Assam CM launches construction work for bridge to Majuli
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday ceremonially launched the construction work of a 8.25-km-long bridge over the Brahmaputra that will connect Jorhat with Majuli.
The CM’s office informed that the ministry of road transport and highways has sanctioned Rs 925.47 crore for the construction of this bridge project, which will be executed by UP State Bridge Construction Corporation Limited, Lucknow. The targeted period for completion of the project is 48 months.
The CM added that the state government has already constituted a cabinet committee to regularly monitor progress of the project and that the government aims to inaugurate this bridge by November, 2025. Around Rs 200 crore would be spent by the state government from its side for this bridge, he said.
Sarma also announced that the government of Assam would take up construction of a new bridge connecting Majuli-Lakhimpur at Dhunaguri from its own resources amounting to Rs. 750 crores.
Arunachal Pradesh: India’s 1st Certified Organic Fruit Kiwi Launched
On November 28, 2021, India’s only certified organic kiwi from Ziro Valley Farms of Arunachal Pradesh was launched at a mega National Tribal Festival called Aadi Mahotsav. This festival is being held in Dilli Hat, INA in New Delhi.
The launch ceremony was held in association with support from Arunachal Pradesh Government and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED).
This initiative was undertaken as part of the vision with the aim of transforming India into a self-reliant nation under “Atma Nirbharta campaign”.
Arunachal Pradesh is the 1st Indian state, that obtained “organic certification of kiwifruit” under the “Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCD-NER)”, which is a Central Government scheme launched for North-eastern states.
World AIDS Day Is Commemorated On December 1
World AIDS Day is observed across the globe on 1st December.
It provides a chance for people worldwide to join in the fight against HIV, aid people with HIV, and remember those we have lost from an AIDS-related illness.
This theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is End inequalities. End AIDS and End Pandemics.
With a singular focus on reaching people left behind, WHO and its partners highlight the increasing disparities in access to essential HIV services.
The day was first marked in 1988 and was also the first-ever international day for global health.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a recurring disease induced by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
The immune system of the person experiencing the disease gets damaged and reduces the body’s disease-fighting ability.
India joins G20 Troika
India recently joined the G20 Troika. The G20 Troika is made of Indonesia, India and Italy. That is Troika is made of the current presidency, Indonesia; the previous presidency Italy and the incoming presidency which is India.
Troika means a group of three people working together. It is an English word. The Troika of G20 is made of the current, next and immediate past host countries. The Troika ensures continuity and provides presidency support.
The G20 operates without a permanent staff or secretariat. The chair of the group rotates annually among its members. The current chair establishes secretariat temporarily. This secretariat organises meetings and coordinates the working of the group. Thus, there is need for Troika to help with the secretariat so that there is continuity in the works of G20.
In 2019, the G20 was hosted by Japan. In 2020, Italy hosted G20. In 2021, it is Indonesia. In 2022, 2023 and 2024, it will be hosted by Indonesia, India and Brazil.
Thus, the following countries formed the Troika in G20
2020: Japan, Italy and Indonesia
2021: Italy, Indonesia and India
2022: Indonesia, India and Brazil
Judges Bill In Lok Sabha
The Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju introduced the Judges Bill in Lok Sabha, which amends the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Service) Act and the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act.
The bill attempts to explain whether the SC and HC judges can get additional pensions on attaining a certain age.
All the retired judges or his family (after his death) can get an additional quantum of pension. This is generally referred to as a family pension.
The pension slabs for the retired High Court and Supreme Court judges start when finishing 80, 85,90,95 or 100 years.
The confusion is whether the pension should be paid from the Month’s first day as he completes the age or the first day he enters the age. The bill inserts explanation about this issue.
Anju Bobby George Wins Woman of the Year Award
The Indian Athlete Anju Bobby George has accomplished the Woman of the Year Award from World Athletics.
She has won the accolade for grooming young girls to take up sports.
In the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Finals, she was a gold medallist and the first Indian contestant to win a bronze medal in the long jump at the World Championships in Athletics held in 2013 in Paris. In the 2004 Olympics, she finished sixth.
Anju was conferred the Arjuna award in 2002, Padma Shri in 2004, Khel Ratna in 2003.
In 2021, she won the BBC lifetime achievement award under Best Athlete Category.
In 2016, she formed a sports academy for young girls, helped India advance in sports, and inspired more women to follow in her footsteps.
She is also presented with the award for advocating gender equality.
Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 amended – Update (December, 2021)
The Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey recently replied to question in Lok Sabha that the Government of India has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011. This was done to protect the interests of the consumers in the country.
The unit sale price of the commodity should compulsorily be displayed on the package. This allows the consumers to make informed decision irrespective of quantity and size of the commodity packed in the package. Also, this will remove the inexactness in declaration of quantity in pre packed commodities.
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