1. 21 IORA countries adopt the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy
- These nations adopted the Delhi Declaration post the second IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting held in Greater Noida under the aegis of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
- Delhi Declaration calls for collaboration among IORA member states in meeting the growing demand for renewable energy in the Indian Ocean littorals.
- It also calls for the development of a common renewable energy agenda for the Indian Ocean region and the promotion of regional capacity building.
- It was the result of ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of sectoral dialogue between two sides under the theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
- First time India and 10 ASEAN countries focusing on counter-terrorism, identity security, military cooperation, and bilateral financial support is
Indian Ocean Rim Association
- It is formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative and Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC).
- It is an international organization consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.
- Headquarter is located at Ebene, Mauritius.
2. Sahyog HOP TAC-2018
- Coast Guards of India and Vietnam hold the joint exercise on the off coast of Chennai.
- The highlight of the exercise was a scenario of hijacking an oil ship and subsequent rescue of its crew in the coordinated joint operation of both the countries.
- Coast Guard ships Shaurya, Arnvesh, and interceptor boat C-431 along with a Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopter participated in the joint exercise.
3. India’s first dolphin research center to come up soon in Patna
- National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC) will be the first of its kind in India’s and Asia.
- The mammals are being killed at an alarming rate for their flesh, fat and oil.
- This Centre will play an important role in strengthening conservation efforts and research to save the endangered mammal.
- The Gangetic river dolphin is India’s national aquatic animal but frequently falls prey to poachers and is sometimes killed inadvertently after being trapped in plastic fishing nets and hit by mechanized boats.
About Gangetic Dolphin
- The Gangetic river dolphin is one of the four freshwater dolphin species in the world.
- They are also found in the Yangtze River, the Indus river in Pakistan and Amazon river basin.
- The Gangetic river species — found in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal — is almost completely blind.
- Gangetic dolphins prefer deep water with adjoining shallow water.
- They live in a zone where there is little or no current that helps them save energy.
- The dolphins swim from the no-current zone to the edges to hunt for fish and return.
4. First State water grid portal launched in Jaipur
- The first State water grid portal was along with the start of the fourth phase of the Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan.
- It is the Rajasthan government’s flagship water conservation project.
- The Water Resources Department has developed the portal to monitor the availability and supply of water from different sources.
- It helps to restore most of the irrigation potential of the identified water bodies largely through community-managed ponds and tanks.
- Also, help to improved ranking to Rajasthan in water management index released by NITI Aayog.
Source- The Hindu
5. ‘DigiYatra’- A New Digital Experience for Air Travellers
- The Ministry of Civil Aviation is adding a Digital experience for Air Travelers through DigiYatra Platform.
- The aim of this initiative is to bring together entire industry to develop a digital ecosystem that will deliver Indian customers a seamless, consistent and paperless service.
- The platform will be built on 4 key pillars, like Connected Passengers, Connected Airports, Connected Flying and Connected Systems.
6. India ranked 5th in pictorial warning on tobacco products
- Canadian Cancer Society releases the international status report in the listing of countries that have the pictorial health warning on tobacco products.
- Canadian Cancer Society has ranked 206 countries and territories on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages
- East Timor is ranked first with 85% of the front and 100% of the back of the packaging being used for pictorial warnings.
- Nepal follows with 90% coverage on both sides. Indian packaging has the warning on 85% of both sides
- The government of India for the first time introduced a Quit-Line number to be printed on all tobacco products.
- India is the only SAARC country to have a Quit-Line number on tobacco products and the fourth in Asia after Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
- The pack warning will help to warn people, especially the illiterate and children, about the harms of tobacco consumption.
- The Quit-Line number will help those who want to quit.
7. The first moon outside our solar system discovered
- The newly discovered exomoon and the planet it orbits are both gaseous.
- Astronomers have pinpointed the first moon detected outside our solar system.
- It is a large gaseous world the size of Neptune that is unlike any other known moon and orbits a gas planet much more massive than Jupiter.
- The exomoon and its planet orbit Kepler-1625, a star similar in temperature to our sun but about 70% larger.
- The exomoon orbits roughly 3 million km from its planet and its mass is about 1.5% that of its planet.
Source- The Hindu
8. India Gets $150 Million Loan for First Skill Park in Madhya Pradesh
- India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $150 million loan agreement to establish the country’s first multi-skills park in Madhya Pradesh.
- The Global Skills Park (GSP), to be set up in Bhopal, will help enhance the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in the state.
- The campus will consist of core Advanced Training Institutes including the Center for Occupational Skills Acquisition and the Center for Advanced Agricultural Training.
- “The campus will have training facilities focusing on skills for manufacturing, service and advanced agricultural jobs, benefitting about 20,000 trainees and trainers.
Source- Financial Express
9. 4th India International Science Festival in Lucknow
- It is organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati.
- The 3rd series of IISF was held in Tamil Nadu.
- More than ten thousand scientists and experts, including science teachers and students, will participate in the event.
- The theme of this year’s festival is “Science for transformation.
About Vijnana Bharati
- Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA, previously known as Swadeshi Science Movement) is a non- profit organization.
- It will be working for science popularization & implementation of modern technology & ancient sciences in India.
- It was started in the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.