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Current Affairs 19 March 2019 Digest 3: India Post releases special stamp cover on Ice Stupas

1 day ago
The Department of Post has released a special stamp cover on Ice Stupa. The special stamps aim to create awareness about depleting glaciers and affect the ecology around the Himalayas. Global warming and ecological imbalance have caused irreparable damage to the Himalayas in the past several years.

Current Affairs 18 March 2019 Digest 3: India, Maldives sign three agreements, IIT, IISc collaborate on Climate Change Initiative

2 days ago
India and Maldives have signed three agreements on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy after extensive talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid.

Current Affairs 18 March 2019 Digest 1: India pilots resolutions on single-use plastics, sustainable nitrogen management; NGT directs CPCB to prepare noise pollution maps

2 days ago
India piloted resolutions on two key global environmental issues, single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management, at the fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly. The UN Environment adopted both the resolutions with consensus.

UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook released

Mar 16, 2019
The United Nation Environment Program has released the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook titled ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’. The report comes at a critical time for global development and it will build on the knowledge and experience gained from previous GEOs.

Explained- West Nile Virus: All you need to know

Mar 15, 2019
There are no vaccines or medications to prevent and treat the infection. In the initial phase, the healthcare might advise pain relievers to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms. In severe cases, patients need to be hospitalised.

Geographical Indication Tag: Idukki’s Marayoor Jaggery gets GI tag

Mar 9, 2019
A Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin. It can be a town, a region, or a country.

Cabinet approves new programme for effective flood management

Mar 8, 2019
The Union Cabinet has approved the Flood Management and Border Areas Programme" for effective flood management works in entire country and river management activities and works related to border areas.

Swachh Survekshan 2019 Awards: Indore judged Cleanest City for third time; Bhopal Cleanest Capital

Mar 7, 2019
Survey found that cities undertook novel ways to address issues of sanitation and waste management including conducting zero-waste public events, converting floral waste to value-added products, cultivating of Oyster Mushrooms from agricultural and kitchen waste in used plastic bottles, etc.

Environment Ministry amends Hazardous and Other Wastes Rules 2016

Mar 7, 2019
The Union Environment Ministry has amended the Hazardous and Other Wastes Rules, 2016 in order to strengthen the implementation of environmentally sound management of hazardous waste in the country.

World Air Quality Report 2018: 7 of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India

Mar 5, 2019
The only non-Indian city in the top five list of most polluted cities is Faisalabad, Pakistan. Delhi was ranked as the most polluted capital in the world, with Dhaka at second and Kabul at third position.

NDMA to conduct national workshop on heat wave risk reduction

Feb 26, 2019
The National Disaster Management Authority would be conducting a two-day national workshop on heat wave risk reduction in Nagpur from February 27-28, 2019. It will discuss the integration of long-term heat risk reduction measures into developmental plans as well as climate change adaptation.

Third Indo-German Environment Forum held in New Delhi

Feb 14, 2019
The third Indo-German Environment Forum with the theme "Cleaner Air, Greener Economy" was held in New Delhi on February 13, 2019. India and Germany have had a rich cooperation engagement for the last 60 years which extends to sectors such as natural resource management, urban environment protection and climate change adaptation.

Combating climate change: Government releases publication on actions undertaken to tackle climate change

Feb 13, 2019
The Government also undertook few measures to minimise the impact of climate change such as generating 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, smart cities, electric vehicles, leapfrogging from Bharat Stage -IV to Bharat Stage-VI emission norms by April 2020, etc.

India, Norway launch ‘India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative’ to combat Marine Pollution

Feb 12, 2019
The launch of the initiative came after the Indian and Norwegian governments signed an MoU to establish the ‘India-Norway Ocean Dialogue’ during the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to India in January 2019.

NBWL grants wildlife clearance to Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

Feb 6, 2019
The Rs 1 trillion Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project has a track-length of 508 km. It will begin from the Bandra Kurla Complex of Mumbai and terminate at the Sabarmati in Gujarat.

Environment Ministry notifies CRZ Regulations 2019; replaces CRZ norms of 2011

Jan 23, 2019
The new CRZ norms, issued under Section 3 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, aim to promote sustainable development based on scientific principles taking into account the natural hazards such as increasing sea levels due to global warming.

DBT, ICAR sign MoU for cooperation in agricultural biotechnology research and education

Jan 16, 2019
The Department of Biotechnology and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase emphasis on multi-disciplinary research and development activities and nurturing innovations in agricultural biotechnology research and education.

Puducherry to ban single-use plastic from March 1

Jan 14, 2019
Puducherry government has decided to ban the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products in the Union Territory from March 1, 2019. The neighbouring Tamil Nadu government had in June 2018 announced that it would ban the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from January 1, 2019.

Environment Ministry launches National Clean Air Programme

Jan 11, 2019
The Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched the National Clean Air Programme, a time-bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner.

India submits Sixth National Report to the Convention of Biological Diversity

Dec 31, 2018
India on December 29, 2018 submitted its Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity. India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the biodiversity-rich megadiverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat.

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