India and Bangladesh energy relations

• The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a dollar 200 million financing deal with the Reliance Bangladesh LNG and Power Limited (RBLPL) to build and operate a 718-megawatt combined-cycle gas-fired power plant in Bangladesh. About: • Location: The plant…

Aatmanirbhar in Agarbatti Production

• Union Minister for MSME has approved a unique employment generation program proposed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to make India Aatmanirbhar in Agarbatti production. About: • The program named as “Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission” aims at creating…

Production of lithium in stars

• A forty-year-old puzzle regarding the production of lithium in stars has been solved by Indian researchers. Background: • Stars, as per known mechanisms of evolution, actually destroy lithium as they evolve into red giants. Planets were known to have…

John Hume

• John Hume, the Northern Irish politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his pivotal role in ending decades of violence in the British province, has died aged 83. About: • John Hume (1937 – 2020) was…

Indian Leopard

• As part of its global tiger census, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is set to release a dedicated report on leopard sightings by the month-end. About: • The last formal census on India’s leopards was conducted in 2014…

[Editorial Analysis] Next, in the Valley

Mains Paper 2: Governance Prelims level: Article 370 Mains level: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability Context: • A year after the BJP-led NDA government made Article 370 redundant, withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated…

Global carbon project

• GCP is an international research programme that aims to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle. Key findings: • Global annual methane emission: In 2017, it was around 9% higher than 2000-06 average. • By the end…