Current Affairs- 16th June
TRAI launches TV channel selector web portal for DTH, cable TV subscribers
- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has launched TV Channel Selector Portal. This portal will facilitate those subscribers who do not own a mobile phone but want to use a web browser for selection of TV channels. This portal will help the subscriber to check their own subion and view all the channels provided by the DTH and Cable operators.
- With the help of this portal subscribers can choose their channel of interest and remove the unwarranted channels. The portal also allows the subscriber to modify existing subions. The users can also provide the feedback through the portal.
Cabinet approves Deep Ocean Mission and Nutrient Based Subsidy Rates
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Deep Ocean Mission and Nutrient Based Subsidy Rates.
- This futuristic decision will give impetus to the Blue Economy by exploring the deep ocean for resources and developing deep-sea technologies for sustainable use of ocean resources.
- This mission will help in the study of deep ocean biodiversity and minerals.
- Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers for fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy Rates for phosphorus and potassium fertilizers for the year 2021-22. Terming this historic decision by the Modi Government for the farmers, he said, this will benefit the farmers by providing fertilizer at a reasonable price.
MoU signed for development of National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal in Gujarat
- An MoU has been signed today between the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Cooperation in Development of National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal in Gujarat.
- Speaking on this occasion, Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that this complex would be dedicated to the legacy of maritime heritage to showcase India’s rich and diverse maritime glory. He said, MoU would help in exhibiting the robust maritime history as well as the vibrant coastal tradition of our country. He said, this would uplift the image of India’s Maritime Heritage in the international forum.
Shipping Ministry, MoCA sign pact to develop seaplane services in India
- Two ministries of central government have signed a pact to start seaplane services across India. Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Civil Aviation for this project in the presence of their respective ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday.
- This MoU envisages developing non-scheduled and scheduled operation of seaplane services within territorial jurisdiction of India. Under this agreement, seaplane services will be developed as a part of the RCN-UDAN initiative of the Civil Aviation Ministry.
Bihar signs MoU for mega hydropower project with NHPCL
- A MoU for the Bihar’s mega Dagmara hydroelectric project, initiated with an aim to herald a new era of growth in power sector, was signed between the Bihar State Power Holding Corporation and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC).
- The MoU was signed for setting up Bihar’s biggest hydroelectric power generation plant called the ‘Dagmara multipurpose hydropower project over the Kosi River in Supaul district.
- The total generation capacity of the ‘Run-of-River’ project will be 130.1 MW.
SJVN Inks Pact with National Institute of Wind Energy for Energy Projects
- State-owned SJVN Ltd has signed a pact with National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) to develop solar and wind energy projects. SJVN has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Institute for ‘technical consultancy services’ for development of solar, wind, hybrid (wind and solar) and hybrid (wind, solar and battery storage) energy projects of SJVN, according to a statement.
- SJVN Chairman and Managing Director Nand Lal Sharma said, “The Government of India is targeting to achieve installation of 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022 and 450 gigawatts by 2030,”.
Bangladesh to set up international vaccine institute
- Bangladesh will set up an international institute for vaccine production including for COVID-19. Announcing this in Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government will sign an agreement with South Korea to set up the vaccine institute in Bangladesh. She said that government to government negotiations are going on with the countries which have developed vaccines for COVID-19 for technology transfer.
- The capacity of three Banglaesshi firms has been assessed for the production of the COVID-19 vaccines. Prime Minister Hasina told parliament that a vaccine developed by one of the Bangladeshi companies Globe Biotech Ltd is now in the trial stage.
China backed Banskhali power plant in Bangladesh provided false pollution data
- The China backed coal based power plant of S. Alam group in Banskhali near Chattogram in Bangladesh has been accused of providing false data on environmental pollution by a Helsinki based environmental tracker group Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).
- According to the report published by CREA on Tuesday, the analysis of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the power plant accessed by it revealed that false claims were made about the baseline air quality. The plant’s mercury emissions were also completely omitted. The CREA report claims that the project plans to apply very weak emission standards which would not be legal in China.
TRAI launches TV channel selector web portal for DTH, cable TV subscribers
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison have agreed on a historic free trade agreement (FTA) that will make it cheaper for the UK to sell its cars and Scotch whisky Down Under and remove barriers for business.
- FTA eliminates tariffs on UK goods and boosts jobs and businesses, in the first major trade deal negotiated from scratch by the Johnson-led government since Britain left the European Union (EU) last year and was free to negotiate its own agreements.
- An FTA with Australia is also dubbed as a gateway into the fast-growing Indo-Pacific region, which covers India.
IIT Kanpur Professor Mukesh Sharma Appointed Honorary Member of WHO Body
- Mukesh Sharma, a faculty at IIT Kanpur, has been appointed as an honorary member of World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Air Pollution and Health – Technical Advisory Group (GAPH-TAG).
- Sharma, associated with the civil engineering department at IIT Kanpur and an air quality expert, has melded rigorous research with policy engagement, the communique further said.
- Members of the Technical Advisory Group are selected across the globe and appointed by the Director-General.
- Mukesh Sharma has been associated with WHO, Geneva, International Council for Clean Transport, Clean Air Asia United National Environmental Program, Bangkok, and the World Bank.
Other Important Affairs
- Ajay Puri has been elected as the chairman of of COAI for 2021-2022.
- Facebook launched a new initiative i.e. Report it, don’t share it initiative.
- Raja Parba- Odisha’s famous festival celebrated.
- Rajasthan government to setup vedic education and sanskar board.
- Hallmarking of gold has been made mandatory in 256 districts from today.