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Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak Incident- Styrene gas

PM reviews Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak Incident Context The incident of Styrene gas leakage occurred in a chemical plant in the early hours today at 3 am in RR Venkatapuram village, Gopalapatnam Mandal in Visakhpatnam District. Early morning leakage from LG Polymers, which manufactures general purpose polystyrene, high impact polystyrene and coloured polystyrene caused panic in several areas of the city. It was decided that a team from CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclea

Lockdown 4.0 guidelines

Lockdown 4.0 guidelines Lockdown measures in place since March 24, 2020 have helped considerably in containing the spread of COVID-19.  It has therefore been decided to further extend the lockdown till May 31, 2020.  Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) issued an order, today, under the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005, in this regard. Salient features of the new guidelines are as follows: States to decide various Zones Under the new guideline

Hiroshima Black Rain

Hiroshima Black Rain GS-Paper-3 Environment (PT) Recently, a district court of Hiroshima (Japan) has recognised 84 survivors of the post-nuclear explosion “black rain” as the atomic bomb survivors enabling them to avail benefits like free medical care. Nuclear Explosion: In 1945, the USA dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6th and 9th August respectively, which marked the end of World War II. 2020 marks the 75th&

India needs to invest in regional disaster relief mechanisms

India needs to invest in regional disaster relief mechanisms Context Recently, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Navy conducted a disaster relief operation wherein they doused the fire on a crude carrier, rescued crew members, and prevented an oil spill. Historically, a key feature of India’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) strategy has been the emphasis on bilateral engagement with the affected country. However, recently India's response was initiated throug


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