Current Affairs

  • 2016-07-22

  • Narendra Modi and Sheikh
  • Inaugurated petrapole Integrated Check post
  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on 21 July 2016 jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP).
  • PM Modi and PM Hasina inaugurated the check post through video-conferencing.
  • The Petrapole checkpost will help in promoting bilateral trade and will also boost economic growth of both countries.
  • Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade as more than 50% of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole.
  • • It is the largest land customs station in Asia.
  • • This check post accounts for more than half of the 4 billion US dollar trade with Bangladesh.
  • • The landport accounts for nearly 60 per cent of the bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh.
  • • The total traffic via the landport in 2029-30 has been projected as 2938 trucks per day and the passenger traffic is projected to be 3924 people per day.
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  • State Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (STAGI)
  • Kerala

  • The Kerala State Government on 20 July 2016 constituted a State Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (STAGI) on the lines of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).The Group will advise the State government on the policies and practices to be adopted and implemented under the National Immunisation Programme.
  • (STAGI)
  • It will be responsible for timely recommendations on the choice of vaccines to be included and modifications on current guidelines based on surveillance data available in the state.  
    • It will have the Director of Health Service as the chairman and the Director of Medical Education as co-chairman. 
    • Apart from the chairman and the co-chairman, it will have eleven members.
  • In 2016 to be world's hottest year on record announced by World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on 21 July 2016

  • The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on 21 July 2016 announced that global temperatures for the first six months of 2016 broke many records. It means that 2016 is on the track to be the world's hottest year on record.

    The WMO stated that Arctic Sea ice melted early and fast, which is another indicator of climate change. In addition, Carbon dioxide levels have also reached new highs.

     June 2016 marked the 14th consecutive month of record heat for land and oceans and the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.

    • Carbon dioxide concentrations have passed the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm) in the atmosphere so far in 2016.

    • Two separate reports from the U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS) highlighted the dramatic and sweeping changes in the state of the climate.

    The El Niño event which developed in 2015 and was one of the most powerful on record contributed to the record temperatures in the first half of 2016.


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