April 23, 2024


India is in favour of “regulating”, and not eliminating, single-use plastic, ahead of week-long negotiations involving 192 countries that are expected to begin in Toronto, Canada, next week on getting the globe to progress on eliminating plastic pollution. In 2022, India brought into effect the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules (2021) that banned 19 categories of ‘single-use plastics. India has opted for language in the current version of the negotiating document, called a ‘zero draft’, that vouches for “regulating” instead of “not allowing”, the production, sale, import and export of problematic and avoidable plastic goods. It has, however, agreed to....Read More

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has set up an office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), Gandhinagar, to provide foreign currency-denominated debt financing for green hydrogen and renewable energy manufacturing projects. This move is particularly crucial in the context of India’s ambitious National Green Hydrogen Mission, which aims to produce over 5 million metric tons per annum (MTPA) of hydrogen by 2030. ABOUT IRDEA IREDA is a mini ratna company under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). It was set up in 1987 as a specialized non-banking finance agency for the renewable energy sector. IREDA....Read More

The government has set a target of producing 170 million tonnes of coal from captive and commercial coal blocks in the country during the financial year 2024-25. This target is 26 percent more than the 116 metric tons produced in 2023-24. For Coal India Limited, the target of coal production from the mines of Coal India Limited in 2024-25 has been set at one billion tonnes. The coal sector in India was nationalized under the Coal Mines (Nationalization) Act, 1973. The Indian government-owned Coal India Limited and its subsidiaries had a monopoly on coal production in India, but later allowed....Read More

Khanij Bidesh India Limited (KABIL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (CSIR-IMMT) for Technical & Knowledge cooperation for Critical Minerals. Key Highlights: Under the MoU, KABIL will leverage the technical expertise and services of CSIR-IMMT to undertake various projects, including the design and analysis of metallurgical test work-plans, development and review of process flowsheets, and the selection of process technologies for mineral processing, beneficiation, and metal extraction. Furthermore, the agreement will also embark on joint research and facilitate the exchange of scientific information between....Read More

The Delhi High Court has appointed a former Delhi High Court judge, Justice Najmi Waziri as chairman of an internal departmental committee of city officials dealing with the protection of forests in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The Bench of Justice Tushar Rao Gedela was considering an application filed through amicus curiae Aditya Narayan Prasad. The application sought a modification of its December 21, 2023 ABOUT COMMITTEE The Delhi High Court in December last year had ordered the setting up of an internal department on the protection of Delhi’s forest. The committee was to consist of the chief conservator....Read More

The principal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in New Delhi has initiated action on the Netravati Waterfront Promenade Development Project in Mangalore. KEY POINTS The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has acknowledged the importance of the environmental and social issues related to the project and has taken action by forming a committee to investigate and provide a thorough report. The concerns raised by the local chapter of the National Environmental Conservation Foundation (NECF) regarding the impact of the project on the community have been taken into consideration. The project has been criticised for its potential negative effects on the....Read More

India launched 'Operation Indravati' to evacuate its citizens from violence-torn Haiti to the Dominican Republic. ABOUT THE OPERATION: India does not have an embassy in Haiti and the situation in the country is being monitored by the Indian mission at Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The name “Operation Indravati” is derived from the Indravati River, which flows through the Indian states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. In the past, India has conducted several successful evacuation operations, including Operation Raahat in Yemen (2015) and Operation SankatMochan in South Sudan (2016). The Dominican Republic, where the evacuated Indians are being....Read More

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) manufacturer - GoodEnough Energy is set to inaugurate the country's largest BESS Gigafactory for grid stability in Jammu & Kashmir. The main goal of the factory is to ensure stability of the power grid. Initially, the factory will have a capacity of 7GWh, which will increase to 20 GWh by 2027. Importance of GigaFactory GoodEnough Energy aims to support India's goal of achieving Net-Zero emissions. It plans on achieving this by providing their services to various industries that have high CO2 emissions, such as Molding Industries, automation, mining, hospitals, refineries, Malls, and shopping complexes. With....Read More

The Supreme Court froze the Assam government’s move to withdraw a nearly 26-year-old notification constituting the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary. The Assam Cabinet had recently withdrawn the notification issued by the State Forest Department in 1998. The government reasoned that declaration of the sanctuary was made without settling the rights of the people living in villages in the area, including Thengabhanga, Murkata and Mayong. The Assam government has established a committee to redraw the boundary of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ABOUT POBITORA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Covering an area of 38.81 sq km, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary was notified by the Assam forest....Read More

Dubai inaugurated the first-ever “India by the Creek” festival, bringing the vibrant culture of India to Al Seef Park. Al Seef Park, on the Dubai Creek, has been a bustling center of trade for centuries, a vital link between the two regions. This three-day celebration highlighted the long-standing historical and cultural connections between India and Dubai. ”India by the Creek” offered a diverse array of programmes, featuring musical performances, literary discussions, poetry readings, and interactive workshops. Renowned Indian figures, including academics, writers, musicians, and the legendary band Indian Ocean, graced the stage throughout the fest.Read More

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