26.10.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

ASSAM

Portal for pension cases of state employees to come up in Assam

The Assam Cabinet decided that a dedicated portal for pension cases of state government employees will be launched to expeditiously provide post-retirement remuneration to pensioners. Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the state Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said the portal will be named as ‘Kritagyata’.

This portal will be the front-end for processing all pension cases and for matters related to pay fixation. Pension Seva Kendras will be set up by AMTRON (Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd) in all districts for government employees.

The minister also said that Rs 508.60 crore loan will be raised by the state government from NABARD for projects under the RIDF-XXVII (Rural Infrastructure Development Fund), to be repaid within seven years.

The cabinet further decided to allot lands to Mising Language & Cultural Research Centre in Dhemaji and NGO Barpeta Zila Mahila Samity in Barpeta.

NORTH-EASTERN STATES
PRF Loan Signed Between India-ADB Support Urban Mobility In Mizoram

The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $4.5 million project readiness financing (PRF) loan on 26 October.

Highlights

♦ The loan agreement will support project preparation and design activities to develop urban flux in the capital city, Aizawl, in Mizoram.
♦ PRF encourages the development of long-term resolutions for developing urban mobility by recognizing high-priority urban transport investments in Aizawl.
♦ It will help in the next project and enhance its readiness by extending due diligence and preparatory activities.
♦ Aizawl is the centre of the administrative and service industry of Mizoram. Urban mobility in Aizawl is severely constrained because of rapid and unplanned urbanization.
♦ This led to traffic congestion on narrow road widths as it impacts road safety, movement efficiency of people & goods, and environmental sustainability.
♦ This project is crucial as it seeks to resolve the transport problems in the city by adopting sustainable urban mobility solutions.

Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP)

♦ A Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) will be developed for Aizawl, outlining the urban transport development strategy.
♦ It also helps in building synergies with urban development planning initiatives.
♦ The plan further promotes climate & disaster resilience as well as gender inclusiveness in its interventions.
♦ The PRF loan will help in conducting feasibility studies to prioritize projects that are identified in the CMP.
♦ It will prepare detailed project reports and detailed designs for the project.

INTERNATIONAL

Green Initiative Forum By Saudi

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the “Saudi Green Initiative forum

The forum was launched in Riyadh with the statement of Saudi Arabia’s new “green” objectives.

♦ The forum will address the environmental efforts made by Saudi Arabia with guests, including international personalities and high-profile government heads.

♦ Audi Arabia also announced the roadmap of Saudi Arabia for protecting the environment and facing climate change.

♦ This annual forum will serve as a platform for the launch of new environmental initiatives in the country.

♦ It will also monitor the impact of previously announced environmental initiatives.

Saudi Arabia also launched initiatives in the energy sector.

♦ These initiatives would reduce carbon emissions by 278 million tons annually by the year 2030.

NATIONAL

Agni-5 Ballistic Missile Test Fired Successfully

DRDO’s Agni -5 Ballistic Missile was tested successfully on 27 October.

Highlights

♦ The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 on 27 October.

♦ The test-fire happened from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.

♦ Agni-5 is a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine.

♦ The missile can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy.

♦ The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target of more than 5,000 km.

♦ It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has a launch weight of around 50 tonnes.

♦ The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

♦ The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s declared policy to have ‘probable least deterrence’ that underpins the delegation to ‘No First Use’.

SAMBHAV Program Launched By MSME Ministry

The MSME has launched the SAMBHAV program to promote engagement of the youth in entrepreneurship.

Highlights:

♦ The program was launched with the aim to promote engagement of the youth in promoting entrepreneurship.

♦ The e-National Level Awareness Programme 2021 ‘SAMBHAV” was launched by Union Minister of MSME Narayan Rane in New Delhi.

♦ The mass outreach program will be a one-month long initiative under the Ministry of MSME.

♦ In the program students from different colleges/ITIs from all parts of the country will be encouraged by 130 field offices of the Ministry to take up entrepreneurship.

♦ During the campaign, the college students will be made aware of the various schemes being implemented by the Ministry of MSME through Audio/Video film presentations.

♦ Awareness programs will be conducted in more than 1,300 colleges across the country in which 1,50,000 students are expected to participate.

ROIP system Launched First Time In India

The ROIP, also known as Radio over Internet Protocol, was launched in Kolkata, India, for the first time on October 25.

Highlights
♦ The Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (SPM) in Kolkata has become the primary Major Indian Port to get a Radio over Internet Protocol (ROIP) System.

ROIP system is a long-range marine communication solution, to aid especially during storms and inclement weather.

♦ Using the ROIP mode of communication, the ships at Sandheads can be directly wired via Radio from Kolkata.

♦ The resolution shall cover the entire Hugli River Estuary from Kolkata to Sandheads.

Proba-1 Mini satellite Finishes 20 Years.

ESA’s Proba-1 minisatellite, launched two decades ago, on October 27, completed 20 years.

Highlights

♦ It is the oldest serving Earth-observing mission of the agency, and The minisatellite has survived fully operational for 20 years.

♦ Proba-1 is approximately the size of a hotel fridge that hosts two Earth-observing instruments and several technological firsts.

♦ It is the first in ESA’s family of ‘Project for On-Board Autonomy’ missions which started as a technology demonstration satellite and later became an Earth observation mission.

The proba-1 mission carries many low-cost, commercial-off-the-shelf systems and components.

♦ It is seldom described as ‘NewSpace before NewSpace’ as the mission delivers imagery to scientists worldwide.

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