01.02.21 APPSC current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

Andhra Pradesh villages to get high-speed internet

 

Andhra Pradesh will soon get village internet parks (VIPs), the first of their kind in India. Urban areas with a population of more than one lakh are excluded from this project.

 

The village internet parks will ensure high-speed net connection and would be available free of charge. People visiting native villages from urban centres and foreign countries will benefit from these parks.

 

Many remote villages do not get proper services like medical, telecommunication, government supply schemes etc due to lack of internet connectivity.

INTERNATIONAL

Nepal decides to award hydropower project to India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam

Nepal has decided to award the contract for construction of 679 megawatt Lower Arun Hydropower Project to India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN). ‘‘

The project was awarded to the SJVN under the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) delivery method. ‘‘

Similar to the Arun III hydel project, which will provide 21 per cent free power to Nepal during the concession period, the developer of the Lower Arun hydel project should also prioritise providing certain percent of power free of cost. ‘‘

The developer will hand over the ownership of the project to the government of Nepal after 20 years of commercial operation.

 

India ranks 10th in EIU’s Asia-Pacific Personalised Health Index

India has been ranked 10th among 11 Asia Pacific countries in a newly-launched ‘Asia-Pacific Personalised Health Index’ by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). ‘‘

The index aims to measure the progress of each of the 11 countries towards adopting personalised healthcare, enabling the right care to be made available to the right person at the right time. ‘‘

Overall, Singapore has topped the index. It is followed by Taiwan (2nd), Japan (3rd) and Australia (4th). ‘‘

Indonesia was the last ranked country at 11th in the index.

 

NATIONAL

Indian Coast Guard celebrates its 45th Raising Day on 01 February

 

 

The Indian Coast Guard celebrated its 45th Raising Day on 01 February 2021.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) through its tireless pursuits of excellence has established itself as a reliable force that responds with alacrity to situations impinging on the Security of the Coastline, Safety of the Seafaring Community and Coastal Populace.

As the fourth largest Coast Guard in the world, Indian Coast Guard has played a significant role in securing the Indian Coasts and enforcing regulations within the Maritime Zones of India.

On an average, the Coast Guard saves one precious life every second day at sea.

From a modest beginning with just 7 surface platforms in 1978, ICG has grown into a formidable force with 156 ships and 62 aircraft in its inventory and is likely to achieve targeted force levels of 200 surface platforms and 80 aircraft by 2025.

National Marine Turtle Action Plan by Union Ministry

 

The Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change issued the “National Marine Turtle Action Plan” and also issued the Marine Mega Fauna Stranding Guidelines.

 

These documents contain methods to not only promote inter-departmental protection actions, but also guide the government, civil society and all relevant stakeholders to strengthen coordination and protection in response to cases of stranding, entanglement, injury or death of marine mammals and also conservation of Marine Turtles.

These two documents focus on the actions that should be taken when dealing with stranded animals on the shore, animals stranded or entangled at sea or on ships, to improve coordination, reduce threats to marine species and their habitats, and restore degraded habitats. Promote people’s participation, advance scientific research and the exchange of information about marine mammals and turtles and their habitats.

 

NSO released Revised Estimates of Economic Growth

 

The National Statistical Office (NSO) released revised estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data on January 29, 2020. This data has been revised for the 2017-18 to 2019-20 fiscal year.

 

 

The first revised estimate shows a 4% increase in GDP in the 2019-20 fiscal year. This is 20 basis points lower than the 4.2% growth in provisional estimate released in 2020.

This highlights that GDP is expected to shrink by 7.7% in 2020-21 and will grow to 7.8%.

The second revised estimate of GPD for 2018-19 is 6.5%, while the third revised estimate of 2017-18 GDP is 6.8%.

Previously, GDP growth in 2018-19 and 2017-18 was 6.1% and 7%, respectively.

In addition, the revised estimates for 2019-20 have reduced the growth of the primary and secondary sectors. However, it expects a positive growth trajectory in the tertiary sector.

The Gross Value Added (GVA) of the secondary sector shrank by 1.1% in 2019-20, while the GVA of the tertiary sector will increase by 7.2% in the revised estimate.

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