19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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IASbhai Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020 is an initiative to dilute major articles from leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Hence we choose articles on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC PRELIMS 2020.

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid.” –Spencer Johnson

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ORANGE COLOUR: Important for Prelims.

RED COLOUR: Important for Mains.

BLACK COLOUR: Must Read !

BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

PINK COLOUR: Reports/Themes/Summits.

Pollution data

      HEADLINES:

Pollution data of most thermal power stations is rarely disclosed: CSE analysis

      WHY IN NEWS:

The current levels of pollutants in a vast majority of coal-based thermal power stations go unreported in the public domain.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Pollution

      ISSUE: 

SO2, NOx levels go unreported in the public domain

PUBLISHED BY

Centre for Science and Environment

19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

MAJOR POLLUTANT

Emission norms for particulate matter (PM), sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), specific water consumption and mercury were introduced by MoEF&CC) in December 2015.

  • These norms  have to be met by power stations before 2022.
  • Particulate matter was unavailable in thermal power stations of 70,045-megawatt capacity.
  • No information is available on the current SO2 and NOx levels of power stations in the public domain.

THERMAL PLANTS COMPLIANCES

Power stations are required to put out the following in the public domain, according to experts:

  1. Their compliance status with environmental clearance conditions
  2. Sustainability reports
  3. Environment statements submitted to pollution control boards

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • However, these documents and information are available online only in a miniscule number of cases.
  • Only a handful of mostly private companies — Adani, CLP India and Tata Power — have reasonable amount of environmental data published on their websites.
     SOURCES:DownToEarth | 19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA)

      HEADLINES:

There’s a splitting dent in Earth’s magnetic field; here’s why NASA will track it

      WHY IN NEWS:

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) researchers have been tracking an odd development.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Space

      ISSUE: 

The weakening field poses concern for low-Earth orbit satellites: Highly charged particles may cause a glitch in the satellite or permanently damage it

19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis 2

SOUTH ATLANTIC ANOMALY (SAA)

  • The phenomenon is called the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA).

The Earth’s magnetic field is a protective shield that protects it from charged particles from the sun.

  • It functions somewhat like a bar magnet.
  • It has north and south poles representing opposing magnetic polarities and magnetic field lines encircling the planet.

The Earth’s magnetic field originates from the outer core, that is, the molten iron miles below the Earth’s surface and extends into the space.

  • As the core motion changes, so does the magnetic field.
  • The geodynamic processes and evolutions in this magnetic field lead to the SAA and other processes.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

THE TILT

  • The bulk of the magnetic field, however, comes from the core; the forces in the core and the tilt of the magnetic axis together produce the anomaly.

It creates weaker magnetism, causing the charged particles trapped there to come closer to Earth’s surface.

  • It poses concern for low-Earth orbit satellites: If a satellite is hit by a high-energy proton, it can short-circuit.
  • It can cause a glitch in the satellite or permanently damage it.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

No need to audit PM CARES: SC

      HEADLINES:

No need to audit PM CARES: SC

      WHY IN NEWS:

Bench refuses to direct transfer of funds to NDRF, says they are separate entities

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS  2 : 3 : PM CARES

      ISSUE: 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed the PM CARES Fund as a “public charitable trust” to which donors contribute voluntarily.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • There is “no occasion” for the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to audit a public charitable trust independent of budgetary support or government money.

The court said that it is “not open” for a PIL petitioner to question the “wisdom” that created the fund in an hour of need.

The Bench refused to direct the transfer of funds from the PM CARES Fund to the NDRF.   

  • It said they were two separate entities.

PM CARES IASBHAI

‘NO PUBLIC SCRUTINY’

  • Outbreak of COVID-19 in India as well as other countries of the world required immediate enhancement in the infrastructure of medical health and creation of a fund to contain COVID-19,the court reasoned.

Any contribution of any individual or institution is not prohibited to be credited into the NDRF.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • There is no occasion for issuing any direction to transfer the funds to the NDRF,” Justice Bhushan wrote.
  • Besides, who is stopping potential donors from contributing to the NDRF, the court asked.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 19th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

 

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