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24th November 2018 Current Affairs Updates
The Government has decided to set up a domestic Gold Council in India. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said this while inaugurating the 2nd Edition of India Gold and Jewellery Summit in New Delhi today.
Mr Prabhu underlined the need for an integrated Gold policy to address all the issues in holistic way.
He said that his ministry will make sure that gems and jewellery business does not suffer from financial issues and his ministry is in talks with Finance Ministry in this regard.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday launched web portal ‘Bhudaar’ and ‘Bhuseva’ that makes land records available to people who have Unique Identification Numbers similar to having an Aadhaar Card.
The ‘Bhudaar’ is an 11-digit unique identification code which will be assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state. A total number of 3,56,27,793 land holdings in the state will come under Bhudaar including 2,39,69,159 revenue and agricultural land holdings, 84,21,140 Panchayat Raj rural and rural properties and 32,37,494 municipal administration and urban properties. The Bhudaar card by the landowner or property owner can be generated from Bhuseva web portal.
As many as eight departments involved with land records are participating in Bhuseva which includes the Revenue, Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration, Registration, Survey and Settlement, Forest, Endowments and Wakf. These departments are integrating their services related to land under the core platform called Bhuseva.
Temporary Bhudaar numbers are issued to lands under dispute or litigation or in the process of re-registration. The unique ID for permanent Bhudaar will start with 28 and if it is a government land, 28 is followed by 00.
Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar an M-Bhudaar. Under Mobile Bhudaar, one has to download the application. One can get the Bhudaar card from Mee Seva centres too. Krishna, Anantapur and Kurnool districts have already started generating Bhudaars.
Popular singer Nahid Afrin of Assam has been appointed as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the northeastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights. The UNICEF engages ‘Youth Advocates’ to harness their voice as agents of change in society.
UNICEF’s India representative Yasmin Ali Haque said 17-year-old Nahid was appointed as ‘Youth Advocate’ in the North East at an event in Guwahati yesterday.
“UNICEF believes that the voice of the young population makes more impact as they have a unique power to galvanise their peers around issues they are passionate about” Haque said.
Nahid made her playback debut in the 2016 Bollywood film ‘Akira’ starring Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. She received the best female playback singer award at the Assam state Film Award 2018.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has developed a new technology to assess the rise of water level in rivers and reservoirs during rain.
The technology, called ‘Impact Based Forecasting Approach’, which shows pre-event scenario, can help state governments to minutely monitor the impact of rain and take real-time decisions.
“We should be able to generate a scenario where we can take decisions to release water or not release it. It will be helpful for every state authority to take decision. We can run this system in pre-event scenario. We are now in a position to use to this technology into service,” Ramesh said at an event organised by the Centre for Science and Environment. The heavy downpour that ravaged Kerala for a fortnight ending August 21 caused death of around 500 people and economic damages worth over Rs 40,000 crore.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have, in a breakthrough, built and flown the first-ever silent airplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines.
Since the Wright Brothers launched the first airplane over 100 years ago, every aircraft has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, and fans, which are powered by the combustion of fossil fuels or by battery packs that produce a persistent, whining buzz.
The first ever “solid state” plane, with no moving parts in its propulsion system, has successfully flown for a distance of 60 metres, proving that heavier-than-air flight is possible without jets or propellers.
The flight represents a breakthrough in “ionic wind” technology, which uses a powerful electric field to generate charged nitrogen ions, which are then expelled from the back of the aircraft, generating thrust.
This has potentially opened new and unexplored possibilities for aircraft which are quieter, mechanically simpler, and do not emit combustion emissions.
The team designed a lightweight plane weighing about five pounds with a five-meter wingspan. Testing the design inside a gym, the team successfully flew the plane a distance of 60 meters, a feat that was repeated 10 times.
6. Government of India to observe the remembrance of 100 years of the historical Jallianwalla Bagh massacre
Government of India has decided to mark the remembrance of 100 years of the historical Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre next year.
In a statement, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “ As we prepare for remembrance of the “100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre” in 2019, Jallianwala Bagh shall undergo necessary redevelopment and upgradation. Jallianwala Bagh shall continue to remind the young generation about the sacrifices made in freedom struggle.” The Government is planning to renovate the historical site by creating suitable infrastructure for providing basic amenities for the tourists, the Culture Minister said.
A number of commemorative as well as constructive activities will be taken up during the remembrance period.
The commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released on 13th April, 2019 (the day the incident took place 100 years ago).Ministry of Culture will organise cultural activities such as kavi sammelan, plays, exhibition, seminars, etc. across the country.
A Committee has been constituted to ensure the timely implementation of thefollowing:
- provide basic amenities for visitors
- renovate, upgrade and beautify the Jallianwalla Bagh Memorial, and
- develop Virtual Reality Theme Based show at the Memorial
The Ministry of Tourism has already earmarked an amount of Rs. 8 crore under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for development of Virtual Reality Theme Based show at the Memorial which will be spent under supervision of the Committee and Ministry of Culture will provide additional funds, if required.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone marking the commencement of work for City Gas Distribution projects awarded under the 9th CGD bidding rounds.
The foundation stone laying of City Gas Distribution Projects is symbolic of the transformation that India is witnessing. CGD networks will increase the availability of clean cooking fuel or Piped Natural Gas and transportation fuel Compressed Natural Gas for consumers.
These projects, will bring gas to around 70% of the country’s population in 26 states and Union Territories. The expansion of CGD network will also benefit industrial and commercial units by ensuring the uninterrupted supply of natural gas.
Till 2014, 66 districts were covered by the City Gas Distribution Network. Today work is on in 174 districts. The target is to cover more than 400 districts in the next two to three years. In 2014 only 55% homes were covered by under the domestic gas net in just 4 years this has gone up to 90% .
This move towards a gas based economy goes hand in hand with the shift to Clean Energy. At COP 21 in Paris, India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to reduce its carbon foot print. Natural gas forms 6.2% of the energy mix in India while the global average is 24%.