Assam to frame new coal policy’
Assam cabinet ministers Jogen Mohan and Bimal Borah heard the views of the stakeholders for formulating a policy for easy import of coal in various industries of Barak Valley and export of betel nuts produced in this southern Assam area.
Taking part in the meeting, the two ministers said a policy would be formulated to facilitate the import of coal from Barak Valley by protecting the interests of all.
Uday Shankar Goswami, on behalf of the brick kiln industries, said 400 metric tonnes of coal were needed to produce 1.5 million bricks a year in each of the 100 brick fields in Cachar district. He also said brick kilns need coal from November to February.
On behalf of the tea planters, it was stated that 25,000 metric tonnes of coal were required for 57 tea gardens in Cachar district alone. The betel growers also proposed to formulate a policy to facilitate betel export outside the valley.
Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim excluded from WB project for bettering power system
The Union Budget has once again excluded the two northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim bordering China from the World Bank-funded project for power system improvement in the northeast.
According to the Budget document’s explanatory note, “the project is for power system improvement in six NER states viz. Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland. It is funded by the World Bank. Intra-State Transmission & Distribution projects for Sikkim & Arunachal Pradesh have been segregated for implementation through budgetary support from Government of India in view of these states having sensitive borders.”
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget for 2022-23, has proposed allocation of Rs 371 crore as programme component, Rs 273 crore as EAP component in rest of the northeast and Rs 1,700 crore as budgetary support for strengthening of transmission system in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
Segregation of externally aided projects in these two frontier states has its roots since 2009 when China objected to an irrigation project in Arunachal that was planned by Asian Development Bank for $60-million. The project was subsequently scrapped.
CHIRU Naval Drills
CHIRU is a naval exercise that China, Russia, and Iran recently performed in Oman.
China sent the missile destroyer Urumqi to participate in the exercise. The countries are now looking for ways to strengthen their military ties.
Russia sent a task force from its Pacific Fleet to participate in the exercise.
The Admiral Tributs anti-submarine warfare ship and the Nakhimov missile cruiser.
Military artillery fire was directed at sea targets by the countries.
They also participated in tactical maneuvering. During the exercise, the countries also practiced anti-piracy drills.
America COMPETES Act 2022
The America Competes Act of 2022, which was recently enacted, will create new opportunities for bright specialists worldwide.
Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act are all examples of COMPETES.
The act’s primary goal is to strengthen supply chains.
Under the legislation, the US government has made the following fund allocations:
To boost semiconductor production in the United States, a total of 52 million dollars has been set aside.
Forty-five million dollars will be used to give grants and loans and strengthen manufacturing and supply chain resilience.
Climate change, social and economic inequality, and immigration have all received funding.
The bill provides a new green card for entrepreneurs and exempts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professionals.
Digital Sansad Launched By Lok Sabha
the Lok Sabha secretariat unveiled a new app called “Digital Sansad.”
The digital sandad app was created to make it easier for citizens to track what’s going on in Parliament and with their legislators.
The App is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
It contains all of the primary content of the Indian Parliament’s interconnected portal.
Om Birla, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, is the creator of the Digital Sansad App. He wanted to make parliamentary sessions more available to the public through this software.
The legislature is required to keep its constituents informed about its daily operations.
Parliament must keep its communication channels current with the changing technology world to achieve this goal.
Mission Amanat Launched by Indian Railways
Mission Amanat has been launched by Indian Railways to assist travelers in tracking down their misplaced possessions.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Indian Railways’ Western Railways zone has launched a new effort dubbed “Mission Amanat” to help travelers recover their misplaced luggage.
The details of lost bags and items and images will be posted on the zonal railway’s official website, https://wr.indianrailways.gov.in/, as part of Mission Amanat.
This will assist passengers in tracking down and recovering their misplaced goods and ensuring the safety and security of passengers, luggage, and personal effects.
MPATGM Successfully Test Fired By DRDO
The DRDO successfully test-fired the MPATGM’s final delivery configuration On 11 January.
The Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was successfully flight tested in its final “deliverable version” by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Bharat Dynamics Limited will manufacture MPATGM at their facilities in Bhanoor, Telangana.
The goal of the missile’s testing was to ensure that it performed consistently at a minimum range of 200-300 meters.
MPATGM has already completed a comparable test with a maximum range of 4,000 meters.
Following this successful test, the MPATGM system is now ready for mass manufacturing in India.
The purpose of this test was to demonstrate that the minimal range’s performance was constant. All of the mission’s goals were accomplished.
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