Daily Current Affairs 30th March, 2017
Kerala, Tripura and Arunachal joined UDAY
- Kerala, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh have joined the Centre’s power distribution company debt relief scheme, Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY). With this, 26 states have joined the scheme.
- The government estimates that Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura will gain net benefits of approximately Rs 4,178 crore, Rs 309 crore and Rs 810 crore respectively.
FSSAI performance comes under CAG scanner
- In a first, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) is doing a comprehensive performance audit of the country’s food regulator, FSSAI.
- CAG’s audit is looking at issues such as how FSSAI fixes standards, finalizes regulations, approves products, ensures compliance and conducts surveillance.
- This is a fairly comprehensive audit and is being done for the first time since the regulator came into existence.
Indian Navy unveils Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System at Rajali Air Station
- The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at Rajali Air Station in Tamil Nadu. The aim of IAAMS is to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations (NAS).
- It is expected to bring accuracy in weather monitoring mechanism in the Indian Navy.
Indian Army Releases Book on Rashtriya Rifles
- General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) in New Delhi, released the book ‘Home of the Brave’ on the history of Indian Army’s Counter Insurgency Force, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR).
- The book is authored by Mr. Nitin A Gokhale, Defence & Security Analyst and Brig S K Chatterji (Retired).
Third meeting of G-20 framework working group held at Varanasi
- The 3rd G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting under the G-20 German Presidency was held in Varanasi on 28th and 29th of March, 2017.
- The first two G-20 FWG meetings under the G-20 German Presidency have already been held at Berlin in Dec 16 and at Riyadh in Feb 17. Since the inception of the FWG in 2009, this is the fourth occasion that India is hosting this meeting.
ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH
Kanha tiger reserve becomes first in India get official mascot
- Kanha in Madhya Pradesh became first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot named Bhoorsingh the Barasingha, to create a better connect with its visitors, especially the younger generation.
- The mascot Bhoorsingh will soon feature in more artwork, posters and merchandise for the park management at Kanha.
- The mascot aims to present the hard ground swamp deer (Barasingha) as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness to save it from possible extinction. It will also create a unique identity for Kanha, and also spread awareness and allow the younger generation to connect with all wildlife. The mascot has been designed by cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty.
IMD trains states to deal with heatwaves as temperatures rise
- Anticipating a structural shift in the country’s weather, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is training state governments to improve their mitigation preparedness to cope with the persistent heatwaves.
SC bans sale, registration of BS-III vehicles
- The Supreme Court has banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage (BS)-III emission norm-compliant vehicles from April 1, 2017, when environmentally friendly BS-IV emission norms will come into force across the country.
- The order came after all vehicle manufacturers including their association -Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) approached SC to stop the ban till existing stock is sold.
- All the vehicle registering authorities under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 are prohibited from registering such vehicles on and from April 1, 2017 that do not meet BS-IV emission standards. Vehicles that have already been sold on or before March 31, 2017 will be not included in this ban.
- From 1 April 2017, BS-IV fuel emission standards will kick in and all new vehicles have to comply it.
SAW (single actuator wave-like robot):
- It is a tiny, ingestible 3D-printed snake-like robot that can navigate through the small intestines, and could one day be used to visualise the digestive system in real time.
- The robot moves in a wave-like motion and can travel through the extremely squishy environment of the small intestine.
- The external shape of the robot is a 2D projection of a rotating helix. The result is a continuously moving wave.
- The direction of the robot can be reversed by reversing the direction of rotation of the motor.