Current Affairs in Short: 28 August 2019
Indian Institute of Petroleum has set up a plant in Dehradun that can turn plastic waste into diesel.
UGC asks all higher education institutions to prepare, implement fitness plan
• The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all higher education institutions across the country to prepare and implement an institutional fitness plan, which will incorporate sports, daily exercise and physical for everyone on campus and publicise the place on their website and notice and also upload it on UGC’s Fit India Movement portal.
• The announcement comes just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to announce the Fit India Movement on August 29, on the occasion of the National Sports Day.
• The UGC has asked all higher educational institutions (HEIs) to motivate staff and students to try walking 10,000 steps each day. The commission also directed institutions to live stream the Fit India Movement launch event for faculty and students, while ensuring their attendance.
Gujarat ranked first in Composite Water Management Index 2.0
• Gujarat has retained its first rank in the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) 2.0 for the third consecutive year. The Composite Water Management Index was released by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar in New Delhi.
• Gujarat was followed byAndhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The CWMI 2.0 ranks various states in water management sector for the reference year 2017-18 as against the base year 2016-17.
• Among north-eastern and Himalayan States, Himachal Pradesh has been chosen as number 1 in 2017-18 followed by Uttarakhand, Tripura and Assam. The Union Territories submitted their data for the first time and Puducherry was declared as the top ranker.
• The index mainly assesses the performance of States/ Union Territories in efficient management of water resources.
Plant set up to turn plastic waste into diesel
• Indian Institute of Petroleum has set up a plant in Dehradun that can turn plastic waste into diesel. The plant was inaugurated by Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on August 27, 2019.
• The plant has the capacity to produce 800-litre diesel from one tonne of plastic. The plastic waste will be collected with the help of NGOs.
• The plant is not only expected to provide a solution to plastic waste disposal but also reduce India’s dependence on petroleum products and boost economic growth.
India launches world’s first facial biometric-based ID for seafarers
• India has become the first country in the world to issue a Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID) to its seafarers.
• The project was launched by Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who handed handed over the new BSID cards to five Indian seafarers in New Delhi on August 28, 2019. The move has been initiated to boost employment in the coastal shipping sector.
• The BSID will give a foolproof identification to Indian seafarers that will facilitate their movement, provide ease of getting jobs and help in identifying them from any location in the world.
Indian Navy signs MoU with Indian Meteorological Department
• The India Navy and India Meteorological Department (IMD) signed a MoU on August 28, 2019 at Kochi Naval Base to hand over the Cyclone Detection Radar (CDR) building by IMD to the navy.
• The agreement will enable the Indian Navy to utilise the CDR building for meteorological purposes. The CDR building was built between 1983 and 1986 inside the Naval Base at Kochi.
• The CDR building has an S-band Cyclone Detection Radar installed by Bharat Electronics Limited. The facility was operated by IMD from 1987-2017 in order to provide weather support to civil aviation at the old Kochi Airport, which is currently the Naval Air Station INS Garuda.
• The IMD began operating a new Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) in 2017 at Mundamveli, Kochi as the S-band radar had become obsolete. The CDR building had been lying vacant and unused since then so, it was handed over permanently to the Indian Navy.