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TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017 27 for group 1 & group 2 mains(all)

TNPSC Current affairs March 2017

1.India to ratify  Kyoto Protocol's 2nd Commitment Period On Climate Change

  

Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that, Indian Government has decided to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol from 2013-2020 to cut down the emission of Emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs).

He also said that developing countries like India are no mandatory mitigation obligations or targets under the Kyoto Protocol.The second commitment period (2013-2020) which was adopted on Doha in 2012 after successfully completing the first commitment from 2008 to 2012 as per Kyoto protocol.

Official statement said that ,The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol enables developed countries to invest in “Clean” projects in developing countries to gain emissions credits (Certified Emission Reduction-CER).

Indian Industry has benefited from trading in CERs in the international market. Of late, due to lack of
demand internationally, prices of CERs have been very low leading to low activities under this mechanism.”

About Kyoto Protocol:

The Kyoto Protocol is the first International agreement between countries to mandate country by country reduction of six greenhouse gases in order to prevent global warming. Kyoto emerged from the UN Framework Convention on climate Change, which was signed by almost all nations on 1992 mega-meeting popularly known as Earth Summit to curb global Warming.

To put teeth into the pledge, a new treaty was finalized in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 for Green House Gas reduction after years of negotiations and entered into force on February 16 2005.

 

2. Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme

The Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question said that ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme aims to actively enhance interaction between people of diverse cultures living in different States and union territories with the objective of promoting mutual understanding amongst them.

Currently 20 States/ union territories  have signed MoUs and all States have been advised to draw up Action Plans for implementing selected joint activities in the year 2017.

About the Programme

The programme is conducted every year, programme will make State or union territroy to  paired with another State or union territory or reciprocal interaction between the people.

The programme will help to exchange the knowledge of the language, culture, traditions and practices of different states will lead to an enhanced understanding and bonding between one another, thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of our country.

The programme will help to exchange the knowledge of the language, culture, traditions and practices of different states will lead to an enhanced understanding and bonding between one another, thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of our country.

 

3.The Indian Navy decommissioned  iconic Tupolev-142M anti-submarine warfare .

Indian Navy has decided to decommissioned Iconic Tupolev-142M Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR)  aircraft used for anti-submarine warfare ,which was guarding the Indian Ocean region for last 29 years.

As per official statement, it is one of the most formidable airborne  reconnaissance platforms around the world, was part of all majoroperations of the Navy since its induction in 1988.

About the Aircraft: 
  • It was inducted in Indian Navy at Dabolim , Goa from the erstwhile USSR in 1988.
  • It was then shifted its base permanently to INS Rajali in 1992 in Tamil Nadu.
  • Indian navy has inducted total of 8 Tupolev-142 M but currently only 3 of them are in operation.
  • The Tuploev-142M has four powerful engines, slender fuselage and swept wings and  which is fastest turboprop aircraft in the world
  • It is participated in operation Cactus in Maldives and operational missions off srilanka to provie airborne surveillance



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