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Noted Art Historian Kapila Vatsyayan Passed Away

  • Leading scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture and art history, Dr KapilaVatsyayan has passed away.
  • She was a former Member of Parliament and also served as Secretary to the Government in the Ministry of Education, where she was responsible for the establishment of a large number of national institutions of higher education.
  • Dr Vatsyayan served as the founding Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
  • He received many awards; notable among them are Padma Vibhushan (2011), SangeetNatakAkademi Fellowship (1970), Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2000).

Current News Ecology & Environment

International Day For The Preservation Of The Ozone Layer

  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is observed on 16 September.
  • This day commemorates the drafting of The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
  • On 16th September 2009, the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol became the first treaties in the history of the United Nations to achieve universal ratification.
  • Theme for 2020 World Ozone Day: ‘Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection’.

Current News National Plan/Policy/Scheme

Govt. Prepares Draft Of Electricity (Rights Of Consumers) Rules, 2020

Power Ministry has drafted rules providingfor rights of electricity consumers for the first time.

Some of the Provisionsinclude:

  • State Electricity Regulatory Commissions, SERCs will fix average number and duration of outages per consumer per year for DISCOMs.
  • Only two documents will be required for connection up to load of 10 KW and no estimation of demand charges will be required for loads up to 150 KW to expedite giving connection.
  • There will be a time period of not more than seven days in metro cities, 15 days in other municipal areas and 30 days in rural areas, to provide new connection and modify existing connection.
  • There will be option to pay bills in cash, cheque, debit cards and net banking but bills of Rs. 1,000 or more have to be paid online.

Current News International

India Joins Djibouti Code Of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment As Observer

  • India has joined the Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment, DCOC/JA, as Observer.
  • DCOC/JA is a grouping on maritime matters comprising 18 member states adjoining the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the East Coast of Africa and Island countries in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • India has joined Japan, Norway, the UK and the US as Observers to the DCOC/JA.
  • The DCOC, established in January 2009, is aimed at repression of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Western Indian Ocean Region, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
  • As an observer at the DCOC/JA, India is looking forward to working together with DCOC/JA member states towards coordinating and contributing to enhanced maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.