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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 16 Dec 2019

Question 1.

Answer- d


  • 2019 Emissions Gap Report was recently released by the UNEP
  • UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report warns: ‘Very hard to meet 1.5-degree goal without deeper, faster cuts’

Question 2.

Answer- a

Explanation :

  • The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative is a voluntary collaboration among governments working to promote the manufacture, purchase, and use of energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and equipment worldwide.
  • SEAD is an initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and a task of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).
  • As part of “Energy Conservation Week”, being celebrated from 9th to 14th December 2019, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statuary body under the Ministry of Power, conducted an International Workshop on 12-13th December 2019 on “Energy Efficient Cooling” at Scope Convention Centre, New Delhi.
  • The two-day international workshop was organised in association with International Energy Agency (IEA) under SEAD initiative of Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).



Question 3.

Answer- c

Explanation :

  • Accessible India campaign  aims at making public spaces friendly for persons with disabilities has been extended due to its slow progress.
  • Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has launched Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) as a nation-wide Campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

It has the following three important components:

  1. Part A: Built Environment Accessibility
  2. Part B: Transportation System Accessibility
  3. Part C: Information and Communication Eco-System Accessibility


Question 4.

Answer b

Explanation :

  • Around 40,000 trees have been recently cut in the Talabira village of Odisha’s Sambalpur district to make way for a coal mine.
  • The project is being steered by the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India Ltd in Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts.
  • The village residents had formed an organisation called Talabira Gramya Jungle Committee and had appointed a guard, paying him three kilograms of rice per family for protecting the forest.
  • The large-scale felling of trees in Sambalpur and Jharsuguda Forest Divisions has sparked debates among environmentalists.


Question 5.

Answer-  d


  • The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill, 2019 (Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2019).
  • The bill provides for awarding death sentence for offences of rape and gangrape and expediting trials of such cases to within 21 days (from the existing 4 months).
  • The AP Disha Act also prescribes life imprisonment for other sexual offences against children and includes Section 354 F and 354 G in IPC.
  • At present, no such provision exists in the Indian Penal Code.
  • In the AP Disha Act, 2019, in cases of harassment of women through email, social media, digital mode or any other form, the guilty shall be punishable with imprisonment.
  • The imprisonment will be for a term which may extend to two years on first conviction and with imprisonment for a term which may extend to four years on second and subsequent conviction.
  • new Section 354E ‘Harassment of Women’ is being added in Indian Penal Code, 1860.


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