At the end of 2019, more than one lakh people were lodged in Indian prisons as undertrials for more than a year. An undertrial is an unconvicted prisoner who is on trial in a court of law. The share of undertrials lodged in prisons for more than a year has increased over time as the percentage of cases pending judgment in courts has also increased sharply. … [Read more...] about Data | 70% prisoners in India are undertrails
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The extent of sea ice in the Arctic region plunged to record lows in July 2020. The extent of ice in the Arctic recorded in August was the third lowest for any August in more than four decades. On the other end, the extent of sea ice in the Antarctic recorded higher than average levels in September 2020. … [Read more...] about Data | Sea ice extent in Arctic lowest in July since 1979; in Antarctic, it surpassed average level in Sept.
*Source: GSTNExperts Take:“There is an uptick in the e-way bills generation since the last few months; this is on the back of ‘unlocking’ the government has done. Reaching pre-covid levels, however, could take some time since Covid-19 situation doesn’t yet appear to be under control with India seeing continuous rise in infections. Also, discretionary demand is a cause of worry, and until a vaccine is developed, full recovery would be too ambitious to expect,” said Abhishek Jain, Partner EY India. It is feared India is seeing a second wave of Covid infections. Also, people are still reluctant to step out from their homes in the absence of a vaccine. At more than 4.3 million infections, India is now the second-worst affected nation in the world, after the US, which has reported more than 6 million cases. Kunal Kumar Kundu, economist, at investment banking firm Société Générale concurred with EY’s Jain. “The month-on-month … [Read more...] about Aug e-way bills 12% short of pre-covid level; experts cautious on recovery
United Nations General Assembly declared September 7 as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The idea was to build awareness on clean air for health, productivity, economy and environment at all levels -- individual, community, corporate and government. As the world marks the first such day on Monday, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has unveiled a new analysis, asking for a ‘green’ recovery strategy to help maintain and even exceed the level of ambition under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) - about 20-30% reduction in particulate pollution in non-attainment cities by 2024. The analysis presents examples from two critical next generation strategies in the transportation sector – bus transport and electrification of vehicular fleet -- to underscore the importance of accelerated roadmap for greening of mobility infrastructure and zero emissions transition in the automotive sector. The pandemic has deeply affected public transport. … [Read more...] about CSE calls for ‘green’ recovery action plan
Vehicle registration in Tamil Nadu declined 20.28% to 1,28,477 units in August 2020 from 1,61,158 units during the corresponding period in 2019, according to the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA). … [Read more...] about Vehicle registrations down 20.28% in Aug.