Green Ammonia: It is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using an electrolyzer powered by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.Recently, the Ministry of Power has notified Green Hydrogen/Green Ammonia Policy for production of Green Hydrogen or Green Ammonia using renewable sources of energy. Under the policy, the government is offering to set up manufacturing zones for production, connectivity to the ISTS (Inter-State Transmission System) on priority basis, and free transmission for 25 years if the production facility is commissioned before June 2025. Producers will be allowed to set up bunkers near ports for storage of green ammonia for export by shipping. Production target has also been raised five times from 1 million tonnes (m) to 5 mt by 2030. Manufacturers of Green hydrogen and ammonia are allowed to purchase renewable power from the power exchange or set up Renewable Energy (RE) capacity themselves or through any other developer, anywhere. It can reduce subsidy and boost energy self-reliance by reducing dependence on imports of Liquified Natural Gas required for fertilizer manufacturing.
Cyclopean wall: Bihar sends fresh proposal seeking UNESCO’s heritage tag for 2,500-yr-old ‘Cyclopean wall. It is 40 km long wall of stone which encircled the ancient city of Rajgir to protect it from external enemies and invaders, built before 3rd century BC. The ancient city of Rajgir was the capital city of King Bimbisara and his son Ajatshatru who were contemporaries of the Buddha. It is called as the Cyclopean wall for its similarities with ancient Greek walls.
Poison pill strategy: Twitter has decided to adopt “poison pill” strategy after Tesla Chief Executive Officer offered to buy the social media platform. Officially known as the shareholder rights plan, it allows existing shareholders to purchase additional shares in a company at a discount. It makes the buyout costly for the other party, effectively diluting its ownership interest.
e-Detailed Action Report (e-DAR) Portal: It is a web portal from the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways (MORTH) in consultation with insurance companies for integrated data and instant information on road accidents. The portal will bring relief to victims’ families, check fake claims etc. through Digitalised Detailed Accident Reports (DAR). It will be linked with Vahaan and the Integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD)- to act as an e-version of IRAD. Also, it will alert PWD/Local Body to examine and record details, helping in identifying the accident hotspots for necessary solutions to avoid future accidents.
Khalsa Panth: The term ‘Khalsa’ means sovereign or free. In 1699, tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji established the Khalsa Panth. It was established in order to teach the followers that no ritual or superstition is above Almighty and one should not fall for any superstition.