26, December 2017

Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya (BND-4201)

  • It is India’s first home-grown high purity gold reference standard. It was launched recently. It is the reference material for gold of ‘9999’ fineness (gold that is 99.99% pure). It will be beneficial to the consumers and public at large to ensure purity of gold.
  • Benefits of the new standard: Once the BND’s of other purity gold are made available in the market, jewellers will move towards more instrumental methods rather than the conventional fire assay methods for testing, which are not only time consuming but also not environment friendly as poisonous gases are released. Gold reference standard is indispensable in gold and jewellery hall marking. This will also be useful for Collection and Purity Testing Centres to certify the purity of gold deposits under the gold monetisation scheme.

1.electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) on Good Governance Day

Source: PIB

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS), here today. He launched it during the observance of Good Governance Day by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
  • The Minister launched the 25 applications of 5 modules of the system. The e-service book launched for DoPT during March this year will also be integrated into the e-HRMS.
  • The eHRMS application was to facilitate the proper monitoring, manpower planning, recruitments, Postings, Promotion, Transfer based on employee skill set, service history which was earlier being done manually ,leads to wastage of Government resources, and time that too without fruitful results which created lack of faith in Government system.
  • National Informatics Centre, Himachal Pradesh developed “eHRMS”, which brought a breakthrough in managing Human resource in Government efficiently and effectively. “Manav Sampada” was not only the solution to manpower planning but its integration with other e-Governance applications extended its ambit to various other Government G2G, G2E and G2C services.

2.Good Governance Day 2017

Source: The Hindu

Good Governance Day is observed annually on December 25th, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honor Mr Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government.

  • In keeping with this principle, the Good Governance Day has been declared to be a working day for the government.

Objectives of Good Governance Day:

  • To make people aware about the government commitment for providing a transparent and accountable administration in the country.
  • To enhance the welfare and betterment of the people.
  • To standardise the government functioning and to make it a highly effective and accountable governance for the citizens of the country.
  • To implement the good and effective policies to complete a mission of good governance in India.
  • To enhance the growth and development in the country through good governance.
  • To bring citizens closer to the government to make them active participants in the good governance process.

3.CPCB may consider using LiDAR devices to monitor air pollution

Source: The Hindu

The Central Pollution Control Board is planning to use advanced LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) devices to vertically monitor the air quality of Delhi-NCR.

  • The agency is currently focusing on strengthening its surface-level monitoring network, however, in ‘later stages’, vertical monitoring will also be taken up.


  • LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne system— generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics.
  • Two types of LIDAR are topographic and bathymetric. Topographic LIDAR typically uses a near-infrared laser to map the land, while bathymetric lidar uses water-penetrating green light to also measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.
  • LIDAR systems allow scientists and mapping professionals to examine both natural and manmade environments with accuracy, precision, and flexibility. Scientists are using LIDAR also to produce more accurate shoreline maps, make digital elevation models for use in geographic information systems, to assist in emergency response operations, and in many other applications.

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