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Bank of England introduces its First Plastic Banknotes featuring Winston Churchill

A new plastic 10-pound note featuring the author of "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen, will appear in 2017

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Sample polymer five and ten GB pound banknotes are displayed at the Bank of England in London, Sept. 10, 2013. VOA
  • The new notes are made of polymer, a thin and flexible plastic, which is cleaner, less harmful to the environment
  • Scotland has had a limited amount of its own plastic five-pound notes in circulation since March 2015
  • The notes are expected to last around two-and-a-half times as long as their predecessors

The Bank of England introduced its first plastic banknotes on Tuesday, with a new five-pound entering circulation in England and Wales featuring World War II leader Winston Churchill.

The new notes, which will trickle through to the country’s cash machines and banks over the coming weeks, are made of polymer, a thin and flexible plastic, which is cleaner, less harmful to the environment and harder to forge than current cotton-based notes, according to the central bank.

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“The use of polymer means it can better withstand being repeatedly folded into wallets or scrunched up inside pockets and can also survive a spin in the washing machine,” BoE Governor Mark Carney said in a statement.

The notes are expected to last around two-and-a-half times as long as their predecessors.

Scotland has had a limited amount of its own plastic five-pound notes in circulation since March 2015, with mass issuance planned for October 2016. Britain is one of the largest economies to adopt plastic banknotes and they are already in circulation in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

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A new plastic 10-pound note featuring the author of “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen, will appear in 2017 and 19th-century artist J.M.W. Turner, most famous for his seascapes, is due to feature on a plastic 20-pound note from 2020. (VOA)

 

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World’s First Green Metro: Delhi Metro bags Green Certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems

Delhi Metro’s persistent efforts towards eco-friendly and sustainable practices has led to winning a green certificate

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia
  • Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.
  • For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
  • The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network.

Delhi, August 3, 2017: The Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems, Metro Bhavan on 28 July for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.

For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The IGBC formulated a rating mechanism for metro stations and buildings- platinum, gold, silver, etc., to encourage them to follow green building specifications. The DMRC headquarters at Metro Bhavan received a gold rating for maintaining green building norms and Platinum ratings were also awarded to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) residential Complex metro enclave at Saket.

Delhi Metro get's a green certificate
Delhi Metro get’s a green certificate. pixabay

The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network. At the conference, Dr. Prem C. Jain, chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), said, “Delhi Metro is the first to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings that they have got are hard-earned and a lot of toils has gone into the process.”

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) collaborates with US agencies to get green certification

The conference was attended by delegates from all other Metro systems in the country, who discussed a range of issues regarding successful adoption of green technologies for planning, constructing and operating Metro systems. According to Delhi Metro’s official site, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said, “The country’s energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades. This will increase three times more by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, especially urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro.” Our country’s transport sector plays a crucial role in the implementation and promotion of environment-friendly and sustainable practices. The role of Indian Railway is particularly important as it’s one of the most extensive railway networks in the world.

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DMRC became the first railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in 2008, which enabled it to claim carbon credits. Then, in 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered DMRC as the world’s first transport sector project under the Program of Activities (PoA), made it the managing entity for all other Metros of India.

AK Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC, and the Chairman of the conference, also highlighted the corporation’s green achievements.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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World Environment Day on June 5: Here is what you can do to honor this ‘Global Festival’

Did you know 5th June is the World Environment Day? Read more to find out about this day.

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Group of people planting trees. VOA
  • Every year on the 5th June the world celebrates environment day 
  • People spread awareness on how to improve the environment and its importance

June 04, 2017: June 05 will be observed as World Environment day with the basic idea is to stress the importance of conserving the environment, a thought that we sometimes tend to forget. Its origins can be traced back to environmentalists who voiced that the effort to protect the environment is collective and global in nature.

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The world environment day is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which demands environmental protection action worldwide. The day is celebrated not just for awareness but also for the celebration of the years of hard work and efforts.

The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then, it has been celebrated in the different parts of the world every year with different themes. Today, over 100 countries celebrate the festival.

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Canada will be hosting the 2017 World Environment Day. The theme set for this year is 'Connecting People to Nature' Click To TweetThe theme demands from us stepping out and interacting with the open environment around us. It is to cherish the relationship between man and environment.

This year’s theme ‘getting in touch with nature’. VOA

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Let us look at 10 of the SIMPLEST ways you can contribute to this global effort:

  • We consume over 80 trillion aluminium cans every year. Recycling just one can save you enough energy to run the television for three hours. Next time you’re drinking a can of coke, make sure you put in the recycle bin.
  • Save Water! Out of the world’s total water supply, just 1% is usable. Rest 97% are oceans and frozen water.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage are thrown into the ocean, which kills more than 1,000,000 sea creatures every year. Ban plastic bags completely.

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  • Drop the idea of using your car and cycle the short distances. It makes more difference than you think.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. Turn off unnecessary lights and switches.
  • The famous old suggestion – ‘Plant a Tree’. If that is too much, just water some plants in the park near you. Add to the growth of life.
  • Promote renewable sources of energy.

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  • Do not waste food. World Environment Day is closely associated with Sustainable Development. Resources must be optimally used.
  • Make sure that you voice your interest publicly in protecting the environment. It could influence others including the local politicians to act.
  • Wear Green and go for a walk outside.

The environment is an asset we must strive to protect it. Click To Tweet– By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) call for Withdrawing 5-pound Note from Circulation as it uses Animal Fat

The new notes with became legal tender in September this year

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London, December 3, 2016: “Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB), an umbrella group of Hindu organisations and temples in the UK, has called on the Bank of England to withdraw the new 5-pound note from circulation because it uses animal fat,” according to PTI report.

HFB said that move was not “malicious” but a result of “ignorance” and the notes should be made “Karma-free” as soon as possible.

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Shree Gauridas, spiritual commissioner of HFB and a director of the UK’s ISKCON temple said, “Saving and sharing wealth (the Goddess of fortune) in currency tainted by unnecessary harm to animals is somewhat of an oxymoron.”

They are encouraging people to sign a petition to call for the withdrawal of the notes as vegans and vegetarians continued to express outrage at the use of tallow, a substance derived from animal fat, on the bank notes.

A petition titled “Remove tallow from bank notes” has gathered nearly 126,000 signatures. It will be delivered to the Bank of England when it hits 150,000, which emerged in a Twitter response earlier this week.

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It reads, “The new 5 pound notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans and vegetarians in the UK. We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.”

The new notes with became legal tender in September this year.

In the university town of Cambridge, a vegetarian cafe is refusing to accept the new notes and Sharon Meijland, owner of Rainbow Cafe, has put up signs warning customers about the policy.

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“Tallow’s an animal product isn’t it? Our whole business is based around not having anything like that on the premises. Although the same person doesn’t handle the money that handles the food, that’s not really the point,” she said.

The Bank of England says that it will look into ways of removing the substance from the supply chain.

A spokesperson said,”We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness.”

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs