Current Affairs of 5th December 2019

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Puravankara to set up India’s first residential air purification tower

As air pollution continues to grip the cities of India and air quality deteriorates, real estate company Puravankara is setting up what it claims is the country’s first residential air purification tower for its flagship project called Purva Atmosphere in North Bengaluru.

The real estate player has tied up with a Gurgaon based start-up called Kurin to come up with the 40 feet tall air purification tower at the premises of its 12-acre luxury project. It would be investing anywhere between Rs 6-8 crore to set up the tower.

The air purification tower will have two chambers. The bottom chamber will intake the surrounding air and increase its velocity using the patented technology of the start-up, which would change the direction of the air. It will start moving vertically in the upper chamber which will have three sets of filters.

The air would first pass through three layers of prefilters to remove all the visible pollutants such as dust and pollen. The second one is a three-layered HEPA filter that would take care of the particulate matter (PM 2.5). It is these ultrafine pollutant particles that penetrate deep into the respiratory system and causes the most damage to the body.

The air will then reach the final layer of activated carbon, which would remove any kind of odour and gaseous pollutant present in it. The air that will finally come out will have PM2.5 below the level of 10 on the air quality index, claims the start-up. Air with a PM 2.5 AQI value between 0-50 is considered good for health and that above 100 is marked unhealthy for sensitive groups. Currently, Bengaluru has PM2.5 AQI above 100 while Delhi’s AQI has breached the 300-mark, which is considered hazardous.

Repo rate left unchanged at 5.15%

The monetary policy committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained the repo rate at 5.15% points (bps) in its 5th bi-monthly monetary policy meeting of the financial year 2019-20 (FY20) on Thursday. However, the GDP growth forecast for FY20 was slashed to 5 percent from 6.1 percent.

Repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks, in case of any shortfall of funds. Consequently, the reverse repo rate stands unchanged at 4.90 percent.

Additionally, the CPI inflation projection has been revised upwards to 5.1-4.7 percent for the second half of the financial year 2019-20 and 4.0-3.8 percent for the first half of 2020-21.

Shilpa Shetty’s fitness app wins Google Play’s Best Apps of 2019 Award

ActressShilpa Shetty is super happy as her fitness and wellness application “ShilpaShettyApp” was awarded Google Play’s Best Apps of 2019 in the ‘Personal Growth’ category.

India-Russia Joint Tri-Services Exercise ‘Indra 2019’ to begin next week in Pune, Goa & Babina

Indra 2019, joint tri-services exercise between India and Russia will be conducted in India from 10 to 19 December simultaneously at Babina (near Jhansi), Pune, and Goa. The Indra series of exercise began in 2003 and the 1st joint tri-services exercise was conducted in 2017.

To reduce Delhi jams, Police signs MoU with the World Resource Institute

Delhi Traffic Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Resource Institute, India in a bid to improve traffic management and reduce congestion in the national capital.

The objective of the MoU is to enable the NCT of Delhi to get a more sustainable transport system which is safe, green and clean. World Research Institute, India (WRI, India) is a global research organization and in India, WRI works closely with leaders to turn ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being.

UP Police to develop Lucknow as ‘safe city’ for women with Nirbhaya Fund

Uttar Pradesh Police will develop Lucknow as a ‘safe city’ by developing the state capital scientifically using the ‘Nirbhaya Fund’.

Additional Directorate General Anju Gupta said that Rs 67.75 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund is being spent to check crimes against women in the city.

She said that a new building, which will act as an integrated smart control room of the police, is under construction under the ‘Safe City’ project and will be completed within the next six months. 1,500 cameras will also be installed at the crime-prone places. 110 Pink Patrol bikes which will be driven by women are being given under the Nirbhaya Fund. 100 Pink booths will be set up where women police will be deployed so that women can file complaints easily.

Sewage Treatment Plant is inaugurated in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand

Union Minister for Jal ShaktiGajendra Singh Shekhawat and Uttarakhand Chief MinisterTrivendra Singh Rawat today inaugurated a Sewage Treatment Plant in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand in the presence of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

India 5th worst country for privacy of biometric data

According to a recent report from Comparitech, a Britain-based tech research firm, India is the fifth-worst country after China, Malaysia, Pakistan, and the US in terms of extensive and invasive use of biometric data.

The study put Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the fifth position along India. India ranked relatively lower in the list of worst countries for biometric data collection as it does not permit law enforcement to get access to the national biometric database known as Aadhaar. The researchers analyzed 50 different countries to find out where biometrics are being taken, what they are being taken for, and how they are being stored.

December 5: World Soil Day

Every year, December 15 is celebrated as the World Soil Day. The day highlights the soil’s importance on Earth. Soil is one of the basic requirements for survival. It is also home to a number of organic remains, clay and rock particles, found on the Earth’s surface. This is not it. The soil also provides food, reduces biodiversity loss, and secures energy.

The theme of the year 2019isStop soil erosion, Save our future”.

Delhi enters top 10 clubs of most popular travel destinations of 2019

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Hong Kong is likely to hold on to its status as the world’s most popular city with international visitors in 2019, despite months of political unrest that led to a sharp drop in tourist numbers.

Meanwhile, New York City falls out of the top 10, and Delhi joins the ranks for the first time. The Top 100 City Destinations report from global market research company Euromonitor International shows Asian destinations dominating the list, with over 40 entries. Globally, inbound arrivals are expected to rise by 4.2% in 2019, to 1.5 billion trips.

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