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Current Affairs: 15th February 2015

Category : All, Current Affairs · by Feb 16th, 2015

1- Third National Lok Adalat disposes 56000 cases, disburses Rs 265 crore

The third National Lok Adalat was organised on 14 February 2015 throughout India involving the Supreme Court, high courts, districts courts and taluka-level courts, except in Assam and Uttar Pradesh.

It was organised under the patronage of Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu and the leadership of Supreme Court Judge Justice T S Thakur.

Nearly 56,000 cases were disposed of by the third National Lok Adalat in a single day. It also saw disbursal of Rs 265 crore as claims towards final settlement in bank recovery and cheques bounce cases. Third Lok Adalat was organised by the National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) to disburse cases related bank recovery, cheques bounce cases, particularly under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. Several banks, financial institutions and others had participated in it.

First National Lok Adalats was held in November 2013 and had settled a record 71.50 lakh cases pending in various courts. The second National Lok Adalat was held in December 2014 and had disposed of over 1.25 crore cases.

About Lok Adalats

  • Lok Adalats (people’s courts) settle dispute through conciliation and compromise. The First Lok Adalat was held in Una city in Junagarh district of Gujarat in 1982.
  • Generally, Lok Adalat accepts the cases pending in the regular courts within their jurisdiction which could be settled by conciliation and compromise.
  • The decision of the Lok Adalat is binding on the parties to the dispute and its order is capable of execution through legal process. No appeal lies against the order of the Lok Adalat.

2- Muthoot Group partners with WWF for elephant project

Kerala-based business conglomerate Muthoot Group has launched the Friends for Life project in partnership with World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature-India.

This project aims at effective management of human-elephant conflict (HEC) to protect the habitats of Asian elephants in six states as 4 priority landscapes and 1 priority site earmarked by WWF-India. Priority landscapes include North Bank landscape in Arunachal Pradesh, Kaziranga and Karbi-Anglong in Assam, Terai Arc landscape in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Western Ghats landscape in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and also some parts of northern West Bengal.

This project was launched in Kochi as part of the Muthoot’s Haathi Mera Saathi Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. This project will address the problems and provide solutions in terms of reducing elephant and human lives lost in the earmarked priority landscapes. It will also secure crop and property damage in villages and build a future where humans and elephants can live in harmony with each other in selected landscapes.

3- Chhattisgarh government gets award for renewable power development

Chhattisgarh has won award for being one of the best-performing states in the renewable energy segment in India.

Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh’s Energy department, Aman Singh was presented this award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet (RE-Invest) 2015 held in New Delhi.

The state was adjudged this award on the basis of criteria fixed by 13th Finance Commission headed by Vijay Kelkar.

Renewable energy sector in Chhattisgarh

  • Chhattisgarh has done commendable work in renewable energy sector.
  • Currently, solar power is powering 600 primary health centre, 100 community health centre, 350 police stations, 1800 tribal hostels, 27 collectorates and 1,700 villages of the state.
  • In addition, various villages in Chhattisgarh are using 3,000 solar power pumps for drinking water and 1,500 for irrigation purpose.
  • State is generating 45 MW off grid solar power and 200 MW through rice husk.

4- PM Narendra Modi inaugurated first renewable energy global investors meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo (Re-Invest) 2015 in New Delhi.

The aim of the meet is to evolve innovative financial models for funding and to ensure the partnership of states and the Centre in harnessing renewable energy.

Germany is the partner country for Re-Invest 2015 and over 2500 delegates including exhibitors from 45 countries are participating in the three day event.

Key highlights of Re-Invest 2015

  • Re-Invest 2015 will showcase the Union Government’s commitment in the development and scaling up of renewable energy in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable manner to meet the national energy requirement.
  • It will provide single platform to attract large scale investments for solar and wind power generation in India.
  • Re-Invest 2015 includes several sessions headed by experts from the renewable energy industry, equipment manufacturers. It also include sessions of global financial institutions, Public Sector Enterprises, regulatory authorities, Central and state governments, research institutions and academia.

At present, renewable energy contributes over 6 percent of the total power generated in India. Union government is planning to double its share to 12 percent with an investment of $100 billion over the next four-five years.

To increase the share of renewable energy, government also has revised the target of solar power generation from 20,000 MW by 2022 to 100,000 MW by 2020.

5- Women Scientists Tessy Thomas, Geeta Varadan selected for Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award 2014

Two women scientists have been chosen as joint recipients of Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award 2014.  The award is being conferred on them jointly for their significant contributions in the fields of missile technology and remote sensing.

Recipients are

  • Tessy Thomas-Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory of DRDO and Project Director (Mission) Agni V.
  • Geeta Varadan-Director Advanced Data Processing Research Institute of ISRO.

This is the first time in history of this award that two eminent women scientists are being awarded concurrently.

About Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award

This award was established in 1986 in memory of distinguished chemical scientist and internationally renowned leather technologist Yelavarthy Nayudamma.

It is conferred annually on persons who have made important contributions to the development of science and technology in the country.

World renowned astrophysics scientist and cosmologist Jayant Vishnu Narlikar was conferred with this award for the year 2013.

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