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MoEFCC approved Environment Clearance to IOCL:

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) approved the Environment Clearance to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to set up a new 2G Ethanol plant at Panipat, Haryana. It aims to promote the use of environmentally friendly products. The announcement was made by Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Information & Broadcasting.


Earlier, IOCL submitted a proposal that sought Environmental Clearance for IOCL`s proposed 100 KLPD Ligno-Cellulosic 2G Ethanol Plant in Baholi, Panipat, Haryana. The estimated cost to set up the plant is Rs.766 crore. The Central Government has identified production and use of ethanol will reduce import dependency and increase farmers` income. The Ethanol that is produced by the plant will be used for blending in transportation fuel.

Environmental clearance: It is the procedure to get clearance from the government to install and modify certain projects. Environmental clearance is mandatory for projects that can cause high environmental pollution.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL):

Founded on: 30 June 1959

Headquarters: New Delhi

Chairman: Sanjiv Singh 

Subsidiaries: Indian Oil (Mauritius) Ltd., CPCL, Lanka IOC PLC, IOC Middle East FZE, Indane (LPG)

IndianOil is the largest commercial oil company in India. It provides it`s service in India, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Mauritius.

ADB approves $300 million for power transmission expansion in Bangladesh: 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a 300 million dollar loan for a project to expand power transmission lines in Greater Dhaka and the western zone of Bangladesh. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has 200 million dollars in co-financing to fund transmission lines, substations, and an enterprise resource planning system. The assistance also comprises a 750,000 dollar grant from China`s Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund. 


The project construct 40 km of transmission lines and 4,450 megavolt-ampere (MVA) of substations in Greater Dhaka as well as 368 km of transmission lines, 3,070 MVA of substations and 20 bay extensions in the western zone.

It will also establish an enterprise resource planning system, a drone inspection centre to improve operational efficiency and enhance workspace safety in the executing agency, the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. The government and executing agency will contribute 249 million dollars equivalent toward the 750 million dollars total cost of the project which is due for completion by June 2024.



Medipally police station becomes the first child friendly police station in Telangana:

Medipally police station in Rachakonda, Hyderabad, has become the first child-friendly police station in Telangana. The inauguration programme was held on Children`s Day 14 November 2019. The state`s first child-friendly police station was launched by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Telangana police department. 

BBA will organize a training session to create awareness, sensitize, and inform police personnel on the guidelines laid down by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for establishing child-friendly police stations. It highlights the role of police in child-related issues, and the organization apprised the stakeholders of the importance to ensure no procedural provisions are disregarded while dealing with distressed children. 


The Child-friendly police stations aim to ensure that every child has proper and timely access to justice. These police stations promise a facilitating environment. It encourages higher reporting of crimes relating to children. It aims to bring justice to children in the state.

Child-friendly Police Station:

The Medipally police station has been furnished with a bed to rest, decorated with wall paintings, water coolers to make children comfortable and feel relaxed. It is expected that the presence of books, toys, and games in the rooms will aid in making children less anxious.




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