04.12.21 Daily UKPSC Current Affairs


Modi launches multi-crore projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and unveiled the foundation for various infrastructural and development projects amounting to about Rs 18,000 crore in poll-bound Uttarakhand.

The Delhi-Dehradun economic corridor to be built at a cost of Rs 8,300 crore was one of the projects for which the foundation stones were unveiled. The PM inaugurated seven projects and unveiled the foundation stones for 11 projects on the occasion.

He said that the Delhi-Dehradun expressway — for which the foundation stone was unveiled — is a model of environmental protection and development. This project will include an industrial corridor and Asia’s longest wildlife protection corridor which will enable the safe movement of wild animals.



Exercise Ekuverin

The Exercise Ekuverin is a joint military exercise held between India and Maldives. It is held between the armies of India and Maldives.

About Exercise Ekuverin

  • Ekuverin means “Friends” in Dhivehi language. It is an Indo – Aryan language. It is spoken in India, Lakshadweep and Maldives.
  • The Exercise is being conducted between India and Maldives since 2008.
  • In 2019, the exercise was held in Pune, Maharashtra and in 2018, it was held in Maldives.

Exercise Ekuverin 2021

  • The 2021 Exercise Ekuverin was held in Maldives.
  • The exercise focused on enhancing inter – operability between the armed forces of India and Maldives.
  • It also included counter – insurgency and counter – terrorism operations.
  • The joint exercise in 2021, also conducted sports and cultural activities to enhance the bilateral and defence relations.

India – UAE CEPA Negotiations

India and UAE launched the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in September 2021. The countries are to hold the third round of negotiations.

CEPA is an economic deal signed between India and UAE in 2017.

It is a free trade pact.

It covers negotiation on trade and services, investment and other economic partnerships.

It also includes competition, cooperation and Intellectual Property Rights.

It also looks in to the regulatory aspects of trade between the countries.

As of March 2021, UAE is the third largest investor in India. The Indian companies have invested 85 billion USD in UAE. The major imports to India from UAE are petroleum products, stones, jewellery, gems. The major exports are minerals, precious metals, gems. With CEPA, the bilateral trade is to increase to 100 billion USD within 5 years.


National Blockchain Strategy Proposed By Ministry Of Electronics And IT

The National Blockchain Strategy was recently introduced by the Ministry of Electronics and IT for giving blockchain as a service.Highlights:

 The strategy has adopted a multi-institutional approach involving the C – DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), NIC (National Informatics Centre), and NICSI (National Informatics Centre Services Inc).

 It strives to implement a trusted digital staging for e-governance assistance using blockchain technology.

 It includes human resource development, collaboration, administrative framework, technology heap, standards development.

 It inquires the union government to promote state-specific blockchain purposes.

The plan will explore using technology for medical supplies and vaccines.

 It will increase transparency and efficiency in governance.

 NITI Aayog has named Blockchain technology as a promising technology.

 According to NITI Aayog, the technology has essential characteristics such as liability and decentralisation.

SRESHTA Scheme Was Launched For Socio Economic Development Of SC Students

The Government of India will introduce the SRESTHA Scheme for students from Scheduled Castes. The initiative would give pupils a high-quality residential education.Highlights:

♦The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will carry out the scheme.

♦It is aimed towards deserving Scheduled Caste pupils. It will also prevent the occurrence of students dropping out of classes 9 through 12.

♦The programme will offer high-quality residential education.♦NITI Aayog has identified renowned non-public residential facilities in aspirational districts to implement the scheme.

Greater Tipraland

Greater Tipraland is a region in Tripura. Several tribals are demanding to make the region as a separate state.

There are 19 notified Scheduled Tribes in Tripura. Among these, 5.92 lakh are Tripuris, 1.88 lakh are Reangs. These three tribal groups are the major tribals in the state. Some of the minor tribal groups have joined hands and formed TIPRA Motha (Tirpaha Indigenous Regional Alliance) and IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) political parties. These parties are now arguing that they want a separate state for their “survival and existence”.

Tripura was ruled by Manikya dynasty since the late 13th century till it signed the Instrument of Accession with the Government of India in 1949. Instrument of Accession is the document signed by the Indian states to enter into Union of India after independence. In due course, some of the indigenous tribes in the region have become minority in the state.

This happened mainly because of the displacement of the Bengalis from East Pakistan during 1971 war. In 1881, the tribal population in the state was 63.77%. It reduced to 31.8% in 2011.

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