1. Business Incubator for Fisheries
Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying launched the country’s first-of-its-kind fisheries business incubator in Gurugram at a cost of Rs 3.23 crore to promote startups in this sector.
- The business incubator, known as LINAC- NCDC Fisheries Business Incubation Centre (LIFIC), in Gurugram is set up to nurture fisheries startups under real market-led conditions.
- The incubation unit will provide handholding such as training, converting entrepreneurial ideas into business models, and doling out seed money to the new as well as existing business entrepreneurs.
- To begin with, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), an implementing agency for the LIFIC, has identified the first batch of 10 incubates from Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
- Out of them, six are from newly-created Fish Farmers Producer Organisations with the support of the financial grant under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)
2. Pochampally Village
- Pochampally, a village in Telangana made famous by its eponymous handloom weaved ‘Ikat’ sarees, was declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as one of the best tourism villages in the world.
- Frequently referred to as the Silk City of India, the Pochampally Ikat received a Geographical Indicator status in 2004.
- The award for which will be presented to the government at the UNWTO General Assembly on December 2 in Madrid, Spain.
- Pochampally’s unique weaving styles and patterns received special focus through ‘Vocal for Local’ as part of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ mission.
- The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO Pilot initiative awards outstanding rural destinations that showcase good practices and seek to support villages in enhancing their rural tourism potential through training
- The tourism ministry had recommended three villages for the UNWTO Best Tourism Village entry from India — Kongthong in Meghalaya, Ladhpura Khas in Madhya Pradesh, and Pochampally in Telangana.
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3. Duare Ration scheme
- West Bengal launched an ambitious “Duare Ration” scheme for providing food grains under the public distribution system at the doorstep for the entire population of the State.
- This Duare Ration scheme will help 10 crores, people of the State, by providing food grains at doorsteps
- The vehicles will carry ration in a particular street or lane and employees of ration dealers will make the food grains available to the people near their residence.
- The state would provide around 21,000 ration dealers with the financial assistance of 1 lakh each to purchase vehicles for delivering ration to people in this manner.
- A similar scheme of delivering food grains was started by Aam Admi Party (AAP) Government in Delhi which has been contested by the Centre.
- The Union Government has urged the Delhi government to follow provisions of the National Food Security Act passed by the Parliament for delivering foodgrains.
4. World Toilet Day
As part of the ‘World Toilet Day celebrations, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is launching a week-long awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) from November 14th to 20th November 2021 to the run-up to the ‘Swachh Amrit Diwas’, an award ceremony to recognize the role and efforts of the states, cities, ULBs and Cantonment Board in Swachh Survekshan 2021, and Garbage Free Star Rating certification on 20th November 2021
- A total of 246 cities are participating in SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) which is being conducted across the country.
- Through this challenge, it is aimed to encourage cities to mechanize their sewer and septic tank cleaning operations in order to prevent deaths and fatalities of sanitation workers from ‘hazardous entry’.
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) on the occasion of World Toilet Day with the objective of eradicating the practice of hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks and promoting mechanized cleaning of the same.
5. Issues revised guidelines
In a bid to enable the replacement of fossil fuel-based energy by renewable energy under the existing power purchase agreements (PPAs), the Centre has issued revised guidelines providing for thermal generation companies to set up renewable energy generation capacity either by themselves through developers by open bids and supplying it to the consumers under the existing PPAs.
- The development comes in the light of India’s goal of achieving 500 GW of non-fossil fuel capacity by 2030.
- As the cost of renewable energy is less than the cost of thermal energy, the gains from the bundling of renewable energy with thermal will be shared between the generator and distribution companies/other procurers on a 50:50 basis.
- As renewable energy will be balanced with thermal energy, therefore, the DISCOMs will now not need to acquire any separate capacity for balancing renewable energy.
- The distribution companies will be able to count the renewable energy supplied under the scheme towards their renewable purchase obligation and this will be without the financial burden of separate PPA.
6. Bhumi Samvaad
Bhumi Samvaad is a National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) that was held recently at India Habitat Centre here in the national capital.
- Under the scheme, a 14-digit identification number will be issued to every plot of land in the country.
- It is being described as “the Aadhaar for land” a number that would uniquely identify every surveyed parcel of land and prevent land fraud, especially in rural India, where land records are outdated and disputed.
- The identification will be based on the longitude and latitude of the land parcel and is dependent on detailed surveys and geo-referenced cadastral maps.
- The benefits of ALPIN are multitudinous.
- The single source of information can authenticate the ownership and in turn, it can end the dubious ownership.
- It will help identify the government lands easily and protect the land from shabby land transactions.
7. Purvanchal Expressway
- The infrastructure project, which is one of the biggest completed by the Uttar Pradesh government and cost an estimated Rs 22,496 crore, has been billed as the “carrier of development” to the underdeveloped Purvanchal region.
- The expressway starts from Chandsarai village in the district of Lucknow located on the Lucknow-Sultanpur road and ends at Haidaria village on National Highway 31 in Ghazipur district.
- It is currently a six-lane wide highway and can be expanded to eight-lane in the future.
- The 341-kilometer-long expressway will reduce the travel time between Lucknow to Buxar in Bihar from seven hours to nearly four hours.
- Once it is opened to the public, the travel time from Lucknow to Ghazipur will be reduced from 6 hours to 3.5 hours.
8. Global innovation summit
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first global innovation summit of the pharmaceutical sector on November 18 via video conferencing.
- It is a distinctive initiative that aims to bring together key Indian and international stakeholders from the government, industry, academia, investors, and researchers to discuss and strategize priorities to foster a thriving innovation ecosystem in the sector.
- It will also highlight opportunities in the Indian pharma industry that has huge growth potential.
9. Guinness World Records
- Guinness World Records recognizes the achievement of BRO for constructing the world’s highest motorable road
- Director-General of Border Roads Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry received the Guinness World Records certificate for the achievement of the Border Roads Organisation of constructing and blacktopping the world’s highest motorable road.
- It has been constructed at 19,024 feet at Umlingla Pass in Ladakh. Official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records Rishi Nath acknowledged this.
10. NMDC Celebrates its 64th Foundation Day
- National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), a public enterprise under the Ministry of Steel celebrated its 64th Formation Day at its Head Office – Hyderabad and at all major projects with great vigor and enthusiasm.
- NMDC, the largest iron ore producer in the country was incorporated on 15th November 1958 and has completed 63 years of service to the nation.