1. The government launched the ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’
- The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Ministry of Power (MOP)launched the 1st edition of State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index (SEEPI) wherein five states came in the topmost category of ‘front-runner’ states: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.
- The composition of the index has been developed considering each state’s energy consumption, its energy saving potential and its influence in implementing energy efficiency in buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture and distribution companies.
- It has classified states into four categories – front-runner, achiever, contender and aspirant, based upon their efforts towards energy efficiency.
- Front runners states are:
(c) Andhra Pradesh
- The second best category of ‘achiever’ states is Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Haryana.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
- The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power created in March 2002 under the provisions of the nation’s 2001 Energy Conservation Act.
- The mission of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles, with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.
Source- The Indian Express
2. Ujjwala Yojana achieved its target of providing 5 cr free LPG connections to poor families
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Ujjwala Yojana achieved its target of providing 5 crores free LPG connections to poor families.
- Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan handed over the Ujjwala Connection No. 5 crore to the selected beneficiary.
- The government achieved this target nearly eight months ahead of schedule.
- Encouraged by the rapid progress, the government in February raised the target to eight crore poor households by 2020 with an additional outlay of 4,800 crore rupees.
- Ujjwala scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for providing LPG connections to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) households.
- It aims at bringing clean cooking fuel to poor households, identified according to the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC). More than 44 per cent of Ujjwala beneficiaries is currently are from SC/ST communities.
- The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on May 1, 2016, in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh with a target to provide free LPG connections to five crore poor households by March 31, 2019, with a budgetary allocation of 8,000 crore rupees.
3. Famous Kadaknath chicken meat from Jhabua of MP gets Geographical Indication tag
- The famous Kadaknath chicken meat from Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh has now got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
- The tag denotes that the product comes from a particular geographical area, and often enhances its commercial value.
- The Gramin Vikas Trust of Krishak Bharati Cooperative (KRIBHCO) had sought GI tag.
- The Kadaknath or Kali Masi is an Indian breed of chicken local to Jhabua and Dhar districts of eastern Madhya Pradesh, where it is known as “Kali masi”.
- Due to its high protein and very low fat and cholesterol levels, it is in high demand.
- It is black coloured meat of Kadaknath variety of chicken.
GI Tag awarded in 2018
- Araku coffee (Andhra Pradesh)
- Kadaknath Chicken (Madhya Pradesh)
- Adilabad Dokra (Telangana)
- Warangal Durries (Telangana)
Source- Financial Express
4. Cabinet clears Bill to restore the provisions of SC/ST Act.
- The Centre has decided to introduce a Bill to restore the original provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, which the Supreme Court had struck down in a March ruling.
- The Amendment Bill seeks to insert three new clauses after Section 18 of the original Act.
1. The first stipulates that for the purposes of the Act, “preliminary enquiry shall not be required for registration of a First Information Report against any person.”
2. The second stipulates that the arrest of a person accused of having committed an offence under the Act would not require any approval.
- The third says that the provisions of Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure — which deals with anticipatory bail — shall not apply to a case under this Act, “notwithstanding any judgment or order of any Court.”
The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities), 1989
- The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is popularly known as POA, the SC/ST Act, or the Prevention of Atrocities Act was enacted on 9th September 1989.
- Under this Act, protection is provided from social disabilities such as denial of access to certain places and to use customary passage, personal atrocities like forceful drinking or eating of inedible food sexual exploitation, injury etc, atrocities affecting properties, malicious prosecution, political disabilities and economic exploitation.
Source- The Hindu
5. India ranks 56th in early initiation of breastfeeding
- A new report released by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Sri Lanka at the top of the list of countries with early initiation of breastfeeding.
- India ranks 56th among the 76 countries that were analysed.
- The report says that only two in five newborns are breastfed within the first hour of life across the world.
- Putting newborns to the breast within the first hour after birth gives them the best chance to survive, grow and develop to their full potential says the report, which emphasises on exclusive breastfeeding.
- Countries like Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Bhutan and Uruguay have fared much better than India, making it into the top 10. Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Montenegro are at the bottom.
Source- The Hindu
6. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launched an initiative to help find solutions to challenges in public and private transport and road safety.
- NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launched an initiative to help find solutions to challenges in public and private transport and road safety.
- The initiative, named as Move Hack, aims to crowdsource solutions for the future of mobility in India. The hackathon will be open to individuals from all countries.
- The Union Health Ministry’s ban on the retail sale and private manufacture of oxytocin, expected to kick off on September 1.
- The drug, a synthetic version of a human hormone, is a life-saver for women.
- Doctors use it to induce labour in pregnant women and to stem the postpartum bleeding.
- So critical is its role in maternal health that the World Health Organization recommends it as the drug of choice in postpartum haemorrhage.
- It is being banned because oxytocin stimulates lactation in cattle, dairy farmers inject the drug indiscriminately to increase milk production. This has spawned several unlicensed facilities that manufacture the drug for veterinary use.
Source- The Hindu
8. Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam.
- The Andhra Pradesh Government has approved the “Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam” scheme that makes unemployed youth in the state, eligible of receiving Rs 1000 per month from the government.
- 12 lakh youth in the age bracket of 22-35 years will be benefitted through the scheme.
- The unemployed youth will have to register themselves through a website.
Source- Business standards