29-3.23 KPSC Daily Current Affairs

NITK inks MoU with NJB to develop geo-cell products from Jute
The National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Jute Board (NJB), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, to develop technology to make Geo-Cell products from jute and standardize them for various engineering applications.
The commercially available polymer-based geo-cells are costly and not readily available in rural areas and small towns. This navigates towards inventing an eco- friendly, cost-effective cellular confinement product that satisfies engineering strength requirements. Jute is a natural material that is plentifully available in India.
Almost 85% of the world’s jute cultivation is concentrated in the Ganges Delta. It is high time that India explores its diverse applications and widens its usage in the form of different products. The project by NITK, Surathkal, proposes a very affordable and eco-friendly method of ground improvement using jute in the form of cells.
China spent $240 billion bailing out ‘Belt & Road’ countries: Study
A recent study conducted by researchers from the World Bank, Harvard Kennedy School, AidData, and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy has revealed that China spent approximately $240 billion from 2008 to 2021 bailing out 22 developing countries that had difficulty repaying loans taken for Belt and Road infrastructure projects
A recently published study shows that from 2008 to 2021, China provided approximately $240 billion to bail out 22 developing nations that encountered challenges in paying back loans obtained for the Belt and Road infrastructure projects
Chow-chow, also known as chayote, is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is not easily available in markets but is a popular ingredient in the cuisine of certain Indian states. In this article, we will explore the origins, consumption, and potential of chow-chow.
Chow-chow is an important part of the cuisine in northeastern states, particularly Mizoram, and southern India. It is used in a variety of dishes such as curries, stews, and salads. The vegetable has a mild taste and can absorb flavors easily, making it a versatile ingredient in dishes.
Hockey India bagged the Best Organizer Award 
Asian Hockey Federation presented the Best Organizer Award to Hockey India for their endless efforts in conducting the Odisha Men’s World Cup of 2023.
The whole staff of Hockey India ensured the smooth functioning of the hockey tournament that was held in January 2023 in Bhubaneshwar and Rourkela.
After seed fund, IN-SPACe to open Space systems design lab for startups
Close on the heels of setting up a seed fund for startups, the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), the autonomous nodal agency under the department of space (DOS), has established a Space Systems Design Lab.
The state-of-art lab, to be inaugurated in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, will enable space start-ups to transform their innovative ideas into optimal products. It is equipped with capabilities of design, analysis and simulation for space systems in line with IN-SPACe’s role to promote, enable, authorise and supervise private enterprises and start-ups to undertake space activities.
It is a social impact fund that was launched in 2019 by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. The fund provides financial backing for stalled and stressed mid-income and affordable housing projects across the country. In this article, we’ll delve deeper into what the SWAMIH Investment Fund is, how it operates, and its impact on affordable housing projects across India.
SWAMIH Investment Fund provides funding for brownfield, RERA-registered, and stressed residential projects that fall under the affordable and mid-income housing category. The fund considers projects by first-time developers, established developers with troubled projects, developers with a poor track record of stalled projects, customer complaints, NPA accounts, and even projects with litigation issues.
Release of Tigresses into Tiger Reserves in Rajasthan
The Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve is located in Rajasthan’s Kota district and has an area of 759.99 km2. It was established in 2004 and comprises three wildlife sanctuaries: Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, National Chambal Sanctuary, and Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary. The reserve is located in the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests and has a rugged and hilly terrain dominated by Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) trees. It is an important ecological zone for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, chinkaras, and crocodiles.
The Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve is situated in the southeastern part of the state in Bundi district. It represents both Vindhyan and Aaravalli elements and is in continuation with the buffer area of Ranthambore tiger reserve in the northeastern side and Mukundara Hills tiger reserve in the southern side. The Mez, a tributary of the Chambal river, passes through the tiger reserve. The terrain is mostly rugged and hilly, and it is part of the ‘Semi-arid’ Zone of India. The habitat is dominated by Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) trees.
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