09.02.22 APSC Daily Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

 

Auction amount of record-breaking tea donated to Assam CM’s Relief Fund

The amount of Rs 99,999 fetched by a kilogram of specialty tea last year in Assam, which is the highest auction price fetched by any tea in the country, was donated by the sellers to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on Friday. The managing director of Manohari Tea Estate, RajanLohia, handed over a cheque of that value to Chief Minister HimantaBiswaSarma here. Lohia said the Manohari Tea Estate has been donating all amounts collected by its tea sold at any record-breaking auction price over the years to the government’s welfare funds.

‘Manohari Gold’, produced by Manohari Tea Estate, had sold for Rs 99,999 at Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) on December 14 last year. This is the highest auction price fetched in tea selling and buying in the country so far, with Sourabh Tea Traders procuring the kilogram of the tea that was put for auction.

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

 

PM-DevINE scheme boost to infra, fight against cancer in the northeast

The brand new PM-DevINE scheme proposed in the Union Budget for 2022-23 with an initial allotment of Rs 1,500 crore is aimed at funding infrastructure and need-based social development, which include one-of-a-kind ‘Bamboo Link Roads’ in Mizoram to help transport bamboo from forests and management of paediatric and adult hemotolymphoid (head and neck) cancers in the region.

Mizoram will gain the maximum with two projects — pilot project for construction of bamboo link road at different locations in various districts in the state at a tentative cost of Rs 100 crore and construction of Aizawl By-pass on the western side for Rs 500 crore.
Till the time of the Budget presentation, a tentative amount of Rs 963 crore has been earmarked for seven projects and projects worth Rs 537 crore are yet to be identified

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Space X Launched NROL-87 Mission

 

SpaceX successfully launched NROL-87, a spy satellite for the US military, as part of the operation.

Highlights:

  • Falcon rocket was used to launch the satellite, which is the second of the mission’s three planned launches. Many details of the NRO fleet are never revealed, as these satellites are employed for military purposes.
  • The First Time NRO Mission required a Rocket landing, also called a Vertical landing. This was propelled from the Californian Space Force outpost of Vandenberg.
  • The NROL-87 is a reconnaissance satellite operated by the United States.
  • The satellite was launched into a 512.7 km orbit by a Falcon rocket. It was orbited around the Sun in a Sun Synchronous Orbit, also known as Helio synchronous orbit, which It’s a polar orbit.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

National Sports Federations Scheme of Assistance

To strengthen its support for sports in India, the Union Government has authorized the continuation of the “Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs).”

Highlights:

  • The continuation of the Scheme has been authorized with a budget of Rs. 1575 crore for the XV Finance Commission Cycle, which runs from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
  • The principal Central Sector Scheme is the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs.
  • It is a significant source of funding for national teams preparing for the Asian Games, Para Asian Games, Olympic Games, Para-Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games (CWG), and other major international tournaments.

Use:

  • The cycle’s funding will be extended to NSFs for national team training for national and international events between 2022 and 2026, focusing on the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2022, the Olympics, and the Paralympics in 2024 Asian and Commonwealth Games in 2026.

 

ParayShikshalaya

 

he classroom at ParayShikshalaya is an open one. The West Bengal government will be the one to launch it.

Highlights:

  • The ParayShikshalaya has been established for pupils in pre-primary and primary school.
  • Elementary education will be provided to pupils in classes 1 through 5 under the system. The classes will take place on the ground.
  • Extracurricular activities would be promoted and supported among the pupils. Meals will be served in the middle of the day.
  • According to NITI Aayog, the primary school dropout rate was 6.61 percent in 2010-11. In addition, since COVID, the number of pupils attending school has declined across India. West Bengal’s rural areas are yet to obtain internet access. The open room classroom is the ideal technique to bring in primary school children in this situation.

 

Leopard Counting Census

 

Forest department employees rescued a leopard from the Sishugram Red Cross organisation near IIT Guwahati on February 3, 2022.

Highlights:

  • After being observed, the leopard will be released into its natural habitat.
  • Under its divisional competence, the NKF Division has also begun the process of conducting a leopard counting census.
  • North Kamrup Forest Division (NKF Division) has begun an exclusive leopard counting census in Assam’s forest and non-forest areas for the first time.
  • The leopard counting census has begun in Amingaon, Kamrup district, where leopards have high densities.
  •  It began on January 31, 2022. Leopards will be counted using the camera trapping approach.
  •  In the Amingaon area, 50 cameras would be deployed at Sila Reserve Forest, NIPER, Changsari, AIIMS, and other locations.

 

PDRD Grant

The Central Government has released a Post Devolution Revenue Deficit (PDRD) grant of 9,871 crores of rupees, distributed to 17 states after the finance ministry’s approval.

Highlights:

The state governments get the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit grant. Article 275 of the constitution provides for the grant.

The grants are distributed following the fifteenth finance commission’s recommendations.

The parliament shall offer grants – in – aid to states, according to Article 275. India’s consolidated fund funds these grants.

The federal government has complete authority to set varying amounts for various states. The grant’s goal is to assist state governments in covering the costs of the projects, promoting the welfare of scheduled tribes, and improving the administration of scheduled territories.

 

 

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