Daily Current Affairs (English) - 07.06.2018
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‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ launched
- The government has launched the ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’, the Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the PM Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.
- The affordable sanitary napkins will now become available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras.
- ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ comes with a special additive, which makes Sanitary napkin biodegradable when it comes in contact with oxygen after being discarded.
Govt to have quota in promotions for SC/ST
- The Supreme Court has allowed the Centre to provide reservation in promotions for SC/ST employees in all government departments till the issue is disposed of by the bench.
- A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan said nothing prevented the government from promoting employees in accordance with law.
- SC’s 2006 judgment in the M. Nagaraj case was applicable to reservation in promotion.
IISc developed ‘LifeBox’ to transport organs
- Researchers at IISc Bangalore have developed a ‘LifeBox’ that can extend the preservation time of organs, specifically the heart, and allows for increased travel time and distances.
- Researchers said that transport of organs using drones could cut down the transportation time by at least 50% compared to green corridors.
- The technology was used to transport a payload for 10 km.
Status-cum-Progress Report of “Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers”
- The Union Cabinet was apprised of the progress report of Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers.
- The Status Report consists of substantial progress made in three priority links - Ken-Betwa Link, Damanganga-Pinjal Link and Para-Tapi-Narmada Link.
- It also gives status of other Himalayan and Peninsular links identified as per National Perspective Plan of 1980.
MP announces outstanding power bill waiver scheme
- The Madhya Pradesh government has announced an outstanding power bill waiver scheme for laborers and poor families.
- The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan approved the Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver Scheme) which is expected to benefit about 77 lakh people of the state.
- The state cabinet also approved Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 (a scheme to provide subsidized power) for registered laborers of the unorganized sector and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month.
Nitrogen emissions going up
- Nitrogen particles make up the largest fraction of PM2.5, the class of pollutants closely linked to cardiovascular and respiratory illness, says the first-ever quantitative assessment of nitrogen pollution in India.
- The burning of crop residue is a key contributor to winter smog in many parts of North India.
- Indian NOx emissions grew at 52% from 1991 to 2001 and 69% from 2001 to 2011.
539 species discovered in India in 2017
- 539 new species of plants and animals were discovered by scientists in the country in 2017, say publications from ZSI and BSI.
- Animal Discoveries, 2017 lists 300 new species of fauna.
- Plant Discoveries, 2017 lists 239 new flora species.
- Besides these discoveries, the biodiversity in the country recorded another 263 species with 174 new records of animals and 89 of plants found.
Global efforts to address plastic pollution
- The United Nations Environment unveiled its report on the state of plastic pollution in 2018.
- The report, titled “Single-use Plastics: A roadmap for Sustainability”, was developed in cooperation with the Centre and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
- The report was launched on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Baba Kalyani heads group to study SEZ Policy
- The Union Government has constituted a group of eminent persons headed by Baba Kalyani, Chairman of Bharat Forge to study the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Policy of India.
- The group will evaluate the SEZ policy, suggest measures to cater to the needs of exporters in the present economic scenario and make the SEZ policy WTO compatible.
- The Group is required to submit its recommendation in 3 Months’ time.
Agro-Processing Financial Institution as NBFC for food processing sector
- Food Processing Ministry will soon create the Agro-Processing Financial Institution which will exclusively fund food processing projects.
- The Agro-Processing Financial Institution will be a non-banking financial institution.
- This NBFC in food sector will create capacity building in the field of risk assessment and ease lending to food processing sector.
Centre to start measuring green GDP of States
- The government will begin a five-year exercise to compute district-level data of the country’s environmental wealth.
- The results of this study will eventually be used to calculate every State’s ‘green’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- The metric will help in calculating compensation to be paid during land acquisition, calculation of funds required for climate mitigation, and so on.
Copper-Bronze age chariots discovered
- The “first ever” physical evidence of chariots dating from 2000 BC – 1800 BC has been found by the Archeological Survey of India.
- It was found during a trial excavation in Sanauli village near Baghpat.
- The findings will open up further research opportunities into the area’s civilisation and culture.
TRAI moots network to help in disaster relief
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended setting up of a pan-India broadband public protection disaster relief (PPDR) communications network based on 3GPP PS-LTE technology.
- It will be used for an ‘advanced, reliable, robust and responsive communication networks’ to be used during disasters.
- PPDR communication supports services such as maintenance of law and order.
China and India meet for fighting corruption
- A six-member delegation of senior Chinese officials will meet their counterparts in Indian agencies.
- It is to deepen cooperation between the two countries on people wanted for corruption and asset recovery.
- During the Chinese presidency of G20 in 2016, the “High Level Principles on Cooperation on Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery” was initiated. India supported the initiative.
Ganga Praharis to educate people about Ganga
- A group of 427 trained volunteers, called Ganga Praharis, are reaching to every house in areas along river Ganga to educate them about the importance of protecting river’s bio-diversity.
- They are spread over Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
- They are roped-in by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun under National Mission for Clean Ganga.
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