Hydrogen: Hydrogen is the lightest and first element on the periodic table.The weight of hydrogen is lesser than air and thus it rises in the atmosphere.It is therefore not found in its pure form.
Hydrogen is a nontoxic, nonmetallic, odorless, tasteless, colorless, and highly combustible diatomic gas.
Hydrogen fuel is a zero-emission fuel burned with oxygen. It can be used in fuel cells or internal combustion engines. It is also used as a fuel for spacecraft propulsion.
National Hydrogen Energy Mission:The Union Budget for 2021-22 has announced a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHM) as an energy source. The mission aims in generation of hydrogen from green power resources and to
link India’s growing renewable capacity with the hydrogen economy.
The usage of hydrogen will not only help India in achieving its emission goals under the Paris Agreement, but will also reduce import dependency on fossil fuels.
BIND Scheme: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding Central Sector Scheme “Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development” (BIND) for infrastructure development of Prasar Bharati i.e. All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD).
The BIND scheme of the Ministry is the vehicle for providing financial support to Prasar Bharati for expenses related to expansion and upgradation of its broadcasting infrastructure, content development and civil work related to the organization.
FCV Tobacco: Centre provides a special interest free loan to FCV tobacco growers affected by cyclone Mandous in Andhra Pradesh.
FCV tobacco(a variety of tobacco) is a major commercial crop grown in 10 districts of Andhra Pradesh. FCV tobacco is the major exportable tobacco variety of the total unmanufactured tobacco exports from India. FCV Tobacco growers sell their produce through e-auction platform developed and operated by Tobacco Board.The interest-free loan to the eligible FCV Tobacco farmers will be administered by Tobacco Board, a statutory body under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
Kala-azar disease: Kala-azar or Visceral Leishmaniasis is a protozoan parasitic disease, spread by sandfly bites. The flies are infected with the parasite called ‘leishmania donovani’.The disease affects some of the poorest people and is linked to malnutrition, population displacement, poor housing, a weak immune system.Anti-leishmanial medicines are available for treatment. Vector control is also recommended by the WHO through insecticide spray, use of insecticide-treated nets, etc.