1) PM Modi launches Rs 45,000 crore scheme to strengthen power distribution
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched here the Rs 45,000-crore Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) which will strengthen distribution networks and ensure 24X7 power supply to all by 2022.
“In the entire country, about Rs 45,000 crore will be spent under IPDS. This scheme will address many issues, including fraud, related to the power sector especially in the urban areas,” Modi said after launching the scheme.
2) Govt targets bringing down T&D losses to 15% by 2019
Government is targeting to bring down transmission and distribution (T&D) losses in the power sector to 15 per cent by 2019 from 22 per cent at present.
“The power ministry has set a target to bring down the T&D losses from the current 22 per cent to 15 per cent by 2019,” said a source.
T&D losses happen in transmission between sources of supply and points of distribution as well as during power supply to consumers. The losses also include pilferage.
3) Indian Railways develop hybrid vacuum toilets
Development Cell of the Railway Board has come up with a design that combines the advantages of vacuum toilets and those of Biotoilets to create a new design of “Hybrid Vacuum Toilet”.
A prototype has been made by modifying the standard flushing protocol of a vacuum toilet so as to create water seal and additional post flush cycles and this concept has been converted into a working prototype by Indian Railways as a first ever system of its kind to have been developed and built by any railway system in the world. This newly developed toilet has been fitted in one coach No. 153002/C FAC that is running in Dibrugarh Rajdhani for trail.
4) Rajnath Singh’s ‘Operation Smile’ rescues 19,000 missing children from slavery, abuse
Nine-year-old Diwakar Singh is a native of Ramgarh district in Jharkhand. He left home, this May, after he was beaten up by his parents, and took a train to Howrah with a friend. Recently, he was recently rescued by the Jharkhand Police and reunited with his parents.
Nineteen thousand boys and girls rescued by a special initiative of the Union home ministry have similar stories: From being pushed into prostitution and bonded labor to ill-treatment by parents.
5) France supports India’s claim for permanent security council membership
France has pledged support for India’s claim to permanent membership at the security council.
This was conveyed by the French side to the Indian government, official sources said.
They said France has also welcomed India’s engagement in the UN peace-keeping operations expressing the view that the world would be less safe without Indian soldiers.
6) BJP Government Discontinues Stamps of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi
An RTI query reveals that two stamps that feature former Congress Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have been discontinued.
The discontinued stamps were launched by Department of Posts (DoP) in December 2008 which was a part of the titled series ‘Builders of Modern India’.
The RTI query made by Delhi-based The Indian Express further states that the centre plans to introduce stamps under a new series that features BJP founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee and other political leaders such as Jayaprakash Narayan, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Ram Manohar Lohia.
7) Godavari Linked to Krishna as Telangana Unveils Water Grid
The two sibling States launched two projects, in an attempt to bring solace to the rural folks in the drought-prone region. While Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme to interlink River Godavari with river Krishna at Ferry village in Ibrahimpatnam mandal of Krishna district, Telangana Panchayat Raj minister K T Rama Rao unveiled the pylon of the State’s prestigious water grid project in Mahbubnagar, hoping to end the woes of the water-starved district.
8) Miners to pay 10 per cent royalty to tribal welfare
The Centre will on Wednesday notify the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana, which would make it mandatory for all mining companies to contribute 10 per cent-30 per cent of royalty for welfare of tribals and other affected persons in mining areas. The move comes within a month of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of Rs 6,000 crore for development of tribals in mining-affected areas in his Independence Day speech.
Each district where mining activity is initiated will have to set up a District Mineral Foundation (DMF)under the district magistrate or district collector. This foundation would identify people affected by mining activities and works that should be undertaken for their welfare.