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Friday, August 23, 2019

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs with static portion -23 August 2019

NISHTHA(National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement)

  • Context: Union HRD Minister launches NISHTHA to build capacities of 42 Lakh government teachers across the country.
  • world’s largest teachers’ training programme
  • motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students.
  • training modules are developed at national level for all States and UTs

State rooftop solar attractiveness Index (SARAL)

  • ContextSARAL – ‘State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index’ was recently launched.
  • first of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment.
  • designed collaboratively by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY).
  • Karnataka has been placed at the first rank.
  • SARAL currently captures five key aspects:
  1. robustness of policy framework 
  2. implementation environment 
  3. investment climate 
  4. consumer experience 
  5. business ecosystem
    International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • Established in 1945,principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN).
  • Only countries are eligible to appear before the ICJ.
  • The ICJ is made up of 15 judges who are elected for a 9 years term by the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council
  • ICJ’s jurisdiction:-disputes of a legal nature(submitted to it by countries) and advisory jurisdiction(advisory opinion on legal questions)
 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
 International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
 International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

  • It is also known as Washington Convention and Opened for sign : 1973
  • administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • Secretariat— Geneva (Switzerland).
  • an International agreement to regulate worldwide commercial trade in wild animal and plant species.
  • CITES is legally binding on state parties to the convention

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