Current Affairs of 11 August 2018
Keshav Kishore, Published On:11-Aug-2018
1. IIP is five-month high of 7%
· Due to rise in investment demand and government expenditure there is growth in industrial activity as Index of Industrial Production was five month high in June at 7%.
· Growth in manufacturing sector was 6.9% in the month of June which was mere 3.66% in May.
· Primary goods segment registered 9.28% growth while capital goods registered 9.62% growth.
2. India will triple ethanol production in 4 years
· India will triple its ethanol production till 2022 which will save Rs. 12,000 crore in the country’s oil import bill.
· This announcement was done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of World Biofuels day (10 August, 2018).
· Government has planned to set up 12 biofuel refineries in the country at an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore.
3. Portal for scientific research
· Vigyan Prasar, the communication wing of Science Ministry, has launched the India Science Technology and Innovation portal which will help queries related to climate change research.
· There will be compilation of technologies developed in India.
· The portal will reach out top students, scholars researchers, scientists both from India and abroad through which they can chose from the mine of fellowships, scholarships and funding and startup opportunities that India puts forward.
4. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in UNESCO list now
· The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve (KBR) has become the 11th biosphere reserve to be listed in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WHBR).
· KBR is the highest biosphere reserve in the country which includes the third highest mountain peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8,586m).
· The decision was taken in the 30th International Coordinating Council of Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme, UNESCO, held at Palembang, Indonesia.
· In the year 2016 the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve was included in the list.
· The enlisting of KBR in UNESCO list will boost international research collaboration relating to fauna, flora and ecosystem in the region.
5. Proposal of state wise shelters for women and children
· Union Women and Children Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has kept proposal to set up a single large facility for women and children in each state.
· The set up would be funded partially under the Nirbhaya scheme.
· Currently there are 9000 shelters according to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) out of which only 3071 are registered under the Juvenile Justice Act.
Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express, PIB