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National Green Tribunal (NGT) cannot have single-judge bench: SC

National Green Tribunal (NGT) cannot have single-judge bench: SC

  • The Supreme Court on ruled that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) cannot have benches comprising of a single judge.
     
  • The court was hearing a petition against a government law that allows for single-judge benches.
     
  • The NGT, which was set up for speedy and effective disposal of environment-related cases, currently has six judges against its capacity of 40.

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4 Rivers in Jammu and Kashmir declared ‘NatationalWaterways’

4 Rivers in Jammu and Kashmir declared ‘NatationalWaterways’

  • The Union government has declared four rivers namely Chenab, Indus, Jhelum and Ravi as national waterways, which would be developed in a phased manner.

3

New tunnel planned in Arunachal Pradesh

New tunnel planned in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Finance Minister has proposed the construction of a new tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh.
     
  • The tunnel is to be constructed under Sela Pass.

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India’s 1st defence industrial corridor

India’s 1st defence industrial corridor

  • The first of the two defense industrial production corridors, as announced in the Union Budget, will link Chennai and Bengaluru and will pass through Coimbatore and several other industrial clusters.
     
  • The corridor shall provide impetus to the defence production industry in the country and in the region.

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India’s First MSE Sentiment Index

India’s First MSE Sentiment Index

  • The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs launched CriSidEx, India’s first sentiment index for micro and small enterprises.
     
  • The index has been developed jointly by CRISIL and SIDBI.
     
  • CriSidEx is a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters and measures MSE business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative ) to 200 ( extremely positive).

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 India Ranks 44th In GIPI

 India Ranks 44th In GIPI

  • India has increased “substantially” its score in the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, ranking 44th among 50 nations, according to the US Chambers of Commerce report.
     
  • Last year, India ranked 43rd out of 45 countries in the Index.
     
  • The top 3 countries in the list are- The USA, The United Kingdom, Sweden.

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ASH TRACK Mobile App

ASH TRACK Mobile App

  • Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy launched a Web-based monitoring System and a Fly Ash mobile application named ASH TRACK.
     
  • These platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants.
     
  • It will provide an interface between fly ash producers (Thermal Power Plants) and potential ash users.

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Govt to change base year for GDP, IIP

Govt to change base year for GDP, IIP

  • The government will change the base year to 2017-18 for calculation of Gross Domestic Product and Index of Industrial Production numbers while for retail inflation the year will be revised to 2018.

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India’s first artificial intelligence centre

India’s first artificial intelligence centre

  • India’s first Institute for Artificial Intelligence will be setup in Maharashtra
     
  • The AI institute will give a fresh impetus to the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and promote Mumbai as an investment destination in innovations and data analysis.

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Exercise Garuda Shakti

Exercise Garuda Shakti

  • A special task force of Indian Army and Indonesian Army have begun the 6th Garuda Shakti exercise in the West Java province of the archipelago country.
     
  • Drill aims to build experience sharing in counter-terrorism operations, close quarter combat and other areas of special operations.

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Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

  • Singapore would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
     
  • The tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

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Committee to study Brahmaputra

Committee to study Brahmaputra

  • Centre has constituted a committee headed by Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog to study the Brahmaputra and flood control measures in Assam and neighbouring states .

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Govt Sets Up The “NITI Forum For Northeast”

Govt Sets Up The “NITI Forum For Northeast”

  • The Union Government has issued order setting up the ‘NITI Forum for North-East’.
     
  • The forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER).
     
  • The Forum is tasked to identify various constraints on the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the North East Region of the country.

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Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme

Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme

  • PMRF scheme has been approved by the Union Cabinet with a cost of Rs1650 for seven years.
     
  • Best students who have completed or are in the final year of B.Tech or integrated M.Tech from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs will be offered direct admission in PhD programmes in IITs and IISc.
     
  • Each fellow will get a fellowship of Rs 70,000 per month for the first two years, Rs 75,000 per month for the third year and Rs 80,000 per month for the fourth and fifth years.