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…

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Multiple incidences of water shortage coupled with chronic water stress observed in different parts of India have raised alarms about the impending water crisis. Recently in News: • The NITI Aayog Report on Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) said India is facing its worst water crisis in the history. • CWMI found that nearly 600 million…

PET coke (Petroleum coke) imports allowed

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…

Emergency Graded Response Action Plan(GRAP) to combat air pollution.

Emergency Graded Response Action Plan(GRAP) to combat air pollution.

Air quality in Delhi remains poor, an emergency action plan in the form of Graded Response Action Plan has been rolled out to combat air pollution. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has notified  that air quality had begun to show a trend towards poor category and so actions like stopping garbage burning, stopping diesel…

WORLD OZONE DAY

WORLD OZONE DAY

WORLD OZONE DAY is celebrated on 16th September every year. India first country in the world to develop document on Cooling Action Plan About: Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) and a booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’ on the…

Current Affairs – June (Environment and Biodiversity)

Current Affairs – June (Environment and Biodiversity)

BLACKBUCK was under Current Affairs in April 2018, When Bollywood actor Salman Khan was Given 5 Years’ Jail by trial court for Shooting Blackbucks, a Schedule-I animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, at Kankani village in 1998. About: • Nomenclature: The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), also known as the Indian antelope. • Genus: The blackbuck is the…