Various cities in India should opt for “sponge cities” Mission, taking into account the scenario of rapid urbanisation, improper drainage facilities, tampered roadways and not taking enough measures to receive unprecedented rainfall. This editorial suggests various measures like rainwater harvesting techniques, building watersheds and making cities permeable.
Amid the pandemic, US has deployed Patriot air missiles in Iraq. This would further ratchet up the tensions in West Asia. The news is important for both prelims and mains. Click to read the article