TNPSC Current Affairs 2016 October
1.Compensatory Afforestation fund bill
Union Government will frame rules for Rs. 40,000 Cr. forest fund to help state within this month.
Environment Ministry said that this fund is the follow-up to the Compensatory Afforestation fund bill which passed by parliament in the monsoon Season.
The Compensatory Afforestation fund bill proposes to dispense the details which has. over the years, collected money from various projects which have diverted forest land for infrastructure development.
What is compensatory Afforestation ?
Compensatory Afforestation which means to make up for forest land which was diverted for "Non forest Purpose".
Non Forest purpose which means cultivation of coffee, tea, spices, rubber etc.and any purpose other than Afforestation. so whenever a forest land used for such purpose, this act tell that another non-forest land should be afforested as a compensatory measure.
2.Smooth-Coated Otter Sighted for first time in Krishna Sanctuary- Andhrapradesh
Smooth -coated Otter has sighted first time in the mangrove forest near the Krishna wildlife Sanctuary, in Andhra Pradesh.
Smooth Coated Otter has been listed as "Vulnerable" in Red data book of International union for Conservation of Nature(ICUN).
Divisional Forest Officer N,Nageswra Rao said that presence of otter is a key indicator to the rise of Mangrove forest.
3.Indian coast Guard Ships Aryaman and Atulya were commissioned into Indian Coast Guard in Kochi .
These Ships are the 18th and 19th in the series of Twenty fast patrol vessel designed and built by Kochi Shipyard, Kerala.
4.Almati Dam in Karnataka has been chosen for the World Bank's award of Excellence for best utilization of funds for renovation to enhance the strength of the dam.
Earlier World bank has provided Rs 72 crore to the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited to prevent seepage which could damage the dam.