Current Affairs Daily Digest: January 25, 2017
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for January 25, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
Envrionment, Science & Technology Current Affairs
Climate change plan to get 3 new missions
India’s eight-point National Action Plan on Assessment, Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change (NAPCC) to fight climate change will soon get three new missions. They are missions on health, coastal zones and waste-to-energy and will be added to address the impact of climate change on health, coastal zones and waste-to-energy. Since 2012, the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change India has instituted a NAPCC that has specified eight national missions. These include a National Water Mission, Green India Mission, National Solar Mission, National Mission on Sustainable Habitat, National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem, National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, and National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change.
China develops World’s Biggest Solar Park
China has built Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, the world’s biggest solar park in the western province of Qinghai in an effort to become the super powerful occupier of green energy. The park covers an area over 27 square km and has capacity to produce 850 MW of power, enough to supply up to 200,000 households. The construction of the solar park was started in 2013 at total costs around $875 million (around Rs. 6,000 crore).
India, UK join hands to launch project to tackle air pollution in Delhi
India has partnered with the experts from United Kingdom for the project ASAP-Delhi to study the air pollution level in Delhi and health problems associated it. The project ASAP-Delhi stands for An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant Sources in the Delhi National Capital Region. It will be led by University of Birmingham and also involve experts from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Indian National Physical Laboratory (INPL) and the University of Surrey.
International Current Affairs
UK Government must get Parliament nod for Brexit: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of United Kingdom has ruled that the British government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the European Union (or Brexit) without a parliamentary vote. The SC upheld the verdict of the High Court. However, the court held that the government does not need to consult the devolved legislatures in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
US President Donald Trump signs executive orders to advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to advance controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The executive orders calls for new negotiations. It will allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, designed to carry Canadian oil sands crude through the US to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico and the Dakota Access pipeline for sending oil from the state of North Dakota south to Illinois.
Nikki Haley confirmed as new US envoy to UN
The United States Senate has confirmed Indian-American Nikki Haley (54) as the next Ambassador to the United Nations. With this, she becomes first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position US Presidential administration. She was approved by the Senate on a 96 to 4 votes. Earlier, Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee overwhelmingly had approved her nomination as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations. Earlier she was serving as the South Carolina Governor and had created history by becoming the first women Indian-American Governor of a US State. She was only the second ever Indian-American to be elected as the Governor of a State after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
Observances & Events
25 January: National Voters’ Day
The National Voters’ Day (NVD) was observed on 25 January to commemorate the foundation day of the Election Commission of India (ECI). This year it was 7th edition of the day and its theme was Empowering Young and Future Voters. On this occasion President Pranab Mukherjee gave away awards for best electoral practices to District Collectors, Superintendents of Police and other functionaries involved in election management. NVD marks the foundation day of ECI which came into existence on 25th January 1950. This day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.
Over 3.5 lakh people in Gujarat set new world record by singing National Anthem
Over 3.5 lakh people from Gujarat set a new world record by singing the national anthem at an event at Kagvad in Rajkot. The event marked the installation of the idol of goddess Khodiyar at the newly-built Khodal Dham temple in the town. It broke previous record of 2,54,537 people who had sung the national anthem in Bangladesh in 2014.
MakeMyTrip launches India’s first social luxury travel magazine
India’s largest online travel portal MakeMyTrip has launched the first ever social luxury travel magazine called ‘Luxury Travel Times’. It is India’s first social luxury travel magazine. The mobile only magazine is targeted at luxury travellers. It has been released through innovative advertisement platforms like Facebook Canvas and Instagram-Stories. The first few themes of the magazine included Spa-cation’, ‘Heaven on Earth’ & ‘Heritage’ which presented exotic choices to explore fine living.