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- Street Light National Programme has illuminated 50 thousand Kilometres
Street Lighting National programme has illuminated 50 thousand Kilometres of the Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country.
- With this milestone, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a government company has become the world’s largest street light management company.
- The installation of the LED street lights has resulted in saving of 39 crore kilowatt hour of annual energy.
- In an official release, Power Ministry said, this programme has helped in reduction of 3.29 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP)
- The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP), being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of four Power Sector PSUs, envisages replacement of conventional street lights with LED lights by March, 2019.
- EESL is playing an important role as a catalyst in replacing these streetlights, while several other suppliers are also carrying out the same in cities/states.
- The main objective is
- to promote efficient lighting,
- enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills
- Help preserve environment.
- Converting India’s 30 million street lights to LEDs, can save 5 billion KWh and US$ 480 million every year.
- National Investigating Agency(NIA):
Why in News:
Home Minister said that incidents of stone-pelting have declined in Jammu and Kashmir due to the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Speaking after inaugurating the office and residential complex of the NIA in Lucknow, he said, the incidents of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have also seen a downward trend in the last three years. Emphasising on finishing terror funding sources, he said, if sources of fake currency and terror funding is plugged, it will be a big blow to terrorism. NIA is doing a great job in this field.
- National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency established by the Indian Governmentto combat terror in India.
- It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.
- The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states.
- The Agency came into existence with the enactment of the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 by the Parliament of Indiaon 31 December 2008
- Eco-park to make R&D in E-waste recycling
- The government is exploring the possibility of setting up an eco-park under public-private partnership mode to make research and development in e-waste recycling commercially viable.
- Such eco-park could provide a system for channelisation of e-waste for environmentally sound recycling in the organised sector by bringing together formal and informal sector.
- Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has informed that in order to make the e-waste recycling R&D processes commercially viable, effort would be made to explore the possibility to set up eco-park under PPP by providing infrastructure and training tools.
- 40 per cent reservation for girls at 100 Navodaya-type schools
The government has decided to offer 40 per cent reservation for girls at 100 Navodaya-type schools. The Minister of State for Minority Affairs said the government is mulling to open 100 Navodaya-type schools in minority concentrated areas of the country. The reservation will also be applicable in five higher education institutes, planed by the government, for minority community students.
- A high-level panel formed by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation, a government-funded agency, had in its report recently recommended a three-tier model to tackle educational backwardness among minorities, particularly the Muslims.
- The panel had said the proposed schools could work on the patterns of Kendriya Vidayala or Navodaya Vidyalaya.
- The start of an operation to free Tal Afar
Iraqi forces today launched an assault to retake the northern city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State group, after ousting the militants from Mosul last month.
- Tal Afar lies around 70 kilometres west of Mosul, which Iraqi forces recaptured in early July in a major blow to the militants.
- Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarma Manikya Bahadur’s Jayanti
Prime minister today expressed happiness that people across Tripura marked the Jayanti of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarma Manikya Bahadur with immense enthusiasm.
Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarma Manikya Bahadur:
- He was the king before the mergerof Tripura with India.
- He is considered the father of modern architecture in Tripura, as the entire planning of present-day Tripura was initiated during his rule.
- He is also considered one of the pioneers in land reforms.
- In 1939, he reserved land for the local Tripura tribals, which was later instrumental in the creation of the Tripura autonoumus district council.
- He also built the first airport in Tripura, which is today the second busiest airport in the entire northeast