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Electric Vehicles | IAS Coaching in Chandigarh

By | 2017-11-16T23:22:46+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: Economy, Editorial Simplified, Environment & Ecology, GS Paper 3|

IAS Coaching in Chandigarh. This article covers a summary of Carnegie India editorial.To reinforce its Paris Climate Change Conference (2015) commitments, the government intends that all vehicles sold in India by 2030 should be electric.NITI Aayog report -A recently released NITI Aayog report on mobility transformation outlines a feasible and phased approach to achieve this goal.Developed in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute, it presents the government’s vision of a shared, electric and connected mobility paradigm where mobility is a service based on an electric vehicle (EV) fleet, enabled by the convergence of low-cost technologies, smart designs, business model innovation and [...]

Conservation of Wetlands Rules 2017

By | 2017-10-15T22:52:08+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Paper 3|

Conservation of Wetlands Rules 2017 have been proposed under Union Government’s new notification of the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 shows how the environment continues to be a dispensable commodity. Highlights of New Conservation of Wetlands Rules 2017 – The new rules, notified by the environment ministry, decentralise wetlands management by giving states powers to not only identify and notify wetlands within their jurisdictions but also keep a watch on prohibited activities. It also indirectly widens the ambit of permitted activities by inserting the 'wise use' principle, giving powers to state-level wetland authorities to decide what can be allowed in [...]

Effect of Climate Change on Indian Economy | Livemint

By | 2017-10-02T23:44:36+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Paper 3|

We recommend all aspirants to try an essay on the topic "Effect of Climate Change on Indian Economy". This is an important issue. Introduction – According to estimates, production of Kharif crops in the current year is expected to decline by 2.8% because of an uneven monsoon. The possibility of such weather events is likely to increase in the future. And that means a serious challenge for a country like India where about 50% of the population directly or indirectly depends on agriculture for a livelihood. Economic impact of climate change – World Economic Outlook report of the IMF notes that [...]

First Solar Powered Train Launched | PIB Summary

By | 2017-07-17T08:09:30+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Mains, GS Paper 3, PIB|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Minister of Railways dedicated to the nation the first 1600 HP DEMU train with Solar Powered Coaches with a unique facility of Battery Bank. Details The entire electrical need of the coaches for Lighting, Fans and Information Display System will be met from the Solar Energy produced from the solar panels fitted in the roofs of coaches. While this train has been manufactured by the Coach Factory of Indian Railways namely Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, its Solar panels and Solar systems have been developed and fitted by Indian Railways Organisation of Alternative Fuel (IROAF) Delhi. This first rake has been [...]

Fuel Supply Agreement

By | 2017-06-27T08:17:46+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Mains, GS Paper 3, Infrastructure, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with the Letter of Assurance (LoA) holders. Details of the Fuel Supply Agreement Allocation of linkages for power sector shall be based on the auction of linkages or through Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) based on the competitive bidding of tariffs except for the State and the Central Power Generating companies and the exceptions provided in Tariff Policy, 2016. Coal drawal will be permitted against valid Long Term PPAs and to be concluded Medium Term PPAs. The approved framework [...]

Boost To Transform Domestic Nuclear Industry

By | 2017-06-27T07:16:32+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: Economy, Environment & Ecology, Geography, GS Mains, GS Paper 1, GS Paper 3, Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In a significant decision to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power program, and give a push to country’s nuclear industry, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).  The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. The 10 PHWR project will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity. Focus – Cabinet approves construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) Analysis India has current installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from [...]

Local Treatment Of Urban Sewage Streams For Healthy Reuse

By | 2017-06-24T09:53:07+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Mains, GS Paper 3, PIB|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Mr. Bert Koenders and Lt. Governor of Delhi, Sh. Anil Baijal laid the foundation stone to mark the beginning of work on cleaning the Barapullah drain in New Delhi today. Highlights The highlight of the ceremony was the laying of the Foundation Stone for the on-site laboratory and pilot plant and the start of the cleaning and beautification of the Barapullah Drain (Cleaning the Urban Sewage) with the unveiling of an artwork. The artwork represents Indo – Dutch collaboration for the LOTUSHR project in form of two [...]

Water Conservation Programme | PIB Summary

By | 2017-05-03T08:52:04+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, Geography, GS Mains, GS Paper 1, GS Paper 3, PIB|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Sushri Uma Bharti launched Bundelkhand Water Conservation Programme at Bandri in Sagar District of MP Water Conservation Programme | About Ministry has prepared a master plan for artificial recharge of ground water in Bundelkhand region. In UP region of Bundelkhand, around 1100 percolation tanks, 14000 small check dams/Nala bunds and 7200 Recharge pits/shafts have been identified. In MP region of Bundelkhand, around 2000 percolation tanks, 55000 small check dams/Nala bunds and 17000 Recharge shafts have been identified. As a part of ground water exploration, 234 wells in UP are proposed to be [...]

Belmont Forum Secretariat | PIB Summary

By | 2017-04-06T08:47:20+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Paper 3, PIB|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of the Collaborative Agreement with French National Research Agency (ANR), France for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat from January, 2015 to December, 2017 at a total estimated expenditure of Euro 40,000. The Cabinet also approved continued financial support to Belmont Forum Secretariat beyond 2017. Belmont Forum Secretariat | Highlights The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high level group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It provides an opportunity to identify study and deliver [...]

Protection of Forests | PIB Summary

By | 2017-04-03T15:46:07+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Paper 3, PIB|Tags: , , , , , , , |

India is one of the mega diversity countries in the world with different types of forests. Officially 20 per cent of geographical area in the country is under forest cover. The National Forest Policy (1988) aims to increase the forest cover to one third. One of the main approaches is the protection of forests in India. Protection of Forests | Issues According to India State Forest Report released in 2015, the forest cover has increased by 5081 square kilometres between 2013 - 2015, increasing the carbon sinks by 103 million tonnes. Though Mizoram has the highest 93 per cent forest cover, [...]

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