DEVELOPMENTS IN J&K

Various development initiatives were launched recently in Jammu and Kashmir. About: Indian Prime Minister recently launched several development projects in Jammu and Kashmir as follows: • Infrastructure: Two new branches of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be opened in Jammu and Srinagar. The New Terminal Building of the Kushak Bakula Rinpoche…

AMAN NAVAL EXERCISE

AMAN naval exercise of Pakistan held without U.S. participation this year. About: • Pakistan recently wrapped up its 6th AMAN biennial multinational naval exercise. • AMAN-19 involved 46 countries as well as international warships and observers. • AMAN is one of the few multinational exercises where Chinese and U.S. warships regularly participate. But no American…

Ground Water Extraction

Ground Water Extraction

The revised guidelines for Ground Water Extraction has been notified. About: • The Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on 12th December 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction. • They will be effective from 1st June 2019. These have been released in order to comply with…

Hydel Project in Arunachal Pradesh

Hydel Project in Arunachal Pradesh

Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has cleared the way for two proposed mega hydel power projects in Lohit districts and Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. About: • Deviating from recommendations made by statutory panels under the Environment Ministry, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has virtually cleared the Etalin hydel project in Dibang Valley and…

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…