Karnataka to get $76-m space taxi, propulsion systems facility
A research and development (R&D) centre and manufacturing factory for space taxis (orbital transfer vehicles or OTVs) and propulsion systems for rockets and satellites is expected to begin first-phase operations on a five-acre facility at the aerospace park near Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) by late 2023.
The new facility, expected to be worth $76 million (around Rs 630 crore) once fully operational, will be established by space tech firm Bellatrix Aerospace, a Bengaluru-headquartered company specialising in in-orbit propulsion systems and OTVs/space taxis.
At the new facility, aside from the space taxi, the firm will manufacture four of its thrusters — the Hall thruster, microwave plasma thruster, nano thrusters and green propulsion systems.
2022 Forest Declaration Assessment
Recent publication of the 2022 Forest Declaration Assessment revealed that the global deforestation rate only slightly decreased in 2021, by 6.3%, compared to the 2018–20 baseline.
At the 26th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, about 145 nations reaffirmed their commitment to stop and reverse land degradation and forest loss by 2030.
The Forest Declaration Assessment releases yearly updates on the status of the world’s forests.
By 2030, 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands are to be restored, according to the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), a political declaration that was adopted in 2014.
Over the last two decades, the amount of trees on earth has increased by 130.9 million hectares.
In just 13 countries, there was a concentration of 75% of the global gain.
Russia (28.4%), Canada, the United States, Brazil, and China saw the biggest improvements.
Odisha’s common credit portal
SAFAL (Simplified Application for Agricultural Loans) is India’s first online agricultural credit facilitation portal. This common credit portal eases access to over 300 term loan products provided for farmers and agri-entrepreneurs. These term loan products will be provided by more than 40 partner banks.
The portal acts as a one-stop solution for farmers and agri-entrepreneurs to access loans offered by public and private sector banks, regional rural banks, state cooperative banks and small finance banks.
Ministry of Education releases report on Performance Grading Index for States/UTs for the year 2020-21
The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education today released the Performance Grading Index (PGI) for States/UTs for 2020-21, a unique index for evidence based comprehensive analysis of school education system across State/UTs.
The Indian Education System is one of the largest in the world with about 14.9 lakh schools, 95 lakh teachers, and nearly 26.5 crore students from varied socio-economic backgrounds. DoSE&L devised PGI for States/UTs to provide insights and data driven mechanism on the performance and achievements of on the success of school education across all States/UTs. The prime objective of PGI is to promote evidence-based policy making and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all. So far, DoSE&L has released PGI report for the year 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The present report is for the year 2020-21.
The PGI structure comprises of 1000 points across 70 indicators grouped into 2 categories viz., Outcomes, Governance Management (GM). These categories are further divided into 5 domains, viz., Learning Outcomes (LO), Access (A), Infrastructure& Facilities (IF), Equity (E) & Governance Process (GP).
2021 PMAY-U Awards
The PMAY-U Award for Implementation and Innovation was instituted under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban, by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in 2019.
The PMAY-U was launched in 2015 to address the housing shortage in India’s urban areas.
There are 3 broad categories of these awards:
State Awards, Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats Awards
Special Category Awards
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