Prime Minister launches work on Zojila tunnel project Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Zojila tunnel project, which will provide all-weather connectivity to Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. At 14.15 km, it will be the country’s longest road tunnel. The tunnel will cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from the three hours … Continued
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The Maharashtra government has approved a new development plan for Mumbai, which will serve as the blueprint for the development of the country’s economic capital till 2034. What is it? According to Section 21 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, every planning authority has to carry out a survey, prepare a land … Continued
National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) Consequent upon approval of the Cabinet, National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) has recently been created by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation at New Delhi vide notification dated 28th March 2018. NWIC would be a repository of nation-wide water resources data and would work as a Subordinate … Continued
Big duststorms and lightning are not unusual at this time. Why do they occur, why did so many die? Over 100 people were killed in duststorms, thunderstorms, and lightning at many places in northern, central and eastern India on Wednesday. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said “lightning and thunderstorm” killed 62 people in Uttar … Continued
The new draft if implemented will not only have an effect on how common areas used by fisherfolk are managed, but also bifurcate coastal zones along rural areas based on population density. The draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), 2018, which was released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) last week, has the potential … Continued
Work is going on at a brisk pace to complete the roads leading to Andhra Pradesh’s new capital, Amaravati, but the designs for the various buildings, including the Secretariat, are still being finalised. About 33,000 acres of lush agricultural land on the banks of the Krishna, about 12 km to the northwest of Vijayawada, has … Continued
Importance of Port of Duqm In a strategic move to expand its footprint in the Indian Ocean region, India has secured access to the key Port of Duqm in Oman for military use and logistical support. This is part of India’s maritime strategy to counter Chinese influence and activities in the region. When did India … Continued
What are the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group? How do these elite regimes control the export of weapons and transfer of weapons technologies? Why does membership in them matter to India? How far is the NSG for India now? Missile Technology Control Regime Established in 1987, MTCR is an “informal … Continued
What is it? Several reports in recent days have spoken about the Chinese side beefing up its military presence in the disputed Doklam area, where Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a two-month stand-off in the summer of 2017. Recent satellite images and intelligence reports show the Chinese have erected several permanent military posts, … Continued
The world in 2017 saw some of the highest average surface temperatures ever recorded. What does scientists say? Scientists at NASA ranked last year as the second-warmest year since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, trailing only 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which uses a different analytical method, ranked it third, behind 2016 and … Continued