23.01.21 Daily KPSC Current Affairs

KARNATAKA

 

2,000 illegal quarries active in Karnataka: Officials

No government has so far succeeded in ending the menace and the 2018 report of the state mines and geology department underlines the severity — there are about 30,000 such violations.

 

After the report which was prepared following a three-year survey, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty had directed officials to take measures to protect natural resources and prevent environmental imbalance.

The officials had ordered to stop all kinds of activities and even registered cases against violators after collecting a fine of Rs 110 crore. Yet, authorised quarries continued to operate.

 

According to green activists, some operators use high-power electric detonators and caps in the absence of proper monitoring, besides employing untrained migrant workers.

 

The situation is more alarming in environmentally sensitive areas of Western Ghats or Malnad region, where quarries are built by removing soil from the surface level.
This affects natural absorption of water into soil and results in mudslide and tremors. Karnataka had experienced several landslides and tremors between 2017 and 2020.

INTERNATIONAL

Great Green Wall for Sahel and Sahara

 

At the “One Planet Biodiversity Summit”, the “Great Sahel Green Wall and Sahara Desert Initiative” received US$14 billion in funding. The funds will be used to restore degraded land, enhance resilience, create green jobs and protect biodiversity. Among financial institutions, the World Bank pledged 5 billion US dollars, the African Development Bank pledged 6.5 billion US dollars, and the French government pledged 14 billion US dollars.

 

The “Green Wall” initiative aims to change the lives of 100 million Africans by planting trees, vegetation, grasslands and plants 8,000 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide.

The Great Green Wall is an initiative of African leaders. It was initiated by the African Union in 2007 to combat desertification, land degradation and drought. The goal of the project is to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. From 2007 to 2019, so far, the Great Wall Green Wall Initiative has restored only 4 million hectares of land.

The plan aims to store 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs. It will support African communities in planting fertile land and increase economic opportunities for the youngest population. The project will help create climate resilience in areas where the temperature rises faster than the rest of the planet.

 

India sends 1 million doses of COVID vaccine to Nepal as gift under ‘Vaccine Maitri’ Initiative

India sent 1 million doses of a COVID vaccine to Nepal as a gift under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ Initiative.

Previously India had sent 150,000 doses of ‘Covisheild’ vaccines to Bhutan and 100,000 doses to the Maldives.

In a major announcement, Indian Government said that it will send COVID-19 vaccines to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles and supplies to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius will commence after confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances.

 

NATIONAL

ISRO to launch customised space-themed t-shirts, mugs, other merchandise

 

Along the lines of what American space agency NASA has done, the ISRO will come out with customised t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, key chains, and posters etc.

The merchandise will revolve around several missions the Indian space agency has made possible from the time it was set up in 1969.

ISRO, through these collectibles, hopes to create awareness and enkindle an interest, particularly among students, in space and technology.

 

Transport Ministry, DRDO ink pact for geo-hazard management

 

The DRDO and the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) have joined hands to strengthen collaboration in the field of technical exchange and cooperation on sustainable geo-hazard management.

Both establishments will cooperate in the areas of mutual benefit, including conceptual planning of integrated avalanche and landslide protection schemes for all-weather connectivity in snowbound areas.

The MoRTH and DRDO will be cooperating in different mutually beneficial areas that are related to geohazard management.

This initiative aims at ensuring safety against the adverse effects of landslides as well as other natural calamities on the national highways of India.

Shramshakti Digital Data Solution was Launched

 

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Goa Government jointly launched the Shramshakti Digital Data Solution.

 

This is a national migration support portal designed to make the national and state-level programmes for migrant workers to run smoothly. The Goa Government also released “Shram-Saathi”, a training manual for migrant workers in Goa.

 

Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report – TRAI

TRAI released a report on India’s Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator for the fourth quarter from July to September 2020.

 

Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released the “Report on the Performance Indicators of Telecommunications Services in India”.

It provides a broad perspective of Indian telecom services and introduces key parameters and growth trends of Indian telecom services as well as cable TV, DTH and radio broadcasting services.

It is mainly compiled based on information provided by the service providers. The number of telephone subscribers in India increased by 0.70% from the previous quarter.

This reflects a decrease of 2.22% in the same quarter compared to the same period last year. The total number of Internet users also increased this quarter, increasing by 3.66%.

 

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