Ground Water Pollution In India

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) generates ground water quality data on a regional scale through ground water quality monitoring throughout the country. This monitoring indicates the occurrence of Fluoride, Arsenic, Nitrate, Iron and Heavy Metals beyond the BIS permissible limits for human consumption in isolated pockets in various parts of the country.Water being a State …

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Current Affairs Notes: Privacy And Surveillance; Section 66A Of The IT Act

Data localisation Data localisation is not the only approach towards protecting data privacy WhatsApp, with 459 million users. WhatsApp can seamlessly share user metadata and mobile information with its parent company Facebook. Facebook Inc, which also owns Instagram. Facebook has sought to integrate the offerings from WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, with the former acting also …

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Current Affairs Notes: Vulnerable Houbara Bustard; U.S. & Climate Action

Houbara Bustard Eleven members of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) royal family had arrived in January 2021 Pakistan’s Panjgur district in Balochistan to hunt the internationally protected and highly vulnerable houbara bustard under a license issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry. They’re a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken – and hunting them …

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Lessons To Be Learnt From Uttarakhand Glacier Burst

The Centre and the Uttarakhand government cannot ignore the larger context of the State’s increasing frailty in the face of environmental shocks. Deep gorges and canyons have attracted many hydroelectric projects and dams, with little concern for earthquake risk. Red flags have been raised repeatedly: Moderate quake took place in the region in 1991; 2013 …

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What Climate Agenda Should India Pursue?

India should frame its Climate Policies in such a ways that meet diplomatic, developmental and climate interest simultaneously. Pursuing net-zero emission policy is neither feasible nor advisable. A pledge of net-zero emissions by 2050 will be appreciated by the developed western countries; diplomatic advancements, but such policy, especially if bound by a low, will adversely …

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Should India Pursue Net Zero Emission Policy?

Net Zero Emission The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its report in 2021. Updated national pledges on emission limits are expected this year. US President Joe Biden has already placed the climate crisis near the top of its foreign policy agenda. There is plenty at stake for India, including diplomatic, economic and …

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River Conservation In West Bengal

The deteriorating health of rivers, water bodies and wetlands has become a critical agenda in West Bengal in the run-up to the assembly elections. Apart from Adiganga, the East Kolkata Wetlands, Saraswati river in Howrah; Bidyedhari, Ichamati and Churni rivers in the southern and northern fringes of Kolkata have been identified critically vulnerable stretches. The …

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