08-09.03.20 Uttarakhand (UKPSC) Daily Current Affairs



Govt focuses on decentralised development, job generation

In the address of the Governor, which is considered as the document of Government’s vision and achievements, the Uttarakhand Government has claimed that its priority is to facilitate decentralised development and make Uttarakhand a developed state with participation of all.

In her address, the governor Baby Rani Maurya said that the state government has amended polices in eight areas and established ten new promotional polices.

The work on 457 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) worth Rs 21270.97 crore has reached grounding level. A total of 2,641 industrial units have been established with an investment of Rs 3,524 crore in the state and these units have given employment to 57,314 people.

In her address, the governor claimed that the state has reached to 9th place from 23 spot in the recently released ranking of ease of doing business and the state is on first position among the hill states. The government has also earmarked a place in Bharadisain for construction of a mini secretariat.

The governor said that 817 proposals have been received under the single window scheme through Common Application Forms (CAF) and an investment of Rs 2,924 crore has been made in the state. The governor said that a cluster based approach is adopted for setting up small and micro industrial units in mountainous areas.

A process to set up 83 growth centres in the state and a provision of Rs 1133.25 lakh has been released for these centres. The governor said that under Invest India scheme, 66 start-ups have been approved. In the year 2006, 178 tigers were there in the forests of the state which have now increased to 482.

Similarly, the number of elephants has increased to 1836. The governor said that the state government has prepared a report on the ecological services provided by the forests and valued the economical value of their services. A total 381 kilometres of roads were constructed in the current financial year which also saw re-construction of 697 kilometres of roads.


Covid-2019 is official name for disease caused by new coronavirus says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019.

It comes after the death toll from the virus passed one thousand. Tens of thousands of people have been infected.


The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to.


Researchers have been calling for an official name to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.


US President Donald Trump signs USD 8.3B bill to fight coronavirus outbreak



US President Donald Trump signed an 8.3 billion US

Dollars measure to help tackle the coronavirus

outbreak killed 12 people in the US and infected

more than 200.


The legislation provides federal public health

agencies with money for vaccines, tests, and

potential treatments and helps state and local

governments prepare and respond to the threat.




Cabinet clears merger of 10 PSBs into 4 banks effective April 1


The Cabinet approved the amalgamation of the 10 public sector banks (PSB) into 4 PSBs that was announced on August 30, 2019.

The merger would come into effect from April 1, 2020.


The Cabinet’s approval will lead to the merger of –

  • Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India into Punjab National Bank;
  • Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank into Union Bank of India;
  • Syndicate Bank into Canara Bank; and
  • Allahabad Bank into Indian Bank


According to the government, the merger of the 10 banks will lead to the creation of stronger establishments that will be able to meet the challenge of a $ 5 trillion economy.



Mumbai set to host IOC session in 2023


Mumbai is set to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee’s session after the IOC Executive Board recommended the Indian city for the annual conference.

The IOC Executive Board decided to put Mumbai’s candidature to a vote of the members.


The decision is to be ratified at the 136th IOC session in Tokyo in July this year.


After ratification, this will be the second-ever IOC session to be held in India after a long gap of 37 years.

India last hosted an IOC session way back in 1983 in New Delhi.

Mineral Law Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha


The Lok Sabha approves Mines and Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill over the Delhi violence and other issues.

Mines and Mineral Laws

The Bill proposes to remove end-use restrictions for participating in coal mine auctions, and it will open up the coal sector fully for commercial mining for all domestic and global companies. The process for the passage of the bill was underway when the House was adjourned following protests by Opposition members over controversial remarks by a Rajasthan MP against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her family members.

The bill explains about the coal sector completely for commercial mining. It intends to remove end-use restrictions to participate in coal mine auction. The ordinance allows coal mining by any company present in industries other than steel and power and does away with the captive end-use criteria.


DAY-NULM signs MoU with Amazon for e-marketing of products made by SHGs


Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) that functions under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed MoU with Amazon for e-marketing of products made by Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country in urban areas.


The partnership aims to provide access to a wider customer base for products made by SHGs and to strengthen the mission of creating sustainable livelihoods in urban areas.


MHA approves Automated Facial Recognition System to identify bodies, missing children, criminals

Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the automated facial recognition system (AFRS) for the identification of unrecognized bodies, missing children, and criminals.

The approval has been accorded for the implementation of AFRS by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).


AFRS will use police records and will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies.


It is expected to facilitate better identification of criminals, unidentified dead bodies, and missing or found children and persons and will not violate privacy.

AFRS will use police records and will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies.

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