16.02.21 Daily KPSC Current Affairs

 

KARNATAKA

 

Flower Processing Centre to be Set Up in Karnataka

 

The Ministry of Horticulture of Karnataka will establish a flower processing center in cooperation with the Bangalore International Flower Auction (IFAB). The center will be set up to convert unsold flowers into useful products. Highlights:

 

The flower processing center will process flowers and convert them into high value-added products, such as flower art, natural dyes, incense sticks, flower paper, flower embedding works, flower petal powder for cosmetics and flowers stored in silica.

 

This kind of flower processing facility is needed because once the market is interrupted, flower growers will suffer huge losses. Therefore, by establishing this facility, farmers can learn flower processing skills from the center.

 

This unit will be used to process various flowers. Karnataka is rich in flora and fauna. The total forest area recorded in the state is 38,720 square kilometers. It accounts for 20.19% of the country’s total geographic area.

 

The forest contains 25% of India’s elephants and 10% of tigers. The Western Ghats is a hotspot of biodiversity, including the western part of Karnataka.

 

Talacauvery and Kudremukh are the two Western Ghats in Karnataka and have a place on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

The Indian roller is a national bird, and the Indian elephant is a national animal. Sandalwood is the state tree of Karnataka.

 

The lotus is the state flower of Karnataka. Karnataka is a leading country in flower cultivation. It accounts for 75% of India’s total flower production. The state is the state with the largest area of modern cut flowers, consisting of 40 flower planting and exporting units. The state also has India’s first and only flower auction center.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Italy Gets Green Super Ministry Climate Change

 

Italys recovery plan must be submitted to the European Commission by April 2021 to obtain more than 200 billion euros (240 billion US dollars) in funding.

In the first step, the Prime Minister will redraft Italy’s recovery plan.

Italy’s recovery plan must be submitted to the European Commission by April 2021 to obtain more than 200 billion euros (240 billion US dollars) in funding.

This amount is needed in order for the country to revive the economy hit by the recession during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the EU agreement, 37% of the 200 billion euros must be transferred to the transition to a low-carbon economy.

 

NATIONAL

National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture – NeGPA

 

National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture is a centrally sponsored scheme.

National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture is Launched in 2010-11 out of 7 pilot states. From 2014-2015, it expanded to other states and 2 UTs.

Scheme objective: to achieve rapid development in India through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) so that farmers can obtain information related to agriculture in a timely manner.

Farmers can obtain different services under the project through multiple channels, including government offices, kiosks, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Kisan Call Centers, Agri Clinics, Common Service Centers, and web/mobile applications.

The components of the programe include the Unified Farmer Service Platform (UFSP) and the Farmer’s Database.

UFSP will act as the central agency for the agricultural ecosystem and allow service providers to register.

 

Women Excellence Award 2021 by SERB

 

SERB ( Science and Engineering Research Board) announces Women Excellence Award 2021. SERB awarded four young female researchers from the National Science Academies in recognition of their outstanding performance in science and engineering.

 

SERB awarded four young female researchers from the National Science Academies in recognition of their outstanding performance in science and engineering on the International Women’s and Girls’ Day in Science in 2021

The award is the funding of Rs 15 lakh for three-year scientists for their research.

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament.

 

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban, JJM-U.

It will be conducted in cities to ascertain equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenge process.

As a first step, the Ministry has decided to launch the Survekshan in 10 cities-  Agra, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Churu, Kochi, Madurai, Patiala, Rohtak, Surat and Tumkur.

Jal Jeevan Mission Urban is designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal – 6.

The total outlay proposed for JJM (U) is 2 lakh 87 thousand crore rupees which includes 10 thousand crore rupees for continuing financial support to AMRUT Mission.

Neptune Declaration – Maritime Union of India

 

The Maritime Organization MUI urges the government to recognize the “Neptune Declaration on Seafarers’ Welfare and Crew Change” in order to formulate the “India Maritime Vision 2030.”

 

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Water Transport of India will formulate the “India Maritime Vision 2030”.

The Neptune Declaration was signed by 450 and more organizations.

The declaration emphasized the main actions needed to resolve the crew change crisis. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the daily life and well-being of seafarers have been severely affected. This led to a humanitarian crisis at sea.

The declaration mentions four main actions needed to respond to the crew change crisis: Recognize that seafarers are key workers and provide them with Covid-19 vaccine as a priority. Establish and implement a gold standard health agreement based on existing best practices. Strengthen the cooperation between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes. Ensure air connections between seafarers’ main maritime hubs.

 

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