John Rice: Recently, scientists at the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, explored the nutraceutical properties of aromatic Joha rice. It is an indigenous rice of Assam. It is unique in aroma and grain characteristics and distinct from other aromatic rice like Basmati. It is grown in Sali/ Kharif season. Major Joha varieties included in this are Kola Joha, Keteki Joha, Bokul Joha and Kunkuni Joha. This rice is also rich in several antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolics. It has got Geographical Indication (GI) tag. A recent study revealed that; This rice variety has two unsaturated fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic (omega-3) acid. These essential fatty acids (which humans cannot produce) can help maintain various physiological conditions. Omega-3 fatty acid prevents several metabolic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. It has also proved to be effective in lowering blood glucose and preventing diabetes onset in diabetic rats.
International Olympic Day 2023: World Olympic Day or International Olympic Day is observed globally on June 23 to honour the establishment of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and encourage the principles upheld by the Olympic Movement. The theme of this year’s Olympic Day is ‘Let’s Move’ which aims to inspire people around the world to make time for daily physical activity. This 23 June is the start of a new global movement to make time to move. The first-ever Olympic Day was celebrated on 23 June 1948.
National Energy Data:Survey and Analysis 2021-22: The Union Ministry of Power has released a comprehensive energy sector report titled National Energy Data: Survey and Analysis 2021-22The report is the maiden report of the Energy Data Management Unit, set up under the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India. The report provides granular information about energy supply and consumption patterns across various sectors of the Indian economy. The report has been prepared by the Ministry of Power through the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in collaboration with NITI Aayog, various line Ministries and Departments, institutions, and other stakeholders. The report contains extensive data compiled for the last six years, i.e., from FY 2016-17 to FY 2021-22, along with trends and analysis of fuel-wise energy consumption in major end-use sectors.
The Report Highlights:India conserved 249 billion units (BUs) of electricity to save Rs 1.60 lakh crore in bills for the 2021-22 financial year.
The total energy savings worth Rs 1,60,721 crore happened as an impact of various energy conservation policies.
Amendment to Electricity Rules 2020: The Government of India has introduced two changes to the prevailing power tariff system, through an amendment to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020. The changes are the introduction of the Time of Day (ToD) Tarif and the rationalization of smart metering provisions. Power Tariff to be 20% less during Solar Hours, and % Higher during Peak Hours; Consumers to benefit from effective utilization of ToD provision.Time of Day Tariff A Win-Win: Enables Consumers to Reduce Electricity Bills, Helps Power System to Use Resources More Efficiently. Time of Day tariff shall be made effective immediately after installation of smart meters, for the consumers with smart meters.