1) AK-203: These rifles are manufactured in a joint venture between India and Russia.
- These are high-quality, convenient and modern small arms.
- This model combines excellent ergonomics, adaptability to different shooters and high-performance characteristics. It is considered to be the latest and most advanced version of the AK-47 rifle. These rifles never get jammed as these belong to AK series.
- The joint venture plans for 100% localization of the production of AK-203 rifles in India.
2) Rule 14 in the new Electricity (Amendment) Rules, 2022: It permits distribution companies (Discoms) to automatically recover from consumers, on a monthly basis, the expenses arising out of variations in fuel price and power purchase costs.
- It requires the State electricity regulatory commission to specify a price adjustment formula for automatically passing on the costs through the consumer tariff on a monthly basis.
- Fuel and power purchase adjustment surcharges shall be calculated and billed to consumers, automatically, without going through the regulatory approval process, on a monthly basis, according to the formula, prescribed by the respective State Commission.
3) Manjuvirattu: literally meaning ‘bull chasing’, it is a type of Jallikattu practiced Tamil Nadu. It involves an array of bulls being released one after another from an enclosure with an opening, with attempts by one person to cling to the hump of the bull. To win the prize, the participant is expected to hold the running bull for a predetermined time and distance to win the prize.
- Multiple players are involved. (jallikattu has a single player)
- In Vaadi Jallikattu the bull will be released from a closed space (vadi vasal), while in Manjuvirattu, the bull will be tied to a small post or to a hook or to a big stone. There are no other physical restrictions for the bull and hence it can move freely anywhere
4) Jamnalal Bajaj: He was an Indian industrialist, social reformer, philanthropist, and Indian independence fighter. He was also a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He was the president of Gandhi Seva Sangha, a group of workers who dedicated their time to constructive work.
- He gave up the title of Rai Bahadur conferred on him by the British government and joined the non-co-operation movement in 1921.
- In 1933 he was elected a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
- He involved himself in constructive programs of Gandhi- like Dalit, khadi, Goseva (preserving cattle wealth). So much so that Mahatma Gandhi adopted him as his 5th
5) Office of the COP President of climate change conference: The announcement from Abu Dhabi that Dr. Sultan al Jaber, CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has been designated president of COP28 has drawn a barrage of criticism from well-intentioned climate change activists
- The government of the host country usually names one of its minsters as the president.
- His role is to guide negotiations and they don’t usually have any special power. The president will however play a key role in prioritizing the agenda of discussions and help develop consensus.
- They also engage in pre conference diplomacy, travelling all over the world to discuss priorities.
- Decisions are however taken by consensus and even if a single member disagrees, the COP has to accommodate its views.