Indian economy hits the reverse gear, clocks slowest GDP rate in over 6 years

In a major setback to the govt’s efforts to revive the economy, the latest GDP figures have been utterly disappointing. In the July-Sep quarter, the GDP growth rate fell to just 4.5%, the lowest in more than six years since the Jan-March quarter of 2012-13. Reasons for low growth rate This comes mainly on account

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Punjab groundwater crisis: What it will take to move from paddy to maize

As the discussion around Punjab’s massive groundwater crisis becomes more urgent, there is an increasingly stronger accent on diversification of crops, and a move away from water-guzzling paddy. At a meeting over the weekend, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, decided to strengthen maize — the most important alternative to rice — by working towards narrowing

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Why Russia faces international sports ban, including Tokyo Olympics

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) panel has suggested that Russia be banned for four years from competing in international events, including next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The move stems from new revelations in a doping programme that Russia has been accused of. A look at what the alleged programme is about: How did these allegations unfold?

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Maharashtra government formation | NCP to get Deputy Chief Minister post, Speaker will be from Congress

Return of Ajit Pawar to NCP Two days after the failed rebellion to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bid to form the government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar returned, addressing party MLAs at a meeting here on Wednesday. Three party coalition government Government in Maharashtra has been formed

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Emissions Gap Report 2019

As the world strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change, it is crucial to track progress towards globally agreed climate goals. For a decade, UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted the best ways to close the gap. What’s

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Lok Sabha passes SPG Bill amid Opposition walkout

  The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which will now protect the Prime Minister and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence. It will also provide security to former Prime Ministers and their immediate family members staying with them at the residence allotted

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Cartosat-3 and 13 other nano satellites put into orbit by PSLV C-47

The ‘sharpest eye in the sky’, India’s Cartosat-3, and 13 other nano satellites belonging to two companies in the U.S. lifted off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, at 9.28 a.m, offering only a very brief glimpse of the PSLV C-47 before vanishing into the low-hanging clouds. Cartosat-3 The Cartosat-3 is a

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Transgender Persons’ (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 passed in Rajya Sabha

On Tuesday (Nov. 25), the Rajya Sabha passed the Transgender Persons’ (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, even though several opposition members urged the house to send the bill to a committee for further scrutiny. Since its introduction in 2016, the legislation has come under heavy criticism from transgender rights activists. The bill had been passed

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Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu suffered a cyberattack. Here’s what you need to know

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has now confirmed that there was a cyberattack on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu, India, in September. The nuclear power plant’s administrative network was breached in the attack but did not cause any critical damage. KKNPP plant officials had initially denied suffering an

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Swachh Bharat programme achievements appraisal

India’s high-profile Swachh Bharat programme has won it plaudits globally for its goal of providing sanitation to all, but as new survey data from the National Statistical Office (NSO) show, it remains a work in progress. Status as per NSO The quest to equip houses in the countryside with a toilet has led to an

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