DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 DEC 2015
(Daily News India)
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1. ANDHRA PRADESH BECAME FIRST STATE TO JOIN DISCOM REVIVAL SCHEME UDAY
i. Andhra Pradesh has became the first state of India to join the Union Government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana.
ii. The scheme aims at helping debt-stressed power distribution companies.
iii. UDAY scheme envisages reducing the interest burden, cost of power, and aggregate technical and commercial losses.
iv. UDAY scheme will enable distribution companies to become sustainable to supply adequate and reliable power, enabling 24x7 power supplies.
2. ONGC JOINED WORLD BANK’S ZERO ROUTINE FLARING BY 2030 INITIATIVE
i. The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited joined Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative of the World Bank on the sidelines of Conference of Parties-21 of UNFCCC in Paris, France.
ii. ONGC has now become the first oil company from India to join the global initiative that is aimed at curbing routine gas flaring at oil production sites around the world by 2030.
iii. Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 encourages oil companies to seek economically viable solutions to eliminate ongoing “legacy” flaring as soon as possible and no later than 2030.
iv. It will stop routine gas flaring that stops millions of tons of CO2 going into the atmosphere every year.
3. MAHARASHTRA WON WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
i. Maharashtra defeated Punjab to won the 2015 National Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
ii. The championship was started on the eve of the International Day of People with Disabilities.
iii. The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have participated in the championship.
iv. Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India was founded in 2014, is a registered national body.
4. BEIJING ISSUED FIRST-EVER RED ALERT ON AIR POLLUTION
i. Beijing capital of China issued first-ever red alert on air pollution ordering schools to close due to hazardous air quality.
ii. Red alert is the highest possible state of caution.
iii. The order was issued after acrid smog enveloped the capital for the second time in December 2015.
5. OPPOSITION DEMOCRATIC UNITY ROUNDTABLE WON 2015 VENEZUELAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION
i. Opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable won majority seats in the Venezuelan parliamentary election.
ii. The Jesus Torrealba-led coalition won 110 seats out of total 167-seat legislature and the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezueala won 55 seats.