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Earth Hour: A Symbolic Movement of “Lights OFF” to save environment

Since 2007, every year million participate in the campaign called “Earth Hour” on March 28. The event is organized by the World wide Fund

Highlights

The event was first started in Sydney, Australia. The main aim of the marking Earth Hour is to call attention towards global warming, loss of biodiversity and climate change. During the one-hour campaign, businesses and people all over the world switch off unnecessary lights and electronic items between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

The Earth Hour is held ever year on the last Saturday of March.

Significance

Every year, the support for the Earth Hour is increasing. This year many have taken the event to social media. This says that the awareness among people towards sustainability is increasing. The event also brings people together. It also pushes to bring about legislative changes including sustainable agriculture and renewable energy growth.

Turning OFF lights of major buildings of the world like Empire State, Eiffel Tower sends strong messages.

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India to get uninterrupted LPG supply from Saudi Arabia

On March 29, 2020, the Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that Saudi Arabia has assured India on uninterrupted LPG supply amidst growing threat of COVID-19.

LPG in India

India is the second largest importer of LPG in the world. It fulfils half of its requirements from the middle east countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait.

LPG Imports of India

With Government of India promoting cleaner fuel, the usage of LPG in India has increased. In the year 2018-19, the usage of LPG in the country increased by 6.9% as compared to the previous year. In 2020, it increased by 6.7%. The imports increased by 15.9% as compared to the earlier year.

In 2018-19, India consumed 24.9 million tonnes of LPG. The consumption has increased greatly after the introduction of Ujjwala Programme.

LPG and Kerosene

With increased usage of LPG, the usage of Kerosene began to decrease. The sales of Kerosene decreased by 10% in 2018-19. GoI is slowly trying to stop selling Kerosene as domestic fuel. Kerosene is currently sold at subsidized rates in pubic distribution shops operated by GoI.

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