03.02.22 APSC Daily Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

 

Assam task force to oversee proper execution of PM Gati Shakti plan

day after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for 2022-23 in Parliament, Assam cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up a high level task force to oversee the “proper implementation of PM Gati Shakti plan,” which is a transformative approach for economic growth and sustainable development.

The approach is driven by seven engines—roads, railways, airports, ports, mass transport, waterways, and logistics infrastructure, which will pull forward the economy in unison and will be supported by the complementary roles of energy transmission, IT communication, bulk water and sewerage, and social infrastructure.

The approach will be powered by Clean Energy and SabkaPrayas with the efforts from the Central Government, the state governments, and the private sector together leading to huge job and entrepreneurial opportunities for all, especially the youth.

 

To begin with, the PM GatiShakti master plan for expressways will be formulated in 2022-23 to facilitate faster movement of people and goods. Sitharman has announced in her speech that the national highways network will be expanded by 25,000 km in 2022-23 and Rs 20,000 crore will be mobilized through innovative ways of financing to complement the public resources.
The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 958 crore for upgrading 114 road-cum-embankments and construction of six rural bridges and Rs 11,031 crore to improve and upgrade vital road projects in the state.

The cabinet further sanctioned Rs 156 crore for acquisition of over 124 bigha private land to facilitate expansion of Jorhat (Rowriah) airport by Airports Authority of India.

 

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

Meghalaya 2nd most improved state under JJM, says Conrad

 

Meghalaya is the “second most improved state” in the country in terms of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) with 2,03,000 households having been provided with tap water connection within a span of three years, chief minister Conrad K Sangma said in his Republic Day speech after unfurling the Tricolour in Shillong.

 

Chongpotgre and OkkaparaSonggitcham villages located in Gambegre block of West Garo Hills, with a total of 260 households, are an excellent example of 100% attainment of functional household tap connection under the Jal Jeevan Mission. Earlier, these villages were drawing water from Dilni river, which runs between the two villages. The water quality of this river was not fit for human consumption and people were suffering from various health problems.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Forest Area Gain Indias Rank

 

According to the Department of Economic Affairs’ latest Economic Survey, India ranks third in the world in regards to forest gain area.

Highlights:

Between 2010 and 2020, India added 2,66,000 hectares of forest each year. Forest covers 24% of India’s entire geographical area.

India’s forests make up 2% of the world’s total forest area. Brazil, Congo, Peru, and Russia are the countries with the most forest, according to the survey. Brazil’s forest covers 59 percent of the country’s entire land area.

Peru has 57 percent, Congo has 56 percent, and Russia has 50 percent. Around ten countries were responsible for 66% of the world’s forests.

The state with the most forest cover was Madhya Pradesh. The state accounts for 11% of India’s total forest cover. Arunachal Pradesh came in second.

The state’s forest cover accounts for 9% of the country’s total. Chhattisgarh has 8%, Odisha has 7%, and Maharashtra has 7%.

 

HERMES Mission By NASA

 

NASA’s HERMES project received a crucial mission review on 27 January.

Highlights:

The HERMES mission will consist of a four-instrument suite installed outside NASA’s Moon-orbiting Gateway.

The study, dubbed Key Decision Point C, assessed the mission’s preliminary design and program plan in order to meet the mission’s planned launch readiness date of November 2024.

Following the successful evaluation, the project will proceed to Phase C, which will comprise the HERMES mission’s final design.

The HERMES project will be crucial to the Artemis mission and NASA’s ambitions of establishing a permanent presence on the Moon.

“HERMES” is the acronym for “Heliophysics Environmental and Radiation Measurement Experiment Suite.”

It will be installed outside the NASA Gateway outpost’s “Habitation and Logistics Outpost module.”

 

Lunar New Year 2022 Is the Year Of Tiger

 

In the Chinese Zodiac, The year 2022 is the year of Tiger Tigers are fiercely competitive

creatures.

Highlights:

Their courage and objectives are well-known. The Tiger year is all about tremendous changes, both within ourselves and in the world around us. The tiger years are marked by an upsurge in overall enthusiasm.

Shuxiang is based on the Luni-Solar calendar, which has a strong connection to Chinese philosophy.

Heaven, earth, and water are the three harmonies in this theory.

Yin and Yang principles.

Water, wood, fire, earth, and metal are the five phases of the elemental flow in Wuxing.

Wuxing’s Yin and Yang attributes are represented by the ten Heavenly Stems.

The twelve Chinese animal signs are represented by the Twelve Earthly Branches.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Higher Education Qualification Draft Framework

 

The proposed Framework for Higher Education Qualification was recently presented by the University Grants Commission (UGC). It is a component of the 2020 National Education Policy.

Highlights:

This new framework will apply to all higher education institutions in the country. The new framework will Facilitate transparency; create a globe-level framework and address the increasing size of the higher education system needs.

It will not promote a unified curriculum or syllabus for all students in higher education. Rather, the framework will ensure that all of the country’s educational systems provide high-quality education.

It will serve as a performance benchmark for the country’s higher education system.

 

Federal Digital Identities Introduced By Ministry Of Electronics And IT

 

The “Federated Digital Identities” was introduced by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Its goal is to connect Indian residents’ many identities.

Highlights:

The residents’ state and central identities will be consolidated under one new federal digital identity.

Citizens can use this ID to access services provided by third parties. This will eliminate the need for the verification process to be repeated.

It is critical to discover the citizens’ alternative identities. Students, farmers, entrepreneurs, professors, pharmacists, doctors, pensioners, vehicle owners, and others are affected.

The importance of this identity in framing policies and weighing capacities cannot be overstated.

The Federal Digital IDs’ primary goal is to reduce the number of identities a citizen possesses. It connects the electronic registries and enables easy data verification without paper.

 

 

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