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India’s Helium import to get affected

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  • March 22, 2021
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India’s Helium import to get affected

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations & GS-III – Economy 

In news

  • The USA shall cut off exports of helium from 2021. 
  • Due to this, the Indian industry stands to lose out heavily since India imports helium

Important value additions 

  • Helium is colorless, odourless, tasteless, inert, and a noble gas.
  • Applications: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, in rockets and nuclear reactors.
  • Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes liquefied Helium by cooling the gas to -270 degrees Celsius.
  • India’s Rajmahal volcanic basin in Jharkhand is the storehouse of helium trapped for billions of years. 
  • At present, India is mapping the Rajmahal basin extensively for future exploration and harnessing of helium.

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