1) Review of progress of RFCL’s Ramagundam project
- The project is near completion and he is hopeful that it will be ready for commercial production by October this year.
- Once completed, the project will realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.
- After commissioning, Ramagundam project along with other revival projects at Gorakhpur, Barauni, Sindri and Talcher will reduce the need for urea import by 63.5 LMT per annum.
- RFCL is upcoming gas based urea unit of 12.7 Lakh MT per annum capacity at Ramagundam, Telengana.
- It is a Joint Venture Company (JVC) promoted by National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL).
- The foundation stone of the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 7, 2016.
2) OPERATION SAMUDRA SETU
News- INS JALASHWA BRINGS BACK 687 INDIAN CITIZENS FROM IRAN
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INS Jalashwa, deployed by the Indian Navy for “Operation Samudra Setu”, entered Tuticorin harbour early morning today, 01 Jul 2020 with 687 Indian nationals embarked from Bandar Abbas, Iran. Thus far Indian Navy ships have brought back 920 Indian citizens from Iran.
- The embarkation of Indian nationals was facilitated by the Indian Mission in Iran.
- Personnel were embarked onboard after carrying out requisite medical screening. COVID related safety protocols were also strictly adhered to during the sea-passage.
With this evacuation, the Indian Navy has now repatriated 3992 Indian nationals from Maldives, Sri Lanka and Iran during the ongoing pandemic.
Operation Samudra Setu
- Indian Navy has launched Operation “Samudra Setu” – meaning “Sea Bridge”, as a part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas.
- The Indian Navy has been directed to make suitable preparations for their evacuation by sea.
- The ships have been suitably provisioned for the evacuation operation. The evacuated personnel would be provided the basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.
3) Special Liquidity Scheme for NBFCs and HFCs
News- With a view to improving the liquidity position of NBFCs as well as HFCs Ministry of Finance launched a Special Liquidity Scheme of Rs. 30,000 crore.
Details of Scheme
- RBI will provide funds for the Scheme by subscribing to government guaranteed special securities issued by the Trust.
- The total amount of such securities issued outstanding shall not exceed Rs. 30,000 crores at any point of time.
- Government of India will provide an unconditional and irrevocable guarantee to the special securities issued by the Trust.
Any NBFC including Microfinance Institutions registered with RBI under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (excluding those registered as Core Investment Companies) and any HFC registered with the National Housing Bank (NHB) under the National Housing Bank Act, 1987which is complying with the following broad conditions will be eligible to raise funding from the said facility:
- Compliance with RBI regulations on Capital adequacy
- Net NPA is less than 6% as on 31.03.2019
- Net profit in at least one of the two preceding financial years
- Rated as investment grade by a rating agency
- Is not reported under SMA-1 or SMA-2 category by any bank for their borrowing during the period one year prior to 01.08.2018
The Scheme will remain open for 3 months for making subscriptions by the Trust.
4) Jharkhand’s Sahiyas: An inspiration to Community Health Workers everywhere
- The ASHAs in Jharkhand, known as “Sahiyas”, have been supporting delivery of health care services to the last mile, especially in the tribal areas.
- The State has about 42,000 Sahiyas,
- Since the launch of the programme, the Sahiyas have been widely acknowledged for their commitment and agency in enabling access to health care, even in the hard to reach and remote tribal areas.
Sahiyas and COVID-19
- Sahiyas have been actively engaged in various activities related to COVID-19 since March 2020, such as creating awareness about preventive measures of COVID-19 like frequent hand washing with soap and water, use of masks/face covers when stepping out in public spaces, following proper etiquette while coughing and sneezing, etc.
- They are also involved in contact tracing, line listing and follow up of the COVID-19 cases.
Sahiyas role in Surveying
- Jharkhand launched the week long Intensive Public Health Survey (IPHS) to identify the high risk population for COVID-19 from 18th to 25thJune.
- During the survey, the Sahiyas carried out multiple tasks (such as counselling for ANC/PNC, home based new-born care, home-based care of the young child, follow-up of those on treatment with chronic diseases), during their household visits, reducing the need to undertake multiple visits to the same household for different activities.
5) ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ to strengthen scientific research mechanism
- To provide a single platform for research internships, capacity building programs, and workshops across the country, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a new scheme called ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ (AV).
- The primary objective of this inter-ministerial scheme is to give more thrust on encouraging high-end scientific research and preparing scientific manpower, which can lead to research careers and knowledge-based economy.
- AV has already called for applications under its ‘ABHYAAS’ component for the Winter Season.
- As for the ‘ABHYAAS’ programme, it is an attempt to boost research and development in the country by enabling and grooming potential PG/PhD students by means of developing their research skills in selected areas across different disciplines or fields.
- It has two components: High-End Workshops (‘KARYASHALA’) and Research Internships (‘VRITIKA’).
- Another new component under AV is ‘SAMMOHAN’ that has been sub-divided into ‘SAYONJIKA’ and ‘SANGOSHTI’.
- SAYONJIKA is an open-ended program to catalogue the capacity building activities in science and technology supported by all government funding agencies in the country. SANGOSHTI is a pre-existing program of SERB.
6) Tribes India
News- Tribes India outlet now opens at Prayagraj Airport
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- The Tribes India outlet at Prayagraj Airport is the second one in the city of Prayagraj and the 4th in the State of Uttar Pradesh.
- In collaboration with Airport Authority of India (AAI), TRIFED has set up 9 Tribes India Showrooms at Various Airports.
- The Tribes India has recently begun to expand its outlet. It has also launched its outlet on amazon in order to boost online sales of tribal products.
- Tribes India is a brand that was launched by TRIFED in 1987.
TRIFED is the national level apex organization that is operating under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. It aims at socio-economic development of tribal people by marketing tribal products such as tribal textiles, metal crafts, pottery, paintings, pottery.
TRIFED also undertakes Minor Forest Produce and retail marketing and development.