Himachal to promote e-vehicles, create zero emission zones
Concerned over high vehicular emissions, Himachal plans to promote electric vehicles by creating zero or low emission zones in Shimla, Baddi, Dharamsala and eco-sensitive areas in all tourist destinations where only battery-operated vehicles will be allowed.
The Himachal Electric Vehicle policy is being formulated. The state has around 19 lakh registered vehicles, including nine lakh two-wheelers. As the prices of most of the electric vehicles are high, the government is keen to provide some subsidy or incentive but this may not be possible due to severe financial constraints it is facing.
Himachal is amongst the first states in the country to run battery-operated electric vehicles following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) rap over high vehicular emissions causing environmental damage in the ecologically-fragile Rohtang area and its glaciers. Some private individuals are running electric auto-rickshaws in border areas such as Baddi, Nalagarh and Paonta Sahib, as they are cost efficient with low running cost and practically require no maintenance.
World Chocolate Day – 7th July
World Chocolate Day is observed on 7th July every year. Chocolate day celebrates the existence of chocolate in our lives. The day is marked by eating chocolates and sharing the chocolates with dear ones.
The Chocolate Day was first celebrated in the year 2009. However, some even believe that people started marking July 7 as International Chocolate Day because it was the day when chocolate was first introduced to Europe in 1550.
PM Inaugurates the CoWin Global Conclave
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and addressed the CoWin Global Conclave, virtually. The world meeting was participated by way of representatives from 142 countries.
The Conclave was mutually geared up through the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and National Health Authority (NHA) with a goal to extend the Co-WIN platform as a digital public good to the globe.
India has supplied its indigenously developed cloud-based CoWIN platform to be made open-source so that it is on hand to any and all countries.
Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought – BOLD
The Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought (BOLD) project is launched.
About Project BOLD:
It is a KVIC project that was launched with the goals of reducing desertification as well as providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support.
It was first introduced in the tribal village of Nichla Mandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Over 25 bighas (16 acres) of vacant arid Gram Panchayat land, 5000 saplings of special bamboo species – Bambusa Tulda and Bambusa Polymorpha brought from Assam – were planted.
Project BOLD aims to establish bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid areas.
By August of this year, KVIC plans to replicate the project in Village Dholera in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad district and the Leh-Ladakh region.
Export of Mirshi Cherry Exported to Dubai
First Commercial cargo of Mishri variety of cherries used to be exported to Dubai from Srinagar in order to increase horticultural exports.
In June, a sample consignment was despatched to Dubai from Sri Nagar before this shipment.
♦ Later, an encouraging response from consumers in Dubai, first business shipment was exported to Dubai.
♦ Mishri variety of cherries is delicious in style and contain vitamins, minerals & plant compounds with fitness benefits.
♦ Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) produces more than 95% of India’s complete production of business varieties of cherries.
♦ J&K produces 4 varieties of cherry particularly Double, Makhmali, Mishri and Italy.
Significance of export: Commencement of business cargo of cherries will supply better possibilities for exports of other temperate fruits such as pears, plums, apricot and apples from Kashmir to Middle East international locations in imminent seasons.
Indian Army Inducts Bridging System by DRDO
The Army inducted the first manufacturing lot of 12 Short Span Bridging System (SSBS)-10m, designed and developed through the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in affiliation with Larsen & Toubro Limited, the manufacturing agency. The SSBS-10m plays an indispensable position of bridging the gaps up to 9.5m as a single span sup plying a 4m wide, entirely decked roadway, ensuring quicker motion of the troops.
The bridging system is compatible with the Sarvatra bridging machine (75 m), the place the closing span required covering gaps less than 9.5 m.
♦ The DRDO has developed a vary of bridges for the Army that have already been inducted.
Mithali Raj Became the Highest Run-Getter
India captain Mithali Raj grew to become the highest run-getter in women’s cricket across formats, overtaking former England skipper Charlotte Edwards.
Mithali grew to be the world’s most prolific batter in women’s internationals, overtaking Edwards’ 10,273 runs. Suzie Bates of New Zealand is 1/3 with 7849 runs. Stafanie Taylor (7832) and Meg Lanning (7024) spherical up the top five.
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