MOD approves construction of 17 New Baffle Firing Ranges
Ministry of Defence has approved the sanction for construction of 17 new baffle firing ranges in Military Stations/Cantonments/Training Establishments at an estimated cost of Rs. 238 crores.
MOD approves construction of 17 New Baffle Firing Ranges:
i. With this 7 additional ranges are added to the Southern Command, 3 to the Eastern Command, 2 to the Northern Command, 1 to the South Western and 1 to the Central Command.
ii. The 1 range at Central Command is proposed for the Officers Training Academy, Gaya.
iii. These 17 ranges are constructed in addition to the 60 similar firing ranges existing in India. The proposed baffle shooting ranges will facilitate firing from 300 to 500 meters.
iv. Baffle firing ranges are covered shooting practice areas that prevent possible accidents due to stray bullet injuries.
v. To prevent such incidents, the Armed Forces, MOD has approved additional baffle ranges.
About Indian Navy:
♦ Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Sunil Lanba
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
M/o Social Justice & Empowerment organizes “National Workshop on Skill Development for Persons with Disabilities”
On 3rd July 2018, “National Workshop on Skill Development for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)” was held in New Delhi.
National Workshop on Skill Development for Persons with Disabilities:
i. The workshop was organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
ii. The workshop acted as a platform to all stakeholders like training partners, policy makers and employers.
iii. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated the workshop. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was the Guest of Honour.
iv. ThaawarchandGehlot said that the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPwD), 2016 directs the Government to frame schemes to promote Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities to increase their scope of employability.
v. DEPwD along with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship introduced the National Action Plan for Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in March 2015.
vi. DEPwD implements the Scheme for Implementation of Right of Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA) which involves Skill Development of PwDs.
vii. The Skill Development programme for PwDs is implemented through training Partners, its National Institutes, their Composite Regional Centres and National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC).
viii. The workshop had an Inaugural Session, three technical sessions and an Interactive session.
ix. India is a signatory to the UNCRPD which came to effect from May 2018. The Indian Government has enacted the RPwD act that came to effect in 2017. It is in line with spirit of UNCRPD (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).
About National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC):
♦ Chairman-cum-Managing Director – D. R. Sarin
♦ Corporate Office – New Delhi
Conference of States Power Ministers held at Shimla , HP on June 3,2018
On July 1,2018, the Ministry of Power announced that it will hold a conference of state power ministries at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on July 3, 2018. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy.
Dignitaries present in the conference will be :
Ministers and Secretaries of the States and Union territories and senior officials of the power & renewable energy sectors and Public Sector Undertakings under them .
The aim is to review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes & work on issues pertaining to Power and Renewable Energy sectors.
i. Issues like 100 per cent Household Electrification (under Saubhagya) by December, 2018, UDAY performance assessment, shifting to prepaid system in three years and 24X7 Power for All – From 1st April 2019 will be discussed.
ii. They will also discuss : proposed draft amendments in the provision of Captive Generating Plant in Electricity Rules, 2005 and flexibility in utilization of Coal, promoting environment friendly measures such as- setting up of Charging Infrastructure for E-vehicle, review of progress on adoption of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) by the States and the UTs and establishment of standalone SDA for effective implementation of Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Programmes.
iii. In the area of Renewable Energy, discussions on compliance of RPO targets, preparation of month wise plans for bidding solar & wind capacity by State/UT, review of Solar Parks and Solar Rooftop Program will take place.
iv. Also automatic exemption from land ceiling act for RE power projects, free intra-state transmission for solar/wind power and fast provision of Right of Way (RoW) for evacuation facility being set up by CTUs will be discussed.
v. New emerging technologies in RE sector like floating solar, wind solar hybrid, offshore wind and storage, Small Hydro Power and Biomass Power will also be taken up for discussion.
Ministry of Power, New & Renewable Energy :
♦ Minister of State (I/C) : RK Singh
‘Happiness Curriculum’ for Delhi government schools launched by Delhi CM and Dalai Lama
On July 3, 2018, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the “Happiness Curriculum” for students of nursery to Class 8 in government schools . The curriculum was launched in the presence of the Dalai Lama.
It aims to target modern day problems like terrorism, corruption and pollution and solve them through human-centric education.
i. The new subject was designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators and volunteers over a period of six months.
ii. According to the curriculum, Students across schools can expect a ‘happiness’ period of 45 minutes. Each class will begin with a five-minute meditation .
iii. It would also include value education and mental exercises.
iv. It would be beneficial for 10 lakh students with the help of around 50,000 teachers.
♦ Unesco Heritage site: Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar.
1st meeting of Cauvery Water Management Board held in Central Water Commission, Delhi
On July 2,2018, The first meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) was held at Central Water Commission (CWC) office in Delhi.
i. It was chaired by the CWC Chairman, S Masood Hussain, who is also heading the Cauvery Authority.
ii. Representatives of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry attended the meeting.
To discuss on release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from Karnataka as per the schedule & drawing up a plan of action for three ten-day periods, beginning July 2018.
i. The members of CWMA from Tamil Nadu demanded immediate release of water as Karnataka dams have sufficient storage.
ii. The Authority discussed the information on total residual storage in Banasura Sagar (Kerala); Hemavathi, Harangi, Kabini, and Krishnarajasagara (Karnataka); Lower Bhavani, Amaravathy and Mettur (Tamil Nadu), as on June 1.
iii. Discussions on : Format for maintaining data of inflow, outflow, withdrawal, storage, rainfall, cropped area and domestic and industrial requirement to be maintained by the CWRC, requirement of data regarding actual yield in the basin from June 1 to June 30.
iv. Data regarding withdrawals / release of water in the basin during the above period and bringing out indications of distress, if any, in the basin were also discussed.
v. And a plan of action for three ten-day periods, beginning July 2018 was submitted to CWMA.
vi. The authority directed Karnataka to release 31.24 TMC water to Tamil Nadu in the month of July.
vii. Karnataka was urged to release water from Cauvery according to the Supreme Court ruling, and it was decided that the existing arrangement for the supply of water to Puducherry by Tamil Nadu will continue.
viii. Also proposal for setting up communication network to assess hydrological conditions and setting up of a permanent office for the authority was discussed.
♦ Acting on the Supreme Court’s direction, the Centre on June 1 constituted the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA) to address the dispute over sharing of river water among Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.
♦ Chairman: Masood Hussain.
Country’s first Khadi mall to come up in Jharkhand
On July 2, 2018, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced that Jharkhand will have the first ‘Khadi Mall’ of the country.
i. This was announced while addressing the ‘Karigar Panchayat’ organized by the Khadi Board at the Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium .
ii. The mall will be built in the land of the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) campus.
iii. It will be developed by Khadi Board.
iv. So far 1.13 lakh artisans have been registered to be trained to make goods as per the needs of the market.
v. The artisans would be provided technological aid for value addition in their products, while rural, urban and tourism ‘haats’ will provide them markets for their goods.
vi. This initiative of the Khadi Board, many people in the rural area have got jobs and markets.
About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC):
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body formed by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament, ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’. It is an apex organisation under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, with regard to khadi and village industries within India, which seeks to – “plan, promote, facilitate, organise and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries in the rural areas in coordination with other agencies
Tribal museum to be set up to exhibit culture of SCs in Naya Raipur: Chhattisgarh Govt
On July 1, 2018, The Chhattisgarh government set up a tribal museum in the state’s upcoming new capital Naya Raipur . The decision was taken during a meeting of Chhattisgarh State Tribal Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at New Mantralya.
The museum aims to exhibit culture and tradition of scheduled tribes.
About the Museum:
i. The tribal museum will be built at the cost of Rs 27 crore in an area of around 22 acres in Naya Raipur .
ii. It will be named after Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh, a freedom fighter from the state who had made a tremendous contribution in the freedom struggle of 1857.
Other decisions taken in the meeting:
i. Reorganization of Raipur based Tribal Caste Research and Training as a society.
ii. This would enable it to directly receive the financial aid from the Union Tribal Affairs Ministry.
iii .A separate secretariat would be constituted as per the requirement of the Chhattisgarh Tribal Advisory Council to ensure the official works of the council are done in a smooth and organised manner.
iv. Members of the state Cabinet, MPs, MLAs, and nominated representatives will have a seat in this secretariat.
v. Duties of the secretariat would include: redressal of the problems and requirements for conservation of tribal culture, dialect, language, traditions, musical instruments etc.
vi. Nodal Officer in this secretariat will be selected from the tribal community only.
vii. Documentation of tribal community’s activities will also be done.
viii. Tribal Culture and Language Academy will also be set up in the state.
♦ Chief Minister: Raman Singh
♦ Governor: Balram Das Tondon.
♦ Capital: Raipur, Judiciary Capital: Bilaspur.
Madhya Pradesh govt to implement Ayushman Bharat Yojana under PMRSS Mission on Independence day
On July 3, 2018, An MoU has been signed between the Madhya Pradesh government and National Health Agency for implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana under the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission in the state from August 15,2018.
i. An expenditure of over Rs. 16 hundred crore at the rate of Rs. Twelve hundred per family has been estimated.
ii. An amount of Rs. 600 crore in the form of Grant-in-Aid will be provided by central government, whereas around Rs. 400 crore will be shared by the state.
iii. A total of 84 lakh families of deprived section have been included in the Ayushman Bharat scheme on the basis of socio-economic caste census.
iv. An annual Health Security Cover of 5 lakh rupees will be provided to each family under the scheme.
v. The benefit of the scheme will be given in cashless form through government and private hospitals.
vi. It will help reducing out of pocket medical treatment expenses of citizens.
♦ Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
♦ Governor: Anandiben Patel
♦ Capital: Bhopal, Judiciary Capital: Jabalpur.
♦ National Parks: Kanha Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Madhav National Park.
Country’s first e-waste recycling unit to come up in Bengaluru
On July 3, 2018, The Centre has announced a state-of-the-art e-waste recycling unit for Bengaluru, India’s technology capital. It will be India’s first such unit in the government sector.
i. It would be built by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), a research institute under the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry.
ii. Bengaluru produces an estimated one lakh tonne of electronic waste a year.
iii. This would promote entrepreneurship opportunities for strategic utilisation of high performance plastics and metal waste.
About e-Waste in India:
i. India generates about 18 lakh tonne ewaste a year, which is growing at 30% annually. Of this, about 5% is bought by the 153 approved recyclers and dismantlers and the rest is picked up by the unorganised sector .
ii. The main challenge in the e-waste sector is transporting the waste from user to the recycler. Recyclers expect the waste to be transported to their doorsteps but consumers do not directly transport but hand it to waste-pickers.
iii. And unorganised sectors dismantle e-waste in unscientific ways which is detrimental to the environment.
iv. Over 416,000 mobile devices and 142,000 computers are dumped either by recycling or disposing of them in landfills and incinerators.
About the All India e-Waste Recyclers’ Association :
About 180 e-waste recyclers from across the country recently came together to form the All India e-Waste Recyclers’ Association, based in Bengaluru. The association has been formed to streamline the e-waste recycling sector in the country.