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  3. India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has signed a Letter of Intent (Lol) with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to launch the 'India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative'. 1. The Initiative will combat marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns Both countries will share experiences, competence and collaborate on efforts to develop clean and healthy oceans. 2. 3. Both the sides will jointly collaborate for sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in the blue economy. Through a range of implementing partners, this initiative will seek to support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analysing information about sources and scope of marine pollution 4. 5. They will also work towards beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in cement production.


  4. Causes of marine pollution: Major sources of marine pollution are the inflow of chemicals, solid waste, discharge of radioactive elements, industrial and agricultural effluents, man-made sedimentation, oil spills, and many such factors. The majority portion of the marine pollution comes from the land that contributes to 80% of the marine pollution, air pollution also carries pesticides from farms and dust into the marine waters Types of marine pollution 1. Eutrophication 2. Acidification 3. Toxins 4. Plastics


  5. 'GiveltUp' campaign Context: As on 06.02.2019, nearly 1.04 crore LPG consumers have voluntarily surrendered their LPG subsidy under 'GiveltUp' campaign. About the campaign: 1. 'Give it Up' scheme encourages well-to-do households to voluntarily give up their liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) Subsidy so that it could be targeted to the poor who remain reliant on polluting cooking fuels such as wood, dung, crop residues and coal. 2. The money surrendered under this movement will be utlised for poor to get LPG connection in rural as well as in urban areas who are still using firewood for cooking.


  6. Promotion and Protection of Maithili Language and its scripts Context: A committee constituted for making a report for the Promotion and Protection of Maithili Language and its scripts, has submitted its report to MHRD in which it has made several recommendations for promotion and protection of Maithili language Mithilakshar or Tirhuta is the script of broader cultural Mithila. It is an extremely ancient script and is one of the scripts of the broader North Eastern India. The scripts of Mithilaksar, Bangla, Assamese, Nebari, Odia and Tibetan are part of the family. .Mithilakshar had come to its current shape by 10th Century AD. The oldest form of Mithilakshar is found in the Sahodara stone inscriptions of 950 AD. Afterwards, the scripts has been used throughout Mithila from Champaran to Deoghar.


  7. Defence Innovation Hubs The Defence Innovation Organisation set up under Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework has announced setting up of two Defence Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in Tamil Nadu (Coimbatore) and Maharashtra (Nashik) 1. The Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework of the Government envisages setting up and managing independent Defence Innovation Hubs (DIHs) 2. These DIHs will serve as platforms where innovators can get information about needs and feedback from the Services directly and create solutions for India's major defence platforms. This structure is also geared towards attracting more innovators to work for the defence sector in India.


  8. Minimum criterion for setting up Defence Innovation Hubs Any Central Government recognized Incubator including but not limited to: 1. Department of Science and Technology (DST) recognized Incubators 2. Atal Innovation Mission, NITIAayog created Atal Incubation Centers (AICs) and Established Incubation Centers (EICs). 3. Ministry of MSME recognized incubators. 4. Any other incubator recognized or funded through any Central government scheme. 5. The incubator located in districts mentioned in the list of SME clusters hosted by the Ministry of MSME in collaboration with UNIDO 6. Incubator / Hub promoted by local industry associations.


  9. DRDO's 'Dare to Dream' contest: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched Dare to Dream', a contest to encourage startups and individuals to come up with innovative defence and aerospace technologies. Applicants are invited to send innovative, workable proposals that can impact various related domains. The winning entries, which should specify the plan of executing it into a prototype, stand to get one of five prizes ranging from *3 lakh to 10 lakh in two categories. The military R&D organisation has asked for solutions in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Cybersecurity, Hypersonic Technologies, Smart Materials, Quantum Computing, and Soldier as a System


  10. 'Sarthi Sandesh Vahini': Context: Uttar Pradesh has launched 'Sarthi Sandesh Vahini' mission. The 'Sarthi Sandesh Vahini' is a mission started by the state family welfare department with an aim to spread awareness regarding family planning in urban and rural areas. Under this campaign, vehicles will provide family planning information to the viewers through various documentaries and fil .


  11. MCQs- 12/02/2019 Q.1 The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has signed a Letter of Intent (Lol) with which country regarding Marine Pollution.: A. Netherland B. France C. Norway D. Germany


  12. MCQs- 12/02/2019 Q.1 The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has signed a Letter of Intent (Lol) with which country regarding Marine Pollution.: A. Netherland B. France C. Norway D. Germany


  13. Q.2 Choose the correct statement(s): . 1. The majority portion of the marine pollution comes from the land 2. Air pollution also carries pesticides from farms and dust into the marine waters Code: A. 1 only B. 2 only C. Both D. None


  14. . Q. 4 Which of the below statement is/are true regarding Maithili Language? 1. Tirhuta is the script of broader cultural Mithila. 2. It is an extremely ancient script 3. It is one of the scripts of the broader North Eastern India 4. The oldest form of Mithilakshar is found in the Sahodara stone inscriptions of 950 AD Code: A. 2 and4 B. 1, 2 and3 C. 1, 3 and 4 D. All of the above


  15. Q.5 The Defence Innovation Organisation set up under Innovations for Defence Excellence (IDEX) framework has announced setting up of two Defence Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in A. Coimbatore and Nashik B. Pune and Coimbatore C. Nashik and Visakhapatnam D. Pune and Vijaywada


  16. . Q.6 Dare to Dream' contest is launched by A. ISRO B. TFIR C. DRDO D. BARO


  17. . Q.6 Dare to Dream' contest is launched by A. ISRO B. TFIR C. DRDO D. BARC