CONTEXT Release of interest sub-vented loan from Micro-Irrigation Fund (MIF) under PMKSY. MAIN POINTS: Micro Irrigation Fund with a corpus of Rs. 5000 crore created with NABARD was operationalised in 2019-20 The objective of the Fund is to facilitate the states in availing an interest sub-vented loan for expanding coverage …

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CONTEXT: The government has set targets of 10% bioethanol blending of petrol by 2022 and to raise it to 20% by 2030 under the Ethanol Blended Programme (EBP) BACKGROUND: In the normal sugar season, about 320 LMT of sugar is produced against a domestic consumption of 260 LMT. This 60 …

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Astrosat views star formation in jellyfish galaxies

Observations of a jelly fish galaxy, JW100, by Astrosat using its Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope have thrown up interesting puzzles. These puzzles involve star formation in hostile environments containing X-ray-emitting hot plasma. JW100 is located far away in the galaxy cluster Abell 2626. A recent work describes this analysis and poses …

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Planters concerned with RCEP

‘More tariff cuts will worsen trade deficit in plantation commodities’ The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (UPASI) has said that plantation commodities should be kept out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), if India signs the agreement. AL. Rm. Nagappan, president, UPASI, said in a statement that in …

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