The Government of India is considering transferring the administration of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, and the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1988 from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
This step is being taken to bring all the cases related to narcotics under one department.
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) ACT 1985 and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances ACT 1988 both are currently administered by the Department of Revenue (DOR) in the Ministry of Finance.
The Narcotics Control Bureau is under the Ministry of Home Affairs, and is controlled by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Under the terms of the NDPS Act, the Narcotics Control Bureau is the premier law enforcement and intelligence organisation entrusted with the responsibility of preventing the use and trafficking of illegal substances.
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985
The NDPS was enacted in 1985 to fulfil the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drug Policy.
In this act, some important amendments were made in 1989 to confiscate the property acquired from illegal drug trade and to control the substances used in the manufacture of chemicals and drugs.
In 2001, the punishment provisions of the NDPS Act were amended.
By admin: June 27, 2022
World Bank approves $245 million loan for railway logistics project
Two environmental groups in Karnataka have criticised the Bedati and Varada river-linking project, calling it unscientific and a waste of public money.
The Bedati-Varda project was envisaged in the year 1992 for the supply of drinking water.
The plan aims to connect the Bedati, a west-flowing river towards the Arabian Sea, with the Varada, a tributary of the Tungabhadra River, which joins the Krishna River and drains into the Bay of Bengal.
A huge dam will be built at Hirewadti in Gadag district.
A second dam will be built on the Pattanahalla river at Menasagoda in Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district.
Both the dams will carry water through tunnels to Varada.
The water will reach Kengre and then flow down a 6.88 km tunnel to Hakkalumane, where it will join the Varada.
Thus, the project envisages carrying water from Sirsi-Yellapur region of Uttara Kannada district to arid regions of Raichur, Gadag and Koppal districts.
Project related issues
Difficulty in re-routing - Redirecting a west-flowing river to east-flowing is a difficult task.
Rivers dependent on rainwater – In early summer, the Bedati and Varda rivers start drying up.
Lack of proper project report
By admin: June 25, 2022
Piyush Goyal inaugurates Mango Festival in Belgium
Indian Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal inaugurated the Mango Festival in Brussels, Belgium to raise awareness of mangoes among Europeans and establish a market for Indian mangoes in Europe.
During the event, Banganapalli from Andhra Pradesh, Malihabadi Dussehri of Uttar Pradesh, Amrapali of Odisha, Lakshman Bhog, Himsagar, Jardalu Mango, Langra Mango as well as 12 GI-tagged items were on display.
For the first time, the Mango Festival was organised in Belgium, considered the capital of Europe.
Other information about Mango -
The scientific name of mango is Mangifera indica.
Most of it is produced in India.
It is considered the national fruit in India, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Its tree has the status of a national tree in Bangladesh.
India produces 41 percent of the world's mangoes. Apart from India, China and Thailand are the largest producers of it.
According to botanical classification, mango is a tree of the family 'Anacardiaceae'.
The main varieties of mango are Langra Mango, Dussehri Mango, Fazli Mango, Sundari, Malda Mango.
Raw mango is called kari.
Mango is rich in vitamins A, B and C along with other antioxidants.
Mango Revision Centre is located at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Vengurla in Maharashtra.
By admin: June 25, 2022
Delhi airport becomes India's first airport to be fully hydro and solar powered
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has become the first airport in India to be fully hydro and solar powered.
The move is part of the airport's goal to achieve the goal of 'Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport' by 2030.
Since June 1, about 6 percent of the airport's electricity requirement is being met from on-site solar power plants, while the remaining 94 percent is coming from a hydroelectric power plant.
For hydropower, Delhi International Airport Limited has signed a Long Term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a hydroelectric generating company from Himachal Pradesh to supply hydro electricity to the airport by 2036.
The airport has a 7.84 MW solar power plant, while it recently added another 5.3 MW rooftop solar power plant to the cargo terminal as part of a stakeholder collaboration.
This transition to renewable energy is expected to help the airport reduce carbon dioxide energy emissions by 2 million tonnes per year.
In the year 2020, Delhi airport became the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve 'Level 4+' under ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation Program.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION -
Civil Aviation Minister - Jyotiraditya M. Scindia
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) was adjudged the best regional airport in India and South Asia.
By admin: June 24, 2022
Announcement to ban single use plastic (SUP) from July 1
The first India-Nepal Bharat Gaurav tourism train has been flagged off from Delhi's Safdarjung Railway Station.
This tourist train will connect India and Nepal for the first time.
500 Indian tourists are on board this train.
The Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train between India and Nepal will provide an opportunity to people across the country to visit the country's architectural, historical and cultural sites.
The first journey of this train (Ramayana Circuit) covered the religious destination of Janakpur (in Nepal) apart from other popular destinations like Ayodhya, Nandigram, Varanasi, Sitamarhi, Chitrakoot, Prayagraj, Hampi, Panchavati (Nashik), Rameshwaram and Bhadrachalam.
Bharat Gaurav Trains is an attempt to showcase the rich spiritual, cultural and historical heritage of India to its people.
This unique idea was conceived by the Ministry of Railways.
This train will return to Delhi after completing an 18 days journey.
It will cover a distance of about 8000 km in the entire Ramayana tour.
The theme of Bharat Gaurav Train is 'Dekho Apna Desh'.
IRCTC has fixed a fee of Rs 62370/- per person for this 18 days journey.
About Bharat Gaurav Scheme
In November 2021, Indian Railways introduced Bharat Gaurav trains which will be operated by private operators and will run on theme-based circuits.
Through this scheme operators have the “Right of Use” of railway rakes and infrastructure.
Under this scheme, private players and tour operators can buy trains on lease from the Railways and operate them on any circuit of their choice and decide the fares, route and quality of services.
Till now, railways used to operate the passenger section and goods section but now the tourism section has also been added under this scheme.
The scheme has been developed after extensive discussions with several state governments including Odisha, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and stakeholders.
The first train to be operated between Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and Shirdi (Maharashtra) by a private operator under the "Bharat Gaurav" scheme was flagged off on June 14.
By admin: June 24, 2022
World Bank approves project to promote rainfed farming in Uttarakhand