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22 May 2017
Green energy target tough, say officials It is unlikely that the government will achieve its much-publicized target of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, according to the ministry of new and renewable energy. The government had announced a target of 40GW for rooftop solar power by 2022, but by December 2016 only 1.3 GW was achieved. This is a little more than 3 percent of the target. This is primarily because the roof top solar power generation is making poor progress. The ministry is also contemplating enhanced contribution from other sources, which include biogas and small hydropower to…
20 May 2017
GST Council unveils 4-slab rates for services The Goods and Services tax(GST) council moved towards a multi-tiered service tax structure comprising 5,12, 18 and 28 percent, that will distribute services under four slabs. Currently tax is levied at a uniform rate of 15 percent on all services. Tax imposed on cinema: Currently the total tax on cinema (entertainment and service tax) is in the range of 55 percent. But states will have the option to levy additional tax to compensate for losses that arise because of the merger of entertainment tax with the Goods and services tax This can be…
20 May 2017
The Case of the Reference Request A former employee who was fired due to poor quality work, absences, and lateness related to her drinking problem, informs you that she has applied for a position at another company and has already given your name as a reference. She desperately needs a job (she is a single parent with three children), and she asks you to give her a good recommendation and not mention her drinking, which she assures you is now under control. She also asks you to say that she voluntarily left the company to address a family medical crisis,…
19 May 2017
Shakti Benefits of Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala (Coal) Transparently in India:Under the policy, coal linkages would be awarded to designated state-owned power distribution companies (discoms). These, in turn, would assign linkages to state or central power generation companies via allocation, and through auction to private units. The independent power producers (IPPs) participating in the auction will bid for discounts on the existing tariff and this would be adjusted from the gross coal Coal available to all Power Plants in transparent and objective manner. Auction to be made the basis of linkage allocations to Independent Power producers. Cheaper and…
19 May 2017
ICJ stays Jadhav execution The international court of justice stayed the execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The International court of justice(ICJ) ordered Pakistan to take all measures at its disposal to prevent execution, till it pronounces a final judgement in the case. Pakistan has rejected the jurisdiction of the court in national security matters. The judgement can create a tussle between the government and the Army in Pakistan. The Army Generals can either go ahead with the execution and marginalize Pakistan at the international level or defer it and anger its own constituency of hardline nationalists. India…
18 May 2017
Recent ransomware attack on computers worldwide, the dangers such attacks pose to individuals and government, and measures needed to prevent such attacks. There are mostly five kinds of cyber threats which interferes with our personal information viz. Malware, Virus, Worm, Trojan Horse and Ransomware. . Each one performs different task. For instance Malware is designed to make a replica of infected files, Worm is to alter or change the files stored on our personal computer and ransomware to demand the ransom to unlock the files. Ransomware named 'wanna cry' which scared whole cyber world is the matter of concern Dangers…
18 May 2017
Cabinet gives nod for 10 indigenous nuclear reactors A proposal to construct 10 indigenous pressurized heavy water reactors with a total capacity of 7000MWe was cleared by the Union cabinet. The existing operational capacity in India is 6,780MW and a similar capacity will be set up by 2021-22 Rationale behind the decision: Our international collaborations for nuclear projects have faced trouble recently The deal with US which involved setting up of six reactors in Andhra Pradesh has hit a rough patch after Westinghouse (US firm) filed for bankruptcy The other deal which involved French firm Areva for setting up reactors…
17 May 2017
Palestine, Israel must coexist: Modi India has pitched for peace in West Asia and urged that a future state of Palestine should coexist peacefully with Israel. However, the Palestinian President who is on a visit to India stated that a sovereign state of Palestine should be build according to the pre-1967 borders and include East Jerusalem as the capital. The Indian Prime minister stated that India has supported the Palestinian cause since the days of its own freedom struggle and hope that a sovereign, independent and united Palestine coexist peacefully with Israel. Resolving the challenges in West Asia: The challenges…
16 May 2017
The Uttarakhand High Court has granted ‘legal persons’ status to rivers Ganga and Yamuna Granting a legal persons status to rivers leads to entitlement of certain basic rights which are endowed to Humans. This novel approach was first senteced by court in Newzealand to save river from being polluted. Ganga And Yamuna which are being in a state of disarray in spite being in clean Ganga mission as carried out by government. Pollution continues to be abated. Significance of this judgement lies in : Stringent monitoring: Now onwards, there will be caretaker or a parent of this river which arestate…
16 May 2017
WannaCry ransomware: Everything to know about the global cyberattack The global cyberattack that involves a ransomware WannaCry, encrypted data on computers and displayed messages asking the user to pay ransom in Bitcoins (digital currency) to restore access to data. The authorities worked hard to catch the extortionists which seemed as a difficult task and involves searching for digital clues and following the money trail. The attack specifically targeted Microsoft windows devices. Though Microsoft claimed it has released the security update that addresses the vulnerability that this attack is trying to exploit in March itself. What is a ransomware: It is…
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