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The Hindu analysis – 23.Dec.2016

Blue ice, a rare occurrence: Airline What is blue ice? ‘Blue ice’, a term used for frozen sewage material leaked mid-air, as a “rare occurrence” which signifies “a leaking toilet system, leading to the formation of accumulation of ice in high altitude.” Why in news? National green tribunal has imposed fine of Rs.50,000 on Airlines emptying toilet tanks in air. Airlines have said it is not possible to empty toilet tanks in mid-air as claimed in a petition before the National Green Tribunal. NGT bans Continue reading →

The Hindu analysis – 2.October.2016

Selfie for safety: Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung launched ‘Senior Citizen Mobile App’. Like ‘Himmat’, the app for women’s safety, senior citizens too will be able to call the police at the click of an SOS button in the app. This will connect the caller to the senior citizen helpline number 1291, even as simultaneous alerts in the form of an SMS will be sent to the area SHO and beat officer. Within seconds, the police will have the location details of the senior citizen who made the Continue reading →

The Hindu Analysis – 14.October.2016

Overcrowded Jails in India: Supreme Court said that Jails across the country are overcrowded by over 150 per cent. Court has held that prisoners, both undertrials and convicts, have certain fundamental rights and human rights, little or no attention is being paid in this regard by the States and some Union Territories. In spite of directions by the Court, the prison authorities have not been able to take any effective steps for reducing overcrowding in jails. Defects in the working of prison authorities: SC ordered Continue reading →

The Hindu analysis – 4.October.2016

Vultures in Telangana: There is an increase in number of vultures in Bejjur forest range in Telangana mainly attributed by practice of cattle slaughter. The long billed vultures are listed under the ‘critically endangered’ category by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Major reasons for decline of vultures in India: Presence of ‘Diclofenac’, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug in cattle. food scarcity as vultures do not feed on live animals and dead animals are hard to procure. Source The Hindu – Restricted sale Continue reading →

The Hindu Analysis – 1.October.2016

Swacchagraha: ‘Swachhagraha’ — an initiative for cleanliness to get the country dirt-free on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Satyagraha’ that freed us from British rule. According to PM Modi, Cleanliness is not something to be achieved by budget allocations. It is rather, something that should become a mass movement. Re-use and recycling of waste should be technology driven and there should a focus on the concept of “waste to wealth” so that revenue models could be developed around cleanliness. Source The Hindu: Endemic Flowers: Continue reading →


    IT sector worried; India to take up visa fee with U.S.  -  (Economics) India will soon schedule discussions with the U.S. to raise its concerns over the Obama administration’s recent decision to hike visa fees, official sources told The Hindu . India will also consider retaliatory measures and even explore the possibility of dragging the U.S. to the World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement body, but only if talks fail to amicably resolve the issue.   Modi winds up Mann ki Baat for 2015 with ‘Start Continue reading →


    LPG subsidy linked to income  -   (Governance) In a move that is bound to raise the hackles of a sizeable number of consumers, the government has declared that those who earned over Rs. 10 lakh in the previous financial year will be ineligible for LPG subsidy from January. “The government has decided that the benefit of the LPG subsidy will not be available for LPG consumers if the consumer or his/her spouse had a taxable income of more than Rs. 10,00,000/- during Continue reading →


    Genome of the Asian elephant sequenced for the first time in India  -   (Environment) Why is there an increase in tuskless males among Asian elephants? Why do only males have tusks in Asia, while in Africa, both the sexes have tusks? Why does the elephant in the sub-continent have a keener sense of smell – sharper than that of a dog – than its African counterparts? The answers to these questions are there in the genome of the Asian elephant, which has Continue reading →


    SC steps in before U.P. Lokayukta takes over  -   (Indian Polity) In a dramatic twist 24 hours before Justice (retired) Virendra Singh is scheduled to swear in for an eight-year term as the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta, the controversy over his candidature refused to die down. The court asked the State on Saturday to defer his formal oath-taking ceremony till January 6.   History of warfare bears testimony to decisive role of technology: Pranab  -    (Defence) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called Continue reading →


  MHA sends back anti-conversion Bills  -   (Indian Polity) Even as the BJP-led NDA government has favoured an anti-conversion law — it has put the onus on the Opposition — the Ministry of Home Affairs has sent the pending anti-conversion Bills of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh back to these States. The MHA, the go-between the State and the President for Bills that are repugnant to the Central government laws, has asked the two States for further clarifications, a senior official told The Hindu   Leisure drone-flying Continue reading →