19 March 2019

International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI)
~ is being organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
•workshop aims to i) identify good practices of disaster risk management in key infrastructure sectors, & discuss and co-create the broad contours of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) as well as a notional roll-out plan for the next three years etc.
Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan or KUSUM scheme;-
~aims to promote use of solar energy among the farmers
~Solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also sell surplus solar power generated to Discom and get extra income.
•It is a ₹1.4 lakh-crore(around $2 Billion) scheme for promoting decentralised solar power production of up to 28,250 MW to help farmers.
Appointment of Lokpal
• The Lokpal will cover all categories of public servants, including the Prime Minister. But the armed forces do not come under the ambit of Lokpal
•Out of the maximum eight members, half will be judicial members. Minimum fifty per cent of the Members will be from SC / ST / OBC / Minorities and women
•The term of office for Lokpal Chairman and Members is 5 years or till attaining age of 70 years
•Also, complaints against the PM are not to be probed unless the full Lokpal bench considers the initiation of an inquiry and at least two-thirds of the members approve it.
Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019- SCO joint anti- terrorism exercise
~The decision to hold a joint exercise was announced during the 34th meeting of the RATS council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
•RATS, established in 2004, is a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against the three evils of terrorism, separatism and extremism. HQ--> in Tashkent
•India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members in June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Parrotfish in Andaman: View — uploads.disquscdn.com 
~Parrotfishes are a group of marine species found in relatively shallow tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. 
~With about 95 species, this group displays its largest species richness in the Indo-Pacific
•It is categorized as ‘vulnerable’ in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019;-{is being held at Aundh Military Station, Pune.}
~The aim of the exercise is to practice the participating nations in planning and conduct of Humanitarian Mine Assistance and Peace Keeping Operations [under Chapter VII of United Nations Peace Keeping Operations.]
Govt.’s prerogative to frame schemes: SC
~SC has criticised the Uttarakhand High Court for framing a scheme to regularize hundreds of casual workers engaged by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the construction of roads for Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage.
•It is not the function of the courts to frame any scheme but it is the sole prerogative of the government to do it
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

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