23.5.23 CGPSC Daily Current Affairs

Govt committed to conserve biodiversity’
Chhattisgarh Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar said Chhattisgarh is rich in biodiversity and steps are being taken by the government for its conservation and promotion.
He was addressing a function to mark the International Biodiversity Day. It was organized by the Chhattisgarh State Biodiversity Board at Aranya Bhawan, Nava Raipur.
The Minister laid special emphasis on the need to start a public awareness campaign for conservation and promotion of biodiversity.
S Korea launches first commercial-grade satellite
South Korea successfully launched a commercial-grade satellite for the first time as part of its growing space development program, as rival North Korea is pushing to place its first military spy satellite into orbit. The two Koreas, technically in a state of war, have no military reconnaissance satellites of their own and both are eager to possess them.
The domestically built three-stage Nuri rocket lifted off from a launch facility on a southern island with a payload of eight satellites, including a main commercial-grade satellite whose mission is to verify radar imaging technology and observe cosmic radiation in a near-Earth orbit.
The launch boosted South Korea’s hopes of catching up with Asian neighbors such as China, Japan and India in a regional space race.
Lee, the science minister, said South Korea plans to conduct three more Nuri rocket launches by 2027 and will seek to develop more advanced launch vehicles.
Atal Innovation Mission launches ATL Sarthi
Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design thinking mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, etc. As of date, AIM has funded 10,000 schools to establish Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).
AIM is continuously strengthening this ecosystem by developing tools and frameworks to enhance the performance of ATLs and achieve the desired objectives. ATL Sarthi is one such initiative in this direction. As the name suggests, Sarthi is a charioteer and ATL Sarthi will enable the ATLs to be efficient and effective.
The ATL Cluster aims at providing a self-sustainable model for enablement and monitoring wherein the ATLs and local authorities work in tandem with each other on-ground to form clusters of 20-30 ATLs in a particular region. These ATLs can learn from each other through training, collaborations, events, and best practices. As a pilot, AIM executed ATL Sarthi with different partners in regions like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat.
Banks will finance solar goods soon: Power Min
In a move that would make the decentralised renewable energy (DRE) livelihood applications such as solar dryer, solar or biomass powered cold storage/chiller, solar charkha, etc affordable, the Government is mooting a mechanism wherein banks will dole out finance for purchase of such solutions  which are not only energy efficient but also economically viable.
“If a family wants to own a solar dryer, they should be able to get financing from the banks– we will work towards it. Manufacturers and users of DRE for livelihoods are pioneers and now the government will scale it up to the next level,” said Union Power Minister RK Singh at the national summit on powering sustainable livelihoods held recently. He said that a new scheme for distributed applications of renewable energy (RE) is on anvil. “There is already major work happening on the ground and our scheme could benefit lakhs of families across the country. However, for that government will, however, need large scale-manufacturing and standardising of distributed applications of RE to lower prices and expand the sector.
CJI DY Chandrachud Launched “Neutral Citations” For All Supreme Courts
The Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud announced that the Supreme Court has launched “neutral citations” of judgments to ensure a uniform pattern of citing its decisions. Earlier, the Supreme court informed that steps had been taken for the introduction and implementation of a uniform, reliable and secure methodology for identifying and citing decisions in the apex court, namely the neutral citations system, to ensure a uniform pattern of citing all decisions of the top court.
The bench led by the CJI assembled to hear urgent mentioning of matters for listing, and the CJI announced that all judgments of the top court would have neutral citations.
The Chief Justice of India informed that they have launched neutral citations. All judgments of the court will have neutral citations,” adding that around 30,000 verdicts of the apex court would have neutral citations.
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