Category Indian Express

Smog tower

• Ahead of its infamous smog season, Delhi got a ‘smog tower’, a technological aid to help combat air pollution. Components of smog tower: • The structure is 24 m high, about as much as an 8-storey building — an…

Afghan refugees

• The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on August 15 prompted hundreds of Afghans to rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in a bid to flee the Islamic militant organisation’s impending rule. About: • A refugee is defined as 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…

Panjshir Valley

• The Panjshir Valley is Afghanistan’s last remaining holdout where anti-Taliban forces seem to be working on forming a guerrilla movement to take on the Islamic fundamentalist group. About: • Panjshir (also spelled as Panjsher and Panjsheer) is one of…

Panjshir Valley

• The Panjshir Valley is Afghanistan’s last remaining holdout where anti-Taliban forces seem to be working on forming a guerrilla movement to take on the Islamic fundamentalist group. About: • Panjshir (also spelled as Panjsher and Panjsheer) is one of…

Tajikistan

• Taliban forces have swept across Afghanistan, finally capturing the capital city of Kabul. As people are desperately trying to leave Afghanistan, many will likely seek refuge in neighbouring Tajikistan. Concerns for Tajikistan: • First, Tajikistan will have to consider…

Fortification of rice

• Emphasising that malnutrition is a “hurdle” in the development of women and children, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced fortification of rice distributed under various government schemes including Public Distribution System (PDS) and Mid-Day-Meal scheme by 2024. About: • The…

Captain Vikram Batra

• A recently released Hindi film, Shershaah, has brought the spotlight back on Captain Vikram Batra, a war hero who had been martyred during the Kargil war of 1999. About: • Batra took the CDS exam and was selected by…

Fall of Saigon

• The Taliban, who in less than eight weeks have swept through Afghanistan taking all major cities including Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat among others, entered Kabul, saying they were awaiting a “peaceful transfer” of power. About: • The withdrawal of…