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. Peak hour flights may get costlier (Relevant for GS Prelims, Relevant for GS Mains Paper III; Economics)

Govt. considering congestion surcharge The government is mulling over a proposal to impose a surcharge on airlines for operating flights during peak hours to enhance airport capacity and to avoid flight delays, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra. What is the present position? Currently, landing fees paid by airlines are determined … Continued

On India’s net neutrality regulations (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Net neutrality regulations in India In a vital decision that will help secure the rights of Internet users in the country, the Telecom Commission has approved the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on net neutrality. By endorsing steps that call for amendments to access services licences for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continued

Raising the quality of higher education across the board should be a priority (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Social Issues)

Three needs of higher education In its report on higher education for the Twelfth Plan, the working group of the erstwhile Planning Commission identified expansion, inclusion and excellence as the three pillars for growth. Focus on quality The NDA government had the theme of excellence in its 2016 annual budget, with a proposal to make … Continued

Bullet train to start in 2022: A look at its progress, hurdles (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) says that so far it has not missed milestones set in its timeline for the Rs 1.08-lakh-crore project, being built with an 80% loan from Japan. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is racing against time to meet the August 2022 deadline (advanced from 2023) for starting operations. … Continued

DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Science & Technology)

This follows attempts to frame a Bill in 2007, 2015 and 2017, each under a different name. With DNA technology being relied upon worldwide in crime investigations, identification of unclaimed bodies, or determining parentage, India has been attempting for several years to pass legislation on use of DNA technology to “support and strengthen the justice … Continued

Why WHO wants to treat gaming as a disorder, and why some disagree (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a plan to include “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition. The reclassification is part of the WHO’s 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, due for adoption this month. The move has led to debate. While addiction to gaming is widely recognised — recently reported incidents … Continued

When is an X-ray or MRI machine safe? How government proposes to find out (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

As the Central Drugs and Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) seeks feedback from stakeholders, a look at how such devices are governed and how that could now be set for change. Under a proposal by the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI), manufacturers of medical equipment such as X-ray, MRI and PET machines will have to … Continued

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