Tiger deaths in 2021 could be highest in a decade

The country has recorded 99 tiger deaths in just the first nine months of 2021, sparking concerns among conservationists that the big cat death toll this year may be the highest in a decade. According to data from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), 99 tiger deaths were recorded due to poaching, accidents and natural … Read more

Quarterly Employment Survey: Rise in Gender neutral Employment

Most women in managerial posts in Northeast, AP & Punjab   The north-eastern states generally have the highest ratio of female workers in managerial positions, with Meghalaya topping the chart with 34.1%, followed by Sikkim and Mizoram, according to the annual bulletin of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS). Andhra Pradesh (32.3%) and Punjab (32.1%) also are among the states … Read more

Impact of Covid on study abroad

Pandemic foils abroad education plan: 56% drop in student visas issued in 2020   The Covid-19 pandemic foiled the ambitious plans of lakhs of Indians who were ready to fly out for an international education. In 2020, merely 2.6 lakh students were issued visas to migrate for studying abroad, in contrast to a whopping 5.9 … Read more

Govt sets up GoM to review GST slabs, rates, exemptions

The finance ministry has set up a group of ministers (GoM) that will review the current slabs, including a merger, and also suggest measures to expand the base after examining goods and services that are currently under the exempted category. The seven-member panel, which will be chaired by Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, has been asked to suggest … Read more

QUAD & AUKUS

Emergence of Australia-U.K.-U.S. grouping could overshadow Quad’s geo-strategic aspects   Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the first-ever in-person summit of the four leaders of the Quadrilateral Framework (Quad) in the Indo-Pacific on Friday in Washington, in many ways, is the highlight of his visit to the U.S., where he will also address the United Nations … Read more

Effects of pollution on Indian residents: Study

India’s air pollution problem is now not just limited to the Indo-Gangetic plains, but has increased geographically as well, with states such as Maharashtra and MP seeing people lose an additional 2.5 to 2.9 years of life expectancy due to air pollution, the annual Air Quality Life Index report from the University of Chicago on Wednesday reveals. It finds people in … Read more

50% of country’s freshwater-based coal-powered plants flout consumption, emission norms: Study

About 50% of freshwater-based coal-powered plants, mostly of state-owned companies, do not comply with 2015 water-consumption norms, even after six years. Old and inefficient cooling water-based plants in India continue to operate without installing cooling towers. 48% of India’s existing coal power fleet is located in water-scarce districts. These are findings of a recent study … Read more

Emotion Recognition Technology — a new challenge to privacy

Emotion Recognition Technology’, yes, it is a thing, in the ever-evolving technology landscape. Emotion Recognition Technology (“ERT”) is an emerging technology which seeks to recognize and categorize the myriad human emotions depicted by humans through their facial features into certainbroad categories of seemingly universal human emotions which then will be captured through cameras and then … Read more

India to set new standards in SO2 emission

Air pollution is a public health emergency. Besides suspended air particles, Sulphur dioxide (SO2) is a major pollutant contributing to deaths from air pollution worldwide. Power plants burning coal and oil along with refineries are responsible for two-thirds of anthropogenic SO2 emissions. With about 90 per cent of India’s power generated coming from coal based … Read more

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