10 August ,2020

  • When Covid-19 Pandemic forced Governments to step up (Social Issues)
  • LAC complicates India's options (International Relations)
  • Balancing Priorities (Environment)
  • The latecomers guide to face mask (Science and Technology)
  • PM launches farm Infra scheme (Economy)
  • Safety Deficit (Infrastructure)
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    UNRELENTING RISE 

    In the wake of COVID 19, various states have adopted different methods to deal the impacts. In this discussion we are going to look at some of the important steps taken by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

    • Centre-State Relations to handle COVID-19
    • Cooperative Federalism
    • Free Meals
    • Benefits for migrants

     

    LAC COMPLICATES INDIA’S OPTIONS  

    The threat from China is pushing India into closer ties with the U.S. but is unlikely to yield a military ‘alliance’ at present. And as per former National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, America is not going to get involved in a continental war here.

    • India’s common boundary with China
    • Continental Challenge for India
    • QUAD
    • India-US moving closer

     

    BALANCING PRIORITIES – EDITORIAL

    The heavy rainfall in the State of Kerala has led to devastating landslide in Idukki district of Kerala leading to death of more than 20 people.  As per Geological Survey of India (GSI), about 0.42 million sq.km covering nearly 12.6% of land area of our country is prone to landslide hazards.

    • Understanding Landslides
    • Types of Landslides
    • Causes of Landslides
    • Landslide Prone Areas in India
    • Impact of Landslides
    • How to mitigate the reduce impact of Disasters due to Landslides?

     

    THE LATECOMERS GUIDE TO FACE MASK  

    A hot debate is taking place on the use of face masks (including cloth and surgical) as a prevention tool in the community vis-à-vis the recent World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.

    • Why should I wear a mask when those around me already are?
    • What is N95 mask?
    • How are they different from Surgical Mask?
    • What are these anti-viral masks that are being sold?
    • Can’t I just use my dupatta or a handkerchief?

     

    PM LAUNCHES FARM INFRA SCHEME

    As part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package, the Finance Minister had announced 11 measures specific to Indian Agriculture. One of the most important measure was related to setting up of Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Fund to improve the overall marketing Infrastructure. This article highlights that PM Modi has recently launched the Fund through videoconferencing.

    • Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Fund
    • Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) scheme
    • FPO promotion scheme of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DACFW)
    • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

     

    SAFETY DEFICIT – EDITORIAL

    There are clear pointers to the dangerous nature of flight operations at Kozhikode airport in the midst of a strong monsoon, even with the availability of an instrument landing system for the “tabletop” runway carved into undulating terrain. There are problems with visibility, a far shorter safety area at the runway end than optimal, and absence of arrester systems that could stop an overshooting plane from falling off the edge, as it happened with this aircraft.

    • Problems with Table Top Runway
    • Instrument Landing System   
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