PACESETTER FUND PROGRAMME
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently awarded grants to the awardees of the second round of PACEsetter fund programme.
The PACEsetter fund was constituted by India and the USA in 2015 as a joint fund.
The mission of the PACEsetter Fund is to accelerate the commercialization of innovative off-grid clean energy access solutions by providing early-stage grant funding that would allow businesses to develop and test innovative products, business models and systems.
The Fund’s main purpose is to improve the viability of off-grid renewable energy businesses that sell small scale (less than 1 megawatt) clean energy systems to individuals and communities without access to grid-connected power or with limited/intermittent access.
It is a movement that began in Sweden in August 2018 to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.
It is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.
#Climatestrike is a global event to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels & climate justice for everyone.
The West Bank is a landlocked territory near the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, bordered by Jordan to the east and by the Green Line separating it and Israel on the south, west and north.
The territory was occupied by Israel during the six-day war in 1967.
Under the Oslo Accords, which were signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in September 1993, the two sides agreed that West Bank and Gaza Strip would be treated as a single territorial unit.
The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has released a new variety of wheat named Pusa Yashasvi.
It is also known as HD-3226.
It has higher genetic yield potential (at 79.6 quintals) as compared to other varieties of wheat. Pusa Yashasvi has a higher content of zinc, protein, and gluten (which contributes to the strength and elasticity of the dough).
The best feature of this variety of wheat is that it is highly resistant against all major rust fungi viz. yellow/stripe, brown/leaf, and black/stem.
It is compliant to the conservation agriculture.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) is defined as a sustainable agriculture production system that comprises of a set of farming practices adapted to the requirements of crops and local conditions of each region.
NAMING OF CYCLONES
For cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, the naming system was agreed by eight member countries of a group called WMO/ESCAP and took effect in 2004.
There are five tropical cyclone regional bodies, i.e. ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee, WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones, RA-I Tropical Cyclone Committee, RA-IV Hurricane Committee, and RA-V Tropical Cyclone Committee.
In general, tropical cyclones are named according to the rules at a regional level.
The WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones at its twenty-seventh Session held in 2000 in Muscat, Oman agreed in principal to assign names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.
After long deliberations among the member countries, the naming of the tropical cyclones over north Indian Ocean commenced from September 2004.
Eight countries — India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the panel and came up with a list of 64 names.
If public wants to suggest the name of a cyclone to be included in the list, the proposed name must meet some fundamental criteria, the RSMC website says.
These countries submitted eight names each, which are arranged in an 8×8 table.
The first cyclone after the list was adopted was given the name in the first row of the first column — Onil, proposed by Bangladesh.
Subsequent cyclones are being named sequentially, column-wise, with each cyclone given the name immediately below that of the previous cyclone.
NATIONAL POPULATION REGISTER (NPR)
The National Population Register (NPR) is a comprehensive identity database to be maintained by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (RGI).
The objective of creating this identity database is to help in better utilization and implementation of the benefits and services under the government schemes, improve planning and security in the country.
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) is currently an informal but increasingly being formalised strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India aimed at free and secure Indo-Pacific to counter China’s aggressive String of Pearls strategy in the region with specific focus areas of freedom of navigation, maritime security cooperation, joint military exercises, security and integrity of friendly nations, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, development finance, and cyber security
Project NETRA (Network for space object Tracking and Analysis)
ISRO has initiated ‘Project NETRA’ – an early warning system in space to detect debris and other hazards to Indian satellites.
The project will give India its own capability in space situational awareness (SSA) like the other space powers — which is used to ‘predict’ threats from debris to Indian satellites.
The space agency says our SSA will first be for low-earth orbits or LEO which have remote-sensing spacecraft.
NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP
NSG is a group of nuclear supplier countries that frames and implements agreed rules for exporting nuclear equipment, with a view to controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.
NSG was established in 1974 in the background of the Pokhran I peaceful nuclear explosion conducted by India in 1974.
Task: It aim to ensure that nuclear trade for peaceful purposes does not contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, while not hindering international trade and cooperation in the nuclear field.
It facilitate the development of peaceful nuclear trade by providing the means whereby obligations to facilitate peaceful nuclear cooperation can be implemented in a manner consistent with international nuclear non-proliferation norms.
Membership: 48 supplier states
INDIA WATER WEEK-2019
India Water Week is a forum where international and national experts, who are associated with water issues are invited to join in and share their views, opinions and solutions regarding the water crisis.
The water week is organised by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
The theme of the India Water Week-2019 is ‘Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges”.
GANDHI SOLAR PARK AT UN HEADQUARTERS:
In a first of its kind symbolic effort by India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 50 kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ at the Headquarters of United Nations (UN).