Greater Noida Current Affairs - 2019

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33rd Federation Cup Basketball Tournament 2019

At the 33rd Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men and Women held over the past week in Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida, Punjab Police and Eastern Railway won the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

Key Highlights

Punjab Police won the match by winning over Indian Army with 91-71. The bulk of scoring was done by Harshpreet Singh Bhullar, Amjyot Singh and Ranbir Singh.

Eastern Railway won the women’s titles by beating Tamil Nadu with 86-67 after leading 46-42 at half time. Initially in League phase Tamil Nadu had beaten Eastern Railway but final saw a thrilling performance by M.J. Libina and the India’s tallest women basketball player Poonam Chaturvedi led an easy victory over Tamil Nadu.


Most Valuable Players Men’s – Harshpreet Singh Bhullar, Punjab Police (Men)

Most Valuable Players Women’s – M.J. Libina, Eastern Railway (Women)

Men’s Final: (1) Punjab Police, (2) Indian Army, (3) Income Tax, Chennai.

Women’s Final: (1) Eastern Railway, (2) Tamil Nadu 67, (3) Kerala

Kiran Rijiju, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports  presented the trophies to winning team and the top three teams were presented sum of ₹1 Lakh, ₹50,000 and ₹25,000 respectively.

About 33rd Federation Cup Basketball Tournament

It was organised by Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Uttar Pradesh Basketball Association (UPBA).

The Federation Cup was held from 12-16 June, 2019 at Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida.

The game featured 9 teams from top men’s units and 8 of the women’s top state teams from around India taking part.

Month: Categories: Sports & Games


India to host COP-14 of UNCDD in September 2019

For the first time ever India will be hosting the 14th session of Conference of Parties (COP-14) of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in September 2019, to address the issue of land degradation and desertification.

Key Highlights

Presidency: India will be taking over the COP presidency from China for the next two years until the next COP is hosted in 2021.

Participants: At least 5,000 delegates from nearly 197 countries will be participating in the event which will be held between rom 29th August to 14th September 2019 at India Expo Mart Limited, Greater Noida.

Function: One of the primary functions of COP-14 is to review reports submitted by Conference of Parties to convention and detailing how they are carrying out their commitments.

India’s Land Degradation Problems: India faces a severe problem of land degradation (meaning the soil becoming unfit for cultivation). The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in its 2016 report found that over 29% of India’s land (in 2011-2013) was degraded which was 0.57% increase from year 2003-2005.

India’s Flagship Project:

Ahead of COP-14, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has launched a flagship project which is a part of a larger international initiative called ‘Bonn Challenge’.

It is aimed at enhancing India’s capacity for Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). During the pilot phase of project (initial 3.5 years), it will be implemented in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Karnataka. Thus initially, the project will be aimed at developing and adapting best practices and monitoring protocols for country, and building capacity within 5 pilot States. Later, it will eventually be scaled up across the country through subsequent phases of project. The project will be implemented by MoEFCC in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

About Bonn Challenge

It is a global effort towards bringing 150 million hectares of world’s degraded and deforested land under restoration by the year 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

At COP-13 (2015) in Paris, India also joined the voluntary Bonn Challenge pledge and had committed towards restoring 13 million hectares (MH) of degraded and deforested land by year 2020, and an additional 8 million hectares (MH) by 2030. India’s pledge is one of the largest in Asia.

Major UN Conventions

The United Nations has 3 major Conventions-

  1. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  2. UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  3. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)– It was established in 1994, and at present has 197 parties working towards maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity as well as mitigating effects of drought. It is the only legally binding international agreement that links environment and development issues to land agenda.

Month: Categories: Events & Observances