Rs 360.95 crore central grant released to expedite JJM in U’khand
To expedite the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Uttarakhand, the Government of India has released a second tranche of Rs 360.95 crore to the State. So far, Rs. 721.90 crore has been released in two tranches to the State in 2020-21. For speedy implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission, Central fund of Rs 1,443.80 crore has been allocated to Uttarakhand in 2021-22, which is four times the allocation made during 2020-21.
The Union Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is according top priority to make provision of tap water supply in every rural household across the country, for which since August 2019, Jal Jeevan Mission is under implementation in partnership with States.
Uttarakhand plans to become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ State by December, 2022. The centre is providing full assistance to the State for making provision of clean tap water supply in every rural home of Uttarakhand by the end of year 2022, two years ahead of the national goal of ‘Har Ghar Jal’. Expediting the process of approval of big multi-village drinking water supply schemes, in last two months, schemes worth Rs. 714 crore for 58.5 thousand homes in 846 villages spread across 11 districts of Uttarakhand benefitting more than 3 lakh people have been approved by the State-level scheme sanctioning committee (SLSSC). This will immensely reduce the drudgery faced by women and children who spent many hours every day fetching water from distant water sources.
Rare Pink Handfish
After 22 years, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) discovered a rare pink handfish near the Tasmanian coast. The last time the fish was seen was in 1999.
In February 2021, Australian marine researchers used an underwater camera to photograph the seabed in Tasman Fracture Marine Park. They discovered the pink handfish later while reviewing the footage.
The Taman Fracture Marine Park is known for its deep crack in the earth’s crust, which allows scientists to study marine life up to 4,000 meters below the surface.
Pink handfish was previously thought to only live in shallow waters. This time, however, it was discovered at a depth of 150 meters.
India Aids Mozambique
The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, on December 25 with 500 tonnes of food aid as part of the SAGAR Mission.
500 tonnes of food aid were sent to Mozambique to aid the government’s efforts to combat the ongoing drought and the covid-19 pandemic.
India is also committed to assisting Mozambique’s Armed Forces in their capacity-building efforts.
INS Kesari also carried two Fast Interceptor Craft and self-defense equipment, which will be handed over to the Mozambican Armed Forces.
In accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR, aid was extended to Mozambique for the eighth time.
Indian Armys In-house Messaging app
The Indian Army has launched ASIGMA, a modern messaging app that stands for “Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application.”
The AWAN (Army Wide Area Network) messaging application will be replaced by ASIGMA. For the past 15 years, AWAN has been in operation.
On Army-owned hardware, the ASIGMA app has been distributed. It will serve the army from now on, and it will be able to provide lifetime support with future upgrades.It has been designed to meet all future requirements for the Indian army while also providing a better user experience.
The app includes a number of modern features, such as multi-level security, message prioritization and tracking, a dynamic global address book, and options to meet the army’s current needs.
It will meet the Army’s real-time data transfer and messaging needs, especially given the current geopolitical security environment.
INS Khukri Decommissioned
The INS Khukri (P49), India’s first indigenously built missile corvette, was decommissioned on December 24, 2021, after 32 years of service at Visakhapatnam.
The national flag, decommissioning pennant, and naval ensign were all lowered at sunset during the decommissioning ceremony.
On August 23, 1989, the Mazagon Dock shipbuilders completed the INS Khukri.
It was unique in that it served in both the Western and Eastern Fleets.
The ship was commanded by 28 commanding officers during her service with the Indian Navy.
It traveled over 6,44,897 nautical miles, which is the equivalent of 30 times around the world or three times the distance between the Moon and the Earth. The ship was assigned to the Indian Army’s Gorkha Brigade.