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TRAI calls for zero telecom equipment imports by 2022

1) TRAI calls for zero telecom equipment imports by 2022 Theme: Indigenous telecommunication equipment manufacturing Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has called for imposition of import duties on telecom products outside the ambit of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA-1) and incentivising their local design and manufacturing with an aim to eliminate India’s dependence on imported telecom gear by 2022. Suggesting that India aim at net zero imports of telecommu

02 July, 2019 Infrastructure

Call drops need an infra fix

Syllabus subtopic: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue of call drops and its remedy; about TRAI   News: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman has rubbished telecom operators’ claim that free voice calls are to blame for the poor quality of voice calls.   What is a call drop and why does it occur? In any mobile network, the capacity of each tower and, therefore, the network

03 March, 2020 Infrastructure

New business model for Railways

Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its significance; reforms in the railways sector   News: The government has decided to delink the cost of energy consumed by the private trains from the overall haulage charges payable to Railways.  

03 March, 2020 Infrastructure

National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA)

Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the new body and its significance; about issues related to ILR   News: The Central government is working on the establishment of an exclusive body to implement projects for linking rivers.   Background The proposal for an apex body on river linking has been under discussion for

04 March, 2020 Infrastructure

Lifeline Udan flights launched and COVID-19

3rd April Lifeline Udan flights launched and COVID-19 As a part of curbing the adverse impact of COVID 19, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) launched Lifeline Udan flights on March 26, 2020 for movement of medical and essential supplies across India. Over a 6 days period i.e. till March 31, 2020, 74 flights have been operated which had covered an aerial distance of over 70,000 km to transport 37.63 tonnes of medical cargo, out of which more than 22 tonnes was t

03 April, 2020 Infrastructure

National Highways Development Programme (NHDP)-Bharatmala Pariyojana

NHAI achieved record 3,979 km highways construction Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economy Infrastructure National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has achieved the highest ever highway construction feat with an accomplishment of 3,979 km of national highways in the financial Year 2019-20.However, it has completed 88% of highway construction against the target of building 4,500 km highways in FY-20. In the FY 2018-19, NHAI constructed 3,380 km of National Highways.

08 April, 2020 Infrastructure

MoRTH launches dashboard

MoRTH launches dashboard on its website to provide 'dhabas and repair shops' details Road Transport and Highways Ministry has launched a dashboard on its website to provide details of Dhabas and Truck. The list can be accessed at www.morth.nic.in. The Ministry said, this is intended to facilitate travel of truck and cargo drivers and cleaners. A regular contact is being maintained with various stake holders providing information. National Highway Authority of India’s centra

21 April, 2020 Infrastructure

Major bridges in India

BRO constructs bridge in record time on a key road connecting strategic areas in AP Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed bridge over Subansiri river in Arunachal Pradesh in a record span of just 27 days. Amidst the nationwide lockdown, BRO undertook the developmental work for construction of the Daporijo bridge maintaining utmost precautions against COVID-19.  The bridge is of utmost importance in strategic connectivity as it links roads leading upto the LAC between India and Chin

21 April, 2020 Infrastructure

National Infrastructure Pipeline

National Infrastructure Pipeline Part of: GS-III- Economy-Infrastructure (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the task force headed by Atanu Chakraborty (economic affairs secretary) on National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) submitted its final report to the Finance Minister. Imp Points Revised Investment Need: The taskforce has forecast an investment need of ?111 lakh crore over the next five years (2020-2025) to build infrastructure p

30 April, 2020 Infrastructure

6.5-km two-lane tunnel road to Wayanad

6.5-km two-lane tunnel road to Wayanad gets the nod The government has given the nod for a ?658-crore two-lane tunnel road in the Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor that would run parallel to the landslip-prone Thamarassery pass that links Kozhikode to Wayanad. The 6.5-km tunnel will be the third longest in the country. The largest tunnel in India is the Chenani-Nashri tunnel (Patnitop tunnel) which runs 9.28 km. Approach roads and a 70-metre bridge over the Iranjipuzha river are pa

15 May, 2020 Infrastructure

Perumon bridge and Naluchira bridge

Perumon bridge and Naluchira bridge The Cabinet has also given the nod for a ?39.9-crore Perumon bridge across Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district. The proposed bridge will link Perumon and Munrothuruthu. The ?34.39 crore Naluchira bridge acoss the Pampa river to link Thottappally and Naluchira in Alappuzha district has also got the approval.

15 May, 2020 Infrastructure

National Logistics Plan

National Logistics Plan Recently Union government has introduced an ambitious national logistics plan to allow seamless movement of inputs and finished goods across the country. By this government aims to come out with the most cost-effective method to transport goods till 2035 to provide a competitive edge to the Indian industry. Logistics division in the commerce department is in talks with logistics providing ministries of railways, roadways, shipping, inland waterways and civil av

28 May, 2020 Infrastructure

First investment for NIIF

First investment for NIIF Recently a Dubai based marine firm DP World has partnered with NIIF to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India. National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is set-up to function as a major platform in India for attracting foreign investments to fund stalled infra projects. The NIIF is being operationalized by establishing three Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) under the SEBI Regulations.

30 May, 2020 Infrastructure

Border Roads Organisation

Border Roads Organisation It was conceived and raised in 1960 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for coordinating the speedy development of a network of roads in the North and the North Eastern border regions of the country. It works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. It has diversified into a large spectrum of construction and development works comprising airfields, building projects, defence works and tunneling and has endeared itself to the people.

30 May, 2020 Infrastructure

Chardham Pariyojana: Chamba Tunnel

Chardham Pariyojana: Chamba Tunnel Part of: GS-III- Infrastructure  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the  Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways inaugurated the  Chamba Tunnel which has completed under Chardham Pariyojana through video conference mode. About Chamba tunnel: The Chamba tunnel is a horse-shoe type tunnel with 10 m carriageway width and 5.5 m vertical clearance. It is  440 m long Tunnel

01 June, 2020 Infrastructure

Railway development Authority

Railway development Authority Rail Development Authority will help the Indian Railways take decisions on pricing of services, consumer interests, generating revenue and competition. Government has approved formation of a Rail Development Authority (RDA) comprising Chairman and three Members. The objective underlying RDA is to get expert advice/make informed decision on Pricing of services commensurate with costs. Suggest measures for enhancement of Non-Fare Revenue. Protection of

16 June, 2020 Infrastructure

Performance Assessment of Highways

Performance Assessment of Highways Part of: GS-III- Economy (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country. The assessment activity majorly intended to improve the quality of roads in the country. Parameters for Assessment: The criteria for the assessment have been broadly categorised in three main heads namely, Highwa

08 July, 2020 Infrastructure

How India is unbottling the ‘gas economy’

How India is unbottling the ‘gas economy’ Introduction: Recently, Natural Gas Marketing Reforms were approved by the government of India. These were introduced with the objective to prescribe standard procedure to discover the market price of gas through a transparent and competitive e-bidding process. Globally, natural gas has been gaining traction as a key alternative and an ideal fuel to support the energy shift in favour of cleaner and greener energy sources. Ind

03 November, 2020 Infrastructure

National Infrastructure Pipeline

National Infrastructure Pipeline What is in the news? Center to set up a Development Finance Institution (DFI) with a view to mobilise the Rs. 111 lakh crore required for funding of the ambitious National Infrastructure Pipeline. About National Infrastructure Pipeline India to invest > 102 lakh crore in infrastructure projects by 2024-25. It will be spent the most on Energy > Roads > Urban Infrastructure > Railways. Center, States and the Private sector

23 December, 2020 Infrastructure

Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface-PM-WANI

Public Wi-Fi Access Network Interface-PM-WANI GS-Paper-3 Development issue and S&T (PT-MAINS) Context: Public infrastructure is essential for enhancing the quality of public life and social capital. Guiding by her promise of DIGITAL INDIA and access to all the MINIMUM Internet GoI came out with PM-WANI. This topic is highy important for UPSC-PT and Mains. Union Cabinet cleared a document by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to set up public Wi-Fi access-PM-WANI&nb

24 December, 2020 Infrastructure

Dedicated Freight Corridors

New Freight Corridor Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the New Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and flagged off the world’s first 1.5-km-long electrified double stack long haul container train. Mr. Modi said the project was part of the mission to modernise the country’s infrastructure and was being seen as a game changer for the India of 21st century. The section, which became operational after a hard work of five to six years, woul

08 January, 2021 Infrastructure

Railways in India

Railways in India Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) The country’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is set to use an advanced signalling and train control system. According to the NCRTC, the RRTS will adopt a modern European Train Control System Level 2 signalling over the long-term evolution communication backbone with the adoption of state-of-art Hybrid Level 3. Adoption of this signalling technology adds to the distinction of RRTS, as the first technologic

23 January, 2021 Infrastructure

Motihari-Amalekhgunj Petroleum Pipeline

10 September, 2019 Infrastructure

'Industry 4.0'

28 September, 2019 Infrastructure

Inland Waterways

04 November, 2019 Infrastructure

Baba Kalyani committee recommendations

10 January, 2020 Infrastructure

NIC e-Office

13 January, 2020 Infrastructure

FASTag Rules relaxed

15 January, 2020 Infrastructure


20 January, 2020 Infrastructure

3rd Apex Conference of the Smart Cities

22 January, 2020 Infrastructure

NCRB launches two online national level services

30 January, 2020 Infrastructure

Common Facility Centre (CFC)

04 February, 2020 Infrastructure

Industrial Parks in India

05 February, 2020 Infrastructure

World PetroCoal Congress

15 February, 2020 Infrastructure

RailMadad Portal

20 February, 2020 Infrastructure

Incredible India website

02 March, 2020 Infrastructure


13 March, 2020 Infrastructure

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