27-28.06.21 Daily HPSC Current Affairs

HARYANA

Hry to offer attractive incentives to promote use of EVs

In a bid to boost the purchase of electric vehicles in the state, Haryana Government has proposed to waive off road tax, registration fee, state toll tax and provide an incentive of upto at least Rs one lakh for new vehicles.

The draft electric vehicle policy chalked out by the State Government to provide the much needed impetus to the electric mobility sector and reduce carbon emissions, is also aimed at generating employment in Haryana.

The electric vehicle (EV) draft policy has proposed 100 percent exemption of road tax on EVs purchased within Haryana state, applicable over the period of the validity of policy. The state will also exempt SGST on purchase of EVs manufactured within the state under certain conditions.

Apart from this, other proposed incentives include 100 percent interest free loans to the State Government employees for purchase of EVs in the state, exemption from paying state toll tax, 30 percent subsidy on road price of EVs in form of reimbursement directly to the buyer in the state on purchase of EVs and to the financer, if the electric vehicle is hypothecated, the dealers of EVs (non-transport) will be exempted from submitting of bank guarantee of Rs one lakh for Online Dealer Point Registration in the state and the EVs will also be registered on priority basis with a minimum token fee of Rs 100.

Under its ambitious policy, the State Government has proposed to convert 100 percent of bus fleet owned by State Transport Undertakings in Haryana into electric buses (battery electric vehicles or fuel cell EVs) by 2029, with the first phase of 100 percent conversion of bus fleet in Gurugram and Faridabad by 2024. It also proposed phasing out all fossil fuel based commercial fleets and logistics vehicles in Gurugram and Faridabad by 2024 and all cities by 2030.

INTERNATIONAL

 

Proposal to Include The Great Barrier Reef On The World Heritage List In Danger

 

 

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee recommends that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be included in the list of “in danger” World Heritage Sites.
It was suggested that it be added to the list due to the impact of climate change.

 

It is the world’s most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem, with over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

The coral reef is located in the Coral Sea (Northeast Coast) off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

It can be seen from outer space and is the world’s largest single structure composed of living organisms.

This coral reef structure is made up of billions of tiny organisms called coral polyps.

Polyps are microscopic, soft-bodied organisms.

Coral reefs have a hard, protective limestone skeleton called a calicle at their base, which forms the structure of the reef.

There are tiny algae called zooxanthellae in the tissues of these polyps. Corals and algae have a reciprocal (symbiotic) relationship.

In 1981, it was designated as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

 

 

Central Advisory Board on Culture – CABC

 

The Central Advisory Board on Culture (CABC) was established to provide policy advice to the Ministry of Culture on developing programmes that would focus attention on creativity at various levels of Indian society and in different regions, which had previously been neglected or not sustained through existing institutional mechanisms.

 

Identifying human repositories in various sub-fields, advising on strategies to ensure continuity of transmission, and recommending to the government programmes that will integrate the creativity of these long traditions with development processes.

To investigate the extent and manner in which various aspects of Indian culture are addressed by relevant agencies.

To provide inputs for the development of new, need-based cultural programmes;

To guide the work of the Ministry of Culture’s National Missions.
The Board is presided over by the Minister of Culture of the Government of India.

 

 

 

 NATIONAL

 

Fourth Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan

 

The Ramgarh Vishdhari wildlife sanctuary was approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) technical committee to become Rajasthan’s fourth Tiger reserve.

The NTCA was established in 2005 in response to the Tiger Task Force’s recommendations.

It is a statutory body of the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change with an overarching supervisory/coordination role, performing functions as specified in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Protection Status of Tiger:

Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule I

IUCN Red List: Endangered.

CITES: Appendix I.

Rajasthan’s other three tiger reserves are: 

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) in Sawai

Madhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) in Alwar, and

Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) in Kota.

 

Investment Promotion Agency 2021 Award – Invest India

 

Invest India has been awarded the world’s most innovative Investment Promotion Agency 2021 via OCO Global. OCO Global is the main authority on foreign investment and provides a range of financial development services, products, and unique employer assessment tools.

Invest India, established in 2009. It is a non-profit venture under the Dept. for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

It is the national funding merchandising and facilitation agency.

Invest India focuses on sector-specific investor targeting & the new partnerships improvements to enable sustainable investments in India.

In addition to a core crew that focuses on sustainable investments, Invest India also partners with large funding promotion groups and multilateral organizations.

Invest India actively works with countless Indian states to build capacity as well as convey global best practices in investment targeting, advertising and facilitation areas.

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