21-22.11.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

ASSAM

 

Assam: Dharmendra Pradhan opens two key infra projects at IIT-Guwahati

 

Union minister for education, skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) and the Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS), two major infrastructure projects in IIT-Guwahati.

He also inaugurated two hostels at the institute in the presence of state education minister Ranoj Pegu and Guwahati MP Queen Oja.

The CNT aims at meeting future challenges and augment academic partnerships with industry in nanotechnology. The major funding for the centre, which included Rs 37 crore for the building, apart from equipment, was obtained from the ministry of education (MoE) and the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY). “It will host 25 advanced laboratories which will focus on advancements in multi-disciplinary, scientific and translational research,” said a spokesperson of IIT Guwahati.

 

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

Northeast Green Summit passes ‘conservation’ baton to Assam govt

 

The number of recommendations made by experts from different fields in the three-day 6th Northeast Green Summit held here will be summed up and handed over to the Assam government for follow-up action, NIT Silchar director Sivaji Bandyopadhyay said.

The summit which ended on Thursday evening adopted several recommendations for harnessing the economic potential of eco services, biodiversity and wildlife conservation in the northeast region and using sustainable technologies in a post-Covid world.

 

One of the sessions underlined the need for sustainable technological solutions to decompose masks and other accessories being used during the Covid-19 pandemic, while another pointed to the “lack of political will” to save the environment by strictly enforcing laws.

Union minister of state for environment, forest and climate change Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who was the chief guest on the concluding day of the summit, warned against disturbing nature.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

New Satellite Launched By China – Gaofen-11 03

 

China launched a new satellite titled “Gaofen-11 03” from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on 20 November.

Highlights:

♦ The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre is in Shanxi’s northern region.

♦ A Long March-4B rocket was used to launch the satellite.

♦ It successfully entered the intended orbit.

♦ The satellite was launched on the 397th launch of the Long March series carrier rockets.

Gaofen

♦ Gaofen is a Chinese series of high-resolution Earth imaging satellites that are utilised for the government-sponsored China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS).

♦ Gaofen 1, the first satellite of the Gaofen series, was launched in 2013. Gaofen-11 03 is a Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) Earth observation satellite.

♦ It was successfully separated in the Sun-synchronous orbit.

 

NATIONAL

 

IPF Survey On Citizens Perception

 

The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) performed a civilian impression study. The Delhi Police was placed eighth among Indian states and union territories in the report.

Highlights:

 N Ramachandran, President and CEO of the IPF, said that they got answers from 1,61,192 persons in India.

 The Delhi Police were given points for their public sensitivity, decent behaviour, accessibility, accountability, and stringent conduct.

 The Delhi Police Force was placed fifth in terms of technology usage and tenth in terms of smart policing.

 On the Smart Policing List, states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Nagaland rated the lowest.

 In terms of responsible policing, public faith in the police, and integrity and corruption-free service, Bihar came in worst.

 

Delhi has committed to cleaning up the Yamuna by 2025.

 

Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, recently committed to entirely clean the Yamuna River by 2025.

Highlights:

 To clean the sacred river, he proposed a six-point action plan.

 He also pledged that by 2025, the Yamuna River will be safe to drink and bathe in.

 The Delhi government has also begun de-silting and repair of the sewage system.

Six Point Action Plan:

 Sewage Treatment– The government plans to build additional sewage treatment facilities.

 Existing wastewater treatment plants will have their capacity boosted.

 This initiative will raise sewage treatment capacity from 600 million gallons per day to 750-800 million gallons per day.

 The Yamuna is being treated in-situ with waste water from four main drains: Najafgarh, Badshahpur, Supplementary, and Ghazipur.

 The technology of old treatment facilities will be replaced and modernised. Industries that dump rubbish into the Yamuna will be closed down.

 

Tribal Affairs Ministry-CBSE launches online certificate course on Experiential Learning

 

Tribal Affairs Ministry and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) jointly launched online certificate course on Experiential Learning. This programme will be deployed for 350 educators across 6 states.

 

Experiential learning seeks to help teachers establish tribal students’ connect with their real-life experiences and own contexts.

Though, the tribal students studying in EMRS are first generation learners. But creativity is inherent amongst them.

Creativity, risk-taking and enterprise are some of the attributes which naturally get unleashed in their life-cycle.

The programme will be of great service for the development of tribal education, which is having exponential impact on the way EMRS schools emerge as model schools in near future.

 

Coal Ministry constitutes Sustainable Development Cell

 

Ministry of coal has constituted a “Sustainable Development Cell”, in line with the commitment of clean energy.

 

The Sustainable Development Cell was constituted in the backdrop of Prime Minister’s announcement on new climate targets at COP26 under ‘Panchamrit Strategy’.

Ministry emphasised on to put major thrust on Sustainable Development in coal mining, by taking care of the environmental and social impact of the mining.

Sustainable Development Cell (SDC)

 

Ministry of coal has established a full-fledged Sustainable Development Cell (SDC) to mentor, advice, and plan action of minimising adverse impact of mining.

 

It will also formulate future policy framework for environmental mitigation in Coal sector as well as Lignite sector in India.

 

Coal India Ltd. (CIL) and its subsidiaries along with NLC India Ltd., & Singareni Coal Company Ltd. (SCCL) has already started the extensive work.

 

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