23 February 2019

• Super-Efficient Air Conditioning programme :{launched by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) }
~Under the programme, Super-Efficient Air Conditioners are distributed. They are 40% more efficient than, but priced comparably with, the 3-star ACs 
•EESL’s investment in the programme is partially supported by a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
• All India Citizens Survey of Police Services{Ministry of Home Affairs has commissioned the Bureau of Police Research and Development to conduct this pan-India survey }
~survey is aimed to understand public perceptions about Police, gauge the level of non-reporting of crimes or incidents to Police, the position on ground relating to crime reporting 
• Financial Action Task Force (FATF);-
~Is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering.(also included terrorism financing in 2001)
•FATF has decided to keep PAK into 'grey list'
~grey list can hurt Pakistan’s economy as well as its international standing.
【As of now there are only two countries in the blacklist — Iran and North Korea — and seven on the grey list, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen.】
• RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) initiative :{launched by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)}
~that will enable collection and conversion of used cooking oil to bio-diesel.
•Total Polar Compounds (TPC):
~In many countries, TPC is used to measure the quality of oil. The level of TPC increases every time oil is re-heated
• India to launch a public DNS server
~DNS is a system that translates domain names to Internet Protocol or IP addresses that allows browsers to load websites sought.
•Centre is eyeing a new and robust platform in the wake of critical digital services being delivered online requiring enhanced security to discourage cyber-attacks and a quicker site loading time
• Bangladesh sees golden rice as a threat
~Activists fear that commercial cultivation would lead to the loss of Bangladesh’s rich bio-diversity
•golden rice ~>genetically-engineered rice that contains beta-carotene — by inserting bacteria and daffodil and maize genes into it. [This is the golden rice, called so because of the golden colour of its grains.]
• Global Health Expenditure Database (GHED) :-{released by WHO}
~provides internationally comparable data on health spending for close to 194 countries, since 2000.
•According to the report, global spending on health has increased in low- and middle-income countries by 6% and in high income countries by 4%
•data indicates that nearly half of donor funds for health and about 20% of public spending on health went to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis
Hayabusa2 spacecraft;-
~It is an asteroid sample-return mission operated by the Japanese space agency, JAXA
•Hayabusa2 carries multiple science payloads for remote sensing, sampling, and four small rovers that will investigate the asteroid surface
• PM Modi has received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018
~ for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth
•Seoul Peace Prize:~Established in 1990 to commemorate success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea [Awarded biennially]
• Velayat 97
~ It is a navy drill being conducted by Iran. It aims to evaluate the navy’s equipment, practice launching weapons and enable the troops to gain readiness for a real battle.
• World’s largest bee spotted for the first time since 1981
•Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto), which lives in the Indonesian island region of North Moluccas
•IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the bee as “vulnerable”
• Beresheet- Israel’s First Lunar Lander Launched
~Beresheet will attempt to become the first Israeli spacecraft, and the first privately-operated mission, to land on the Moon 
[So far, only three other nations have carried out controlled “soft” landings on the moon – the United States, the former Soviet Union and China]

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