China launches 22nd BeiDou navigation satellite

China has successfully launched 22nd new generation satellite into space as part of its domestic BeiDou Navigation System (BDS). It was launched using Long March-3A carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in the south-western province of Sichuan. It was the 225th launch of the Long March carrier rocket.

About BeiDou Navigation System (BNS)

  • BNS is 2nd generation of the Chines

Health Ministry launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched two major Digital initiatives to provide easy access to health services to the public:

  1. GIS-enabled HMIS application
  2. The self-printing of e-CGHS cards.

Launching these initiatives of the Health Ministry, the Union Minister stated that the Health Ministry remains committed to strengthening public health systems and providing user-friendly health

Government signs 11 unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

The Central Board of Direct Taxes signed 11 unilateral APAs on 28th March, 2016. With this signing, India has entered into 59 bilateral and/or unilateral APAs.

About APA's:

  • The Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) programme was introduced by the Finance Act, 2012 to provide a predictable and non-adversarial tax regime and to reduce litigation in the Indian transfer pricing regime.
  • An Advan

Environment Ministry Notifies Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules

The Government has notified Construction & Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016 for the first time. Outlining the salient features of the Construction & Waste Management Rules , Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said that the rules are an initiative to effectively tackle the issues of pollution and waste management.

Points to know:

New Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules Notified

"The new bio-medical waste management rules will change the way country used to manage this waste earlier. Under the new regime, the coverage has increased and also provides for pre-treatment of lab waste, blood samples, etc. It mandates bar code system for proper control. It has simplified categorisation and authorisation.Thus, it will make a big difference to clean India Mission",

Salient features :

NASA to undertake globe-spanning research campaigns

NASA is sending scientists around the world this year - from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet to the coral reefs of the South Pacific -to study how our planet is changing and what impact humans are having on it.

About the campaign:

  • Combining the long-term global view from space with detailed measurements from field experiments is a powerful way of deciphering what's happening in our world.

ISRO set to launch record 22 satellites in single mission

Indian Space Research Organization is all set to create history again by launching a record number of 22 satellites in a single mission - the highest number for ISRO so far.

About the launch:

  • Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV C34, which will carry India's remote sensing satellite Cartosat 2C, will also have 21 other satellites to be injected into the orbit.
  • These will include four

Haryana Assembly unanimously passes Reservation Bill

The Haryana Assembly on Tuesday passed the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 to provide reservation for Jats and four other communities in government jobs and education.

  • The Haryana Assembly unanimously passed two important bills to provide reservation to Jats and four other categories.
  • The backward classes have been divided into three blocks as Block A, Block B and Bloc

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

According to UNEP's 10th "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016", prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance all investments in renewables totalled $286 billion in 2015, some 3% higher than the previous record in 2011.

Key points to know

BHEL commissions 40 MW hydropower plant in West Bengal

Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned the second 40 MW hydropower generating unit at the Teesta low dam hydroelectric project (HEP) stage IV in West Bengal.

Key Features:

  • State-run power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned a 40MW unit of a hydro power plant in West Bengal.
  • Just a month after the commissioning of the first

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