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Removal of Heavy Metals From Water

Recently, a research team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has developed a new method for efficient removal of heavy metals from water Background: Several methods like chemical precipitation, ion exchange, adsorption, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, solvent extraction, and electrochemical treatment have been used to remove heavy metals from contaminated water. Many …

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‘Tackle Cng Vehicle Cost, Bring It Under Gst’

India needs to bring CNG under the GST regime and tackle challenges such as high vehicle cost and limited boot space for the growth of the natural gas vehicle market, according to a report by Nomura Research Institute Consulting & Solutions India. Report: The report on ‘natural gas vehicle (NGV) market’ stated that the CNG …

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U.K. TURNS TO INDO-PACIFIC IN POST-BREXIT FOREIGN POLICY

Britain wants to expand its influence among countries in the Indo-Pacific region to try to moderate China’s global dominance, a document laying out post-Brexit foreign and defence policy priorities said recently. The document sets out a planned increase of Britain’s nuclear warhead stockpile by more than 40% to weigh against evolving global security …

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Delhi Remains Most Polluted Capital: Report

Delhi remained the most polluted capital city in the world but India, on the whole, had improved its average annual PM2.5 (particulate matter) levels in 2020 than in 2019, according to a report from IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company specialising in protection against airborne pollutants, and developing air …

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BARALACHA

For the first time ever, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started work on reopening the crucial Baralacha Pass in Himachal Pradesh much before schedule to restore connectivity to Leh in Ladakh. Important points: Bara-lacha la also known as Bara-lacha Pass is a high mountain pass in Zanskar range, connecting …

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SC BATS FOR GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD

The Supreme Court recently intervened on behalf of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustards over the birds falling dead after colliding with power lines running through their dwindling natural habitats in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Threat from electrocution: A Bench led by Chief Justice of India will examine on a priority basis whether overhead …

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‘BEE FENCES’ TO WARD OFF ELEPHANT ATTACKS

Pitting the largest animal on land against a minute insect. That is how the authorities intend to mitigate human-elephant conflict that seems to continue unabated in Kodagu and other parts of the south Karnataka region. Project RE-HAB: A pilot project launched in Kodagu entails installing bee boxes along the periphery of the forest and …

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NEW SPACE INDIA LIMITED (NSIL)

New Space India Limited (NSIL) has been incorporated as a wholly owned GoI Undertaking/Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE). Antrix Ltd is another PSU under the Department of Space that acts as an commercial arm of the ISRO New Space India Limited (NSIL): It functions under the administrative control of Department …

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