8 June 2016

World Oceans Day is celebrated  On 8 June which day 

The World Oceans Day is being observed globally every year with aim to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. 
The day is also celebrated to provide a unique opportunity to honour, protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. 
However, 2016 Theme is: “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”. 
This theme highlights main urgent need to curb the plastic pollution. 

Why is ocean important?
• First and foremost it regulate climate
• Ocean also help to clean the water we drink Offer a pharmacopoeia of medicines
• It also generates most of the oxygen we breathe

All India Radio completes 80 years on June 8

·        All India Radio (AIR) on June 8 completes 80 years.

·        On this day in 1936 the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio.

·        From then it has been a roller coaster ride for the broadcaster which took on another name in 1956: Akashvani.

Union Government to form new reserve battalion named after Maharana Pratap

Union Home Ministry has decided to form new reserve battalion will be raised and it will be named after Maharana Pratap. It will be called Maharana India Reserve Battalion. It was announced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap in Gogunda in Udaipur district. He also unveiled statue of Maharana Pratap in the ceremony.

About Maharana Pratap 
He was born in 1540 at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan. He was the eldest son of Maharani Jaiwanta Bai and Udai Singh II, founder of Udaipur. He belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. His reign spanned for 24 years from March 1572 to January 1597. He was known as a brave warrior, successful organizer and ingenious strategist. He had fearlessly fought the Mughals and protected his people until his death for the honour of their motherland. He died of injuries sustained in a hunting accident at Chavand, which served as his capital, on 29 January 1597, aged fifty-seven.

RBI rates unchanged in 2nd bi-monthly monetary policy review for year 2016-17

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its second bi-monthly monetary policy review for year 2016-17 has maintained status quo in key policy interest rate. The key policy interest rates were kept unchanged on the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation in the country.RBI has kept its stance on the credit policy accommodative. 

Key Rates are

 Policy Rates Repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF): unchanged at 6.50 per cent. 
Reverse repo rate under the LAF: unchanged at 6.0 per cent. 
Marginal standing facility (MSF) rate: 7.00 per cent.

Reserve Ratios
 Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks: Unchanged at 4.0 per cent of net demand and time liability (NDTL).
 Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR): Unchanged at 21.25 per cent. Other forecast Growth forecast: pegged at 7.6% for the current fiscal.
Inflation target: It was kept unchanged at 5% for January 2017 with upward bias 
Public investment: It is gaining strength and continuing weakness in private investment is a concern.

India all set to become member of Missile Technology Control Regime

·        India is all set to become a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as it cleared final hurdles in getting the membership of the key anti-proliferation grouping.

·        Membership of MTCR will help India procure high-end missile technology and surveillance systems by leading manufacturers which are allowed to be accessed only by MTCR member countries.

·        India had applied for MTCR membership last year and its application was under consideration as part of a silent procedure which ended yesterday without any objection from any country.

Thailand becomes first Asian country to eliminate mother to child HIV

·        Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

·        Cuba is the only other country to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission under the WHO's criteria.

Lucknow to host Junior hockey World Cup

·        According to International Hockey Federation  Lucknow will host the junior men’s hockey World Cup from the 8th of December this year.

·        The Eleven-Daylong event will feature 16 teams.

·        They include defending champions Germany, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Spain.

·        While the men’s competition takes place in December, the women’s Hockey Junior World Cup takes place shortly beforehand in Santiago, Chile, between November 24 and December 4.

7 June 2016

Delhi Government approves first Solar Policy

The Delhi government has approved the first Solar Policy which aims at making the Capital an environment-friendly solar city. It was approved by Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as it is part of one of Government’s 70-point agendas. The policy has been prepared by the Government of Delhi in consultation with the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) after extensive consultations with local and international experts.

 Key features of Policy 

  • Recommends the installation of 1 GW (1,000 Mega Watts) solar power capacity in Delhi by 2020, which is proposed to be doubled to 2 GW by 2025.
  •  Outlines a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives, and tax breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Capital. 
  • Supports all models of ownership and maintenance of solar plants, including third-party-owned, self-owned models. Mandatory deployment of solar panels on the government or public institutions. 
  • Allows generation based incentive for 3 years and amendment of the building bylaws for rooftop solar installations.
  •  Allows concept of virtual net metering in order to give access to the solar net metering facility to the consumers who do not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system.
  •  It also allows group net metering to encourage solar plants on rooftops of buildings that cannot consume all of the energy generated locally.

Rajasthan Government launches Mobile App RajVayu on Air Quality Index

Rajasthan Government has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. The app was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of World Environment Day (5th June). With this, Rajasthan becomes first state in country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of cities.
Key features of RajVayu

  • Information provided on RajVayu app is based on the data collected by sophisticated air quality monitoring equipment and weather sensors. 
  • The app has been designed by Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) jointly with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
  • It would share details about the air quality, such as levels of pollutants likes SOx, NOx, CO, Ozone particles and Particulate Matter (PM) with the city residents and tourists.
  •  It would also share temperature, wind speed, humidity, weather forecast and advisories. 
  • This app is based on the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR-India) which is presently connected in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. 

Gangetic River dolphin declared city animal of Guwahati

Assam’s Guwahati became the first city in the country to have its own city animal after Kamrup metropolitan district administration declared Gangetic River dolphin as its official mascot. Gangetic River Dolphin locally in Guwahati is known as ‘Sihu’ and it is on the verge of extinction. Less than 2,000 Gangetic river dolphins remain in the Brahmaputra River along Guwahati.


  • The Kamrup metropolitan district administration had organized the three-month long online and off-line voting process among three protected animals to decide the ‘city animal’. 
  • The voting process was conducted by district administration along with other organisations such as Assam forest department, Assam state biodiversity bard and Help Earth (NGO). 
  • These three animals were Gangetic River Dolphin (local name: Sihu), Greater Adjutant Stork (Hargila) and Black Softshell Turtle (Bor Kaso). These three animals are on the verge of extinction. 
  • In this voting process Gangetic River dolphin had received highest 24247 votes out of 60003 total votes. While, Greater Adjutant Stork got 18454 votes and Black Softshell Turtle got 17302 votes.

India, US sign MoU for hassle-free entry of Indians into US

India and United States (US) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into America at selected airports. The hassle-free entry will provide speedy security clearances for pre-approved, low-risk travellers from the country. The MoU was signed as part of US’s International Expedited Traveller Initiative (also known as the Global Entry Programme).
 India is only the ninth country with which the US has entered into this initiative reflecting growing relationship between the two largest democracies of the world. The expedited entry for the Indian travellers under this programme at the US airports will enable further easing of travel environment. 
It will also have positive impact on all kinds of people-to-people exchange between our two countries. The US is home to more than 3 million Indian-origin people who continue to maintain deep-rooted links with India.

JV of L&T wins contract to develop Qatar stadium

·        A joint venture (JV) between infrastructure firm L&T and a Qatar-based company has been chosen to build the Al Rayyan stadium in Qatar, for a deal worth $135 million (₹900 crore).

·        The 40,000-seater venue will host games up to the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA world cup in Qatar. The stadium is slated to be completed by 2019.

Tennis star Rohan Bopanna secures direct entry into Rio Olympics

· Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna today officially returned to top-10 in the ATP ranking doubles chart, securing a direct entry into the men's doubles event of the Rio Olympic Games.

·Veteran Leander Paes, who also made the quarterfinals, gained five places to be placed 46 now.

·  Bopanna being a top-10 player not only gets a direct entry but also has the choice to pick his partner for the men's doubles event irrespective of his ranking.

·In the women's doubles chart, Sania Mirza continued to be joint world number one with Swiss partner Martina Hingis. Prarthana Thombare was second-highest ranked player at number 209.