Sixth National Park of Assam
⇒ Raimona Reserve Forest in lower Assam became the sixth National Park of the state.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on world environment day i.e. 05 June 2021 announced that the Raimona reserve forest in Kokrajhar under the Bodoland Territorial Region, bordering Bhutan, has been upgraded as the sixth national park of the state.
Raimona National Park is spread over 422sqkm in Kokrajhar district. In this Park, over 150 species of butterflies, 170 species of birds and 350 species of plants are found in the park.
The park’s secured transboundary ecological landscape will help ensure long-term conservation of endemic species such as the golden langur (the mascot of Bodoland Territorial Council), and endangered species like the Asian elephant, royal Bengal tiger and varied other flora and faunal species.
In Assam state five other existing national parks are: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Nameri National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Orang National Park
Registrar General of the National Green Tribunal
⇒Additional Sessions Judge Vidya Prakash has been appointed as the Registrar General of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on deputation basis.
Sri Vidya Prakash Delhi Higher Judicial Service has been appointed as Registrar, NGT principal bench New Delhi with effect from his date of joining that is May 29, 2021 initially for a period of one year.
The National Green Tribunal was established on October 18, 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.
Singareni Thermal Power Plant bagged a South India level “The Best Power Plant Performer” award
⇒ The Singareni Thermal Power Plant (STPP) owned by the Singareni Collieries Company Limited bagged a South India level “The Best Power Plant Performer” award declared by Mission Energy Foundation.
The SCCL got this award in the category of 500 MW and above power plants, which excelled in operations and maintenance. This award was declared at the concluding session of a national-wide web seminar organised by the Mission Energy Foundation on 04 June 2021.
Mission Energy Foundation is a Mumbai-based non-profit organisation.
Government's Expert Group for fixation of Minimum Wages and National Floor Minimum Wages
⇒ The Ministry of Labour & Employment Government has constituted the Expert Group to provide technical inputs and recommendations on fixation of Minimum Wages and National Floor Minimum Wages. The Group has been constituted for a period of three years from the date of notification. The Expert Group is chaired by Prof Ajit Mishra, Director, Institute of Economic Growth.
This Expert group will give its recommendations to the Government of India regarding fixation of Minimum Wages and National Floor Wage.
To arrive at the wage rates, the group will look into the international best practices on the wages and evolve a scientific criteria and methodology for fixation of wages.
12th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Summit
⇒ India along with Govt of United Kingdom launched new workstream to promote industrial energy efficiency under the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM) – Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI), at the 12th Chief Energy Ministerial.
The 12th Chief Energy Ministerial was held from May 31st to 6th June 2021. It was co-ordinated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). The 12th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM12) in 2021 was hosted by Chile.
The IDDI initiative has been supported by Germany and Canada, with more countries expected to join soon. The objective is to infuse green technologies and stimulate demand for low-carbon industrial material.
Commitment of India:
Shri Alok Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Power highlighted that India is committed to cut emissions intensity per unit of GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030.
This depends on the effective deployment of low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive industries such as steel, cement, and petrochemicals.
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is an international framework that promotes clean energy initiatives and policies.
Official kit for Team India at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
⇒ Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju unveiled the official kit for Team India at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Official Kit Partner:
The official styling partner – Raymond will deliver the ceremonial kits. The official sports apparel partner – Li-Ning will supply the sports attire, including the travel and playing kits for the athletes heading to Tokyo.
Li-Ning designed the official sports kit inspired by India’s national colours and integrated unique graphics to emote the energy and pride of the Indian Olympic Team. The official kit designs have been created by the Indian Olympic Association with the help and support of designer Ms. Iditri Goel.