One liners 22nd February

• According to Greenpeace Southeast Asia (an NGO) analysis of economic losses caused by air pollution, PM 2.5 air pollution will cause about 54,000 lives in Delhi by 2020. PM 2.5 refers to fine particles with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers. It can cause breathing problems and reduce visibility. It is an endocrine disruptor that can affect insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, leading to diabetes.

• All SWAMIH Funds will deliver the first batch of finished apartments in 2021. This is a 2500 crore fund established by the Indian government. The fund was established to complete stalled housing projects. The fund provides a solution that hinders the savings of home buyers and bankrupt developers. In the 2021-2022 financial year, the fund will hand over 16 projects, including more than 4,000 houses.

• The Indian government has decided to appeal the US$1.2 billion international arbitration award won by Cairn Energy Plc. in tax disputes. India’s decision to appeal this award shows that the Indian government is committed to defending tax sovereignty. The government has also maintained the possibility of making resolutions within the scope of existing Indian laws.

• The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has successfully realized 100% cashless toll collection in National Highway toll plazas across the country. From February 16, 2021, all lanes on the National Highway toll plaza will be declared as FASTag lanes. Highway users have actively accepted the introduction of 100% cashless tolls. Since the FASTag specification was notified, more than 2,50,000 labels have been sold.

• Some of new Infrastructural projects has been inaugurated Kerala. Highlights: 320 KV Pugalur (Tamil Nadu)-Thrissur (Kerala) Power Transmission Project: This is India’s first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Project. This will help transfer 2,000 megawatts of power from the western region and help meet the load growth in Kerala. Compared with conventional HVDC systems, this will also ensure a 35-40% reduction in floor space.

• The Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in collaboration with the BvLF and technical partner WRI India, announced 25 cities that were shortlisted in the “Nurturing Neighborhood Challenge” cohort.

• The 3rd edition of the event “India Tourism Mart 2021” was held in virtual mode. The event is hosted by the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH), and the event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, GOI. This is a buying and selling event. Although it was named a Tourism Mart in 2018, it held the first event of this kind in 2015.

• Indian Army Software Defined Radio (SDR) under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. In order to provide soldiers with technical advantages to enable them to fight a war in a net-centric battle space, existing radio equipment will soon be replaced by indigenously developed Software-Defined Radio (SDR). SDR has enhanced data transmission capabilities, enhanced voice clarity and data transmission accuracy in a noisy spectrum environment, supports multiple waveforms etc.

• The delimitation commission held a meeting to solicit opinions on the delimitation procedures of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Delimitation Commission is a high-level body established by an act of Parliament. The Delimitation Commission is appointed by the president of the country. The Delimitation Commission and the Election Commission of India work together.

• The newly appointed Tamilisai Soundararajan (Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry), directed the Assembly Secretariat to convene the House on February 22. A press release issued by Raj Nivas said the single agenda of the session should be to determine whether the Chief Minister enjoys the confidence of the House.

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