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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 16 Dec 2019
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’
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).
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:
Part A: Built Environment Accessibility
Part B: Transportation System Accessibility
Part C: Information and Communication Eco-System Accessibility
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.
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.
A new Section 354E ‘Harassment of Women’ is being added in Indian Penal Code, 1860.