World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy
Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.
In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the ‘bottom billion’ who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services.It also aims to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water – and energy-efficient ‘Green Industry’ a reality.
Objectives of World Water Day in 2014
- Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy
- Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy
- Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts
- Identify policy formulation and capacity development issues in which the UN system, in particular UN-Water and UN-Energy, can offer significant contributions
- Identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus and actively engaging them in further developing the water-energy linkages
- Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.
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TNPSC (Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission) – VAO (Village Administrative Officer) Exam (2013-2014) – Total Vacancies: 2342
Notification No. 07/2014
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Applications are invited only through online mode upto: 15.04.2014
- Date of Notification: 17.03.2014
- Last Date for Submissions of Applications: 15.04.2014
- Last Date for payment of Fee through Bank or Post Office: 17.04.2014
- Date and Time of Examination: 14.06.2014 (10.00 am to 01.00 pm)
AGE QUALIFICATION as on (01.07.2014)
- SCs, SC (A) s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and DWs of all Castes: Minimum Age – 21 and Maximum Age – 40
- “Others” [i.e. Candidates not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMs]: Minimum Age – 21 and Maximum Age – 30
Detailed Notification and other details will be available on TNPSC’s website: http://www.tnpsc.gov.in/latest-notification.html
Online application link will be available on: http://tnpscexams.net/
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March 8 – International Women’s Day
Theme for International Women’s Day 2014: Equality for women is progress for all
In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations (UN) began celebrating 8 March as International Women’s Day (IWD). Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. For the United Nations, International Women’s Day has been observed on 8 March since 1975.
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The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) on Thursday (February 27, 2014) unveiled the country’s first electric bus.
The 12-metre-long air-conditioned ‘e-bus’ can accommodate 32 people, including the driver and a wheelchair occupant, and can travel 250 km on a single charge of four to six hours. The BMTC will use the electric bus on a trial basis for three months and, based on the success of the operations it will be expanding the services. Manufactured by BYD, a Chinese coach company, the emission-free bus costs Rs 2.7 crore against Rs 1.3 crore to Rs 1.7 crore for a Volvo A/C bus.
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February 21 – International Mother Language Day
2014 Theme: Local languages for global citizenship: spotlight on science
International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka (near High Court), which is the capital of present day Bangladesh.
“Local languages constitute the majority of languages spoken across our world in the field of science. They are also the most endangered. Excluding languages means excluding those who speak them from their fundamental human right to scientific knowledge.” - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Message for International Mother Language Day 2014.
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The car that made hatchbacks endearing to Indians has rolled out of the assembly line for the very last time. A ‘Firebrick Red’ Maruti 800 rolled out after final checks on January 18th, 2014. Over 2.5 million units of the icon were sold in its lifetime.
The first-ever Maruti 800 was delivered in 1983 to a couple in New Delhi and a full 31 years later, the final Maruti 800 was sent from its manufacturing site in Gurgaon to a dealership in Shillong.
The Maruti 800 has been a car that many people have been emotionally attached to. From a middle-aged man buying this car for his dad or his wife, to ferrying the family in and around the city, to going shopping and buying household items, to a teenager taking out his crush for a small drive, all of these memories will be etched in everyone’s mind forever. After all, it was the first ever iconic hatchback in our country that has been available to the masses at an affordable price.
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7th Pay Commission will be headed by former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Kumar Mathur. The other members of the panel are Petroleum Secretary Vivek Rae (full-time member), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Director Rathin Roy (part-time member) and Officer on Special Duty in the Expenditure Department Meena Agarwal (Secretary). The Commission has been mandated to submit its report in two years time and its recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016.