Darjeeling Himalayan Railways

Darjeeling Himalayan Railways: Concerns were raised against the Centre’s proposed monetisation of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) There are four fully functional and operational railways networks in mountains and hilly terrains in India — the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) located in the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal; the Nilgiris Mountain Railways located in […]

Vande Bharat Express

Vande Bharat Express: The Indian Railways plans to operate 102 Vande Bharat trains by March 2024. About Vande Bharat Express: The Train18, later named Vande Bharat Express, was rolled out by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai under the Indian government’s Make in India initiative. The train was launched on 15 February 2019. It was showcased […]

Lead Petrol Eradicated Globally: UNEP

Leaded Petrol Eradicated Globally: UNEP: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that the use of leaded petrol has been eradicated from the globe. The use of leaded petrol has been eradicated from the globe as per the observation made by UNEP Achieving of this milestone will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths and […]

North Korea’s Main Nuclear Complex

North Korea’s Main Nuclear Complex: The UN atomic agency has observed that North Korea might have resumed its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor This observation is based on the resumption of work on the 5-megawatt reactor in Yongbyon — North Korea’s main nuclear complex North Korean leader had offered to dismantle part of the Yongbyon complex at […]

West Nile Virus Infection

West Nile Virus Infections: Russia warned of a possible increase in West Nile Virus (WNV) Infections this autumn as mild temperatures and heavy precipitation create favourable conditions for the mosquitos that carry it. It is a member of the flavivirus genus and belongs to the Japanese encephalitis antigenic complex of the family Flaviviridae. WNV is […]

Small Finance Bank

Small Finance Bank: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has received applications from two more entities under the “on-tap” small finance bank licensing guidelines of 2019. An “on-tap” facility would mean the RBI will accept applications and grant licences for banks throughout the year. These are the financial institutions which provide financial services to the […]

SIP with Solar Irrigation Schemes

Substantial Investment Subsidies (SIP): The Government of India has introduced several solar irrigation schemes like PM KUSUM, Suryamitra Skill Development Programme, SPaRC Program, etc. These schemes seek to provide Substantial Investment Subsidies (SIP) and incentivise farmers to conserve groundwater and energy, increase farmer income and enable more efficient irrigation. SIPs promise a low carbon footprint, […]

Mapping Groundwater Sources: CSIR

Mapping Groundwater Sources: Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said, mapping groundwater sources by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will help to utilise groundwater for drinking purposes and supplement Prime Minister Modi’s Har Ghar Nal Se Jal Mission. CSIR in collaboration National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) have undertaken High Resolution Aquifer Mapping […]