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Insights Daily Current Events, 25 December 2015

Insights Daily Current Events, 25 December 2015

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Paper 3 Topic: Pollution.

Women, bikers out of Delhi’s odd-even formula

Delhi government has released the blueprint for its odd-even vehicle formula, which comes into force from January 1 for a 15-day trial.

  • This is India’s first attempt at controlling air pollution by disallowing vehicles with odd and even registration plates to ply on roads on alternate days.

Who are all exempted?

  • Two-wheelers and cars driven by women.
  • Vehicles that are run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
  • Vehicles of very important persons (VIPs), and those carrying differently-abled people.
  • Ambulances, fire brigade, hospital, prison and hearse vehicles are also exempted.

Other details:

  • The scheme would apply from 8 am to 8 pm on all days except Sundays – for cars with registration number plates from the national capital region, as well as other states.
  • Any violation would attract a penalty of Rs 2,000.
  • For a woman driver the exemption would be allowed if she is accompanied by female co-passengers or children up to the age of 12 years. They will be penalised if any male member is travelling along.
  • The cases of medical emergencies would be treated on the “basis of trust”.
  • Senior citizens, doctors and lawyers, who had petitioned the government seeking exemption, will have to abide by the regulations.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has clarified that he and his cavalcade would not avail of the exemption offered to VIPs.

Stats:

  • Currently, Delhi has a total of 8.83 million registered vehicles – including 2.64 million passenger cars and 5.68 million two-wheelers.
  • There are 2.72 million scooters, 2.86 million motorcycles and 105,114 mopeds registered in the city.

sources: the hindu.

 

Topic: General awareness.

INS Godavari decommissioned

INS Godavari, the country’s first indigenously designed and built warship was recently decommissioned in Mumbai after thirty-two years of service.

  • It is now likely to be used as a target to practice missile firing.

About INS Godavari:

  • Being the first indigenously designed and constructed ship, INS Godavari was showcased around the world as a symbol of India’s growing military might and self-reliance.
  • Godavari class frigates were armed with surface to surface and surface to air guided missiles. INS Godavari is also among the first frigates in the world capable of carrying two Sea King helicopters.
  • Over the past three decades, Godavari has successfully been deployed in numerous operations including Operation Jupiter – 1988 (Sri Lanka), Operation Shield and Operation Bolster – 1994 (de-induction of Indian Army from Somalia) and Patrol of Gulf of Aden (PoG) – 2009 and 2011 (anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden).

sources: bs.

 

Topic: General awareness.

C.K. Nayudu award for Kirmani

Former India stumper Syed Kirmani has been chosen for the prestigious Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for 2015.

  • Kirmani has served as chairman of the senior national selection committee and vice-president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) during his long four-and-a-half decade contribution to the game.
  • Kirmani is also a Padma Shri awardee.

Background:

  • The BCCI celebrates the birth centenary of Col. Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu, the country s first Test captain, by instituting an annual Lifetime Achievement Award, to honour individuals for their unparalleled contribution to Indian cricket, on and off the field.
  • The Award comprises a trophy, citation and cheque for Rs. 25 lakhs.

sources: the hindu.

 

Topic:Paper 2 – Governance

Good Governance Day to mark Vajpayee’s birthday

The nation is observing today (25th December) its second ‘Good Governance Day’ which is the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • Several functions are being organised across the country to mark the day.

The first Good Governance Day was observed by the Union government on 25th December, 2015.

sources: the hindu.

 

Topic: General awareness.

First cable-stayed bridge in north India opens in Jammu and Kashmir

North India’s first cable-stayed bridge – the fourth of its kind in the country that will provide close connectivity among the three states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab – was thrown open to traffic recently.

Details:

  • The bridge named is ‘Atal Setu‘. It is constructed on river Ravi at Basholi.
  • Described as an engineering marvel, the Basohli bridge is the fourth of its kind in India. The other three cable-stayed bridges are Hooghly bridge in Kolkata, Naini bridge in Allahabad and Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link in Mumbai, officials said.
  • The bridge is strategically important from the defence point of view as well. With the bridge thrown open, connectivity and tourism among the three states are expected to improve.
  • The work on the maiden cable-stay bridge in Jammu and Kashmir started in September 2011 on the demand of people of Basohli where over 22 villages were submerged in water and evacuated to other places after the construction of Ranjit Sagar dam.
  • The 592-metre span bridge was constructed by Border Roads Organization (BRO) at a cost of Rs 145 crore. It is a joint venture of Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) and SP Singla Construction group.

sources: toi.