Yearly Archives: 2023

Are natural disasters man-made?

Over the last few months, since onset of monsoon in India, we have been confronted with the news of frequent floods, torrential rains and landslides costing us hundreds of lives and hundreds of thousands of rupees as economic damage to public and private properties. We have witnessed several floods, cloudburst …

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What to do with spent nuclear fuel?

Syllabus:  Alternate fuel Context: Japan has started releasing treated radioactive water from the beleaguered Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. Nuclear energy one of many alternatives to carbon-based power Currently, 10% of the world’s electricity Challenges Storage and disposal of nuclear waste in a safe, controlled manner. Several temporary …

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Understanding curbs on rice exports

Syllabus:  Agriculture-Exports The story so far In a move to check domestic rice prices and ensure domestic food security, the Indian government has prohibited the export of white rice, levied a 20% export duty on par-boiled rice till October 15, and permitted the export of Basmati rice for contracts with …

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Launch of Y – 12654 (MAHENDRAGIRI)

Syllabus: Defence Technology Context Mahendragiri, the last Project 17A Frigate, will be launched at M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai on 01 Sep 23. Mahendragiri It was named after a mountain peak in Eastern Ghats located in the state of Orissa, is the seventh ship of the Project 17A Frigates. …

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Karnataka starts releasing water on CWMA directives

Syllabus: Distribution of key natural resources Context In compliance with the directives of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), Karnataka has begun releasing water from its reservoirs to Tamil Nadu. Map Reading Bulletins The outflow from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir in Mandya district into the Cauvery was at the …

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The Election Commission — autonomy in the crosshairs

Syllabus: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Context The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been a focal point of differences between the government and the judiciary. This time, the clash of opinions is over its appointment. SC Judgement The Supreme Court of …

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