Reliance industries first in India to receive ISCC-Plus certification.

  • ISCC-Plus certification applies to RIL’s Jamnagar refinery in Gujarat.
  • Jamnagar refinery can produce up to 600 tonnes of pyrolysis oil per month.
  • ISCC Plus certification ensures transparency and traceability of sustainable feedstocks.
  • Tracks bio-based, circular, or renewable content throughout the value chain.
  • Reliance Industries is the largest integrated petrochemical producer in India.

Arvind Kejriwal greenlights eco-friendly industrial hub at Rani Khera.

  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved a proposal for a sustainable industrial hub in northwest Delhi.
  • The 147-acre eco-friendly hub focuses on IT, ITES, research, and service industries, promoting employment opportunities.
  • The project prioritizes pollution-free industries, encouraging Delhi's transformation into a manufacturing and business hub.

UPI payments rose by 42% to ₹18 Lakh Crore in 2023.

  • UPI transaction value increased by 42% year-on-year to Rs 18 lakh crore in December 2023 with volume up 54% to 1202 crore.
  • Average daily UPI transactions hit 40 crore, stepping towards the NPCI's target of 100 crore in three years.
  • Fastag transactions also grew in December, with volume rising 13% YoY to 34.8 crore, and the value up 19% to Rs 5,861 crore.


Maharashtra aims to become Global Drone hub.

  • The Maharashtra government approved the Maharashtra Drone Mission (MDM) to harness drone technology.
  • Functions include security surveillance, disaster rescue, delivery of emergency medicines, vaccines to remote areas, infrastructure project monitoring, and traffic management.
  • 5-year implementation plan based on an IIT-Bombay report; oversight by a committee headed by the Chief Secretary.

UGC launched annual skill enhancement plan for employees.

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) announced the initiation of its Annual Capacity-Building Plan (ACBP) intending to advance the skills of its employees.
  • UGC Chairman Prof Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar officially launched the commission's inaugural ACBP, emphasizing its role in promoting growth and skill enhancement among employees.

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