Our aim is to double Uttarakhand’s GDP in next 5 years: CM Pushkar Singh Dhami
The state aims to double its GDP over the course of the next five years, with an annual growth rate of 15%. Infrastructure of around Rs 25,000 crore will be developed in the next five years. Our ‘vision plan’ envisions achieving ambitious economic objectives through thrust sectors like tourism, transportation, service sector, agriculture, and pharma. Rail projects like Rishikesh-Karnprayag and Tankpur-Bageshwar will give further boost to the state’s connectivity as will projects like Char Dham all-weather road and the Delhi-Doon elevated road which will help commuters cover the distance from Dehradun to the national capital in around 2.5 hours.
Uttarakhand is one of the fastest growing states in the country, thanks to a massive growth in capital investment arising from conducive industrial policy and generous tax benefits. The government plans to connect all villages in the state to highways and all-weather roads through link roads, and also increase helicopter connectivity. Development works worth over Rs 1,000 crore are going on at Badrinath and Kedarnath. Better connectivity would automatically improve the state’s economy. Besides, projects like homestays and sale of locally made products are being encouraged to help those in the hills generate more income.
India, Panama Signed MoU on Cooperation in Training Diplomats
India and Panama have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage cooperation in the training of diplomats. The MoU between India and Panama was signed by the External Affairs Minister of India Dr. Subramanyam Jaishankar and the Foreign Minister of Panama Janaina Tewaney Mencomon.
The MoU was signed in Indore and the External Affairs Minister has noted that they have discussed the opportunities for greater economic, health, finance, and people-to-people linkage. Both leaders have also shared their perspectives on global situations.
During the convention between both countries, both the ministers discussed the opportunities for greater economic, health, finance, and people-to-people linkage.
SMART’ program for Ayurveda professionals launched to regulate and boost R&D in Ayurveda
The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the two prominent institutions under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India for regulating medical education and conducting scientific research respectively, have launched ‘SMART’ (Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals). The program aimed to boost scientific research in priority healthcare research areas through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals.
The proposed initiative is conceptualised with an objective to identify, support and promote innovative research ideas in healthcare research areas including Osteoarthritis, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Chronic Bronchitis, Dyslipidemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Psoriasis, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)”.
Delhi Most Polluted City in India in 2022, Report says
Delhi was the most polluted city in India in 2022 with PM 2.5 levels more than double the safe limit and the third highest average PM10 concentration, according to an analysis of Central Pollution Control Board data. PM2.5 pollution in the national capital has reduced by over 7 per cent in four years, from 108 micrograms per cubic metre in 2019 to 99.71 micrograms per cubic metre in 2022.
Among the most polluted cities with respect to PM2.5 levels, Delhi (99.71 micrograms per cubic metre) ranked first, Haryana’s Faridabad (95.64 micrograms per cubic metre) ranked second and Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad (91.25 micrograms per cubic metre) third.
National Clean Air Program (NCAP) is a long-term, time-bound, national-level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner, Launched by the central government in 2019.
Under SPRINT Scheme Indian Navy to Get Autonomous Weaponised Boat Swarms
iDEX has signed its 50th SPRINT contract with Sagar Defence for Autonomous Weaponised Boat Swarms for the Indian Navy. Autonomous Weaponised Boat is one of the technologies introduced out of the 75 challenges by the Indian Navy under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in 2022.
Sagar Defence has developed the country’s first Autonomous Weaponised unmanned boat with the capability for swarming. The contract was signed under an Indian Navy project of the Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC 7) SPRINT initiative.