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Daily Current Affairs : 11-Jan-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL-2020

  2. NATIONAL CYBER CRIME REPORTING PORTAL

  3. STATE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX 2019

  4. IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY

  5. PURVODAYA

  6. CORONA VIRUS

  7. SC VERDICT ON INTERNET SHUTDOWNS

  8. CHINESE PADDLEFISH -PSEPHURUS GLADIUS

  9. 50TH SESSION OF ALL INDIA ORIENTAL CONFERENCE

  10. SCHEME TO ‘TRADE’ IN FORESTS


NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL-2020

Part of GS- 1 Social Issue


Why in news?

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and State Government of Uttar Pradesh are jointly organizing 23rd National Youth Festival (NYF) 2020 at Indira Pratishthan, Lucknow from 12th to 16th January, 2020.


Highlights:

  • The Government has been organizing National Youth Festival (NYF) since 1995.

  • The objective of NYF is to provide a platform to bring the youth of the country together in an attempt to provide them opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities.

  • It also provides an arena, by creating a mini-India, where youth interact in formal and informal settings and exchange their social and cultural uniqueness.

  • This blend of diverse socio-cultural milieu proves the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s commitment and belief in ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’.

  • The theme of the 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 is ‘FIT YOUTH FIT INDIA’ in pursuance of the goal of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi for New India to be a fit India.

  • The NYF 2020 will be inaugurated on 12th January on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the great Youth icon.

  • NYF 2020 would leverage on the knowledge and ideas that Youth of today bring to the table where they are hugely connected and integrated through online and offline communication channels than ever before.

  • The NYF 2020 intends to focus on bringing the attention of the Youth towards dialogue and discussions on selected thematic interfaces so that the outcome feeds into a National Level.

  • The National Youth Festival is like a mega National Integration Camp.

  • NYF 2020 would have around 6000 participants (volunteers from NYKS, NSS and local youth) from each State of the country.


Source: PIB


NATIONAL CYBER CRIME REPORTING PORTAL

Part of GS- 3 Defence and Security


Why in news?

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah on 10th January, 2020 inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and also dedicated National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to the nation.


Highlights:

  • The scheme to set up I4C was approved in October 2018 at an estimated cost of around 416 crore rupees to deal with all types of cyber-crimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

  • National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (www.cybercrime.gov.in) is a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber-crimes online through the portal.

  • All the cyber-crime related complaints will be accessed by the concerned law enforcement agencies in the States and Union Territories for taking action as per law.

  • At the initiative of Home Ministry, 15 States and UTs have given their consent to set up Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres.

  • This state-of-the-art Centre is located in New Delhi.


Source: PIB


STATE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX 2019

Part of GS-3 Economy


Why in news?

  • Govt Releases State Energy Efficiency Index 2019. The State Energy Efficiency Index categorises states as ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’ based on their efforts and achievements towards energy efficiency implementation.


Highlights:

  • ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’

  • The top performing states in the State EE Index 2019 - Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka - are in the ‘Achiever’ category.

  • There isn’t any ‘front runner’ state, it can be inferred that a lot more can be done at the state level to realise energy savings from energy efficiency.

  • This index, developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), showed that a majority of the initiatives taken by states are on the Policies and Regulations front.

  • Haryana, Karnataka and Kerala have topped the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019. This index tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency (EE) initiatives in 36 states and union territories based on 97 significant indicators.

  • Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan perform worst in their groups.

  • For a rational comparison, the States or Union Territories are grouped into four groups based on the aggregated Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) required to meet the state’s actual energy demand (electricity, coal, oil, gas, among others) across sectors.


Source: PIB


IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY

Part of GS-3 Economy


Why in news?

  • In partnership with NITI Aayog, International Energy Agency (IEA) on 10th January, 2020 released the first in-depth review of India’s energy policies.


Highlights:

  • The report highlights the achievements of India’s energy policies and provides recommendations to support the government’s goals of promoting well-functioning energy markets and boosting deployment of renewable.

  • According to IEA ‘The energy choices that India makes will be critical for Indian citizens as well as the future of the planet. This was demonstrated at IEA’s 2019 ministerial meeting, which mandated the Agency to start consultations with India for a strategic partnership that could serve as a path to eventual membership, a game-changer for international energy governance.’

  • The IEA report congratulates the Indian government on its outstanding achievements in extending citizens’ access to electricity, affordable efficient lighting and clean cooking in record time through historic schemes like SAUBHAGYA, UJALA and UJJWALA, while pursuing energy market reforms and the swift deployment of renewable technologies.

  • Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy congratulated IEA and NITI Aayog for the launch of the report: ‘India’s energy policy is a global story.

  • India has the largest unified power grid that operates in a single frequency. India has moved from scarcity to surplus electricity over the past few years, while implementing the largest and the fastest energy access improvement and energy efficiency programmes in the world.’


Recommendation by IEA:

  • Government should adopt a long-term energy plan for the country with focus on rationalising the energy prices, building energy infrastructure needs, energy security and access to affordable energy even as the government strives to open up the sector for private players and move towards cleaner fuels across sectors.

  • The draft National Energy Policy by NITI Aayog, currently under consultation, should be adopted swiftly to guide policy making, implementation and enforcement across central and state governments.

  • Government should continue reducing and consider phasing out fossil fuel subsidies through the reform of the LPG scheme in favour of cleaner fuels.


Source: PIB

PURVODAYA