PIB NEWS SYNOPSIS 13th and 14th January 2020

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1)Year End Review 2019 – Ministry of Power:-

Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA):
Launched in Sept., 2017 with the objective to achieve universal household electrification by providing last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining un-electrified households in rural and urban areas by 31st March, 2019

Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram JyotiYojana (DDUGJY):
100% villages across the country stands electrified as on 28thApril, 2018.

Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS):
Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) was launched in the year 2014 with an Outlay of Rs. 32,612 crore for improving and augmenting the distribution and sub-transmission systems in Urban areas with a view to improve reliability.

Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY):
Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), a scheme for financial and operation turn around of Power Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) was launched by the Government for State owned Distribution Utilities on 20-11-2015 at a time when the outstanding debts and losses of the Distribution utilities had increased to levels that were adversely affecting the viability of the Power and Banking Sectors. The purpose of UDAY was to usher reforms across the Power and coal Sectors through competitive and cooperative federalism to pave the way for 24X7 affordable and reliable Power for all.

UDAY incorporated a slew of measures, including financial re-engineering measures, as well as operational improvement measures. Exemptions were given to the States to borrow outside the FRBM limits in order to enable them to take over 75% of the outstanding debts of DISCOMs, as existing on 30th November 2015. The scheme had two outcome parameters: (i) AT&C loss reduction to 15%; and (ii) ACS-ARR gap reduction to zero by March 2019.

Power Grid Corporation of lndia Limited (POWERGRID) has been conferred with the coveted Maharatna Status by the Government of India on 23.10.201 9.

Power Rail Koyla Availability through Supply Harmony (PRAKASH) Portal:
PRAKASH portal was launched on 03.10.2019. Benefits of Portal to the Stake-holders: On a single platform, the following information will be available:

Coal company: Stocks and the coal requirement at power stations
Indian Railways: Actual coal available at siding.
Power stations can plan future schedule by knowing rakes in pipe line and expected time of receipt
MoP/ MoC/Ministry of Railways/CEA/POSOCO can review the overall availability of thermal power in different regions and coal available for the same

Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA):
Over 36.10 crore LED bulbs, 71.61 lakh LED tube lights and 23.10 lakh energy efficient fans distributed across the country.

Building Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP):
Building energy efficiency project has been completed in 10,310 buildings including Railway stations and Airports.

2)India Meteorological Department (IMD) to celebrate 145th Foundation Day:- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is celebrating its 145thFoundation Day tomorrow.

With a humble beginning in 1875, the IMD has marched forward with various milestones and paradigms to serve the society.

The major IMD centres are located in Guwahati, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi and Nagpur. IMD is one of the six regional specialised Meteorological centres of WMO.

3)Indian Navy to Get Upgraded Fuel HFHSD – IN 512:- On 13 January 2020, the launch of the new fuel (High Flash High Speed Diesel) HFHSD – IN 512, with revised technical specifications was undertaken.

With the advent of technology and refining techniques in the petroleum industry better quality of fuel abiding to more stringent specifications has become a necessity.

Successful introduction of the new fuel is a landmark occasion highlighting the enormous potential which exists within the country to produce world class products.

4)Haryana tops medals tally in Khelo India Youth Games:-KIYG 2020 is going on in full swing in Guwahati.

5)Regulations of Drones in India hastened:– On January 13, 2020, the Indian Aviation Ministry announced that registration of all drones in the country is mandatory. The Ministry has given January 31, 2020 as deadline for the users to register their drones.

Every drone is to be provided with a Unique Identification Number (UIN) under the scheme. GoI has opened an online portal called “digital sky” for the users to register their drones.

The drone owners failing to register their drones will face actions under the Aircraft act, 1934 and Indian Penal Code. The aircraft act governs aviation in India.

6)Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated on January 14. The day is being celebrated since 2017. The day was initially called Armistice Day.

The first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 marking the anniversary of the end of World War I and celebrating the brave soldiers who were part of World War I. However, in India the day was first marked through a resolution passed by the Congress in 1926.

Why January 14? Every year, January 14 is marked as Armed Forces Veteran Day as the Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-chief of Indian Armed Forces retired on the day.

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