29.10.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

 

Drones to map 700 villages in Assam

 

The Assam government has launched the process of mapping 700 odd villages through drones, which in future could help in demarcating borders with other states in the region.
There are around 22,724 villages in Assam, of which 700 had no maps so far and so posed hurdles in executing government projects and buying and selling of land. The project, assisted by the Survey of India, started this week at No. 1 Singimari village under Hajo revenue circle in lower Assam’s Kamrup district. Once the neighbouring states settle the inter-state border dispute with Assam, drones will also demarcate the borders of frontier villages once for all, government sources said.

 

While the Survey of India has given the drones for the exercise, the rest of the work is being done by the Kamrup administration and Assam Survey. The size of No. 1 Singimari is 2.98 sq km, but it may take about a month to complete the survey here.
Maps of a large number of villages were prepared in the state in the 1960s and 70s through the conventional mode, but several hundred, including many in the border areas, remain unmapped. “Though survey pillars are lacking in many inter-district, inter-state and international borders in Assam, the plan in the future is to erect these crucial demarcation pillars with a scientific drone survey. But a lot depends on the goodwill of bordering states,” a government source said.

 

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

MoS Finance Karad urges banks to improve credit penetration in NE states

Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad has asked lenders to improve banking access points and also increase credit penetration in north-eastern states. Karad, who is on a week-long tour to Assam, Tripura and Manipur, reviewed the performance of various flagship schemes of the government aimed at expediting development in the north-east. The minister advised banks through the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) to increase general awareness about the Public Sector Banks Doorstep Banking Service (PSB DBS) that can be registered by the customers

Under the scheme various services like pick-up services for cheques, drafts, pay orders and new cheque book, etc, can be availed at doorstep without visiting the branch. This facility launched earlier this year is currently limited to a few locations in the country. With regard to greater physical presence, SLBC members promised opening 56 new bank branches and 150 bank correspondence (BC) facilities in Assam by March 2022. Among these, 34 will be established by public sector banks while the remaining 22 by private banks

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

 

Shijian-21 Launched By China

 

China successfully launched a new satellite on 24 October to test and verify space debris mitigation technologies.

Highlights:

♦ It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

♦ The satellite, named Shijian-21, was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, and it entered the planned orbit successfully.

♦ The satellite will be mainly used to test and verify space debris mitigation technologies.

♦ Shijian-21 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.

♦ The satellite will be mainly used to test and verify space debris mitigation technologies.

♦ The Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology developed the satellite.

♦ This launch marked the 393rd mission for the Long March series carrier rockets.

♦ The mission also marked the 39th space launch mission for China in 2021.

 

 

Facebooks Name Changed To Meta

 

Facebook has rebranded as Meta, with the goal of creating the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it believes will succeed the mobile internet.

Highlights

♦ The name change, first reported by the Verge, is an important rebranding for Facebook.
It unveiled a new logo in 2019 to distinguish the company from its social media app.

Metaverse

♦ The term “metaverse” was coined three decades ago in the dystopian novel “Snow Crash,” and it is now a buzzword in Silicon Valley.

♦ According to Zuckerberg, the new moniker, which comes from the Greek word for “beyond,” symbolises that there is always more to build.

♦ It refers to the concept of a shared virtual reality that may be accessed via a variety of devices.

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

 

India Ranked 9th In Global Climate Tech Investment Trend Report

 

Affairs:In the Global Climate Tech Investment Trend Report, India ranked in the 9th position in the Top 10.

Highlights

♦ According to London & Partners and Co’s research ‘Five years on: Global climate tech investment trends after the Paris Agreement,’ India ranked ninth among the top ten countries for climate technology investment from 2016 to 2021.

♦ During this time, Indian climate-tech companies garnered $1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding.

♦ The paper looked at climate change developments since the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris, France, in 2016.

♦ The United States (US) led the list with USD 48 billion, followed by China with USD 18.6 billion.

♦ Climate-tech venture capital investment surged nearly fivefold, from $6.6 billion in 2016 to $32.3 billion in 2021.

 

Long-Range Bomb Fight Tested DRDO And Indian Air Force

 

Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have flight-tested the Long-Range (LR) Bomb on 29 October.

Highlights:

♦ An aerial platform near Balasore, Odisha, was used to test a long-range bomb.
♦ It was launched from an IAF fighter aircraft and guided to a land-based target within prescribed limitations and with pinpoint accuracy.

♦ The Integrated Test Range used a number of range sensors, telemetry, radar, and an Electro-Optical Tracking System to track the bomb’s flight and performance.

♦ In collaboration with other DRDO facilities, Hyderabad’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) conceived and produced the bomb.

♦ An aerial platform near Balasore, Odisha, was used to test a long-range bomb.

♦ It was launched from an IAF fighter aircraft and guided to a land-based target within prescribed limitations and with pinpoint accuracy.

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