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Overview of Rat-Hole Mining

Context: Recently, authorities were given four weeks by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to respond in a case related to the death of six workers in a rat-hole coal mine fire in Nagaland’s Wokha district. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Overview of Rat-Hole Mining: Irony and Local Context: Characteristics of Rat-Hole Mining: Two Types of Rat-Hole […]

Drop in Private Investments

Context: The narrative thus far revolves around the persistent challenge of sluggish private investment, measured by the proportion of private Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) to gross domestic product (GDP) at current prices, which has hindered the progress of the Indian economy. Private investment has steadily declined since 2011-12, prompting the government to pin hopes on major Indian […]

What is Green Hydrogen?

Context: 41st Steering Committee of International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy deliberates on deployment of Green Hydrogen and its Derivatives Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: What is Green hydrogen? Green Hydrogen Importance What is the National Green Hydrogen Mission? Advantages:

Status Quo Ordered on Shanan Hydropower Project

Context: The central government has issued orders for maintaining the status quo on the Shanan hydropower project, which has become a subject of contention between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The dispute has prompted Punjab to approach the Supreme Court seeking resolution. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: Shanan Project and Claims of Different […]

India’s Push for Semiconductors

Context: EAM S Jaishankar embarked on a tour to South Korea and Japan this week. The actual outcomes of the meetings in South Korea and Japan will be revealed in the coming months, as India positions itself to play a significant role in the semiconductor supply chain network. Given India’s strained relations with China, and with […]

India’s First Under-River Metro Tunnel

Context: Prime Minister recently inaugurated a metro train service between Howrah Maidan and Esplanade in Kolkata, marking the opening of India’s first under-river metro tunnel. Relevance: GS III: Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: India’s First Under-River Metro Tunnel: Connecting Kolkata’s East-West Corridor Additional Features: Key Facts about River Hooghly: -Source: The Hindu

Balancing Welfare and Fiscal Responsibility

Context: In light of the recent report by Niti Aayog indicating that 250 million individuals have emerged from poverty during the last nine-and-a-half years of the current government’s tenure, the Prime Minister has faced criticism from opposition parties for his decision to extend the distribution of free ration through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana […]

Unveiling the Green Revolution at Indian Airports

Context: The growth and mobility facilitated by the civil aviation sector play a vital role in propelling the economic progress of the nation. As of 2024, India holds the 5th position in the global GDP rankings. The civil aviation sector is emerging as a pivotal force behind growth and mobility, positioning itself as a key driver of […]

Workers Safety in Hazardous Industries

Context: Recently, a Firecracker factory explosion in Madhya Pradesh kills 11 people, leaving many injured. Relevance: GS-3 Industry and Infrastructure Dimensions of the Article: MP Firecracker Tragedy: Hazardous Industry Way Forward -Source: The Indian Express

Safety of Aging Dams in the Country

Focus: GS III: Infrastructure Why in News? As per the National Register of Large (Specified) Dams, 2023 compiled by the National Dam Safety Authority, there are 234 number of large dams in India, which are more than 100 years old. Overview of Indian Dams Challenges in Dam Safety and Water Resource Management Initiatives for Dam […]