Australia’s bushfires have razed more than 10.3 million hectares (103,300 sq km) of land — roughly the size of South Korea — since September. News agencies reported that 27 people and up to a billion animals have been killed and thousands subjected to repeat evacuations as the unpredictable fires spread over large areas in the... Continued.
Forest fires are a routine during the Australian summer, but what’s happening now is on an unprecedented scale. A look at the extent of damage, and how the likely causes bear out long-time climate concerns.
For more than three weeks now, striking photographs from Australian towns and villages, bathed in an orange background, have been making global headlines, and circulating on social media. The gloomy orange background is because of smoke from an unprecedented spate of forest fires in large parts of Australia for more than three months now. Forest... Continued.
The Centre’s decision to liberalise norms for entry into coal mining and relax regulations on mining and selling coal in the country is significant in many respects. What is the amendment? Amendments to two legacy Acts through the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday will free the sector from restrictions... Continued.
This week, an international team of researchers reported that they have sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra, in the process identifying the genes that define its venom. This, they hope, can provide a blueprint for developing more effective antivenom. Are existing antivenoms not effective enough? Their efficacy varies, besides producing side effects. In India,... Continued.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) released a Report titled ‘Market Study on E-commerce in India: Key Findings and Observations’ today. The Market Study on E-commerce in India (‘the study’) was initiated by the CCI in April 2019 with a view to better understand the functioning of e-commerce in India and its implications for markets... Continued.
On Tuesday, the National Statistical Office (NSO) released the first advance estimates of the national income that projected growth in India’s GDP at market prices for 2019-20 at 4.98% in “real” terms, the lowest since the 3.89% in the global financial crisis year of 2008-09. But even more significant was the estimated growth of 7.53%... Continued.
Once the frontrunner to be named India’s national bird, the Great Indian Bustard has long been on the brink of extinction. The Great Indian Bustard (GIB), is one of the heaviest flying birds, and is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent. Barely 150 of these birds are estimated to be surviving now globally. However, a... Continued.
India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017. For the second successive time since 2007, the biennial State of Forest Report (SFR) recorded a gain — an impressive 1,275 sq km — in dense forest (including Very Dense Forest with a canopy density of over 70%, and Moderately Dense Forest... Continued.
Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Even as the trade war between China and the United States shows no signs of ending, Washington has paralysed the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, which acts as a supreme court for international trade. In December 2019, the U.S. chose to spike the Appellate Body by... Continued.
Payments to go swadeshi: 50+ Crore revenue Businesses to compulsorily have Govt owned digital payment systems
In a move aimed at encouraging digital payments and helping India move towards a less-cash economy, the govt. has taken a significant step. It has decided that from February 1, companies with annual turnover of over Rs 50 crores which do not accept payments through home-grown RuPay and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platforms will have... Continued.