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

Elderly population up, Tamil Nadu has second highest

Population of those above 60 years in India has been increasing steadily since 1961 and it touched 13.8 crore in 2021. It’s growing faster since 1981 due to decrease in death rate, said a study by the National Statistical Office (NSO). Between 2011 and 2021, the general population went up by 12.4% while the elderly population has … Read more

Andhra Pradesh home to sites worthy of UNESCO tag

  Andhra Pradesh hosts at least a dozen structures and sites, which if conserved well, could make it to Unesco’s world heritage list. Apart from historic structures each rivalling the other in grandeur, beauty, architecture, cultural value and traditions, the state has natural sites that are unique in terms of geological and biological significance. However, lack of conservation and … Read more

Parl panel flags decreasing coverage under fasal bima scheme

A parliamentary panel has pointed out falling footprints of the Centre’s flagship crop insurance scheme and expressed concerns over its withdrawal or non-implementation in seven states, saying more such examples in subsequent years and “delay in settlement of claims” will defeat its very purpose. The standing committee on agriculture, in its report tabled in Lok Sabha, … Read more

Total seven inter-state border disputes in country

Assam has dispute with four states   The bloody clash between the security forces of Assam and Mizoram has brought back the focus on disputes between states over the border. In the backdrop of this development in the northeast, which claimed lives of six Assam police personnel and injured dozens others, the government informed the Parliament  … Read more

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