Category Indian Express

Havana Syndrome

• A US intelligence officer travelling with CIA director William Burns has reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome while the two were in India earlier this month. This is the first instance of the phenomenon being reported in India, at least…

Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal scheme

• Officially launched in September 2016, Bihar’s Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal (tap water in every home) scheme has so far provided drinking water to 152.16 lakh tap connections. About: • This is separate from the 8.44 lakh connections provided…

World’s longest expressway

• Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday concluded the two-day review of the work progress on the 1380-km eight-lane Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which will reduce travel time between certain cities to 12-12.5 hours from 24 hours.…

World northernmost island

• A team of Arctic researchers from Denmark say they accidentally discovered what they believe is the world’s northernmost island located off Greenland’s coast. About: • The scientists from the University of Copenhagen initially thought they had arrived at Oodaaq,…

Ashramwasis

• In October 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal for a larger Sabarmati Ashram complex had caused much anxiety among its Trustees and residents, with the ashramwasis — third or fourth generation of ashram residents —sitting on protests fearing eviction.…

Mumbai Climate Action Plan

• The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is drafting a Mumbai Climate Action Plan (MCAP) in a bid to tackle climate challenges. It recently launched a website for the same. About: • This Plan will look at climate resilience with mitigation…

Indian Royal Jelly

• For the first time, Indian Royal Jelly has been found to surpass top-quality sellers, including those produced in Thailand and Taiwan. About: • Known for being a good antioxidant, and helping women with fertility issues, among other health benefits,…

Missile silos

• Satellite images have revealed that China is building at least three missile silo fields in Yumen in Gansu province, near Hami in Xinjiang province, and at Hanggin Banner, Ordos City, in Inner Mongolia. About: • It appears that China…

e-Shram portal

• The government has unveiled the e-shram portal which aims to register 38 crore unorganised workers, such as construction labourers, migrant workforce, street vendors and domestic workers, among others. • The workers will be issued an e-Shram card containing a…

P2P lending

• Fintech platform CRED announced the launch of a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending feature called CRED Mint — a service that will allow the company’s users to lend money to other users and make a 9% interest per annum on the…

Green energy

• Why are oil and gas companies investing in renewable energy? About: • Global moves to reduce carbon emissions to slow down climate change have led to oil and gas companies around the world investing in renewable energy to reduce…