Karnataka not to invest in thermal power plants
The state government has decided to cap thermal power production and not invest in such plants henceforth.
As per Government of India’s energy policy, power generation has been divided into three categories – base-load power, round-the-clock power and peak-load power.
In Karnataka, we expect thermal power plants to continue providing base-load power until there are some kind of energy storage devices, which may be developed and utilised
According to the IAS officer, the three major thermal power plants are functioning in the range of 95 to 105 per cent of the unit capacity. Of their 13 units, 12 are functioning; a technical issue is being sorted out at the second unit at Yeramarus (Raichur).
Climate Finance Urged Ministry Of Finance
The Minister of Finance of India urges advanced economies to expand their commitments to climate finance and technology transfer, which is essential to achieving climate-related commitments and goals. The Minister delivered a speech at the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI). Highlights:
Local, national or transnational financing-drawn from private, public and alternative financing sources referred by Climate financing.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement call on countries with more financial resources to provide financial assistance to countries with weaker and more vulnerable financial resources.
Blockage of Suez Canal
The Department of Commerce has formulated a Four Point Plan to solve the blocking problem of the Suez Canal. Highlights:
A four-point plan was developed to deal with the situation caused by the blockage of the Suez Canal.
The plan has been formulated by the Logistics Division of the Department of Commerce.
The plan includes:
Priority of cargo: The Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO), MPEDA and APEDA will jointly determine the priority of cargo, especially perishable cargo, and cooperate with the shipping company.
Freight Rates: The Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA) guarantees that it will comply with the existing contract freight rates. The shipping company has been asked to maintain stable freight rates during the crisis.
MoU signed for Ken Betwa River Linking
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Union Minister of Jal Shakti and the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to implement the Ken Betwa Link project to be signed.
A team of experts from the Ministry of Environment has postponed environmental clean-up work to the Lower Orr River Dam, which is part of the second phase of the Ken-Betwa River Connection Project.
The Lower Orr Dam (Orr River in Madhya Pradesh) project is considered a national project and is part of the Ken-Betwa project.
There are differences between the two states (Uttar Pradesh and MPs) on water sharing.
NITI Aayog Sustainable Vision for Great Nicobar Island
Over 150 square kilometers. (18%) of the land has been used for the first phase of the “holistic” and “sustainable” vision of Greater Nicobar Island piloted by NITI Aayog. The island is the southernmost island in the Andaman and Nicobar Group Highlights:
It will cover nearly a quarter of its coastline.
The complete plan envisages the use of primary forests and coastal systems as the main components.
The projects to be implemented include the airport complex, the South Bay Transshipment Port (TSP), a large-scale rapid transportation system parallel to the coast, a free trade zone, and a storage complex on the southwest coast.
Nodal agency: Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation (ANIIDCO)
In January 2021, the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) named the entire Galathea Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to allow the port to enter the area.
Agreement Signed for Milan-2T
The Department of Procurement of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the National Defense Public Undertaking (DPSU) Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) signed a contract to provide the Indian Army with MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) Highlights:
Milan-2T is a 1,850-meter Tandem Warhead ATGM produced by BDL under the license of the French MBDA missile system.
These missiles can be launched from the ground and vehicle launchers
These can also be deployed in Anti-Tank roles for offensive and defensive missions.
introduction of these missiles will further enhance the armed forces’ operational preparedness, which will be completed within three years.
This is a step towards achieving the goal of the Defense Department “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
The Insurance Amendment Bill passed on Rajya Sabha
This bill amends the Insurance Act of 1938. Increase the maximum foreign investment allowed by insurance companies from 49% to 74%. Highlights:
The Act provides a framework for the operation of insurance business and regulates the relationship between the insurer, its policyholders, its shareholders and the regulator (India Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority).
The Act allows foreign investors to hold up to 49% of the capital in an Indian insurance company, which must be owned and controlled by an Indian entity.
The bill also removes restrictions on control and ownership.
Foreign investment may be subject to additional conditions set by the central government.
The Act requires insurance companies to make a minimum investment in assets, which is sufficient to liquidate their insurance claims liabilities.
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