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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 11 Jan 2020
It is a statutory body which was constituted by the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980.
It comes under the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
It considers questions on the diversion of forest land for non-forest uses such as mining, industrial projects, townships and advises the government on the issue of granting forest clearances. However, its role is advisory.
A strong wind change in Australia merged three enormous bushfires into a mega-blaze as the inferno crisis continued to pose serious threat across the country.
Recently, The New York Times reported that the “near-extinct” Nepalese language ‘Seke’ has just 700 speakers around the world.
UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger,project is intended to raise awareness about language endangerment and the need to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity among policy-makers, speaker communities and the general public.
It acts as a tool to monitor the status of endangered languages and the trends in linguistic diversity at the global level.
UNESCO provide a classification system to show just how ‘in trouble’ the language is:
Answer : a
Recent report shows that a Huge increase in Open-loop scrubber usage in ships.
It is to remove SOx from the exhaust and operates utilising seawater in marine engines.
Open loop scrubbers release sulphur exhaust that they clean in ships back into the sea and are thus more harmful than Closed loop scrubbers.
According to Global Data, a data and analytics company, there are currently 3,756 vessels with scrubbers installed, compared to just 767 in 2018. Out of these, only 65 have closed-loop, rest are all open-loop.
The International Maritime Organisat
Answer : d
Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY) Phase-II
Applications covered: Solar Street Lights.
Financial support: 75% of the cost by MNRE and balance 25% through MPLAD.
Targets: A total of 3,04,500 Solar Street Lights (SSLs) will be installed in the following states/ regions:
States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Assam, which were covered in Phase-I of the Scheme as there is additional demand in these States.
Hilly States/UTs of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.