Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 12 January 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Sea Vigil 21.
  2. Khadi Prakritik paint to be launched.

1. Sea Vigil 21

News Summary

The second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defense exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’ will be conducted on 12-13 January 2021.

Prelims GS – Internal Security

Sea Vigil 21:
  • The inaugural edition of the Sea Vigil exercise was conducted in January 2019.
  • This exercise will be undertaken along the entire 7516 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and will involve all the 13 coastal states and Union Territories along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.
  • Sea Vigil exercise is being coordinated by the Indian Navy. 
  • The exercise is a build-up towards the major Theatre level exercise TROPEX [Theatre-level Readiness Operational Exercise] which the Indian Navy conducts every two years.
  • SEA VIGIL and TROPEX together will cover the entire spectrum of maritime security challenges, including the transition from peace to conflict.
  • Assets of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs, and other maritime agencies will participate in SEA VIGIL, the conduct of which is also being facilitated by the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Shipping, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries, Customs, State Governments and other agencies of Centre/ State.

Click here to view the Press release.

2. Khadi Prakritik paint to be launched

News Summary

Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways & MSME Sh. Nitin Gadkari will be launching an innovative new paint called “Khadi Prakritik paint” developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission on Tuesday, 12th January

Prelims GS – Science & Technology

Khadi Prakritik paint and benefits to Farmers:
  • The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, called“Khadi Prakritik Paint is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.
  • Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odorless.
  • It has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint
  • Production of Khadi Prakritik Paint is aligned with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income
  • The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium, and others.
  • It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transfer
  • This technology will increase the consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue to farmers and gaushalas. 
  • This is estimated to generate an additional income of Rs 30,000 (approx) per annum per animal to farmers/ gaushalas.
  • The utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

Click here to view the official press release.



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