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Topic 1:Economic development
Core sector grows at 6.7% in January
Eight infrastructure sectors grew a faster pace of 6.7 per cent in January against 3.4 per cent in the year-ago month as petroleum refinery and cement output zoomed while steel power and coal production improved.
About Core sectors:
- The eight core sectors – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity
- The growth in key sectors will have implications for the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) as these eight segments account for about 41 per cent of the total factory output.
Read more at: ET
Topic 1:Industrial development
First Mega Food Park in Maharashtra
The first Mega Food Park in the state of Maharashtra at Satara Inaugurated
- Focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially
- A major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income
- A major contributor to ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government.
- To give a major fillip to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables
- Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach.
Read more at: PIB
Topic 2 : Environment
Tiger conservation areas at risk: Study
At least a third of the 112 tiger conservation areas across 11 countries are severely at risk of losing their tigers due to poor management, according to a survey by Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS) secretariat, a body recognized by all tiger range countries.
Highlights of study:
- The surveyed area is home to approximately 70% of the world’s wild tigers. At least one-third of these areas are severely at risk of losing their tigers and most of these sites are in southeast Asia.
- Only 13% of the total sites are able to meet global standards, according to the survey.
- The basic needs such as enforcement against poaching, engaging local communities and managing conflict between people and wildlife, remain weak for all areas surveyed
- Low investment from governments in Southeast Asia was stated as one reason for the lack of management of these supposedly ‘protected areas’.
Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS):
Conversation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS) is a partnership between governments, NGOs and tiger conservation areas to define and implement these conservation standards. Becoming part of CA|TS provides countries, individual tiger conservation areas or networks of areas with the opportunity to demonstrate commitment to, and success in, protecting wild tigers.CA|TS vision is to ensure wild tigers have spaces to live and breed safe from threat resulting in increased populations and recovery of range
Read more at: Live Mint
Topic 2 : Energy
India, France to partner in solar alliance
French President together with the Indian Prime Minister will officially launch the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The idea was presented alongside the historical Paris Agreement in collaboration with the then French president
- ISA aims to deploy 1,000 GW of solar installations globally by 2030, for which it projects the need for US $1 trillion in funds.
- Aside from large-scale deployment, this international collaboration looks to provide open access to research, technology, best practices and standards on solar energy.
- The 121 ISA member countries (countries lying between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn) vary significantly in terms of energy access rates, regulatory frameworks and economic development
- The ISA works through country appointed National Focal Points (NFP)
Read more at: Down to Earth
Topic 3 : ICT
NASA launches advanced weather satellite for western U.S.
The second in a series of four next-generation weather satellites is now in geosynchronous transfer orbit above the Earth. NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
- GOES-S is the second satellite in an approximately $11 billion effort that’s already revolutionising forecasting with astonishingly fast, crisp images of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities.
- The first spacecraft in the series, GOES-16, has been monitoring the Atlantic and East Coast for the past year for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Two more are planned in this four-satellite series- GOES-T in 2020 and GOES-U in 2024
GOES-S is the second of the next generation of weather satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The next satellites of the series (GOES-16, -17, -T, and -U) will extend the availability of the GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system) until 2036 for weather forecast and meteorology research.
Read more at: The Hindu