National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit a report on the constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at the local level in every state within three months. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the states who have not constituted the committees to file an affidavit stating the reason for the delay. The tribunal on August 8 last year had directed a monitoring committee comprising officials from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and National Biodiversity Authority to furnish a report. Points to remember Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Harsh Vardhan
India successfully test-fired it's first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from a test range in Odisha. The missile can be deployed from multiple platforms. It was test-fired at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. The missile is capable of loitering and cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 meters.
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in the coastal belt of the country. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal with a complete database of wetlands smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country. As per the MoU, the two scientific institutes will identify and demarcate wetlands, and restore the degraded wetlands through suitable livelihood options like coastal aquaculture. Points to Remember Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) Headquarters: Kochi
Bajaj Finance Ltd. has launched the #BijliOnEMI campaign wherein customer buying air conditioners will also have the option to pay for their electricity bill on EMI. Customers buying air conditioners of Rs 20,000 and above will be eligible for an Instant Credit loan of Rs 5000. For those purchasing air conditioners above Rs 40,000 will receive Rs 7000 as an Instant Credit loan to their Wallet. This will assist the customer to pay the installations charges of the air-conditioner and their electricity bills on EMI.
Two Reuters journalists who are currently serving seven-year prison sentences in Myanmar are to be awarded a prize for press freedom by the U.N.’s cultural organization. The 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize is being awarded to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo The award carries prize money of $25,000. Points to Remember UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Headquarters: Paris, France Head: Audrey Azoulay
Japan's Kento Momota won the Singapore Badminton Open men’s singles title by beating seventh seed Anthony Ginting 10-21, 21-19, 21-13. In the women's final, Tai Tzu-Ying claimed her second Singapore Open title with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara.
Former junior national champion Harsheel Dani rallied from a game down against Mads Christophersen of Denmark to clinch the Dutch International badminton title in The Hague. Dani eased to a 15-21, 21-12, 21-13 win in just 47 minutes. The 22-year-old missed out almost eight months last year due to ankle surgery. Dani won the Ghana international crown last year.
Renowned Hindi poet Pradeep Choubey died of a cardiac arrest in his home. Choubey (70) was the younger brother of a celebrated humorist, satirist and poet Shail Chaturvedi. Choubey, known for his humorous poetry He quit his job at Dena Bank to pursue his passion for poetry and travelled across the nation enthralling audiences with his punches.