Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 26 June 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. IN-SPACE will be the space industry regulator.
  2. Ozone pollution sees a spike.
  3. Vizag gas leak: Panel given time till June 30.
  4. Railways team up with Microsoft to connect its 15,000 employees.

1. IN-SPACE will be the space industry regulator.

News Summary

The Union Cabinet approved a new entity IN-SPACE and Hon’ble Minister of State for Space Jitendra Singh unveiled it in Delhi. ISRO Chairman has welcomed the Union’s move of setting up IN-SPACE.

Prelims GS – Science and Technology

  • Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre
  • It is a new entity of the Department of Space.
  • It will have its own chairperson and Board.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Science and Technology

Facts about IN-SPACE:
  • IN-SPACE will regulate and promote the building of routine satellites, rockets, and commercial launch services through the Indian industry and start-ups.
  • It will ensure a level playing field for the Indian industry in a fast-growing global space sector.
  • IN-SPACE will function autonomously and parallel to ISRO.
  • IN-SPACE is in line with the Government’s “Open and Inclusive” Space Sector.
  • It will strengthen the New Space India Ltd.
  • This will allow ISRO to allocate more time and resources for Research and Development activities.
  • The reforms in the space sector will create new jobs.
  • Private enterprises and start-ups can undertake end-to-end space activities and hence the potential of the country will be increased.

2. Ozone Pollution sees a spike

News Summary

According to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), ozone pollution has increased during the lockdown in India. The analysis was based on the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data from 22 cities in 15 states during the lockdown from March 25 – May 31.

Prelims GS – Environment

  • Ozone is denoted as O3.
  • It is a highly reactive gas.
  • Ozone is not directly emitted by any source.
  • Ozone is formed by photochemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and gases in the air under the influence of sunlight and heat.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Environment

Harmful effects of Ozone:
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin problems
  • Asthma
  • Affects vegetation

Click here to know more about Ozone.

3. Vizag Gas Leak: Panel given time till June 30

News Summary

The Andhra Pradesh Government constituted a committee to probe the Gas Leak Case in Vishakapatnam. Now the government has extended the time of the panel till June 30 to give the report on the Styrene Gas Leak case.

Mains GS – Environment

Refer  Mains content of  Styrene Gas Leak Case on 4th June 2020.

4. Railways team up with Microsoft to connect its 15,000 employees

News Summary

Microsoft India has offered India Railways a six-month free trial of its “Microsoft teams” platform powered by Office 365 to connect 15,000 employees.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance (e-Governance)

Benefits of Railways-Microsoft team:
  • In the current lockdown situation, this initiative will help all the employees of Railways as everyone is working from home.
  • It will also encourage more people to work from home and reduce the exposure of COVID-19.
  • The initiative will help in sharing documents, files, and audio or video.
  • It will help in real-time collaboration.


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