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  • Sep 26, 2019
  • 1 Ban on Single Use Plastic Materials by the Indian Railways [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    All regional offices have been asked by the Union Ministry of Railways to ensure complete removal of single-use plastics from all railways stations effective from 2 October 2019. The main aim is to shield the environment from menace of plastic. All plastic material with less than

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  • Sep 22, 2019
  • 1 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    1. The Dictum of Desertification: The United Nation’s Convention emphasized land and water by preventing land degradation and water scarcity. To prevent the world from deadly impacts of the climate change. Building wealth for the poorest and improving their livelihoods. Mitigati

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  • 2 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 Part-2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    6. More than 100 countries are at the risk of desertification. The risk is likely to displace 700 million people worldwide by 2050. The desertification has resulted in a number of social and economic stressors such as food security, wealth and productivity. Sudan was under mil

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  • 3 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 Part 3 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    11. Asia is most severely affected by land degradation, desertification and drought Economic appraisal (cost of restoration vs. benefit of restoration) in the ELD Asia study report says that if all Asian countries invest and develop sustainable land management technologies on its

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 Ocean Energy Received Renewable Energy Status [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth, Geography ]

    The Ocean Energy has now been assigned Renewable Energy status by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Hereafter energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) will be considered as Renewable En

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  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 1 The Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill 2019 [ Health, Bills, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Minister of Labour and Employment introduced The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019 in Lok Sabha. All establishments employing at least 10 workers along with mines and docks comes under this Code Bill Policy. For certain types of establishments and

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  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 1 Organic Farming in India [ Down-to-Earth, Geography ]

    India accounts for just 2.59 percent (1.5 million hectares) of the total organic cultivation area of 57.8 million hectares globally according to World of Organic Agriculture report 2018. Organic farming is defined as a technique, which involves cultivation of plants and rearing o

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  • Aug 29, 2019
  • 1 Down to Earth 16- 30 July 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Life on Mars? Compost Generation Scientific Misconduct Birds of North East: - Mars & Methane: Normal methane levels on Mars is 0.24 and 0.65 parts per billion (ppb). Rover has detected 21 ppb inside the 154-km-wide Gale crater. 4 times the previous maximum levels (5.8 ppb) recor

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  • 2 DRDO Successfully Test Fires AKASH MK-1S Missile [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR, Chandipur, Odhisa. Akash MK1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets. It has a strike range of 25 km. Akash MK 1S is an upgraded versi

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  • Aug 26, 2019
  • 1 Inauguration of First Ever World Food Safety Day [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    The first ever World Food Safety was launched by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare on 7th June 2019 with the theme ‘Food Safety, Everyone’s Business’. The celebratory programme was organised by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

    The Prime Minis

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  • Aug 24, 2019
  • 1 Steps Being Taken to Control Spread of Fall Army Worm [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is taking several steps to control the spread of Fall Army Worm in the country. The term “armyworm” can be referred to several species with invasive behaviour on a massive scale at larval stage.

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  • Aug 23, 2019
  • 1 Tiger Census, RTE, Education Down to Earth 16th to 31st 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    MCQ Tracker – Target Prelims: Change in definition of tiger census, Phytosanitary certificate, Methyl bromide, Fall armyworm, Gaur – Vulnerable - IUCN, Green New Deal, Green Marshall Plan, Colistin, Kangech, Vitamin B12, Higher Education, RTI Act.

    Highlights Chandrayaan-2, Indi

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  • Aug 22, 2019
  • 1 Water Crisis in Chennai, Ministry of Jal Shakti -Down to Earth 1st to 15th August 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) recently released a new list of quality journals that will be considered for publication of all academic work. Extreme weather events displaced 10.3 million people in China, India and the Phil

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  • 2 Amalgamation of National Institute of Miners Health with ICMR-NIOH [ Policy/Governance, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Cabinet approved the merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health (NIMH), an autonomous Institute under Union Ministry of Mines (MoM) with ICMR-NIOH (Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Occupational Health), Ahmedabad, under Union Ministry of Health & Famil

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  • Aug 21, 2019
  • 1 Advisory on the Ongoing Heat Wave by Health Ministry [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare under the newly formed cabinet has issued a health advisory for people to stay safe during the heat wave conditions prevailing in the country. A heat wave is a period of excessively hot weather accompanied by high humidity. Genera

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  • Aug 19, 2019
  • 1 Formation of Jal Shakti Ministry [ Policy/Governance, Down-to-Earth ]

    A new Ministry called ‘Jal Shakti’ has been created by the Centre comprising Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation along with the Drinking Water and Sanitation.

    All the aspects of water regulation and its management will come under one department.

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  • 2 Approval of the Muslims Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Down-to-Earth ]

    Union Cabinet has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 by replacing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019 (Ord. 4 of 2019).

    The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019 was prom

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  • Aug 6, 2019
  • 1 Stubble Burning Issue & Supreme Court’S Observations [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Intentionally setting fire to the straw stubble that remains after grains, like paddy, wheat, etc. , after harvesting is known as Stubble burning. The practice was widespread until the 1990s, when governments increasingly restricted its use.

    Farmers in the neighboring states Har

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  • Jul 24, 2019
  • 1 Heat Wave AES Down to Earth 1-15 July 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Heat Wave: IMD – declares 40 degree Celsius and more as heat wave: - Kerala – recovering form flood to discomforts of heat in March: - 125-odd days, heat waves swept 23 states and Union Territories (UTs); each enduring at least one spell. Since then, there have been 86 spells of

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  • 2 📹 Circular Economy Rwanda Vs. USA Trade Issues Down to Earth 16-30 June 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Clothing – The Real Picture: - Globally, clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2015. During the period the number of garments purchased each year increased by 60%, Average number of times a garment was worn before disposal declined by 36%. More than US $500 billion worth o

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  • May 12, 2018
  • 1 Down to Earth – 1th to 15th April Summary - New Age Executives (Part - 1) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The Craft of Corrupt Science - Glyphosate: A chemical which is banned or on the verge of being banned all over the world, Glyphosate, a herbicide is used to remove weeds by spraying it before sowing to clear the fields.

    • Glyphosate also known as Roundup or “Wonder Substance”.
    • D

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  • 2 Down to Earth – 1th to 15th April Summary - New Age Executives (Part - 2) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Head out - National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), government’s drug pricing watchdog, triggered by a complaint filed by few patients who were charged extraordinary but did not find solution to their problem.

    The report, released by NPPA says

    • Private hospitals are “lo

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  • 3 Down to Earth – 1th to 15th April Summary - New Age Executives (Part - 3) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Strength Aggregation -India has about 119 million small and marginal farm households that own less than 2 ha, as per Census 2011. It could go to 95 % in next decade. Small farmers have no say in the market. Small landholdings mean high input costs, reduced output and low market p

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  • May 9, 2018
  • 1 Down to Earth – 16th to 30th April Summary (Part - 1) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Design of a Building - The Bureau of Indian Standards makes the National Building Code (NBC) that regulates building design in the Country which defines “comfort temperatures”. Its 2005 version had set 25 - 30°C for non-air conditioned buildings and 21 - 23°C for air-conditioned

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  • 2 Down to Earth – 16th to 30th April Summary (Part - 2) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Oil Grows on trees- Over 67 % of current demand of vegetable oil is met by imports. Import duty increased to make the domestic market competitive. Import duties on sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and soya bean oil, which account for 38 % of imports, remain unchanged.

    According to th

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  • 3 Down to Earth – 16th to 30th April Summary (Part - 3) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    It’s Time for Institutionalization - NGT may become an ineffective institution because of: Weaknesses in NGT’s own internal procedures, Non-cooperation from the government, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEF&CC).

    The tribunal needs to establish clear guidelin

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  • Apr 12, 2018
  • 1 Summary of Down to Earth: 31st March 2018 (Part - 1) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    World Of Cape Towns - Theewatreskloof Dam, Cape Town’s largest reservoir, has dries to just 13 % capacity after 3 years of drought. Cape Town is on notice that the day when its water will run out is very close.

    Cape Towns in India

    February 2018 Supreme Court (SC) decision on all

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  • 2 Summary of Down to Earth: 31 March 2018 (Part - 2) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    In Odisha, In January this year, village communities in Pipadi and Jamguda in Kalahandi district were denied access to take bamboo out of the forest area. They were told that they could transport bamboo outside the forest, only if it was done manually or by using a cycle, there b

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  • 3 Summary of Down to Earth: 31 March 2018 (Part - 3) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Crisis of Management - In case of Bengaluru, the extra allocation of water from Cauvery by Supreme Court would be of little relief unless the water is managed well. The 2013 - 14 report of the Comptroller and Auditor General says that half of the Cauvery waters, supplied to Benga

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 A Tragic Die-Off of Most of the Coral in Japan’S Largest Coral Reef [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The coral bleaching continues to have its impact even in 2017 as a new study by the Japanese environment ministry revealed that almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died. Report blames global warming and rising sea temperatures for the demise of coral reefs.

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