One of the largest freshwater fish has been declared extinct in a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) was an iconic species, measuring up to 7 m in length, dating back from 200 million years ago, and therefore swimming the rivers when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.... Continued.
Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Honourable Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurshiptoday released here today the ‘State Energy Efficiency Index 2019’, which tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives in 36 states and union territories based on 97 significant indicators.... Continued.
The Central Government in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has notified new energy performance standards for Room Air Conditioner (RACs) on 30th October 2019. What is the new notification? The 240C default setting has been made mandatory from Jan 1, 2020 for all room air conditioners covered under the ambit of BEE... Continued.
At the end of the year 2019, Aadhaar saturation across the country crosses 125 crores. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced a new milestone achieved by the Aadhaar project – crossing of the 125 crores mark. This means that over 1.25 billion residents of India have the 12-digit unique identity. The achievement comes... Continued.
Amitabh Bachchan has been conferred this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award. President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the award to the actor. Amitabh Bachchan is honoured with the award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. About Dadasaheb Phalke awards The 66th National Awards were held in Delhi on December 23 this year. Amitabh... Continued.
On the Birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi named the Strategic Tunnel under Rohtang Pass after Vajpayee. Rohtang Tunnel, connecting Manali, Himachal Pradesh with Leh, Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir, will now be known as Atal Tunnel. Tunnel under Rohtang Pass The historic decision to construct a strategic... Continued.
Sharing borders with neighbouring Pakistan, Gujarat is under attack from hoppers — new-born locusts (locally known as tiddis)— that have flown in across the international border. As the swarms mature, they have ravaged farms in North Gujarat, devastating farmers in the three border districts Banaskantha, Patan and Kutch. Why it is difficult to deal with... Continued.
The government of Pakistan has issued special permits to the Emir of Qatar and nine other members of the royal family to hunt the houbara bustard, an internationally protected bird species. Bustards are large, terrestrial birds that belong to several species, including some of the largest flying birds. The houbara bustard, which lives in arid... Continued.
Three years after Cyrus Pallonji Mistry was unceremoniously removed from the post of Executive Chairman of Tata Sons, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) ruled the decision “illegal”, paving the way for his reinstatement. Tata Sons is the holding company of companies within the Tata Group. Option to appeal against the decision The replacement... Continued.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 16th December 2019 signed a $250 million loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to expand energy efficiency investments in India that will benefit agricultural, residential and institutional consumers. In addition, $46 million financing will be provided from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), to... Continued.