24.12.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

National highways in Andhra Pradesh doubled in 7 years, says Nitin Gadkari

Andhra Pradesh has bagged several key infrastructure projects particularly in the development of national highways in the last seven years as the Centre has doubled the total length of NHs by spending a whopping Rs 35,000 crore.

This is considered to be highest growth rate the AP has ever witnessed. The Centre is also readying plans to invest close to another Rs 88,000 crore to develop national highways in next few years. Responding to a query posed by BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the national highways in AP were doubled in the last seven years of Narendra Modi’s tenure.

He said the total length of national highways which were spread over 4,193 km in 2014, have now touched 8,183 km with almost 100 per cent increase. Gadkari said the Centre is willing to develop important stretches of highways in Guntur district soon after getting the feasibility reports.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

 

Features of UNSC Resolution on Afghan Assistance

 

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed a resolution on December 22, 2021, allowing for sanctions exemptions against the Taliban.

Highlights:

  • The exemptions are intended to make humanitarian aid delivery to Afghanistan easier.
  • It covers urgent humanitarian assistance and other activities in Afghanistan to meet basic human needs.
  • It will primarily benefit low-income or at-risk populations, as well as alleviate human suffering in other ways.
  • Among the services and activities provided are:
  • Assistance with finding a home and settling in
  • Food safety is important.
  • Support for education and livelihood
  • Energy and Water Sanitation, as well as Health, Nutrition, and Hygiene, including COVID-related assistance.

 

UAE announces to End Censorship in Cinematic releases

United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced to end the censorship in cinematic releases.

 

UAE administration decided to end censorship, in a bid to attract foreigners.

As per latest announcement, government will not cut sensitive scenes which offend the Islamic sentiments.

Administration have also introduced a new ‘above 21 years of age’ category for viewers.

Now, movies will be screened in cinemas as per their international version and their classification will be given on the basis of standards of media content in UAE.

 

Significance of the decision

 

The decision to end censorship is being interpreted as UAE’s effort to become competitive in the Gulf region and appear broad-minded & liberal to foreigners. This step is significant for country, as it tries to diversify its economy by attracting foreign investment and reducing dependence on oil.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

NITI Aayog- UN WFP agreement to diversify Food Basket

 

NITI Aayog and United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) have agreed to diversify the food basket. Both the organisation signed a Statement of Intent on December 20, 2021.

 

Partnership between NITI Aayog and UN WFP focuses to mainstream the millets and support India in taking a lead internationally in knowledge exchange amid the recognition of 2023 as an International Year of Millets.

 

This partnership also aims to build resilient livelihoods for small-farmers and adaptation capacities towards climate change as well as transforming food systems.

 

The Statement of Intent focuses on strategic and technical collaboration between both the parties, in order to strengthen climate resilient agriculture for enhanced food & nutrition security across India.

 

Government of India had observed 2018 as a year of millets, to encourage and promote the millet production. GoI also spearheaded the resolution of UNGA, for declaring 2023 as International Year of Millets.

 

 

DRDO demonstrates controlled aerial delivery system

 

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) demonstrated the Controlled Aerial Delivery System on December 19, 2021.

 

Flight demonstration of Controlled Aerial Delivery System was demonstrated by Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE).

The System was of 500 kg capacity (CADS-500).

Demonstration of the flight was part of series of activities that were organised to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

System performance was demonstrated at Drop Zone, Malpura from an altitude of 5000m.

This system was para-dropped from AN32 aircraft. After that, it was steered to the predesignated landing point in autonomous mode.

 

The CADS-500 is used to deliver payload precisely up to 500 kgs at predetermined location. It makes use of manoeuvrable capabilities of Ram Air Parachute (RAP) to conduct such activities. It also uses Global Positioning System to get the coordinates and altitude & heading sensors to get heading information during its flight. The CADS, comprising of electronics unit, autonomously steers path of flight through waypoint navigation towards target location by operating controls.

 

Agni P’: India test fires new-gen nuclear capable ballistic missile

 

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested the new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni P’.

 

Agni P was launched from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha.

Trajectory and parameters of the missile was tracked and monitored by several telemetry, electro-optical stations, radar, and down range ships positioned along eastern coast.

Agni P followed textbook trajectory and met all the objectives of mission with high level of accuracy.

 

Agni P is a two-stage canisterised solid propellant ballistic missile, having a dual redundant navigation and guidance system. It is a medium-range ballistic missile, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as the successor of Agni-I and Agni-II missiles. It is the sixth missile in Agni (missile) series of ballistic missile. The missile can be either transported on train or stored in canister

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