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Germany launches world’s first hydrogen-powered trainKey Highlights:
On 17th September 2018, Germany launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered train with costlier but eco-friendly technology.
The two Coradia iLint trains were built by French train-maker firm Alstom. It started operating on a 100 km (62-mile) route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany.
The Coradia iLint trains can run for nearly 1,000 km on a single tank of hydrogen. It can carry up to 300 passengers. It runs at a speed of 140 km/h.
Hydrogen will be pumped into the trains from a 40-foot high steel hydrogen gas container at Bremervoerde station.
Hydrogen trains have fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, leaving steam and water as the only emissions. Excess energy is stored in ion lithium batteries.
Harsh Vardhan releases draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)Key Highlights:
On 17th September 2018, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, released the draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) and a booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’.
An improved website on the Ozone Cell of the Ministry and a Management Information System (MIS) for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) were also launched.
He also released two handbooks for trainers and technicians on “Good Service Practices and installation of room air-conditioners with HCFC-22 and flammable refrigerants”.
Also, “A Guide for integration of topics related to HCFC Phase out and Energy efficiency in Architectural Curriculum” was released.
ICAP has been prepared by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The process was initiated in July 2017.
Government of India inaugurates the All India Pension AdalatKey Highlights:
On 18th September 2018, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’.
Dr Jitendra Singh also presented the ‘Anubhav’ awards 2018 to 6 pensioners for their contribution to create institutional memory for the departments. The Anubhav scheme was instituted through the idea of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.
He also launched a booklet named “An era of sustained reforms for Central Government Pensioners” with simplification of rules and steps to strengthen the Grievance Portal and make it user friendly.
Pension Adalat is organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW).
Indo-German collaboration in vocational education and trainingKey Highlights:
On 18th September 2018, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) in the area of vocational education and training.
According to the MoU, students who complete specific training courses in India will receive a certificate that is recognised in India and enables its recognition in Germany.
They will be able to apply for jobs in companies in India and also in Germany, very easily.
German ambassador to India, Martin Ney, was present when the MoU was signed. This idea was initiated in May 2017, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
India – Morocco Tourism Bilateral meeting held in New DelhiKey Highlights:
On September 17, 2018, a bilateral meeting on Tourism Cooperation between India and Morocco was held in New Delhi.
It was held between Minister of State for Tourism (IC), Government of India, Shri. K. J. Alphons, and Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Sajid.
Hangzhou in China to host 2022 Asian Para GamesKey Highlights:
On 16th September 2018, Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the 4th edition of Asian Para Games in 2022.
Already, Hangzhou was confirmed as the host of 2022 Asian Games. Now, it has also been announced as the host of Asian Para Games 2022.
The confirmation has been done following the visit of APC officials to Hangzhou in July 2018 when they met Zhong Wenjing, Chairman of Hangzhou Disabled Federation and other officials and also visited the sports facilities.
Nearly, 5.5 % of the total population of 9.5 million people in Hangzhou city are said to have an impairment.
Asian Paralympic Committee President: Majid Rashed
Dr. Raghupati Singhania conferred with highest civilian honour of MexicoKey Highlights:
On September 17, 2018, Dr. Raghupati Singhania was awarded the ‘Mexican order of the Aztec Eagle’ by Her Excellency Ms. Melba Pría, Ambassador of Mexico to India on the eve of 128th National Day of Mexico.
It is the highest honour given to non-nationals by the Government of Mexico.
He is the Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.
He was awarded for his exemplary leadership, his noteworthy services towards humanity and his efforts to strengthen bilateral ties between India and Mexico.