08.01.22 UKPSC Daily Current Affairs

UTTARAKHAND

 

6.28 lakh beneficiaries in 15-18 yrs age group to be vaccinated in a week- Dhami

 

All the 6.28 lakh youngsters in the 15-18 years age group in Uttarakhand will be vaccinated in a week. Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said this after launching the anti-Covid vaccination of beneficiaries in the said age group here on Monday. Dhami thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the public for this. He referred to the mega vaccination campaign undertaken in India under Modi’s leadership while recalling the limited resources available at the time when Covid first hit the nation. Appreciating the measures taken to tackle the pandemic, he said that the nation now has adequate resources to deal with it. Vaccine and other necessary implements are available in Uttarakhand too, he added.

The State’s Health minister Dhan Singh Rawat said that the beneficiaries in the 15-18 years age group being vaccinated in Uttarakhand from Monday will also include those from other states who are studying here. He said that 85 per cent target has been met in administration of the second dose which will be completed soon. The state will begin the drive to provide booster dose to frontline workers and those aged above 60 years from January 10. Rawat said that various decisions had been taken in the health sector under Dhami’s leadership. The process of recruiting applicants to 800 ANM posts will be completed soon. Apart from this, 3,000 nursing staff and 1,000 ward boys will also be recruited soon, added the Health minister.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

UN WFP Signs MoU To Improve PM POSHAN Scheme

 

To strengthen the effectiveness of PM – POSHAN, the United Nations World Food Program, UN – WFP, has struck a deal with a Bengaluru-based NGO (Non-Governmental Organization).

Highlights:

 

Pradhan Mantri POshanSHaktiNirman is the acronym for Pradhan Mantri POshanSHaktiNirman. Previously, the program was known as the Mid-Day Meal Program.

The Akshara Patra Foundation and the Akshara Patra Foundation inked the agreement.

PM POSHAN Shakti Nirman has received financial help from the World Food Programme. It will help schools improve their mid-day feeding programs.

The NGO will form a steering group. The committee will include officials from the World Food Programme, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

 

 

Sri Lanka India Oil Deal

 

The Sri Lankan Government signed an agreement with the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC). According to the agreement, Sri Lanka will lease oil tanks to IOC.

 

Sri Lanka has leased 14 tanks to LIOC for fifty years. Another 24 tanks have been leased to CPC. CPC is joint venture of LIOC and Trinco Petroleum Private Limited. CPC is Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The CPC is to develop 61 oil farms in the country.

 

Under the agreement signed in 2003, Sri Lanka agreed to lease all of its 99 tank oil farms to India. This has now been nullified by the new agreement. The new agreement brings in new governance structure.

 

Sri Lanka is under huge financial pressure. The country has to repay 4.5 billion USD in 2022 alone. Its foreign exchange reserves are decreasing largely.

 

NATIONAL

 

Green Energy Corridor Phase II

 

The Government of India approved Green Energy Corridor Phase – II. The estimated outlay of the phase is Rs 12,031 crores. Under this phase, 10,750 kilometres of transmission lines are to be constructed and 27,500 MVA sub stations are to be added. MVA is Mega Volt Ampere. These additions are of the renewable energy generated in different parts of the country. The project is to be implemented in seven states. They are Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

 

 

The Green Energy Corridor Phase II will be implemented between 2021-22 and 2025-26.

 

33% of the project cost is to be provided by the central government. That is, Rs 3,970 crores. The Central Government’s assistance will reduce the intra – state transmission costs. And will ultimately reduce the cost of the power supplied.

 

It will help India achieve its target of 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030.

 

It will generate direct and indirect employment opportunities.

 

The project will boost energy security of the country.

 

It is being implemented in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. It aims to generate 24 GW of renewable power. It is to be completed by 2022. It will add 22,600 MVA of substations and 9,700 km of transmission lines. This is being implemented at a cost of Rs 10,141 crores. Here the central government has contributed Rs 4.056 crores, that is, 33% of the cost.

 

 

Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme

 

Under the PMFME Scheme, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries has introduced six one-district product (ODOP) brands.

Highlights:PMFME is the acronym for Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises.

Amrit Phal: It’s amla juice for Haryana’s Gurugram. It’s natural with lemon juice added. Amrit Phal is priced at Rs 120 for 500 ml.

Cori Gold: Coriander powder was created for the Rajasthani city of Kota. Because of its flavor, the product is one-of-a-kind. Cori gold prices 34 rupees per gram.

Kashmiri Mantra: Kashmiri red chiles are used to make this product. It was created for the Jammu and Kashmir district of Kulgam. Seventy-five rupees buy 100 grams of the Kashmiri mantra.

Madhu Mantra: It’s a honey-like substance created for the Uttar Pradesh district of Saharanpur. It’s a honey with a variety of flora. Madhu mantra honey is gathered from bees that are allowed to fly freely. Five hundred grams of Madhu mantra will set you back 185 rupees.

 

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