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Nobel peace prize 2020 to World Food Programme

World Food Program, the United Nations body and the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 on 9th October. UN has been awarded the peace prize 12th time. It has fed many hungry people and promoted food security from Yemen to North Korea. It helped 97 million people in 88 countries with 15 billion rations last year.

However, two-thirds of the human population is unaware of their meals due to the conflict raised by the UN and aid agencies. Coronavirus pandemic has deteriorated the situation, which is increasing, even more, around 83 to 132 million hungry people.

The Nobel prize in economic science is expected to be announced on October 12 in Sweden.

 

Selection of one butterfly among three for National butterfly status

Three species with unique features for the national butterfly status has been identified after the citizen poll yielded 59,754 votes; Maharashtra polled the highest votes-18,887 votes. Krishna peacock, Orange Oakleaf, and Indian Jezebel are 3 selected species.

Indian Jejebel is known for its activity of halting its predators with flashy wing colours, and it is also known as “soldier of farmers”. Krishna peacock has a larger swallowtail and is found in the Himalayas. Orange Oakleaf can camouflage, and it is known for its power to assume specific colours and size in different seasons of dry and wet.

Now, the list will go to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to choose one for the rank.


 


 

364 animal and 180 plant varieties discovered in India: the reason for its celebration

India has discovered new animals and plants, total in 544 species in 2019. They have been released by Babul Supriyo, Minister of Environment Forest and Climate Change and Union Minister of State during the event in West Bengal. 368 are fauna species as new to science and 116 are noticed for the first time in India. The plants found are with horticulture value and ability to serve as alternative foods.

 Thus, India has 544 reasons to cheer with the Botanical Survey of India and the Geological Survey of India even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The discovery is the 13th publication in the series of animal discoveries and plant discoveries.

 

RBI forecasting 9.5% decline in real GDP and growth out of contraction by Q4

Keeping key policy rates unchanged, the central bank has come up with the resolve in the economic crisis, by extending its accommodative policy stance. And the monetary policy committee members also collaborate with three RBI members to keep the policy repo rate unchanged at 4%.

Governor Shaktikanta Das, Reserve Bank of India predicts the significant growth by January-March 2021 Quarter. However, he forecasts a 9.5% decline in the Real Gross Domestic Product for the full year. RBI shared its inflation and growth projections first time this year.


 


 

Boost in the automobile loading aimed by railways

Railways have targeted to achieve the modal share of automobile loading-20% by the end of 2021-22 and 30% by 2023-24. So, Ministry of Railways, Consumer Affairs, and Food and Public Distribution, and Shri Piyush Goyal commerce and industry meet with the leaders of the automobile industry to discuss the same. Automotive tyre manufacturers Association will be solving all concerns.

The automotive tyre manufacturers association and the automobile operators appraised the initiative. During 2020, 7 new terminals have been opened for automobile traffic.

 

First hydrogen fuel cell prototype car

CSIR and KPIT successfully ran the trials of the first hydrogen fuel cell prototype car of India. It was run on the fuel cell stack, the low-temperature PEM including the membrane electrode assembly, at CSIR-National chemical Laboratory Pune. The trials were taken on the battery elected passenger car platform.

It is the fruitful launching as part of renewable energy to power transportation in India. It is the investment of CSIR under NMITLI. HFC Technology can offer better service for the commercial vehicles segment such as trucks and buses.