Uttarakhand: PM Narendra Modi likely to launch infra project from Mana
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to launch the Centre’s ‘Vibrant Village Programme’ (VVP) from Mana, the last Indian village on India-China border on October 21, during his proposed visit to Uttarakhand.
The project — announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech this year — aims to develop border villages with sparse population and bolster facilities in these areas to check migration.
The VVP is an important project for Uttarakhand as the Himalayan state shares an international border of 625km-350km with China and 275km with Nepal. Pithoragarh, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts share an international border with China whereas Pithoragarh, Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar share international boundaries with Nepal.
Vladimir Putin signs laws annexing 4 Ukrainian regions
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed laws absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, a move that finalises the annexation carried out in defiance of international law.
Earlier this week, both houses of the Russian parliament ratified treaties making the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions part of Russia.
The formalities followed Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” in the four regions that Ukraine and the West have rejected as a sham.
Truant monsoon can put pressure on prices, GDP, say expert
The Southwest Monsoon this year has started on an erratic note, and is presently lagging behind schedule. Experts fear that the monsoon deficiency is going to further increase pressure on food prices, which are already high.
India has been witnessing extreme weather conditions of rainfall deficit in most parts of the country and simultaneously witnessing massive flooding in Northeast India. This has brought focus back on the high monsoon rainfall variability, which has been a cause of concern for the country, which employs 50% of its workforce in rain-fed dependent agriculture.
Kilo class submarine INS Sindhudhvaj decommissioned
The Navy’s Kilo-class submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, was decommissioned from service on Saturday at Visakhapatnam after 35 years in service. With this, the Navy now has 15 conventional submarines in service.
Commissioned into the Navy in June 1987, Sindhudhvaj, was one of the 10 Kilo-class submarines India acquired from Russia between 1986 and 2000. Of these, INS Sindhurakshak was lost in an accident in Mumbai harbour in August 2013, while Sindhuvir was transferred to Myanmar in 2020, making it the South East Asian nation’s first underwater platform.
NDRF carries out pan-India security audit of ropeways
The NDRF has begun a nationwide survey of passenger cable cars and ropeway systems to find out possible security flaws in them and to prepare a structural blueprint that will help it launch effective rescue operations in case of an emergency.
The federal contingency force has also decided to train its rescuers in specific ropeway rescue skills apart from purchasing an assortment of tools like pulleys and carabiners to be used for transporting the salvager and evacuating stranded people from the car hanging in the air. The move comes as at least four ropeway-related incidents, including one in Uttarakhand, have been reported in the country so far this year.
The aim of the exercise is to not only sensitise the operators of this mode of transport about the precautions they should practise and preparations they should have, it will also give us an action plan which can be used during emergencies and disasters that hit the ropeway system.
Chennai: Startups create 7.67 lakh jobs in India in 6 years
Startups in India have generated around 7.67 lakh jobs in the last six years (as of June 30) with majority of the employment generated in Maharashtra, the commerce ministry told the Lok Sabha. Around 72,000 startups have registered themselves under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT’s) Startup India scheme in the last six years (2016-2022) with 2022 alone recording 12,341 registrations nationally, minister of state for commerce Som Prakash said.
Maharashtra topped the job creation list with more than 1.46 lakh people employed at the state’s startups. Despite housing the country’s tech hub, Karnataka was a distant second with over 1.03 lakh jobs, and Delhi ranked third with 87,643 jobs. The total number of employment generated is self-reported by the startups recognized by the DPIIT as of June 30, the minister said. In terms of the number of startups registered in the last six years, Maharashtra again takes the first position with 13,519, followed by Karnataka at 8,881, Delhi at 8,636, and Uttar Pradesh at 6,654.
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