U’khand planning to double its GSDP by 25th anniversary: governor
The governor lieutenant general (retd) Gurmit Singh said the State government is planning to double the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Uttarakhand by the year 2025 when the State completes 25 years of its creation. He said that the Pushkar Singh Dhami government has taken a commitment to fulfill the expectation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the third decade of the 21st century will belong to Uttarakhand. The governor was addressing the first day of the budget session of the State Assembly at Bharadisain in Gairsain.
Amid continued interruption from the opposition benches the governor read out the achievements and vision of the Dhami government. He said that the State government has set up a State Institute for Empowering and Transforming Uttarakhand (SETU) on the lines of NITI Aayog of the Centre. Similarly, Uttarakhand Infrastructure and Investment Development Board (UIIDB) has been set up to provide an impetus to the economy of the State. Presenting a rosy picture of the economy of Uttarakhand, the governor said that the per capita income (PCI) of the State stands at Rs 2,05, 840 which is 37 per cent more than the PCI of the country which is Rs 1,50,007. In the India Innovation Index 2021 of the NITI Aayog, Uttarakhand has been placed in second position among the Himalayan States and in fifth spot in the whole country.
The governor said that to give more representation to the women of the State in government jobs, the Uttarakhand Public Service (horizontal reservation)-2022 Act was brought in. He said that in order to put an effective control on the use of unfair means and copying in the recruitment examinations the Dhami government has brought the Uttarakhand Recruitment Examinations (prevention of unfair means) ordinance 2023. The Agriculture and Farmer Welfare department has undertaken a State millet mission to encourage the cultivation of millets and has initiated CM natural farming scheme and Namami Gange natural farming corridor scheme.
Under the Jal Jeevan Mission drinking water connection has been provided to 10,93,281 rural families. The Irrigation department is preparing a comprehensive master plan for construction of check dams and stop dams for augmenting the ground water table. A total of 1,102 Amrit Sarovars (ponds) were constructed by the rural development department and out of them 340 ponds were handed over for fishery. The governor said that ropeway projects are underway in Yamunotri, Hemkund Sahib and Kedarnath which will make the Yatra more accessible. Work on 15 projects is underway as per the master plan to make Badrinath shrine a smart spiritual hill town. Free textbooks were given to 7.42 lakh students of classes I to VIII in the government and the aided schools of the State. Similarly for the first time free textbooks were given to 3.19 lakh students of classes IX to XII in the State. Under the higher education department 20 institutes would be developed as the centre of excellence. Under the startup policy recognition has been given to 139 startups and financial assistance has been provided to 33 start-ups. The State government has applied for Geographical Indication (GI) tags for stinging nettle, pichhoda, crafted candles of Nainital, Mukhota (mask) of Chamoli and temple templates of Rudraprayag.
Bola Tinubu elected as the new President of Nigeria
Nigerian electoral officials announced on 1 March 2023 that the ruling party’s candidate in the presidential election, Bola Tinubu, has been elected as the country’s new president. Bola Tinubu has been associated with the ‘All Progressive Congress Party’ from which he has been winning elections. He will become Nigeria’s fifth president since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999, emerging as winner for the country’s top job on his first attempt.
Main opponents Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi are likely to challenge the decision again in court. Because Abubakar had finished second in the 2019 election as well and challenged the result in court. However, his suit was dismissed.
Indo-US developed NISAR Satellite Reached ISRO
As per the India and US collaboration, NISAR Satellite has been built jointly by NASA and ISRO and is set to take off by 2024.
The satellite has been rendered to ISRO Space Agency which is intended to observe and measure land and ice masses on Earth among various other activities.
NASA asserted that this radar imaging satellite will use dual frequencies to assess complex issues such as melting glaciers, ecosystem disruptions, etc.
India’s bullet train to run by August 2026: Railway Minister
According to railways and telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, the first bullet train in India will begin service in August 2026. The project will stimulate the economy because several of the suppliers to the project have begun receiving export orders. The government intends to start operating the first bullet train in August 2026. The goal is to run the bullet train on a larger section in 2027.
The Indian railways is building the country’s first bullet train from Ahmedabad, Gujarat to Mumbai, Maharashtra over 508-kilometer route. The high-speed train will run at top speed of 350 kms per hour, covering the distance in three hours. The ministry of railways updated the progress of the Bullet Train project and informed that the whole project has progressed by 26.33%. It also stated that 32.93% of the project’s overall Gujarat leg had been completed and that the state’s surrounding civil works had advanced by about 54.74%.
Yuva Utsava-India@2047 pan-India launched by Anurag Singh Thakur
Yuva Utsava-India@2047 launched by Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports, Information, and Broadcasting, from IIT Ropar in Punjab. On this occasion, Shri Anurag Thakur also unveiled the Yuva Utsava Dashboard.
In addition to Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Dhar and Hosangabad in Madhya Pradesh, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, Saraiekela in Jharkhand, Kapurthala in Punjab, Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Vijayawara in Andhra Pradesh, Karimnagar in Telangana, Palakhad in Kerala, and Cuddalore, all simultaneously hosted Yuva (Tamil Nadu).
To recognise the influence of youth, Yuva Utsava will be held in 150 Districts nationwide by March 31st, 2023
India’s First Indigenous Aircraft INS Vikrant Joins Indian Navy
The first edition of the Naval Commanders’ Conference was held today i.e. March 06, 2023. Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant dispatched.
Top naval officers initiate various Navy activities and are briefed upon the Agnipath Scheme.
The conference is a programme which aims to address important security issues in the military. Navy Chief Admiral H Hari Kumar and other naval commanders will conduct a probe into Logistics, Human Resource Department, etc.
INS Trikand in Bahrain for Maritime Exercise
The Indigenous Frigate, INS Trikand arrives in Bahrain. For the first time, the Indian Warship will be participating in the International Maritime Exercise/Cutlass Exercise 2023.
This exercise is led by the US Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a naval partnership or group including 34 nations.
INS Trikand is designed using stealth technologies. There will be participants from more than 50 countries in the maritime exercise.