India slips to 42nd place on EIU Democracy Index
India has slipped to 42nd place on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Democracy Index amid the “rise of conservative religious ideologies” and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities as well as other dissenting voices.
- While Norway has again topped the list, followed by Iceland and Sweden, India has moved down from 32nd place last year and remains classified among “flawed democracies”.
- The index ranks 165 independent states and two territories on the basis of five categories:
Third Scorpene submarine ‘Karanj’ Launched at Mazagon Docks
The third Scorpene class submarine constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 31 January 2018 by Mrs Reena Lanba, President Navy Wives Welfare Association after the recitation of Sanskrit shlokas from the Atharva Veda and traditional ceremonies associated with the launch of naval platforms.
- She also named this submarine as ‘Karanj’ and wished her good fortune.
- Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff was the chief guest on the occasion.
- Karanj will now undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before it is commissioned into the Navy.
Railways to Set up a Coach Factory in Marathwada, Maharashtra
A high level meeting was held between Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, to discuss the setting up of a massive rail coach factory in Latur, Maharashtra by Indian Railways.
- This plant would manufacture Electric Multiple Units for suburban trains and coaches for metros.
- Work on this project will be done on high priority with fast track processing of all approvals.
- Maharashtra Government has offered several concessions including in land, taxes and etc.
Uttar Pradesh India’s most polluted state: Greenpeace report
With 15 of its cities among 30 cities with highest levels of toxic air in the country, Uttar Pradesh is India’s most polluted state, says a Greenpeace India report.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi turned out to be the worst polluted city of UP.
- New Delhi topped list while Lucknow was 18th among the 30 most polluted cities and towns of the country.
- The report reveals that none of the 280 cities with 630 million people comply with the PM10 levels in the air as fixed by WHO at 20.
- Hassan in Karnataka has the cleanest air in the country.