktaun recently. Leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on its legal status. Countries involved: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan. Features of the Deal: It is an agreement on the status of the inland sea, which has been…

Pension Adalats

The Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’ on 18th September 2018 About: Organised by: It was organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. Objective: The Pension Adalats are being convened with the objective of bringing on a common table the…

e-Sahaj Portal for security clearance

 Union Home Secretary launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance  About: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched e-Sahaj portal to facilitate individuals and private companies in seeking security clearance for setting up business in certain sensitive sectors like civil aviation. E-Sahaj Portal Benefits: The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application…

India’s Urban Mobility

India’s Urban Mobility NITI Aayog and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) presented a report titled “Transforming India’s Mobility- a Perspective”.     Problems because of Poor Urban Transportation: Unprecedented Transport Growth:According to Niti Aayog, the number of registered motor vehicles has rapidly increased from 5.4 million in 1981, to 210 million in 2015. Inadequate Public Transport: According…

Pollution leads to a cooler monsoon

Pollution due to aerosols are seen as a trigger to cooler monsoons. Study says aerosol emissions cause temperature drop of 1 degree Celsius. Science behind the aerosol temperature relationship: Increased emission of aerosols into the atmosphere is leading to a definite cooling effect during the Indian monsoon period, a study has found. The increased cooling is…