Uttarakhand 1st in India to have fully digitised PDS: WFP
According to UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), Uttarakhand has become the country’s first state to have “fully digitised, GPS-tagged and cost-effective targeted public distribution system (PDS).”
Under this model, ration shops and godowns are geotagged and transportation of each food grain-carrying vehicle is tracked for timely delivery to the beneficiaries, resulting in prevention of adulteration and leakage of highly-subsidised food grains in the market by the transporters and warehouse keepers.
Uttarakhand has over 9,000 ration shops and 200 warehouses for storing grains presently.
The collaboration between the state and WFP has brought together innovation and automation to the existing food safety nets, thus directly benefiting 95 lakh people every month.
According to WFP officials, Uttarakhand is also the country’s first state to install a mobile storage unit (MSU) with a 500 metric ton capacity for the storage of grains in Haridwar during Kumbh and now the Food Corporation of India has taken the initiative to Rudrapur.
India Deploys Its “Largest Single Unit of UN Women Peacekeepers”
India will deploy a platoon of women peacekeepers to UN Mission in Sudan. This will be India’s largest single unit of women Peacekeepers in a UN Mission since it deployed the first-ever all-women contingent in Liberia in 2007. The Indian contingent, comprising two officers and 25 Other Ranks, will form part of an Engagement platoon and specialize in Community outreach, though they will be performing extensive security-related tasks as well. The deployment in Abyei will also herald India’s intent of increasing significantly the number of Indian women in Peacekeeping contingents. The operation has been tasked with monitoring the flashpoint border between north and south and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and is authorized to use force in protecting civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei.
NOTABLY:- As of October 31, 2022, India is the second largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions with 5,887 troops and personnel deployed across 12 missions, after Bangladesh (7,017).
India’s second longest cable-stayed eight-lane Zuari Bridge opens in Goa
Union Minister of Roads Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated the country’s second longest cable-stayed eight-lane Zuari Bridge in Goa. Right-hand side (4-lane corridor) across the Zuari River and approaches from Bambolim to Verna were thrown open for vehicular traffic. Gadkari also launched the PWD Goa App for integrated operations management. Through the insurance scheme of the Government of Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has given Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the workers who died during the construction of the bridge.
The Zuari Bridge is a bridge between North Goa and South Goa, India. It carries the NH 66 over the tidal part of the Zuari River, between the villages of Agaçaim and Cortalim. It is a few metres downstream of the Konkan Railway Bridge. The 640-metre-long bridge and the 13.20 km roads on both sides have been built in 3 phases. The Zuari Bridge work began in June 2016.
IIT Madras & DRDO tie-up for Advanced Defence Technologies
IIT Madras Centre of Excellence working with DRDO on Advanced Defence Technologies including Combat Vehicle Technologies. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is operating a Research Centre dedicated to defence technologies jointly with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop advanced technologies for the national defence and security needs of the nation. It was established by DRDO but IIT Madras has now taken over and converted it into a centre of excellence.
Called ‘DRDO Industry Academia- Ramanujan Centre of Excellence’ (DIA-RCoE), this centre has been established to conduct directed research in advanced technologies for defence and security and to create a world-class research centre developing cutting-edge technologies. It will also make a major contribution towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector.
Established based on the ‘Long Term Directed Research Policy’ of the Defence Ministry, Government of India.
Digital India Awards 2022, e-NAM wins Platinum Award
e-NAM, a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has won the Platinum Award in the Digital Empowerment of Citizens Category in Digital India Awards 2022 held in New Delhi. The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, as Chief Guest of the event, has conferred the Digital India Awards, 2022.
e-NAM is a digital platform integrating 1260 APMC mandis across 22 States and 3 UTs to facilitate online trading of 203 agriculture and horticulture commodities to enable farmers to realize better remunerative prices for their produce. e-NAM is catalysing the digital transformation of mandi operations and e- trading of agricultural commodities. As on 31.12.2022, more than 1.74 Crore farmers & 2.39 Lakh traders have been registered on e-NAM portal. A total trade consisting of 69 million metric tonnes of worth Rs. 2.42 lakh crore has been recorded on e-NAM platform.