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PIB News Synopsis 28th January 2020

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1. Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 Web portal launched

  • A web based portal to facilitate “Decentralized Planning” at grass root level
  • Facilitates archival and dissemination of 2.5m color satellite images and 1:10000 scale thematic data
  • Spatial and non spatial information assisting the development activities of the local bodies

The Web Geo portal is an easy to use Geo portal developed for database visualization, data analytics, generation of automatic reports, model based products and services for the benefit of Gram Panchayat members and other stake holders.

  • The targeted audience for this portal are Public, PRIs and different stakeholders belonging to the gram panchayats.

ISRO launched SISDP(Space Based Information Support for Decentralised Planning Update) project

  • To assist Gram Panchayats at grassroot level with basic planning inputs derived from satellite data for preparing developmental plans, its implementation and monitoring the activities.
  • SISDP phase I Project was successfully concluded in the year 2016-17.

2. 10 more wetlands from India get the Ramsar site tag

  • The Ramsar Convention signed on February 2, 1971, is one of the oldest inter-governmental accord signed by members countries to preserve the ecological character of their wetlands of international importance.
  • The aim of the Ramsar list is to develop and maintain an international network of wetlands which are important for the conservation of global biological diversity and for sustaining human life through the maintenance of their ecosystem components, processes and benefits. Wetlands declared as Ramsar sites are protected under strict guidelines of the convention.
  • The government has recently in July launched the new ‘Nal se Jal’ scheme, which aims to provide piped water connection to every household by 2024.
  • With this, the numbers of Ramsar sites in India are now 37 and the surface area covered by these sites is now 1,067,939 hectares. Maharashtra gets its first Ramsar site (Nandur Madhameshwar) , Punjab which already had 3 Ramsar sites adds 3 more (Keshopur-Miani, Beas Conservation Reserve, Nangal) and UP with 1 Ramsar site has added 6 more (Nawabganj, Parvati Agra, Saman, Samaspur, Sandi and SarsaiNawar).

3. Assam state Tableau adjudged Best tableau in Republic Day Parade 2020

  • The tableau of Assam was based on the theme ‘Land of Unique Craftsmanship and Culture’.
  • Tableaux of Odisha and Uttar Pradesh were named joint second best.
    • The tableau of Odisha displayed the famous Rukuna Ratha Yatra of Lord Lingaraja worshipped as both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in a sixth century built temple named ‘Lingaraj Temple’ at Bhubaneswar.
    • The tableau of Uttar Pradesh mirrored the cultural and religious tourism of the state with the theme ‘Sarva Dharma Sama Bhav’.

Among Ministries/Departments, Jal Jeevan Mission and NDRF bag top honours

  • The magnificent tableau of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, highlighted the Government’s new initiative ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ which aims at providing Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.
  • In line with its motto ‘Aapda Sewa Sadaiv’, the tableau of NDRF showcased the force’s successful and illustrious journey of humanitarian service in natural and man-made disasters.

4. Government puts in place measures to protect Commercial decision making by Banks

  • As part of this endeavor of Government, Section 17A was incorporated in Prevention of Corruption Act requiring prior permission before initiating investigation against a public servant.
  • The Central Vigilance Commission has, considering the complexities involved in the commercial decisions of managers in public sector, in the meanwhile,also set up the Advisory Board for Banking and Financial Frauds (ABBFF)for a mandatory first level examination on suspected frauds in excess of Rs.50 crore involving public servants equivalent in rank to GMs & above, before enquiry or investigations begin.
  • Government has separately directed Banks on 27.01.2020 to set up a committee of senior officers to monitor progress of pending disciplinary and internal vigilance cases

5. Indian Railways commissions first Waste to Energy Plant in Bhubaneswar

  • The capacity of this Waste to Energy Plant is 500 Kg waste per day
  • All types of waste including plastic and e-waste can be converted to Light Diesel Oil which is used to light furnaces.
  • This Waste to Energy Plant, a patented technology called POLYCRACK, is first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways and fourth in India.
  • It is world’s first patented heterogeneous catalytic process which converts multiple feed stocks into hydrocarbon liquid fuels, gas, carbon and water.
  • FEATURES OF POLYCRACK TECHNOLOGY -Polycrack has the following advantages over the conventional approach of treating solid waste:-
    • Pre-segregation of waste is not required to reform the waste.
    • It has high tolerance to moisture hence drying of waste is not required.
    • Waste is processed and reformed within 24 hours.
    • It is an enclosed unit hence the working environment is dust free.
    • All constituents are converted into valuable energy thereby making it Zero Discharge Process.
    • Gas generated in the process is re-used to provide energy to the system thereby making it self-reliant and also bring down the operating cost.
    • There is no atmospheric emission during the process
    • Low capital cost and low operating cost.
    • Fully automated system requires minimum man power.
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