सामयिक विषय: Miscellaneous

Energy festival will be celebrated from December 12 in Chhattisgarh

Energy Festival

Question: Recently cabinet of which of the following states has decided to celebrate ‘ Urja Utsav on December 12, 2017?
(a) Uttar Pradesh
(b) Chhattisgarh
(c) Madhya Pradesh
(d) Rajasthan
Answer- (b)
Related Facts:

  • On November 23rd, 2017; in the meeting of Chhattisgarh Council of Ministers, it was decided to celebrate ‘ Urja Utsav’ in the state from on December 12, 2017.
  • During this celebration, programs will be organized at District level and Development block level.
  • In the presence of public representatives, 24 hour power supply quality, 33/11 kv electricity sub-stations, providing free of cost electricity connections under the ‘Sowbhagya’ project will also be observed.
  • General category families will be provided with electricity connections at nominal installment of Rs 50 a month.
  • Development blocks and villages who have collected cent per cent electricity bills will be rewarded.
  • In the same meeting, it was also decided to celebrate ‘ Tendu Patta Bonus Tihar ‘ from December 02nd-11th, 2017.
  • Under this, a bonus of Rs. 270 crores will be distributed to 14 lakh Tendu Patta collectors of the state.

Reference:
http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/raipur/cm-to-launch-tendu-patta-bonus-tihar.html
http://bit.do/urjautsav

The year 2018 as International Year of Millets

Proposal to declare International Year of Millets

Question: Recently, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has sent a proposal to United Nations for declaring which of the following year as ‘International Year of Millets’?
(a)  2021
(b)  2018
(c)  2019
(d)  2020
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • On November 22, 2017, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has sent a proposal to United Nations for declaring the year 2018 as ‘International Year of Millets’.
  • It is noteworthy that Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses.
  • It is often termed nutri-cereals or dryland-cereals, and includes sorghum, pearl millet, ragi, small millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet and other millets.
  • An important staple cereal crop for millions of small holder dryland farmers across sub-saharan Africa and Asia, millets offer nutrition, resilience, income and livelihood for farmers even in difficult times.
  • Millets can provide nutritional security and act as a shield against nutritional deficiency, especially among children and women.
  • The anaemia (iron deficiency), B-complex vitamin deficiency, pellagra (niacin deficiency) can be effectively tackled with intake of less expensive but nutritionally rich food grains like millets.
  • The proposal, if agreed, will raise awareness about millets among consumers, policy makers, industry and R&D sector.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=173750

Biofuture

Biofuture Platform Declaration

Question: Which of the following member country did not participated in ‘Biofuture Platform Declaration’ on November 16th, 2017.
(a) United States
(b) Netherlands
(c) Denmark
(d) Paraguay
Answer: (a)
Related facts:

  • On November 16th, 2017, 19 members countries gathered together to state Biofuture Platform Declaration.
  • United States (founding and current Member State) did not participate in the declaration.
  • Declaration “Scaling up the low carbon bio economy: an urgent and vital challenge” accepted at the ‘United Nations Climate Change Conference-CoP23’ organized in BONN, Germany.
  • Earlier, on 15th November 2017, this mandate was renewed for an additional year.
  • It is noteworthy that on November 16th, 2016, 20 countries including India launched ‘BIOFUTURE PLATFORM’ for sustainable biofuels.
  • The ultimate purpose of the Biofuture Platform is to help in the global fight against climate change, nurturing solutions in low carbon transport and the bio economy that can aid countries to reach their Nationally Determined Contribution targets (NDCs).
  • Twenty countries are the founding and current Member States of the Biofuture Platform: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Paraguay, the Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.
  • These countries represent 37% of the global economy and half of the global population.

Reference:     
http://biofutureplatform.org/major-countries-agree-scale-low-carbon-bioeconomy-develop-sustainable-biofuels-targets/
https://cop23.unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/NEWS%20RELEASE%20-%20Major%20Countries%20Agree%20to%20Set%20Biofuels%20Targets%2

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