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…

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…

Space Command for US Military

Space Command for US Military

Recently, US government ordered the creation of “Space Command“ which will have overall control over military’s space operation. About: • Space command will be sixth branch of USA military that would focus on all matters off-world from procuring military satellites to Defending USA spacecrafts in orbits from attack. Role of Space in Military Operations: •…

Border Guarding Forces

Border Guarding Forces

214th Report on ‘Working Conditions in Border Guarding Forces is released. About: • A committee headed by P. Chidambaram presented its Report on Working Conditions in Border Guarding Forces (Assam Rifles, Sashastra Seema Bal, Indo Tibetan Border Police and Border Security Force), to the Rajya Sabha. • Out of the seven Central Armed Police Forces…