PM unveils project for affordable housing

Affordable housingApprox Read Time: 4 min Affordable housing | GHTC-India initiative, In News: Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) initiative. News Summary: Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology…

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Editorial Analysis: Why Indian SAT is answer to rising grade inflation

Indian SATApprox Read Time: 4 min Indian SAT Grade inflation in India: The practice of 'grade inflation' - awarding of higher grades than students deserve - is seen as quite common in India.This is because of over-reliance on senior-secondary (class XII) scores for entry into higher education in India, with many colleges posting very very high cut-offs.For instance, while the economics honours programme had a cut-off of 90% in top-rung…

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PM Inaugurates the New Bhaupur- New Khurja Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

New Bhaupur - New Khurja Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight CorridorApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: Prime Minister recently inaugurated the 351-km ‘New Bhaupur- New Khurja section’ in Uttar Pradesh of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC).He also inaugurated the EDFC’s Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.The OCC will be the command centre for the entire route of the EDFC and will control and monitor all systems, including train operation and power supply…

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Jaishankar meets Qatar leaders, talks economic and security ties

Jaishankar meets Qatar leadersApprox Read Time: 5 min Jaishankar meets Qatar leaders In News: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar recently visited Qatar. On his visit, Mr. Jaishankar met Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as well as other top leaders of the Gulf country. Highlights of the visit: The agenda of the visit to Qatar included discussions on bilateral, regional as well as international issues.Discussions were held on ways to strengthen…

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How biofuels can double farm incomes

Advantages of biofuels for farmersApprox Read Time: 5 min Advantages of biofuels for farmers India's per-capita energy consumption is low:  India currently consumes only one-third of the global average consumption of energy. Increased consumption will come with new challenges: As India moves towards more robust energy consumption figures, the country faces the unique challenge of merging together often-conflicting needs:Addressing a fast increasing demand while cutting dependence on importsGreening the grid…

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Singapore’s hawkers gets recognised by UNESCO

Intangible Cultural HeritageApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: Singapore’s street hawker food culture has been designated as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the UNESCO.Hawker culture refers to the community of vendors who cook and sell meals in the 114 hawker centres across Singapore. News Summary: Singapore’s street hawker food culture, one of its most popular attractions, has been designated as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the UNESCO.The award took place at a virtual…

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How Vadodara corporation plans to raise money via municipal bonds

Municipal BondsApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is expected to launch municipal bonds in January, 2021.VMC will become the third Urban Local Body (ULB) in Gujarat to use this method to raise money to fund development work sanctioned under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).Ahmedabad was the first city in south Asia to launch a municipal bond of Rs 100 crore in 1998. Surat…

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Fight against pollution: India set to achieve Paris targets

Fight against pollutionApprox Read Time: 4 min India and Paris Agreement: The Paris agreement that India signed in 2015, was India’s inflexion point (moment of dramatic change) in its fight against pollution.Specifically, under the Paris agreement, India committed to meet three targets by 2030:Cut greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35% (vs 2005 levels).Increase non-fossil fuel-based power capacity to 40%.Create an additional ‘carbon sink’ of 2.5-3 billion tonnes…

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