05.11.21 Daily UKPSC Current Affairs

 

UTTARAKHAND

 

AIIMS Rishikesh satellite centre soon in Udham Singh Nagar

A satellite centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh will be established in Udham Singh Nagar district on land provided by the state government.

This satellite centre of AIIMS Rishikesh will provide all necessary medical treatment facilities for patients of the Kumaon region. A letter to this effect from the government of India economic adviser Nilambuj Sharan has been received by the AIIMS Rishikesh director.

Reacting to this development, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya. Dhami has been requesting the central government to facilitate establishment of AIIMS in the Kumaon region on the lines of AIIMS Rishikesh.

Dhami said that the establishment of this centre, the patients of Kumaon region and those from neighbouring districts of Uttar Pradesh will benefit considerably from better medical treatment facilities.

It is pertinent to mention here that in his letter, Sharan has stated that like AIIMS Bhubaneswar has opened its satellite centre at Balasore in Odisha, necessary arrangements should be made for AIIMS Rishikesh to operate its satellite centre in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand.

With this letter being received from the central government, a technical team of the Health minister will soon evaluate the utility of the land provided by the state government and the capacity of the AIIMS satellite centre. Headed by the AIIMS director, the engineer concerned and chief architect will visit the land in question and check its utility.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Bird of The Year Award – New Zealand

 

Forest & Bird, an independent conservation organization, organized its annual Bird of The Year Award.

Highlights:

The Pekapeka-tou-roa, a New Zealand native bat species, took up the annual bird of the year award in 2021.

Despite not being a bird, the species was declared the winner of the competition.

Long-tailed bat is another name for Pekapeka-tou-roa. It is one of two land animals found in New Zealand.

Forest and Bird named this bat to their Bird of the Year list because both bats and native birds are endangered by the same issues such as habitat loss, predators, and climate change.

 

World Tsunami Awareness Day Is Commemorated On 5 November

 

On November 5, the world commemorated World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Highlights:

The day is observed to raise awareness about the hazards of tsunamis among people all around the world.

World Tsunami Awareness Day in 2021 promotes the “Sendai Seven Campaign,”

It aims to “significantly expand international cooperation to developing nations through suitable and sustainable support to complement their national measures for the implementation of the current Framework by 2030.”

After the proclamation of the UN General Assembly on December 22, 2015, World Tsunami Day was first formally marked on November 5, 2016.

The United Nations General Assembly urged all countries in international organizations to increase awareness of the crisis and share product ideas.

WEF Report: Mission 2070- A Green New Deal for a Net Zero India

 

The report was published in the backdrop of India’s target to achieve net zero emissions by 2070. This target was committed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow.

At the summit, PM Modi also committed:

 

  1. To bring non-fossil energy capacity of India to 500 GW by 2030,
  2. To lower carbon intensity to 45 per cent by 2030
  3. To reduce 1 billion tonnes of carbon emissions out of total projected emission by 2030.
  4. To fulfil 50 per cent of energy requirement using renewable waste by 2030.

 

Report highlights that, India’s transition towards a green economy could contribute about $1 trillion in economic impact by 2030. It will create more than 50 million jobs.

The economic impact would increase to $15 trillion by 2070.

Report notes that, India’s commitments are a critical foundation for achieving 1.5-degree Celsius global warming target.

India is on the frontline of climate change. More of Indians are exposed to negative effects of climate change and extreme weather events as compared to other nationality.

Five Pillars contributing towards emission in India

 

Energy, industry, mobility, agriculture and infrastructure & cities are the five pillars in India, contributing over 90 per cent emissions. India will require to curb this emission, along with four cross-sectoral enablers including-

 

  1. Accelerated approach to green technology innovation;
  2. Integrated approach to carbon, capture, utilisation and storage
  3. Overarching framework to catalyse green finance and
  4. Plan for climate adaptation.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Marusudar River Diversion – Pakal Dul HE Project Launched

 

Minister of Power, New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh Launched the Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project on November 1, 2021.

Highlights:

♦ This project is located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.

♦ Accelerated hydropower project development is critical for grid balancing and peak power generation.

♦ The Pakal Dul H.E. Project will contribute to achieving the 450 GW renewable energy target by 2030.

♦ In this region, an investment of Rs 8212 crores is being made through this project.

♦ Direct and indirect employment opportunities will be created as a result of the investment.

It will contribute to the general development of the local population.

 

World Bank And Niti Ayog Ready Electric Vehicles Financing Push

 

The World Bank and Niti Ayog are ready to financially push the EV’s in India.

Highlights

♦ The World Bank (WB) and the NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) are collaborating to support a scheme for faster and easier financing of electric vehicles (EVs).

♦ The State Bank of India (SBI) will serve as the program manager for a $300 million ‘first loss risk sharing instrument’ set up by NITI Aayog and the World Bank.

♦ The present rate of interest on electric two-wheelers and electric three-wheelers, which is at 20-25 percent, is likely to drop to 10-12 percent.

 

 

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