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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 02 Jan 2020
Recently, the Government has released a report on the Task Force on National Infrastructure Pipeline for 2019-2025.
Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech 2019 had highlighted that Rs100 lakh crore would be invested on infrastructure over the next 5 years.
The emphasis would be on ease of living: safe drinking water, access to clean and affordable energy, healthcare for all, modern railway stations, airports, bus terminals and world-class educational institutes.
Task Forcewas constituted to draw up the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) for each of the years from financial years 2019-20 to 2024-25.
NIP will include both economic and social infrastructure projects.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has completed the design for the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).
SSLV or the ‘baby rocket’ will provide on-demand access to space, with the rocket assembly taking a mere 15 days and minimum personnel to do it.
It will be used exclusivelyfor small satellites such as nanosats and
The payload capacity of the SSLV will be 500-700 kilograms in the Lower Earth Orbit (LEO), less than one-third the weight the PLSV can carry.
Senna spectabilis is a plant species of the legume family in the subfamily Caesalpinioideae native to South and Central America.
They are often grown as an ornamental in front yards, parks, gardens, buildings due to their bright yellow flowers that bloom during the summer months.
Palau has banned “reef-toxic” sunscreens. The scientific evidence showed that chemicals found in most sunscreens were toxic to corals.
Therefore, from New Year’s Day, any reef-toxic sunscreens that are imported or sold in Palau will be confiscated and the owner will be fined.
Tony Whitten was a British conservationist who documented biodiversity in Asia before he died due to cycling crash.
A prize fund was set up in his name after his death. One of the recent winners of this prize named a snail in Indonesia after him.
These species live in a limestone habitat and are threatened due to quarrying for the cement industry.