Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - July 30th 2017

Environment

Delhi Metro - World’s First Completely Green Metro System

  • The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has become the world’s first completely ‘green’ Metro system for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies.
  • Delhi Metro has secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

Enlighten About Delhi Metro

  • The DMRC has been operating in Delhi and its satellite cities of Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad in National Capital Region (NCR).
  • It is built and operated by DMRC, a state-owned company with equal equity participation from Union Government and Government of Delhi
  • It is the world’s 12th longest metro system in length and 16th largest in ridership.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has financed 60% of the project cost in the form of soft loan under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Enlighten About Indian Green Building Council

  • Formed in 2001 which is a branch of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • Services like developing new green building rating programmes, green building training programmes and certification services are offered by IGBC.
  • It also organizes Green Building Congress, its annual flagship event on green buildings. It closely works with several State Governments, Central Government, World Green Building Council, bilateral multi-lateral agencies in promoting green building concepts in the country.

Defense

Muntra – Muntra-S , Muntra-M , Muntra-N

India’s first unmanned, remotely operated tank.

  • Manufactured by -The Defense Research and Development Organization. (DRDO)
  • For surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and biological threats. It is also likely to be used in Naxal-hit areas.

Enlighten About MUNTRA-

  • Muntra-S is the country’s first tracked unmanned ground vehicle (tank) developed for unmanned surveillance missions. Muntra-M is for detecting mines and Muntra-N is for operation in areas where there is nuclear radiation or biological weapon risk. The Muntra variants have surveillance radar, an integrated camera along with laser range finder which can be used to spy on ground target 15km away – heavy vehicles or crawling men. This unmanned tank has been successfully tested and validated at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan under dusty desert conditions.

Economy

NPCI received a final nod from the RBI to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit

  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems, has said it has received a final nod from the Reserve Bank of India to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS).
  • The final clearance from RBI comes almost a year after NPCI launched the BBPS pilot project to make payment of utility bills easier.

Enlighten about BBPS

  • It is an RBI conceptualized system driven by national payment corporation of India (NPCI)
  • It is a one-stop payment platform for all bills, providing an interoperable and accessible “Anytime Anywhere” bill payment service to customers across the country with certainty, reliability and safety of transactions.
  • Payments through BBPS may be made using cash, transfer cheques and electronic modes. Bill aggregators and banks, who will function as operating units, will carry out these transactions for the customer

Enlighten about NPCI

  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is an umbrella organization for all retail payments system in India. It was set up with the guidance and support of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). NPCI has ten promoter banks.

International

Hambantota Port Deal

  • A deal of US $1.1 billion has been signed by Sri Lanka to sell a 70% stake of the Hambantota deep-sea port to China.

Enlighten about Hambatota port

  • Hambantota port is a deep-water port located in the southern tip of Sri Lanka. It sits close to busy east-west shipping lanes connecting Europe and Asia.
  • The deal was signed between Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and China Merchants Port Holding Co. (CMPort). Under the 99-year lease agreement.
  • The port is expected to play a key role in China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI), which will link ports and roads between China and Europe