Telangana Current Affairs 13th November 2015
India, UK ink pacts on Civil Deal:
India and Britain signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement after the two sides held delegation level talks here on Thursday, the first day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to Britain. “The conclusion of the civil nuclear agreement is a symbol of our mutual trust and our resolve to combat climate change,” Modi said while issuing a joint statement along with British Premier David Cameron.
“The agreement for cooperation in India’s Global Centre for Clean Energy Partnerships will strengthen safety and security in the global nuclear industry,” the PM said. Stating that India’s smart cities and skill development as immense projects, Narendra Modi said Britain would help build the smart cities of Amravati, Indore and Pune.
Modi said India attached great value to defence and security cooperation with Britain, including regular exercises and defence trade and collaboration. “This cooperation will grow. I am also pleased that UK will participate in the International Fleet Review in India in February 2016.
Hyderabad Pollution level Hazardous:
Air pollution levels in Hyderabad shot up a few notches during Diwali with Kukatpally being affected the most. The quantity of air pollutants in the city reached dangerously high levels on Thursday. The dust levels rose alarmingly in Kukatpally and Pragathi Nagar areas. The Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) conducted tests to assess air and noise pollution before and as well as during Diwali festival on November 5 and November 11.
The TSPCB monitored limited parameters like particulate matter and gases pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide and ammonia. The PM10 levels increased compared to the pre-Deepavali day at some places like Kukatpally, Balanagar, Charminar, Punjagutta, Zoo Park, etc. The values of SO2 and NOx also increased at certain places. This was due to bursting of fire crackers. The Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) levels increased alarmingly at Kukatpally from 220 to 412 micro grams per cubic meter 259(µg/m3), Balanagar 183 to 259µg/m3, Charminar 120 to 295µg/m3, Jeedimetla from 106 to 205µg/m3, Jubilee Hills from 58 to 171µg/m3.
“Gases are within the limits i.e., average of SO2 4.9 to 13.3µg/m3 (Kukatpally highest), NOx 18 to 36µg/m3 maximum at Balanagar and Uppal & Kukatpally (35 – 36µg/m3)n said N Raveendhar, senior social scientist, TSPCB.
Telangana State Biodiversity Board (TSBB) yet to have its Chariman:
Delay in appointment of a chairman for Telangana State Biodiversity Board (TSBB) continues to hamper several initiatives taken up by the department. Even the file related to the nomination of a chairman is stuck at the Chief Minister’s chamber. Ten members including four ex officio (three principal secretaries to the government and a director of one of the research institutes), five expert members (scientists and one NGO) and a member secretary are currently with the board. The only vacant position is that of the chairman which remains to be occupied, with a government nomination.
The delay has caused hiccups for most of the proposals put forward to the State government. According to official sources, even though it has been over a year since the new government came to power, the Biodiversity Board is getting the least support. The board had come up with the proposal to declare two places as Biodiversity Heritage Sites—the Aquatic Biodiversity (Ameenpur Lake- Medak district) and AgriBiodiversity site (Zaheerabad). But there remains a ‘procedural delay’ in notifying these places. “After endorsement of the government we have to conduct a study. The proposals were forwarded to government. But procedural delay is hampering the progress,” rues a senior offcial.
The board continues to push forward its proposal for nomination of the chairman. However anxiety is growing that someone with lack of proper knowledge or scientific temper would be occupying this position. Sources fear that the government is deliberately delaying the process for ‘political accommodation’. It may be recalled that Hyderabad had hosted the much hyped International Biodiversity Conference (Convention on Biodiversity) in 2012 by spending crores of rupees. The Bifurcation of AP and Telangana Board took place in the end of 2014. While AP Biodiversity Board recently nominated AV Joseph (IFS) as its chairman, the Telangana government is yet to take a decision.
Ministry of Environment,Forestry and Climate Change launched its Climate action Website:
India on Thursday launched a comprehensive website detailing its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a transparent manner ahead of the global climate change summit scheduled to begin in Paris on November 30. Announcing this here, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said the website (www.justclimateaction.org) offers a ‘preview” of the country’s climate action plan that aims to reduce carbon emission intensity by 35 per cent by 2030.
“For the first time in the world, a developing country has put together a comprehensive action plan to realise our vision. We have brought together a platform where all our partner agencies can showcase their work,” he told reporters. The website has most of its content in the form of videos that can be shared on personal social media channels. It includes over 40 clippings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches outlining various initiatives to curb climate change.
Last month, India submitted to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), targeting tangible gains in low carbon growth while simultaneously endeavouring to meet developmental challenges that it faces. INDC includes reduction in the emissions intensity of India’s GDP by 33-35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level and to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through extra forest and tree cover by 2030.
source : The Hans India