Daily : January 11, 2017

11th World Hindi Day

11th World Hindi Day

Question: World Hindi Day is celebrated on-
(a) 8 January
(b) 10 January
(c) 9 January
(d) 14 January
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • The World Hindi Day is being observed annually on 10 January.
  • On this occasion, Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has conducted special events to spread the greatness of the language through its missions abroad.
  • World Hindi Day was first observed on 10 January 2006.
  • On this occasion Indian Embassy in Cairo and its cultural wing the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) organised cultural performances at Hanager Theatre in the Cairo Opera House.

Reference:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/world-hindi-day-celebrated-in-cairo–%C2%A0/1/854198.html

Amitabh Bachchan honoured by US Embassy

Amitabh Bachchan honoured by US Embassy

Question: The World Health Organisation has set up target of reducing new TB cases by 2030 by … .
a) 80%
b) 50%
c) 90%
d) 100%
Ans: (a)
Related facts:

  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured by the US Embassy to acknowledge his immense contribution to the India-US ties on tuberculosis.
  • The award was presented on January 8 by US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma to the 74-year-old actor, who himself is a TB survivor and brand ambassador for the cause.
  • After receiving the award, Bachchan went live on Facebook with Verma to discuss the cooperation between the two nations to spread awareness about the much-feared disease.
  • The US ambassador also said that the US government has been working with the Indian government for over 20 years on tuberculosis.
  • Over USD 100 million have been invested and over 15 million people have been treated with US assistance.
  • It is notable that The World Health Organisation has set up target of reducing new TB cases by 2030 by 80%.

Reference:
http://ddinews.gov.in/Home%20-%20Other%20Stories/Pages/AmitabhBachchanhonouredbyUSEmbassyforTBawareness.aspx
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/amitabh-bachchan-honoured-by-us-embassy-for-tb-awareness/1/852973.html
http://www.who.int/tb/strategy/en/

World’s Largest LED Street Lighting Programme

World’s Largest LED Street Lighting Programme

Question: The Government of India set up Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on 1st March 2002 under the provisions of … .
a) The Energy Conservation Act, 2001
b) The Electricity Act, 2003
c) The Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948
d) None of the above
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • On 9th January, 2017, Union Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal dedicated the LED based Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) to the Nation.
  • This scheme is currently running in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area.
  • It is the World’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme, which is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
  • The SLNP programme is presently running in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
  • A total of 15.59 lakh street lights have already been replaced in the country with LED bulbs, which is resulting in energy savings of 20.66 crore kWh, avoiding capacity of 51.47 MW and reducing 1.71 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.
  • The energy efficiency market in India is estimated at US$ 12 billion that can potentially result in energy savings of up to 20 per cent of current consumption, by way of innovative business and implementation models.
  • Under the SLNP, South Delhi Municipal Corporation area alone accounts for over 2 lakh street light replacements. The cumulative annual energy savings in SDMC through this programme is 2.65 crore kWh which has helped to avoid capacity addition of 6.6 MW, resulting in a daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
  • Under the SLNP, South Delhi Municipal Corporation area alone accounts for over 2 lakh street light replacements. The cumulative annual energy savings in the area through this programme is 2.65 crore kWh which has helped to avoid capacity addition of 6.6 MW, and daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
  • The Minister inaugurated the Phase II of the street lighting programme, under which Energy Efficiency Services Limited has signed a tripartite agreement with BSES and South Delhi Municipal Corporation to install 75,000 more street lights with more focus on installation in parks.

Reference;
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=156244
http://www.ptinews.com/news/8267150_Goyal%20to%20unveil%20largest%20street%20light%20programme%20tomorrow

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