1.Environment

Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework launched

Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0.

The objective of the framework is to inculcate a climate-sensitive approach to urban planning and development in India.

The framework has 28 indicators across the following five categories:

  1. Energy and Green Buildings
  1. Urban Planning, Green Cover & Biodiversity
  2. Mobility and Air Quality
  3. Water Management
  4. Waste Management

Quick Fact: Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) is Hardeep Singh Puri

2.Economy

Streets for People Challenge launched

The Streets for People Challenge addresses the need to make Indian cities more walkable and pedestrian-friendly. 

The challenge aims to inspire cities to create walking-friendly vibrant streets through quick, innovative, and low-cost measures. 

It will support cities across India to develop a unified vision of streets for people in consultation with stakeholders and citizens.

Quick Fact: The challenge has been launched by Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs

3.Person in News

Preeti Sudan appointed WHO panellist

Preeti Sudan has been appointed as one of the 11 panellists in World Health Organisation’s independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response

Preeti Sudan was India’s former health secretary

The decision by the panel’s two heads: former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke and former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Quick Fact: The headquarters of WHO is located in Geneva, Switzerland

4.Economy

GoI constitutes committee for assessment of relief to bank borrowers

The government has constituted an Expert Committee for making an overall assessment of relief to bank borrowers related to waiver of interest on interest on the COVID-19 related moratorium.

The chairperson of the committee will be Rajiv Mehrishi, former CAG of India

Other members include Ravindra H. Dholakia, former Professor, IIM Ahmedabad and ex- Member, Monetary Policy Committee of Reserve Bank of India and B. Sriram, Former Managing Director, State Bank of India and IDBI Bank

5.Sports

Police Officer Poonam Khatri wins Wushu World Champion

Poonam Khatri has won the Wushu World Championship after the upgrade of her silver medal to a Gold medal.

The upgrade happened due to the failure of dope test of her Iranian opponent Mariyam

Poonam Khatri is a Indian Police Officer

6.Defence and Security

First batch of five Rafale aircraft formally inducted into Golden Arrows squadron

The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets was formally inducted into IAF’s 17 Squadron Golden Arrows in Ambala.

The Rafale jets have been manufactured by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation

Overall 36 jets are to be delivered to IAF, out of which 30 will be fighter jets and 6 will be trainers.

Quick Fact: The Chief of Air Staff is Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

7.Miscellaneous

Hubballi railway station to be renamed after Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji

The Hubballi railway station, Karnataka, is the headquarters of South Western Railway

It was originally named as Hubli Railway Station

Due to local public demand, it is now being changed again after Indian Hindu guru and philosopher, Siddharoodha Swamiji