Read about Mysore bagging the Cleanest City title, the newly appointed Chief Justice of Bombay, the SEBI chief and more..
1) Mysore retains Clean City Status yet again.
Details: For the second time in a row, For the second time in a row, Mysore was today ranked cleanest city, followed by Chandigarh whereas Dhanbad and Asansol, are at the bottom 2 of the least clean cities in India, as per the first survey after the launch of ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission in 2014.
Background: The first survey, covering 476 cities with a population of 1 lakh and above, was conducted in 2014, before the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. All cities that figured among the bottom 10 in 2014 have improved their rankings except Meerut. Seven out of the 10 filthiest cities in the list are in UP, Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
2) Justice DH Waghela sworn in as the Chief Justice of Bombay HC.
Details: Chief Justice Dhirendra H Waghela of the Orissa High Court was on Monday sworn-in as the new
Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. Maharashtra Governor CV Rao administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Waghela at Raj Bhavan in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ministers, judges, legal and civil officials and other invitees.
Background: The post of Chief Justice was lying vacant ever since Chief Justice Mohit Shah resigned the post after serving for 5 years. Justice (Mrs) Vijaya K. Tahilramani was officiating as Acting Chief Justice since then.
3) UK Sinha to stay on as SEBI chief for one more year.
Details: UK Sinha will continue as Securities & Echange Board of India’s chairman for one more year.
This makes the Bihar-cadre IAS officer the second longest serving SEBI chief in its over 2-decade history after DR Mehta.
Background:Sinha who took over as SEBI chief back in 2011 with a 3 year term was given a 2 year extension, which was to end of February 17. The Appointments Committee of the cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, Okayed the extension.
4) India To become world’s biggest Solar Power producer.
Details: The total installed solar power generation capacity is likely to cross over 9,000-MW mark by end of March from existing 5,248 MW and will be over 20,000 MW by the end of next financial year, says a government report.
Background: With about 300 clear, sunny days in a year, India’s theoretically calculated solar energy incidence on its land area alone is about 5,000 trillion-kilowatt hour (kWh) per year (or 5 EWh/yr). The solar energy available in a year exceeds the possible energy output of all fossil fuel energy reserves in India. The daily average solar power plant generation capacity over India is 0.25 kWh per m2 of used land area, which is equivalent to about 1,500–2,000 peak (rated) capacity operating hours in a year with the available commercially proven technologies.
5) 7th India, Seychelles joint military exercise LAMITYE 2016 begins.
Details: The 7th edition of India, Seychelles joint military exercise LAMITYE 2016 has begun in Victoria, Seychelles. The fourteen-day exercise has been conducted at Seychelles Defense Academy (SDA), Victoria till February 28, 2016.
Background: India and Seychelles have been conducting joint military drill ‘Exercise Lamitye’ since 2001. Lamitye in Creole (local dialect of Seychelles) means friendship The exercise is conducted biennially with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the two countries.