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Daily Current Affairs : 24-Dec-2019

Major Topics Covered :

  1. MORTH AMENDS MV RULES MANDATING ADHERENCE TO AIS-155 TO ENHANCE VEHICULAR SECURITY

  2. FIRST ANNUAL MEET OF STATE NODAL AGENCIES FOR ECOCLUB PROGRAMME CONDUCTED

  3. EZHUTHACHAN PURASKARAM

  4. INDIA, IRAN SATISFIED WITH PROGRESS OF CHABAHAR PORT

  5. URBAN INDIA DECLARED OPEN DEFECATION FREE

  6. YEAR END REVIEW 2019 MINISTRY OF AYUSH

  7. UNION HOME MINISTER DELIVERS 32ND INTELLIGENCE BUREAU (IB) CENTENARY ENDOWMENT LECTURE

  8. ABOUT 35 LAKH PASSENGERS FLOWN UNDER RCS-UDAN SCHEME TILL DATE

  9. PERIYAR, THE HERO OF VAIKOM

  10. QUICK REACTION SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY FLIGHT-TESTED OFF ODISHA COAST

  11. UDAY SCHEME LOSES POWER

  12. BAR-HEADED GOOSE SPOTTED NEAR PANDALAM

  13. MENTAL DISORDERS



MORTH AMENDS MV RULES MANDATING ADHERENCE TO AIS-155 TO ENHANCE VEHICULAR SECURITY

Part of GS-3 S&T


Why in news?


The Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has notified GSR935 (E) dated 18th December,2019 regarding to Automotive Industry Standards (AIS)-155 in respect of Microdot identifiers if affixed on the motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies through amendment in Rule 92 of the Central Motor vehicles (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules1989.


Highlights:

  • Microdots will enhance the security of vehicles.

  • As per a new notification, “ The Manufacturers who are affixing microdot identifiers in the motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies shall conform to Automotive Industry Standards (AIS)-155 as amended from time to time.”

  • The Central Motor vehicles (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules, 2019 comes into force on the date of publication in the Official Gazette.

  • The draft rules to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 were published, vide notification of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary dated the 24th day of July,2019, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby.

  • The objections and suggestions received in respect of the said draft rules have been duly considered by the Central Government; before notifying the amendments.


Source: PIB


FIRST ANNUAL MEET OF STATE NODAL AGENCIES FOR ECOCLUB PROGRAMME CONDUCTED

Part of GS- 3 Environment


Why in news?


In a first, Annual Meet of the State Nodal Agencies implementing the National Green Corps ‘Ecoclub’ programme of the Ministry of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), organized by the Ministry’s Environment Education Division, in collaboration with the GEER Foundation, Gujarat was held from 20th to 21st December 2019 in Kevadia, Gujarat.


Highlights:


Senior officers from 22 States and UTs implementing the programme alongwith about 200 Ecoclub students from Gujarat participated. An exhibition also showcased the projects, resource material, handicrafts items etc. prepared by the Ecoclub students across the States/UTs. The event witnessed a huge footfall, even of other tourists and visitors.


Environment Education Awareness and Training (EEAT) is an established central sector scheme of the Ministry continuing since 1983-84 and aims to promote environmental awareness and mobilize student’s participation for environment conservation.


Under the scheme, National Green Corps (NGC) ‘Ecoclub’ programme was initiated in 2001-2002 with the objective to impart knowledge to school children through hands on experience, about their immediate environment, interactions within it and the problems therein. The programme aims to inculcate proper attitude towards environment and sensitize children on issues related to environment and development.


The publication developed by the Environment Education Division for the Ecoclub students were released namely ‘Glimpses of Ecoclubs’, Handbook on International Environment Conventions and Programmes and Handbook on Important Days of Environmental significance.


The scheme is continuing to build young cadres of students and trigger their sensitivity towards environment protection and conservation. It is envisaged that number of Ecoclubs shall be enhanced from about 1.5 lakh at present to 2 lakh in the ensuing year 2020-21.


Source: PIB


EZHUTHACHAN PURASKARAM

Part of GS-Award


Why in news?

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented the Ezhuthachan Award for the year 2019 to writer Anand (P. Sachidanandan) at Thiruvananthapuram. The author has penned novels such as Aalkootam, Maranacertificate and Marubhoomikal Undakunnathu.

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