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NTPC Limited signs agreement with CPCB

NTPC Limited recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to provide financial support to install Air Quality Monitoring Stations. NTPC will provide financial support of Rs 80 crore for installing and commissioning of 25 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS), across six states and three Union Territories. ..

India’s first commercial LNG bus launched in Kerala

India’s first commercial Liquified Compressed natural gas (LNG) bus, which was developed by Petronet, was recently launched in the city of Kochi, Kerala. It is claimed that the bus will be able to travel up to 900 km in a single filling. Petronet also has plans to open 28 LNG dispensing stations in India and four stations ..

Wildlife Conservation and Birds Club of Ladakh conducts Great Backyard Bird count exercise

The Great Backyard Bird count exercise was recently carried out by the Wildlife Conservation and Birds Club of Ladakh. During the exercise, two new bird species namely ‘Red Throated Thrush and Plumbeous Water Redstart’ have been found for the first time in Ladakh Region. Bird and wildlife experts have counted and recorded a total of ..

India proposes inclusion of three species in global protection list

India has proposed the inclusion of the three species: Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican in the global list for international protection under the UN’s Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species. The proposal was accepted unanimously by all 130 countries at the ongoing 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Conservation ..

Union Cabinet approves Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently approved the Phase II of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) till the financial year 2024-25. The second phase will be implemented from 2020-21 to 2024-25, with main focus on Open Defecation Free sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management, collectively called as ODF ..

India to use Euro-VI emission compliant fuels from April 1, 2020

It was recently announced that India is set to use Euro-VI emission compliant fuels from April 1, 2020. It is the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel, which has a sulphur content of just 10 parts per million. At present, India uses Euro-IV equivalent emission compliant fuels (Bharat Stage – IV), and in just 3 years, it has shifted ..

Indira Gandhi International Airport becomes first Indian airport to be certified as single-use plastic-free

India’s leading airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi has recently become the first Indian airport to be certified as free from single-use plastic usage. The Confederation of Indian Industry-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CII-ITC CESD) certified the airport. It was also the first Indian airport to make ‘single-use plastic-free’ commitment in 2019. ..

India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy for Sustainable Development inaugurated

The India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy for Sustainable Development was recently inaugurated by India’s Earth Sciences Minister- Harsh Vardhan and Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment. The two countries also started a new framework for cooperation in ‘Integrated Ocean Management & Research’. The task force was introduced in January 2019, jointly by the Prime Ministers ..

‘Dennis’ storm hits UK and France

The United Kingdom recently witnessed a devastating storm named ‘Dennis’, after which the weather agency of the country issued a Danger to life warning. There were widespread flooding and heavy winds across the country. In the last 48 hours, as many as 594 warnings and alerts had been issued. The places which were affected include ..

Centre and World Bank signs loan agreement to support Atal Bhujal Yojana

The Indian government and the World Bank recently signed a USD 450 million loan agreement to support the national programme Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY). The National programme was launched with an objective of arresting the groundwater depletion and strengthening groundwater institutions. The World Bank-supported programme will be implemented in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, ..