Strategic Tunnel under Rohtang Pass named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

On the Birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi named the Strategic Tunnel under Rohtang Pass after Vajpayee. Rohtang Tunnel, connecting Manali, Himachal Pradesh with Leh, Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir, will now be known as Atal Tunnel. Tunnel under Rohtang Pass The historic decision to construct a strategic

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Massive locust invasion threatens Gujarat farmers

Sharing borders with neighbouring Pakistan, Gujarat is under attack from hoppers — new-born locusts (locally known as tiddis)— that have flown in across the international border. As the swarms mature, they have ravaged farms in North Gujarat, devastating farmers in the three border districts Banaskantha, Patan and Kutch. Why it is difficult to deal with

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Jharkhand votes for JMM-Cong. alliance, BJP tally slumps

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance on Monday is on course to post a convincing victory in the Assembly election, handing a crushing defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has lost another State after the recent setback in Maharashtra. Election results The JMM, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal crossed the halfway mark in

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India has been following the principle of voluntary repatriation in the case of Sri Lankan refugees

Critics of the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 ask why Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka will not be given citizenship under the new law. The government’s response to this has not been convincing. Both critics and the government seem to have glossed over the long history of voluntary repatriation. Influx of refugees From the time

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Why NPR isn’t NRC, and yet it can facilitate NRC

ON TUESDAY, the Union Cabinet approved over Rs 3,900 crore for a National Population Register (NPR). Coming in the backdrop of nationwide protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed all-India National Register of Citizens (NRC), the NPR is being seen by many as the first step towards the NRC, while the Centre

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Double trouble: On uneven inflation and sluggish growth

Policymakers face a tricky dilemma as prices in the economy continue to rise even as economic growth has plummeted to well under 5%. Food inflation, now in double-digits, has caused significant pain. The International Monetary Fund on December 23 called for “urgent” policy measures to reverse the current slowdown. The warning is timely given the

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RBI sheds its reservations, plans to launch India’s own cryptocurrency soon

The Reserve Bank which has long remained cautious about the introduction of cryptocurrencies in India has changed its mind and is now planning to develop one. It has held internal meetings and discussions with other banks in this regard and is likely to go ahead with the execution at an appropriate time. Plan of BRICS

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What does the doping ban mean for Russia?

On December 9, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced a decision to ban Russia from global sporting competitions for a period of four years. The 12-member WADA executive committee voted unanimously to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) “non-compliant” with global anti-doping rules. The move was a ratification of the findings by the independent Compliance

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Indian Pharmacopoeia

What is Indian Pharmacopoeia? IP is an officially recognized book of standards as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 thereunder. The IP specifies the standards of drugs manufactured and marketed in India in terms of their identity, purity and strength. The quality, efficacy and safety of the medicines are important from

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Blow to NASA ISS mission: what happened?

A space capsule built to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) has failed its first test flight, and will now return to Earth without completing its mission. The capsule, named Starliner, has been built by Boeing, and was successfully launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday morning (evening in India). What

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