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Pakke Tiger Reserve bagged India Biodiversity Award 2016

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On 22 May 2016 Pakke Tiger Reserve received the ‘India Biodiversity Award 2016’ in one of its four categories in Mumbai. The reserve is in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme of the Pakke Tiger Reserve was awarded the prize under Conservation of threatened species category.

About Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme:

It is a collaboration of Ghora-Aabhe Society, Nature Conservation Foundation and the State Forest Departments.

Under this programme, urban citizens contribute money to protect hornbill nests around Pakke Tiger Reserve.

About India Biodiversity Awards:

These awards are joint initiative of Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development programme (UNDP).

It recognises the contribution of the stakeholders towards the biodiversity conservation.

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India’s first integrated web portal to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings launched

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On 27 May 2016 Union Power Ministry and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched India’s first integrated web portal.

The portal (www.nzeb.in) was designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India.

It will help to achieve near-zero energy status through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, integration of renewable energy technologies, and best practice design strategies.

This portal will provide a wealth of information for policymakers, developers, architects, engineers, sustainability consultants, and academia.

About Net Zero Energy Building:

A net-zero energy building (NZEB) also known as a zero-energy building, zero net energy (ZNE) building, or net zero building.

It is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site or in other definitions by renewable energy sources elsewhere.

Zero-energy buildings can be part of a smart grid.

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Lakshadweep became first Union Territory to sign 24×7 Power for All document

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On 27 May 2016 Lakshadweep signed 24×7 Power for All document. It became the first Union Territory (UT) to sign the document which aims to provide each household access to electricity through 24×7 Power supply by 2019.

It chalks out a plan to increase solar capacity of the region from 2.15 MW to 8.45 MW.

It is a joint initiative of union Government with respective State Governments for preparation of State specific documents for providing 24×7 power supply to all households /homes, industrial & commercial consumers and adequate supply of power to Agricultural consumers as per state policy.

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Indian Coast Guard Ship ARUSH Commissioned

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On 26 May 2016 the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ARUSH was commissioned by the Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) Additional Director General SPS Basra at Kochi.

The ship has been named ICGS ARUSH that means first ray of sun. ARUSH is the seventeenth ship in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited.

ICGS ARUSH makes an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation.

The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS) and Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS).

  • It will be based at Porbandar under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (North West).
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Para athlete wins Gold in 2016 French Open Athletics Championship

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Indian para athlete Amit Kumar Saroha clinched gold medal in men’s club throw (F-51) at the 2016 French Open Athletics Championship in Paris. The event was held on 23 May and 24 May 2016.

Saroha’s effort of 26.58 meter broke the Asian record which he had himself set at 2015 World Championships in Doha.

The French Open Athletics Championship was part of his preparation for Rio 2016. The athlete has already qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

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Book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up authored by Rana Ayyub released

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In May 2016 Book titled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up authored by Rana Ayyub was released.

The book is an account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub, who posed herself as Maithili Tyagi, a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory to investigate the Gujarat riots. She was in Gujarat in 2010, when she was working for Tehelka magazine.

The book narrates the story of fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya.

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Ministry of Railways launched Rail Humsafar Saptaah

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On 26 May 2016 the Ministry of Railways launched Rail Humsafar Saptaah, a week-long initiative to highlight significant achievements made by Indian Railways in all spheres. The Rail Humsafar Saptaah will conclude on 1 June 2016.

Each day of the week will focus on a particular theme and hence the days have been named as:

26th May: Swachchta Diwas

27th May: Satkar Diwas

28th May: Sewa Diwas

29th May: Satarkata Diwas

30th May: Saamanjasya Diwas

31st May: Sanyojan Diwas

1st June: Sanchaar Diwas

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India emerges as 5th largest producer of e-waste in world: ASSOCHAM-KPMG study

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India emerged as the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world. India discards roughly 18.5 lakh metric tonnes of electronic waste each year with telecom equipment accounting for 12 percent of the e-waste.

India emerged as the second largest mobile market with 1.03 billion subscribers as per the ASSOCHAM-KPMG joint study that was published on 25 May 2016.

With more than 100 crore mobile phones in circulation, nearly 25 percent of mobiles end up in e-waste annually.

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Cabinet gives nod for incorporation of Six new IITs; Upgrades Indian School of Mines to IIT

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On 25 May 2016 Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its ex-facto approval to the Amendment to The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 for incorporation of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

The six new IITs will be located at:

  • Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh
  • Palakkad in Kerala
  • Dharwar in Karnataka
  • Bhilai in Chhattisgarh
  • Goa
  • Jammu in Jammu & Kashmir
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India’s first ever Passenger Satisfaction Survey conducted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

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In May 2016 the finding of the first of its kind survey conducted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai were released by the Research Team of L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management (WE School) at Mumbai Customs House.

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) engaged a WE School to conduct a survey of Passenger Satisfaction levels of customs clearance process at the Mumbai International Airport.

The scope of the Survey was to assess Passenger Satisfaction levels with the Customs Clearance Process, focusing on three aspects i.e., Information, Behaviour and Process.

Three areas where major improvement is expected by passengers are: (a)Access and availability of information, (b) Speed of process and (c) Greater transparency of duty assessment process.

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