Over 9,000 Utilisation Certificates of projects not submitted by Assam govt: CAG report
Over 9,000 Utilisation Certificates of various projects and schemes of 52 departments of the Assam government from 2001-02 to 2018-19 have not been submitted, a CAG report said. More than 68 per cent of the 9,379 outstanding UCs are of the last four years since 2015-16, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said in its report on state finances, under the section of ‘Quality of Accounts & Financial Reporting Practices’.
At least 1,345 UCs amounting to Rs 7,197.84 crore are due for the 2018-19 fiscal, while 24 such documents worth Rs 1,607.23 crore in 2016-17 have not been submitted, according to the report which was tabled in the assembly on Friday. Utilisation Certificates of Rs 3,494.38 crore grants paid up to the financial year 2018-19 are pending from the health department, followed by the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes with UCs worth Rs 2,403.51 crore.
Arunachal’s 2021 of infra push, climate declaration, China face-off
The Arunachal Pradesh government threw much of its weight behind reinvigorating infrastructure and envisioning climate-resilient development in 2021, a year in which the frontier state also made headlines for alleged Chinese intrusion into its territory. The state government has taken up a comprehensive project to build infrastructure in villages in borderlands to put a check on migration from the remote ice-clad areas.
It has already submitted a Rs 4,000-crore proposal to the Union Home Ministry as part of the plan.
The project aims at building roads, health centres and educational institutions, besides electrifying villages, improving mobile connectivity and water supply.
Arunachal Pradesh’s endeavour to establish all-weather connectivity got a shot in the arm in February, with the Centre approving road construction projects of 598 km at an estimated cost of Rs 1,100 crore. During the year, the ministry, as part of its Indo-China Border Roads (ICBR) project, also awarded six road stretches in Arunachal Pradesh to the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation on a nomination basis, entailing an expenditure of around Rs 5,000 crore.
Rare Pink Handfish
After 22 years, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) discovered a rare pink handfish near the Tasmanian coast. The last time the fish was seen was in 1999.
In February 2021, Australian marine researchers used an underwater camera to photograph the seabed in Tasman Fracture Marine Park. They discovered the pink handfish later while reviewing the footage.
The Taman Fracture Marine Park is known for its deep crack in the earth’s crust, which allows scientists to study marine life up to 4,000 meters below the surface.
Pink handfish was previously thought to only live in shallow waters. This time, however, it was discovered at a depth of 150 meters.
India Aids Mozambique
The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, on December 25 with 500 tonnes of food aid as part of the SAGAR Mission.
500 tonnes of food aid were sent to Mozambique to aid the government’s efforts to combat the ongoing drought and the covid-19 pandemic.
India is also committed to assisting Mozambique’s Armed Forces in their capacity-building efforts.
INS Kesari also carried two Fast Interceptor Craft and self-defense equipment, which will be handed over to the Mozambican Armed Forces.
In accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR, aid was extended to Mozambique for the eighth time.
Indian Armys In-house Messaging app
The Indian Army has launched ASIGMA, a modern messaging app that stands for “Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application.”
The AWAN (Army Wide Area Network) messaging application will be replaced by ASIGMA. For the past 15 years, AWAN has been in operation.
On Army-owned hardware, the ASIGMA app has been distributed. It will serve the army from now on, and it will be able to provide lifetime support with future upgrades.It has been designed to meet all future requirements for the Indian army while also providing a better user experience.
The app includes a number of modern features, such as multi-level security, message prioritization and tracking, a dynamic global address book, and options to meet the army’s current needs.
It will meet the Army’s real-time data transfer and messaging needs, especially given the current geopolitical security environment.
INS Khukri Decommissioned
The INS Khukri (P49), India’s first indigenously built missile corvette, was decommissioned on December 24, 2021, after 32 years of service at Visakhapatnam.
The national flag, decommissioning pennant, and naval ensign were all lowered at sunset during the decommissioning ceremony.
On August 23, 1989, the Mazagon Dock shipbuilders completed the INS Khukri.
It was unique in that it served in both the Western and Eastern Fleets.
The ship was commanded by 28 commanding officers during her service with the Indian Navy.
It traveled over 6,44,897 nautical miles, which is the equivalent of 30 times around the world or three times the distance between the Moon and the Earth. The ship was assigned to the Indian Army’s Gorkha Brigade.
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