27.02.18 JPSC (Jharkhand) Current Affairs

JHARKHAND

 

  • Jharkhand can make a mark in cbm production: pradhan

 

  • Encouraged by the explorations taking place at Bokaro-Bermo coal belt by the State-owned ONGC, the Centre expressed great deal of optimism that Jharkhand can make into premier coal bed methane (CBM) producers of the world in the years to come.

 

  • Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan observed this while underlining the scope of CBM utility in the industries settled locally in the State. “Jharkhand can make its own identity in the whole world through coal bed methane gas production. Coal methane gas will also benefit industries and transport industries with the domestic consumers of the State.

 

  • He also went on praising the State Government for its commendable job in providing LPG connections under flagship Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala scheme. “Jharkhand is the first State in the country where stove and first refill cylinder are given free with the LPG connection to poor. Even after being a backward State, the poor families associated with the Ujjwala scheme are making an average three refill annually. This is a huge achievement for the scheme.

 

  • He added that given the success of the Ujjwala scheme, this year the Centre has raised target of free LPG connections from five crore to eight crore for the State. The goal would be achieved by March 2020. So far 3.40 crore households have been given free LPG connections under the scheme. Pradhan also said that cities like Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Bokaro would soon be supplied piped LPG gas.

INTERNATIONAL

 

  • CSIR signs MoU with IORA: CSIR-CIMAP to host coordinating center on medicinal plants

 

  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has entered into a MoU with the Regional Center for Science and Technology Transfer (RCSTT) of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for designating Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow (CSIR-CIMAP) as Coordinating Center on Medicinal Plants.

 

  • The MoU was signed by Prof. Anil Kumar Tripathi, Director CSIR-CIMAP and Dr. A. Sedrpousan, Director, IORA-RCSTT.

 

  • The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR.

 

  • The delegation also attended the 31st Khwarizmi International Award Ceremony which was addressed by H.E. Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

  • The IORA Center at CSIR-CIMAP will establish a database on the important medicinal plants, their value added products, related experts and industries of the IORA member states and organize meetings and training programmes to promote trade, commerce and scientific exchanges to complement the strength and limitation of the member states.

 

·        China home to 241 million old people: report

 

  • China is fast turning into an aging society as the number of people aged 60 and above has reached 241 million, accounting for 17.3 per cent of the total population, according to an officials.
  • A society with 10 per cent of its population aged 60 or older can be referred to as an “aging society,”
  • Since China first became an aging society in 1999, the number of people aged 60 or above has seen a net increase of 110 million. It is estimated that the number of seniors will peak around 2050 to reach 487 million, 34.9 per cent of the total population, Mr. Wu said.
  • As the old age population grew, which was largely attributed to the three decades old one child policy, China has permitted couples to have two children since 2016.
  • China has stepped up nationwide education on ageing with the aim to raise citizens’ awareness and called on the public to care for the elderly.

NATIONAL

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