Andhra Pradesh: Infrastructure worth Rs 33,000 crore to come up in housing layouts
In a step towards adopting the ‘Indo-Swiss energy efficient building technology’ in construction of the proposed 28 lakh houses in the state, the Andhra Pradesh housing department in coordination with the AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) is conducting a national seminar on Eco-Niwas Samhitha (energy conservation building code for residential buildings) in Vijayawada on December 16.
The BEEP, a bilateral cooperation project between the Union Ministry of Power and the Swiss government, is being implemented by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in coordination with APSECM. The BEEP is conducting training on Eco-Niwas Samhitha to around 13,000 engineers and employees in housing and village/ward secretariat departments in a phased manner.
As per the estimates, about Rs 33,000 crore will be spent on the creation of permanent infrastructure in YSR Jagananna Colonies that includes roads, drains, water supply, electrification, underground internet cabling, etc. The electrification works alone need about Rs 7,080 crore.
World Talent Ranking report
IMD World Competitive Centre published its “World Talent Ranking Report” on December 9, 2021.
This report is annually published by the IMD World Competitive Centre.
Report grades 64 economies on the basis of a range of factors like:
- How economies invest in and develop local personnel
- Their ability to attract & retain skilled workers, and
- Quality of domestic talent pools.
Key Findings of the report
- In the report, Europe has dominated the ranking in 2021. Global top 10 countries are from this region.
- Switzerland has retained its top spot.
- The UAE continues have improved its global talent ranking. Ranking has improved by one position to 23rd. In 2019, it was ranked at 30th
- In the Arab world, UAE maintained its top position.
- In the Middle East & North Africa, UAE maintained its second position, following Israel (first in this region).
The ranking is structured based on three factors:
- Investment and development,
- Appeal and
UNICEF India to roll out five-year plan
UNICEF India is designing an ambitious and innovative five-year programme, comprising of social policy as a priority across all the sectors.
- While designing the new programme, UNICEF wanted to talk with all the stakeholders and get details on how what could be done better in the new environment post COVID-19 and where climate change was a major priority.
- Covid-19 and climate change had exacerbated the learning crisis. Around 286 million children had been affected in India. This number excluded the millions out of school because of several reasons.
Status of Digital divide in India
Kerala had made digital learning accessible. However, it was not case in other States having a digital divide. Digital divide was a new kind of deprivation. Furthermore, in a study of climate effects on children, India had been ranked at fifth place with respect to vulnerability to climate change.
Art and Surrogacy Bill Passed In Rajya Sabha
On December 8, 2021, the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill was passed in Lok Sabha.
The Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill was recently passed in the Lok Sabha which intends to regulate ART but then referred the bill to a standing committee.
ART covers all methods that are used to get pregnant. The procedures shall incorporate handling oocytes (immature eggs) or sperms outside the body.
It shall also involve giving the embryo into the woman’s body.
The ART services shall cover the following: Donation of sperm or oocytes, In – Vitro Fertilisation – fertilizing an egg and a sperm in the lab, Gestational Surrogacy – child carried by biological mother or surrogate mother.
The bill states that every ART bank or clinic should be listed under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India. The bill will authorize the National Registry.
The registry will act as a database holding details of the hospitals and banks providing ART services.
Only 56% Of Funds Utilized By States In Last 3 Years For The Nutrition Mission.
State Governments and Union Territories have utilized only 56% of the total budgets released under Poshan Abhiyan or Nutrition Mission in the earlier 3 years.
On December 8, the Minister for Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, mentioned this in Parliament.
The central government emphasized that out of the total share of Rs 5312 between financial years 2019 to 2021, Rs 2985 crore was utilized.
Poshan Abhiyan was established in March 2018 to facilitate stunting, low birth weight, undernutrition challenges by 2% per year.
It also aims to decrease anaemia among young children, women and adolescents by 3% by 2022.
POSHAN Maah was followed in September 2018 to improve nutritional consequences for adolescent girls, children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
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