1 February 2019

●Salt Satyagraha Memorial;-{at Dandi in Navsari district, Gujarat} View — uploads.disquscdn.com 
↪It was dedicated to the nation on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 71st death anniversary (30th January).
↪It is a tribute to the Satyagrahis led by Gandhi Ji
●Polar vortex;-
↪It is described as a whirling cone of low pressure over the poles that is strongest in the winter months due to the increased temperature contrast b/w the polar regions and the mid-latitudes, (such as the US and Europe)
•Weather experts are predicting an extremely cold January & February for the northeastern United States,N Europe
●The President’s address to both Houses of Parliament;-
•Article 87(1) says↪“At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the House of the People and at the commencement of the first session of each year the President shall address both Houses of Parliament
●Swadesh Darshan Scheme(SDS);-{Mo Tourism}
↪with an objective to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country(high tourist value)
↪scheme is 100% centrally funded
•First Tribal Circuit Project under SDS will be inaugurated in Chhattisgarh(This is 2nd project under SDS being inaugurated in country)
◆First project in Sikkim under the Swadesh Darshan scheme has been inaugurated at the Zero Point, Gangtok.
●Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSGs);-
↪Is a multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation by controlling export & re-transfer of materials (nuclear weapons) 
•India sought membership of NSG since 2008 But(😔 China has stuck to its stand that new members should sign Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
•NSG member state gets⤵
↪information on nuclear matters.
↪become part of a very transparent process
↪Can act as an instrument of harmonization & coordination etc.
●UN global assessment of environmental laws;-
↪As many as 88 countries have adopted the constitutional right to a healthy environment and more than 350 environmental courts and tribunals exist in around 50 countries
◆India ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2018 Global Environment Performance Index (EPI) rankings of the Yale University [It also slipped by 36 points in 2018 from 141 in 2016]
●Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been renamed as the "Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade"[I was like 'WHY:)
↪It will look into matters related to promotion of internal trade, and their employees, facilitating ease of doing business and start-ups etc.
●Carnot Prize;-
↪is the Kleinman Center’s annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice
•Carnot(French scientist) recognised that the power of the steam engine would produce a great revolution in human development
◆Union Minister Piyush Goyal will receive the prestigious Carnot Prize [for directing a fast-track effort to electrify 18,000 villages in remote parts of India]
●Goa introduces tags to protect biodiversity zones;-
↪tag will show that the ingredients used are sourced from the nature. Under this, the sellers are supposed to pay 0.01% of their annual profit to the Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB)
↪ board will then use this amount to protect the habitat from where the ingredients are

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