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Upgraded Vikas engine will soon boost ISRO’s rockets (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Upgraded Vikas engine All three satellite launch vehicles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to add muscle to their spacecraft lifting power in upcoming missions this year. The space agency has improved the thrust of the Vikas engine that powers all of them. The agency said the high-thrust engine qualified on Sunday … Continued

Overdue correction: on revisiting the Companies Act (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Review of harsh provisions The Centre has announced the constitution of a committee to revisit several provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 that impose stiff penalties and, in some cases, prison terms as well, for directors and key management personnel. When was revision done? The 2013 law entailed the first massive overhaul of India’s legal … Continued

India becomes the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020 (Relevant for GS Prelims, IOBR)

India has become the Vice-Chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of  World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020. The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council. Being … Continued

Golden jackal faces threat in its habitat (Relevant for GS Prelims)

Destruction of mangrove cover in Bandar Reserve Forest may trigger man-animal conflict Destruction of mangrove cover in the Bandar Reserve Forest is forcing the golden jackal (Canis aureus) out of its habitat, triggering a conflict with the local communities. About Bandar Reserve Forest The reserve forest is in Andhra Pradesh. About Golden jackal  The conservation … Continued

. 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

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