Now, rainwater harvesting mandatory in all new buildings in state
The state cabinet amended the building by-laws and made it mandatory to install rainwater harvesting structures in all new buildings. The cabinet also approved a proposed amendment in the by-laws which will now enable construction of high rise buildings in plots which measure less than 1,000 square meters (10,000 square feet).
The 11-member ministerial council also approved a proposal whereby employees of the state government can avail post-retirement and death benefits of the new National Pension Scheme in retrospective effective from December 1, 2004. Earlier, the scheme’s benefits were for those who retired after July 8, 2019.
Highlights of Food Waste Index Report
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the “Food Waste Index Report 2021”. According to the UNEP report, an estimated 931 million tons of food was wasted worldwide in 2019. The agency also emphasized that this amount of wasted food may cause the earth to orbit the earth 7 times.
The index report is published by UNEP in cooperation with partner organization WRAP. Of the total waste generation, households accounted for 61% of waste, food services accounted for 26% of foo waste, and retail accounted for 13%.
The report also emphasized that 17% of total global food production was wasted. According to the agency, the weight is approximately equal to 23 million full-loaded 40-ton trucks, enough to make the earth circle seven times.
The annual per capita possession is 91,646,213 tons. According to the report, every country that measures food waste basically has nothing to do with income levels.
Technology and Innovation Report 2021 – UNCTAD
According to the latest country readiness index of the “Technology and Innovation Report 2021”, India is the largest “overperform country” in frontier technologies, which is better than the country’s per capita GDP implies. The report was issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The report examines the possibilities of frontier technology to expand existing inequalities and create new inequalities.
It also addresses the national and international policy, instrument and institutional reforms needed to create a more equal opportunity world for all.
World Food Price Index Rises in February
:In February 2021, world food prices rose for the 9th consecutive month. This increase is the highest level since July 2014.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, food prices have risen due to rising sugar and vegetable oil prices. The food price index measures the monthly changes in a basket containing grains, dairy products, oils, meat and sugar. The index averaged 116.0 points in February 2021, compared to 113.3 points in January. FAO also emphasized this point; the world’s cereal harvest remains at a normal level in order to set an annual record in 2020.
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) – Lakshadweep and Puducherry
:India and Norway agreed to carry out Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in Lakshadweep and Puducherry.
India and Norway have agreed to work together in the field of Marine Space Planning (MSP) in marine space in the next five years.
India and Norway have agreed to work together in the field of marine space planning in the next five years.
This is part of the “India-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative” under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two countries in 2019.
Lakshadweep and Puducherry have been identified as pilot sites for this project.
The two countries have decided to expand support for the sustainable use of marine resources to promote economic and social development in coastal areas.
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through the National Centre for Coastal Research of India (NCCR) and the Norwegian Environment Agency through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is worth noting that the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have expressed interest in supporting the Ministry of Education to implement MSP.
Advanced Indigenous Mob Control Vehicle Prototype – CSIR
CSIR-CMERI showed three variants of advanced indigenous design and a prototype of the Mob Control Vehicle with features.
CSIR- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI-Durgapur) presented three innovative variants ‘Compact, Medium, Heavy’ Mob Control Vehicles (MCV) categories to the Ministry of Home Affairs team headed by IG (RAF) and CRPF.
The purpose is to increase modern technical support for paramilitary forces engaged in maintaining law and order situation; train them and equip them with advanced options.
This is the country’s first advanced indigenous design and characteristic development.
The Heavy category of these MCV prototypes has a payload capacity of 7.5 tons. The Medium category has a payload capacity of 2.5 tons, while the compact is a tractor-based vehicle that is easy to manoeuvring.