Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there was a need to start conserving water right away and that the Jal Shakti Ministry would be launching a 100-day “catch the rain” campaign soon. Mr. Modi was speaking during his monthly radio address, Mann Ki Baat, when he said there was a need to have collective responsibility with regard to water conservation. “In most parts of India, rainfall begins in May-June. Can we right away start a 100-day campaign for the sake of cleaning up water sources around us and conserving rainwater? With this very thought in mind, in a few days from now, Jal Shakti Abhiyan ‘catch the rain’ is being initiated by the Jal Shakti Ministry,” he said, according to the English translation of his address provided by the government. Since it happened to be National Science Day on Sunday, Mr. Modi said the youth should learn about the history of science in India and scientists. “Friends, when we talk of science then many a time people restrict it to ... » Learn More about Mann ki Baat | PM Modi calls for 100-day water conservation campaign
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Residents and fishermen in and around Yermal near Padubidri in Udupi district have said the Udupi Power Corporation Ltd., (UPCL) of Adani Group has been letting out hot water used in the plant directly into the beach, thereby affecting marine life. Fisherfolk, who did not want to be identified, told The Hindu though UPCL had laid a 1 km long outfall defuser pipeline into the sea, it appeared to have developed problems. The company removed the pipeline about 1.5 months ago and since then, waste water was being discharged into the sea on the beach itself, they alleged. Representatives of the group, meanwhile, said that discharged water contained no chemicals and was brought to ambient temperature before being let out. Traditional fishermen However, a fisherman said letting out used hot water into the sea, be it 1 km from the beach or on the beach itself, would adversely affect marine life because of change in water temperatures. The worst affected were the traditional ... » Learn More about Power unit’s water discharge into beach threatening marine life, allege fisherfolk
IAS officer Arun Kumar Singh was on Sunday named as the next Chief Secretary of Bihar . According to a notification issued by the general administration department, the 1985-batch officer will replace incumbent Deepak Kumar who retired a year ago and completed his year-long extension on this day. Singh was earlier posted as the state's Development Commissioner. The post has now been given to Additional Chief Secretary Amir Subhani who held key departments like Home, Vigilance, Excise and Prohibition. Subhani has been replaced by Chaitanya Prasad, who was until now the Additional Chief Secretary for Water Resources . Singh is scheduled to attain the age of superannuation in August. According to a notification issued by the cabinet secretariat department, Deepak Kumar will take over as the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar . ... » Learn More about Arun Kumar Singh new Bihar chief secy, Deepak Kumar made principal secy to CM
Senior Bihar cadre IAS officer Arun Kumar Singh on Monday assumed charge as chief secretary of Bihar. This comes following an announcement by the Bihar government late on Sunday naming Singh as chief secretary following the retirement of Deepak Kumar who completed his term on February 28. As per the notification issued by the general administration department , the 1985-batch officer will replace incumbent Deepak Kumar who retired a year ago and completed his year-long extension on February 28. According to a notification issued by the cabinet secretariat department, Deepak Kumar will take over as the principal secretary to chief minister Nitish Kumar. According to the state government records, Arun, if not given service extension, will only continue at the chief secretary post for just six months as he is scheduled to retire on August 31 this year. Singh was earlier posted as the state’s Development Commissioner. The post has now been given to additional chief ... » Learn More about Senior IAS officer Arun Kumar Singh assumes Bihar chief secretary post
By Shalmali Totade Give your interiors a fresh look by bringing in a few potted plants that will bloom indoors No one can ignore the beauty of houseplants— either to beautify house corners or to bring a hint of nature into the home. Much as we find the idea of having house plants , challenging – watering , direct light, indirect light, bugs – you must admit that they add a different mood to your home. Especially now when we’re all working from home and closeted indoors, a little bit of the outdoors within our homes will not come amiss. But these plants do much more than just that. These aesthetic touches to your home could also boost your mood, add colour to your interiors, and build up your gardening skills. We hear many of you say that you kill house plants on a regular basis, that you have a black thumb… So we’ve chosen plants that are easy-to-maintain, plants that will look indoors, and won’t be too demanding. This will also change your status from black thumb to green ... » Learn More about Beautify your home with these house plants
Following the Supreme Court’s direction to hold a joint inspection of the Mahadayi project on the Karnataka side, the government has nominated irrigation officials for the same. A joint monitoring team has been mandated by the apex court to ascertain whether Karnataka has diverted Mahadayi waters in violation of the tribunal award. This is in connection with the hydro-electricity project that is part of the Kalasa-Banduri canal project for drinking water. On Friday, Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai had insisted that Karnataka had moved according to the tribunal award and that the State was open to a joint inspection. Krishnoji Rao, superintending engineer of Malaprabha Left Bank Canal Circle, Navilutheertha, Belagavi district, has been nominated to the joint monitoring team on behalf of Karnataka. Similarly, R.B. Dyamannanavar, superintending engineer, GRBC circle, Hidkal, has been nominated as the nodal officer to coordinate the visit of the monitoring ... » Learn More about Karnataka nominates officials to Mahadayi joint monitoring team
India has an unprecedented opportunity to develop solar industry because, like China, it offers scale which is critical to reducing costs and to stimulate innovation, says Shyam Saran. The formal launch of the ambitious International Solar Alliance on March 1 in New Delhi, is an important landmark not only in India’s quest for energy security but also in meeting the global challenge of climate change. No strategy of ecologically sustainable development is possible unless there is a rapid and accelerated shift from economic activity based on fossil fuels to one based on renewable and clean sources of energy. Solar energy is the most promising of these renewable sources and India, as a tropical country, is uniquely positioned to make solar energy the centrepiece of its energy strategy. While welcoming the launch of the alliance one must be conscious of the major challenges that lie ahead. Solar energy is available in daylight hours and even then its availability is ... » Learn More about Can solar energy power India’s growth story?
At least not soon. Arunabha Ghosh on why India will increasingly become an energy great power, but not an energy hegemon. IMAGE: India has to find its voice, articulate concerns, and navigate the intersection of energy markets, energy transitions, and energy diplomacy. It needs to conceive new ideas for global energy governance. Photograph: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters. Until the not so distant past, India was a marginal player in global energy. That story is rapidly changing. India was, and still is, heavily dependent on imports of fossil energy resources. As a result, it was worried about the macroeconomic impacts of global oil shocks. The rupee had depreciated after the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war in 1980s resulted in shortfalls of oil and oil products, the first Gulf War forced India to purchase large quantities of expensive oil in the spot market, the Kurdish civil war in 1996 again triggered a spike in the current account deficit, and the second Gulf War ... » Learn More about An energy superpower? Not India!
The existing restrictions due to coronavirus in Pune district of Maharashtra were extended till March 14 on Sunday, an official said. IMAGE: Students and workers leave for their respective cities after the Pune administration announced partial restrictions citing an increase in COVID-19 cases, in Pune. Photograph: PTI Photo These include restrictions on movement between 11 pm and 6 am for non-essential activities, as well as closure of educational institutions, he said. The order was issued by District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh and Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, he said. The COVID-19 restrictions, from which essential services are exempt, had been imposed on February 21 due to the recent spike in infection cases. The district reported 1,505 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which took its total case count to 4,06,453. The death toll in the district till Saturday night stood at 9,235, officials said. Meanwhile, in the wake of a rise in daily ... » Learn More about Covid curbs in Pune extended, curfew to be imposed in Hingoli
Sanjay Kumar Singh suggests key factors investors need to keep an eye on while choosing the direct investment route. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/ Rediff.com Retail participation in direct equities rose at a rapid pace last year. This is evident from the rise in the number of new demat accounts that were opened -- a record 6.8 million between April and October 2020. Non-institutional participation in the cash segment of the market, which serves as a proxy for retail participation, also went up between March and November 2020, from an average of around Rs 22,500 crore (Rs 225 billion) to Rs 35,000 crore (Rs 350 billion). Those choosing the direct investment route, however, need to bear in mind that beating professional fund managers or even the leading benchmark indices over the long term, is not an easy feat to pull off. Key factors investors need to keep an eye on Earnings revival: After a gap of many years, corporate earnings estimates for the next ... » Learn More about Planning to invest directly in equities? Read this!