1)1)Government allots Rs 1,000 crore for toxic water zones The plan is to install community water purification plants (CWPPs). NITI Aayog will provide Rs 1,000 crore to save a large population in various states where people are forced to consume groundwater that contains excess of health-crippling arsenic and fluoride. The plan is to install community water purification plants (CWPPs). Each of which would provide 1,000 litres of drinking water an hour for which users will have to pay 10 paise per litre. Groundwater contamination - also including that of iron, salinity and nitrate - has become a serious public health crisis, particularly in rural pockets, affecting over 3.61 crore people in 63,831 pockets across half of India's districts, latest government data shows. NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would provide a one-time assistance to ensure 'at least 8-10 litres' water per person per day.
2)India to implement BS-VI norms from April 2020 In a bid to curb vehicular pollution, the government on 6th January 2016 Wednesday decided to implement stricter emission norms of Bharat Stage (BS) VI from April 1, 2020, by skipping BS-V altogether. The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, which was attended by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. Government has decided to leapfrog from BS-IV to BS-VI directly by April 1, 2020. At present, BS-IV auto fuels are being supplied in whole of northern India, parts of Rajasthan and western UP. The rest of the country has BS-III grade fuel.
3)35 Naxal-affected districts get Rs 1,000 crore grant A grant of Rs 1,000 crore was on 6th January 2016 Wednesday approved by the Union Home Ministry for 35 worst Naxal-affected districts spread across seven States to carry out development work and augmenting facilities to fight the Maoists. The affected areas include 16 districts in Jharkhand, eight in Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar, two in Odisha and one each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the State-wise allocation of additional central assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to 35 worst left-wing extremism-hit districts in Seven states. The Ministry allocated fund at the rate of Rs. 28.57 crore per district.
4)North Korea claims to have tested hydrogen bomb North Korea declared on 6 January 2016 that it had detonated its first hydrogen bomb. While a hydrogen bomb is much more powerful than an atomic bomb, it is also much harder to make. In a hydrogen bomb, radiation from a nuclear fission explosion sets off a fusion reaction responsible for a powerful blast and radioactivity. In the first indication of a possible test, the US Geological Survey measured an earthquake 6th January 2016 Wednesday morning with a magnitude of 5.1.Dowload Android Apps From Play store.