09-12-2017 Himachal Pradesh (HPPCS) Current Affairs

HIMACHAL PRADESH

 

  • Remove encroachments from forest land: HC

 

  • The Himachal Pradesh high court has directed removal of all encroachments from forest land in excess to 5 bighas of land. The court also issued the directions that it shall be personal responsibility of the office-bearers and officers, irrespective of their rank and file, of gram panchayat, gram sabha, panchayat samiti, zila parishad. It said that employees and officials of the forest, revenue and police department would ensure that orders passed by the court are complied with in letter and spirit.

 

  • The court in its earlier order had directed disconnection of electricity and water connections provided to all illegal structures raised over government land and removal of encroachments, destruction of crops and plants over the encroached land and to fence the vacated land.

 

  • It further directed these respondents to ensure that in cases of encroachments no encroacher is permitted to enter the encroached land, for any purpose such as cultivation of crops, pruning the apples or other fruits from the trees standing thereupon, digging or spraying or reaping the harvest from the encroached land. Directions were also issued to the respondents to use drone not only to keep hawk eye on encroached areas but also detect the cases of fresh encroachment.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

·        Facebook Co founder Saverin becomes richest man in Singapore

 

  • Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin has become Singapore‘s richest person with a net worth of $10.4 billion.

    Saverin became a Singapore resident after giving up his US citizenship in 2012.

 

·        UAE launches its first astronaut programme

  • Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE’s first astronaut programme.
  • Earlier this year, the UAE had announced plans to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.

 

·        South Korea will have 85 robot volunteers at the Winter Olympics

 

  • South Koreaannounced it will have 85 robots at the 2018 Winter Olympics, as volunteers.A humanoid robot has the ability to walk and will bear the Olympic torch in South Korea on December 11.
  • 2018 Winter Olympics will start on February 9, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
  • When the next Summer Olympics roll around, Japan hopes to have an entire “robot village” ready to aid and assist humans.

 

NATIONAL 

 

·        Kacheguda Becomes Indias First Energy Efficient Railway Station

 

  • Kacheguda railway station in Hyderabad division of the SCR (South Central Railway), becomes India’s ‘First’ Energy-Efficient ‘A1 Category’ Railway Station.
  • It has achieved 100 per cent energy efficiency by replacing 1,312 conventional lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, 370 ceiling fans with Brushless DC Electrical (BLDC) motors energy-efficient fans and 12 air conditioners with energy efficient inverter type ACs.

 

·        Goa CM to unveil Indias first mobile food testing lab

 

  • India’s ‘first’ mobile food testing laboratory, which will enable on-the-spot food safety tests to be conducted in Goa, would be launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikaron December 10, 2017.
  • “This is the first ever ‘Food Safety on Wheel’ mobile laboratory in the country.
    In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, photo, laboratory workers test samples in a van used for food safety testing outside Sam’s Club in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province. Wal-Mart broke new ground in China by adding the mobile testing labs that go from store to store in both the southern and eastern regions of China, checking for pesticides on vegetables and fruits. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check the food quality. It will also check the hygiene level of water, he said adding that the results can be received within15 minutes. 
  • The mobile laboratory costs Rs 45 lakh and it has been fully funded by the Centre.

 

  • First-time ever in India: The Global Partnership Summit 2017

 

  • The Global Partnership Summit (GPS) 2017 is scheduled to be held at Aerocity, New Delhi from 11th to 14th December 2017.

 

  • India Center Foundation (ICF), a not for profit and non-governmental organisation, which has been working for over two decades towards nation’s socio-economic development, will organise it in India for the first-time ever.

 

  • The GPS will focus on clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure and logistics, energy, tourism, art and culture, agro economy, banking and finance, education and skill development and information communication technology.

 

  • Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurates SAICON 2017

 

  • The First International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.

 

  • He said contribution of Sports Science will become important under the Khelo India Programme launched by his ministry.

 

  • He said in accordance with the intentions of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of empowering youths, ‘Khelo India’ programme has been chalked out to tap talent at the school and college level.

 

·        Shah Rukh Khan named top Indian actor of 2017 by IMDb

 

  • Actor Shah Rukh Khan has been named the top Indian actor of 2017 by Internet Movie Data Base(IMDb).
  • Aamir Khan and Salman Khan occupied the second and third spots respectively.
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