Infrastructural development underway at swift pace in border districts: Dhami
Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami attended a review meeting chaired by Defence minister Rajnath Singh on infrastructural development along the nation’s northern borders in the national Capital on Tuesday.
Dhami said that infrastructural development works comprising roads, rail, telecommunications and air service are being undertaken at a swift pace in the border districts of Uttarakhand. The district magistrates of the border districts have been directed to hold monthly meetings and ensure that the remaining works are completed in the minimum time period. The State government is executing all remaining works in border districts on a priority basis, he added. Infrastructural works in the border districts will boost tourism in the State while also creating employment opportunities at the local level, added Dhami.
Sri Lanka assent to Adani Green’s $442 Million Wind Power Project.
Crisis-hit only a month after the Indian multinational conglomerate’s shares crashed as a result of the negative report on the Group by American short-seller Hindenburg, Sri Lanka has accepted a $442 million wind power project of Adani Green Energy.
The projects of the Adani Group caused controversy in Sri Lanka last year, with government critics questioning the openness and due procedure used to approve the projects.
Sri Lanka receives first tranche of IMF bailout
Sri Lanka has received the first tranche of an IMF bailout programme, President Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament.
The crisis-ridden island nation was scheduled to receive a $330 million tranche, the first part of a nearly $3 billion bailout approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The IMF bailout is expected to catalyse additional support to the tune of $3.75 billion from the likes of the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other lenders. It clears the way for Sri Lanka to rework a substantial part of its $84 billion worth of public debt.
This was the 17th IMF bailout for Sri Lanka and the third since the country’s decades-long civil war ended in 2009.
India can emerge as a biodiversity champion
Biodiversity, the totality and variety of our biological resources, is crucial to the survival of the world. The United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada, made a strong case for the value of our planet’s biodiversity. The 2030 commitment, which aims to “stop and reverse” biodiversity loss by protecting 30% of the world’s land and 30% of its oceans by 2030, was ratified on December 19, 2022, by delegates from 188 nations
India is in a prime position to lead the world in becoming biodiversity champions because it currently has 17% of the world’s population and 17% of the world’s biodiversity hotspots
According to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), there may be as many as 13 million species, although only 1.75 million have been recognised yet, including a large number of insects
Sports Stadium named after Rani Rampal
Rani Rampal becomes the first ever woman to have a stadium named after her. She is a famous player in the Women’s Hockey Team. This stadium is in Rae Bareli.
Moreover, she is the youngest one in her team to participate in the World Cup of the year 2010.
According to the reports, the Modern Coach Factory (MCF) Rae Bareli has given a new name to the hockey stadium which is ‘Rani’s Girls Hockey Turf’.
Lok Sabha passes budget for Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir
Lok Sabha passed a Rs 1.118 lakh crore budget for financial year 2023-24 for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, amid ruckus by the Opposition over a demand for a JPC probe into the Adani issue.
The budget for Jammu and Kashmir was passed by a voice vote amid din.
Vibrant Village Programme to be Implemented for Border States
The Union Cabinet took the decision to enhance border security levels for an amount of Rs 4800 crores.
The scheme will cover four states and one Union Territory for financial years 2022-23 to 2025-26.
The Cabinet also gave approval for establishing 2 lakhs of multipurpose primary agriculture credit societies, along with dairy and fishery cooperatives in the next five years at a cost price of Rs 20 lakh crores.
Indian Navy Launches INS Androth- ‘The Most Silent Vessel’ In Kolkata
The second of eight anti-submarine warfare shallow water boats (ASW SWC) built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, INS Androth, was launched.
These 77-meter-long, 25-knot-capable vessels were made specifically for minelaying, low-intensity maritime operations and anti-submarine operations in coastal areas.