Current Affairs in Short: 4 July 2018
The Delhi Cabinet approved the Department of Environment's proposal for a real-time study of air pollution in the national capital. The project, to be completed within a period of 18 months from the date of award of the study, has been granted to the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, the University of Washington in the US.
SC puts onus on states to check incidents of mob violence
• The Supreme Court has put the onus on the states to check incidents of mob violence saying no one can take law into their hands.
• It reserved its verdict on a plea seeking formulation of guidelines to curb such violent incidents in the country.
• Taking serious note of mob violence, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it cannot be confined to any particular motive.
• The bench said they will pass an elaborate order in this regard on the petition.
• During the hearing, the bench observed that the instances of vigilantism were actually mob violence, which is a crime.
Gujarat govt forms committee to help troubled power plants
• In a move aimed to bosst power projects of companies like Adani Power, Tata Power and Essar Power, Gujarat government decided to form a high powered committee that will offer solutions for imported coal fired power plants that are underutilised due to viability issues.
• The committee chaired by former Supreme Court judge Justice RK Agrawal will look into the possibility of “contribution by each stakeholder including banks, project developers and procurers by way of concessions for mitigating hardship”.
• Apart from Justice Agarwal, former RBI deputy governor S. S. Mundra and former Central Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman Pramod Deo will also be part of the committee.
• The committee will be assisted by SBI Capital Markets Ltd and NTPC Ltd.
US think tank announces India US Fellows Exchange programme
• New America, a prominent American think tank has announced a fellows exchange programme aimed at enabling India and the US to better harness technology to improve the lives of their citizens.
• Funded by the Ford Foundation, the programme by New America will bring fellows from India to the United States, and fellows from the United States to India to devise novel technology-based solutions to policy challenges.
• The aim of this program is to enable both countries to better harness technology to improve the lives of their citizens,.
• It will also improve and strengthen the bilateral relationship between India and the United States.
NASA to use submarines for hunting meteorite remains in Pacific Ocean
• Scientists from several organisations in the US, including NASA, are planning to use remote-operated submarines to hunt for the remains of an outer space object.
• The Nautilus Research Ship of the non-profit group Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) will aid in the scavenger hunt Digitaltrends.
• The object splashed down into the Pacific Ocean on March 7, 2018.
• When the outer space object entered the Pacific Ocean, a bright flash lit up the sky and a tremendous boom rattled the residents of Ocean Shores, Washington.
Cauvery Water Management Authority orders Karnataka to release water
• The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and other States.
• The CWMA, which is yet to appoint full-time members, is scheduled to meet every 10 days during the monsoon months.
• The CWMA consists of a Chairman, a senior and eminent engineer, 2 whole-time members, 6 part-time members and a Secretary.
Rajasthan approves 1 percent reservation for Gujjars
• The Rajasthan government announced 1 percent reservation for five communities– Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika, and Gadariya– under the Most Backward Classes (MBC) category.
• The move comes after Gujjar leaders threatened to launch protests during PM Narendra Modi’s upcoming Jaipur visit.
• The Gujjars were seeking 5 percent reservation within OBC quota.
Delhi approves real-time study of air pollution
• The Delhi Cabinet approved the Department of Environment's proposal for a real-time study of air pollution in the national capital.
• The project, to be completed within a period of 18 months from the date of award of the study, has been granted to the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, the University of Washington in the US on nomination basis.
• The "Real-Time Source Apportionment study for Air Pollution in Delhi" will cost around Rs 1.2 crore and the payments will be done from the Air Ambience Fund maintained by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
• A cloud-based platform will be established for the study where the data can be shared and viewed.