Climate change may cost India 2.8% of GDP

According to a World Bank report, changing monsoon patterns & rising temperatures driven by climate change could cost India 2.8% of GDP. Climate change could depress the living standards of nearly half of India’s population by 2050, which now lives in vulnerable areas. The worst hit would be people in 10 districts in Central India, which have been identified as severe hotspots by the report.

India’s first ‘Tribal Queen’ : Pallavi Darua

Pallavi Durua, who belongs to Odisha’s Koraput district, was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap. The contest was organised by SC & ST department, Govt of Odisha and the State Tourism Department. Tribal population constitutes nearly 22.5% of the Odisha’s population.

Centre to start measuring green GDP of States

The government will begin a five-year exercise to compute district-level data of the country’s environmental wealth. The numbers will eventually be used to calculate every State’s ‘green’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The metric will help with a range of policy decisions, such as compensation to be paid during land acquisition, calculation of funds required for climate mitigation, and so on.

Haryana to have one-stop centres for women

Each district of Haryana will now get one-stop centres (OSCs) to facilitate integrated services for women affected by violence. The aim of these centres is to facilitate integrated services for women affected by violence. These services would include police assistance, medical aid, psycho-social counselling etc. One stop centre is 100% centrally sponsored scheme under the Nirbhaya Fund.

Coal India’s first thermal power plant

Coal India Ltd (CIL) will develop its first-ever thermal power plant in the country in Odisha. The project will be implemented through CIL’s subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL). The power plant, which will have a capacity of 1,600 MW, will come up at Sundergarh district. NTPC Ltd will be a joint venture partner and will likely have a 49 per cent stake.

Tata Trusts signs MoU with govt

Tata Trusts has joined hands with the government to help it in development initiatives in 8 worst Naxal-affected districts in Chhattisgarh. These districts are covered under “transformation of aspirational” districts programme of the NITI Aayog. Tata Trusts will help the government in conducting surveys & providing ground level & technical support in raising the living standards of citizens.

Universal service obligation fund approved

The Union cabinet has approved the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) supported scheme to provide mobile services in Left Wing Extremism-affected areas. Up to 4,072 towers will be set up in 96 districts of 10 states affected with the Left Wing Extremism. The tower locations have been proposed for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana.

Joint operation to control wildlife poaching

In order to control wildlife poaching and trafficking of animal parts, Nepal and India are planning to carry out a joint operation. The operation is to be conducted in Shuklaphanta National Park in Kanchanpur district on Nepal’s side and Krishnapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh. This move comes after both the sides realised that the two reserves are contiguous to each other.

CRPF raises ‘Bastariya Battalion’

In a bid to enhance combat capabilities in Naxal-hit area of Bastar district in Chhattisgarh, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), for the first time, has decided to include local representation in a special unit. The special unit has been numbered as 241 and named as ‘Bastariya Battalion’. All the candidates have been selected from four highly Naxal infested district in Chhattisgarh.

Cholera vaccination campaign began in Yemen

The 1st vaccine campaign against cholera in Yemen has started, a year & a half after an epidemic was triggered by war &a health and sanitation crisis. According to WHO, there have been more than 1 million cases of cholera in Yemen & 2,275 recorded deaths since Nov 2016. The oral vaccination campaign started in four districts in Aden aims to target around 350,000 people.