The Hindu + PIB Current Affairs 19 March 2019

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1.Pinaki Chandra Ghose set to be India’s first Lokpal

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, the Former Supreme Court judge and current member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is set to be  India’s first Lokpal or first anti-corruption ombudsman, recommended by High-level selection committee chaired by Prime Minister.

2.Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits: survey

A government-commissioned survey shows that only 26% of rural toilet have twin-leach pits, meaning that Waste disposal from other toilets could turn into a health and environmental nightmare.Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 64% of toilets with twin pits, had made the technology mandatory for anyone who wanted to avail the government’s ₹12,000 subsidy to build toilets.

3.Union government approves a new hydroelectric policy aimed at boosting the sector. 

Recently,Central government had approved a new hydroelectric policy aimed at boosting the sector. According to the new policy, large hydro projects will also be designated as renewable energy projects. Key Facts: India is endowed with large hydropower potential of 1,45,320 MW. However, only about 45,400 MW has been utilized so far.

4.Citizens’ Charter Initiative in India

A group of civil society organisations, workers’ collectives, and over two lakh urban poor across India have been deliberating on a citizens’ charter of demands for inclusive and just urban development. About 5% of urban land, slum dwellers in cities are labeled as encroachers. These people, who constitute 30% of the population in cities, often live in subhuman conditions without basic services.

5.Power Ministry to bring norms to promote green transmission cables

The Power Ministry is likely to issue new norms for bringing greener options of electricity transmission cables like aluminium to protect environment from ill-effects of lead-based equipment. Power Ministry along the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) are working on greener options.

6.Second Scorpene submarine ready for induction

The Indian Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi . Khanderi has completed all trials and is in the final stages of acceptance. It is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by end April or early May, 2019.

7.4th UN Environment Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya

The fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was held in Nairobi from 11th to 15th March 2019.UNEA adopted both the resolutions with consensus. The theme of the UNEA this year was Innovative Solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption.

8.India, Myanmar army conduct mega ops to protect Kaladan project

The Indian and Myanmarese armies have, in a coordinated operation, destroyed at least 10 camps belonging to an insurgent group in Myanmar, which had become a threat to India’s mega Kaladan Project in the neighbouring country.

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