RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- ETHANOL BLENDING – SIGNIFICANCE & ROAD AHEAD

     Introduction: Centre Government has resolved to meet the target of 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025. This will help India strengthen its energy security, enable local enterprises and farmers to participate in the energy economy and reduce vehicular emissions. Ethanol: Ethanol can be produced from sugarcane, maize, wheat, etc which …

RSTV: India’s World- BIMSTEC Cooperation: Building Momentum

 What is BIMSTEC? In an effort to integrate the region, the grouping was formed in 1997, originally with Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and later included Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. BIMSTEC, which now includes five countries from South Asia and two from ASEAN, is a bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia. It includes all the …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NEED FOR RAPID UPGRADATION OF HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE

    Current state of India’s health infrastructure- World Bank data: India had 85.7 physicians per 1,00,000 people in 2017 (in contrast to 98 in Pakistan, 100 in Sri Lanka and 241 in Japan). 53 beds per 1,00,000 people (in contrast to 63 in Pakistan, 79.5 in Bangladesh, 415 in Sri Lanka and 1,298 in …

RSTV: SCIENCE MONITOR 24.04.2021

     Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Adaptation Planning in India Using a Common Framework: National climate vulnerability assessment released It identifies the most vulnerable states and districts in India with respect to current climate risk and key drivers of vulnerability. It has identified Jharkhand, Mizoram, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- STATES VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

 Introduction: Eight states — Jharkhand, Mizoram, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal — are highly vulnerable to climate change, according to a national climate vulnerability assessment report. The assessment by researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology at Mandi and Guwahati, funded by the Department of Science …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NEED OF REFORMS IN UN

     Introduction: Addressing the UN Security Council open debate on Enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organisations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that a rational evaluation of cooperation between the UN and the regional and sub-regional organisations during …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INDIA-RUSSIA PARTNERSHIP

     Introduction: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India and held delegation level talks with his Indian counterpart. Background: Relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy, and Russia has been a longstanding time-tested partner of India. Both countries signed “Declaration on …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INDIA- FRANCE RELATIONSHIP

 Introduction: Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France was on an official visit to India from April 13-15, 2021. During bilateral talks with India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, hosted the visiting Foreign Minister for bilateral talks both Ministers recognised the immense opportunities for greater collaboration in diverse sectors …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INDIA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN

     Introduction: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that there are huge renewable energy deployment plans for India for the next decade which are likely to generate business prospects of around $20 billion per year. In his address after inaugurating the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020), through video conferencing, …

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- NATIONAL POLICY FOR RARE DISEASES

     Introduction: Union health and family welfare minister Harsh Vardhan has approved the National Policy for Rare Diseases 2021, according to a statement issued by the health ministry. The policy aims to bring down the high cost of treatment for rare diseases and was brought about after “multiple consultations with different stakeholders and …