Daily GK Update: 3rd March 2020

Government allows airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services

  • The Central Government on Monday permitted airlines operating in India to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services to passengers, according to an official notification.
  • “The Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of Internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wi-Fi on board, when laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode,” the notification stated.

Source: Business Line

Shri Nityanand Rai presides over the 8th Foundation Day of Land Ports Authority of India

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  • Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai, presided over as Chief Guest at the 8th Foundation Day of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), celebrated in New Delhi today.
  • In his address, the Minister complimented the LPAI for the excellent work done in building border infrastructure for facilitation of cross border trade and travel on India’s land borders. He also praised the LPAI for building the Passenger Terminal Building at Dera Baba Nanak, Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, an achievement the whole nation is proud of.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Rs 33 cr for Kaziranga under Project Tiger scheme

  • Financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1.51 crore has been sanctioned to Kaziranga National Park during the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-2020 under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).
  • In reply to a question by BJP MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa in Rajya Sabha today, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo said that Rs 94,46,585 and Rs 51,24,670 were sanctioned to Kaziranga National Park during the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-2020 respectively under CAMPA.

Source: The Assam Tribune

Om Birla launches ”Suposhit Maa Abhiyan” in Kota

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  • Kota, Feb 29 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla launched the ”Suposhit Maa Abhiyan” with the aim to create a malnutrition-free India at the Bhamashah Mandi campus in Kota on Saturday.
  • Smriti Irani, Women and Child Development Minister, presided over the event.
    In the first phase of the campaign, 1,000 kits of 17 kg balanced diet each were provided to 1,000 pregnant women.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Birla said the ”Suposhit Maa Abhiyan” is a campaign to preserve and maintain the health of our future generations. He said that a pledge has been taken to provide nutrition to every pregnant woman of the region.

Source: Outlook India

Nomination dossier of ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’

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  • The Government of India has submitted the nomination dossier of ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’ for inclusion in the World Heritage List for the year 2020.
  • Dholavira, also known as Kotada (which means large fort), is located in Khadir island of the Rann of Kutchch, Gujarat. It has two seasonal streams: Mansar in the north, and Manhar in the south.
  • It is one of the two largest Harappan sites in India, and 5th largest in the subcontinent.
  • It passed through all the stages of the Harappan culture from circa 2900 BC to 1500 BC.
  • Town Planning: It consisted of a bipartite ‘citadel’, a ‘middle town’ and a ‘lower town’, two ‘stadia’, an ‘annexe’, a series of reservoirs all set within a fortification running on all four sides.

Source: Factly

BEE launches star rating programme for Deep Freezer and Light Commercial Air Conditioners (LCAC) on its foundation day

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  • To commemorate its 19th foundation day, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India organized a Stakeholder Consultation here today to develop a vision towards building an energy efficient India.
  • Launching the programme, Shri Sanjeev Nandan Sahai, Secretary (Power) said, “I appreciate the hard work of BEE for contributing towards an energy efficient economy and at the same time, I also expect BEE to come up with more such programs in future.
  • Such interaction would pave a way forward for initiatives to be taken by BEE in the sphere of energy efficiency.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Week Long “Ekam Fest” Begins Today to Promote Craftsmanship & Products Of Divyang Artisans and Entrepreneurs

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The week long Exhibition-cum-Fair “EKAM Fest” organized by National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) under M/o Social Justice& Empowermentbegan today at State Emporia Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi-1. Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for RT&Hand MEME Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari and Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textiles Smt. Smriti Zubin Iranigraced theoccasion. Ministers of State for SJ&E Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Shri Rattan LalKataria were also present.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Centre declares National Chambal Sanctuary in MP as eco-sensitive zone

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  • The Centre on Monday declared the National Chambal Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, home to gangetic dolphins and 75 per cent population of critically endangered species gharial, as eco-sensitive zone (ESZ).
  • “The central government hereby notifies an area to an extent of zero to two kilometres around the boundary of National Chambal Sanctuary in the state of Madhya Pradesh as the National Chambal Sanctuary Eco-sensitive Zone,” said a notification issued by the ministry of environment.

Source: Business Standard

World Wildlife Day: UN chief urges ‘more caring’ relationship with nature

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  • Humanity is weaved into “the rich tapestry of life that makes up our world’s biological diversity”, said Secretary-General António Guterres. “All human civilizations have been, and continue to be, built on the use of wild and cultivated species of flora and fauna, from the food we eat, to the air we breathe”.
  • And yet, today, close to a quarter of all species on the planet are in danger of becoming extinct in the next few decades.
  • “It seems that humanity has forgotten just how much we need nature for our survival and well-being”, he bemoaned.

Source: UN News