06.01.21 APPSC current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

Cambridge University to help transform Andhra Pradesh municipal schools

 

The state government has stamped its nod for taking up Transformation of Municipal Schools (TOMS) project under the guidance of the prestigious Cambridge University during the current academic year.

Cambridge will provide training in communication skills to all teachers in municipal schools. It will also set up career guidance centres with the help of Cambridge University. The university will hold upskilling programs for the faculty and training programs for schoolchildren.

 

The required faculty, trainers, software, counsellors will be provided by Cambridge University free of cost. It will also set up digital e-curriculum content creation studios as part of Municipal Learning Management System (MLMS). The state government has also directed the commissioner and director of municipal administration (CDMA) to take measures for conducting an international Olympiad for municipal schoolchildren.

The state government gave the green signal for the Annual Education Work and Finance Plan (EWFP) plan proposed by the CDMA. About Rs 36 crore would be spent on the two-phase programme. About Rs 15 crore would be spent for providing language training certification course for the municipal teachers.

A team from Cambridge University will also take up continuous up-skilling programme for teachers. While 8,000 teachers have been identified for training and certification, nearly 13,000 teachers would undergo up-skilling course.

INTERNATIONAL

 

Indias Rice Exports To Vietnam

Due to attractive prices, Vietnam has recently started to buy grain, especially rice, from India. Although Vietnam is the world’s third-largest rice exporter, Vietnam has started to import rice from India.

Vietnam has started to import rice from India because the country’s local price has jumped to the highest level in 9 years due to limited domestic supply. This is mainly because Vietnam has begun to stock a large amount of rice for the future.

In addition, the price of Indian rice is very attractive. The huge price difference forced the Vietnamese government to import rice from India.

Indian traders will export 70,000 tons of rice to Vietnam at a price of approximately US$310 per ton. India will export broken rice to Vietnam in January and February 2021.

The global pandemic has prompted Vietnam and other countries to stock up rice. This is because the reduction in food supply makes people increasingly worried about food insecurity.
Vietnam plans to reserve US$270,000 of rice to ensure access to food in the event of a disruption in the global covid-19 supply chain. Therefore, it is facing shortages and is dependent on imports.

NATIONAL

IFSCA Becomes a Member of IOSCO

The International Financial Services Center Authority (IFSCA) has become an Associate Member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

IOSCO is an international organization which brings together global securities regulatory agencies, covering more than 95% of the global securities market. It is also a global standard-setter for the securities sector. IOSCO works closely with the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to develop standards to strengthen the securities market.

The FSB has recognized IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation as one of the key standards for a sound financial system.

Tide-Rainfall Flood Quotient: A New Measurement Devised

 

In order to understand whether coastal cities are more prone to flooding due to tidal events or extreme rainfall, a research team from IIT Bombay has devised a new measure called the “Tide–Rainfall Flood Quotient”.

 

Using past rainfall data, tide data and the topography of the area, this framework can be used to determine the main factors at play.

The team selected three coastal areas that are geographically diverse and vulnerable to flooding-Mithi catchment area in Mumbai, Jagatsinghpur district in Odisha and Greater Chennai Corporation in Tamil Nadu to test their new metric

The new method helps to classify these areas as ‘storm-tide dominated’ or ‘pluvial (rainfall) dominated’.

 

Sagarmala Seaplane Services Launched by Union Ministry

 

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is launching the Sagarmala Seaplane Service (SSPS). The Ministry is beginning the operation of Seaplane Services on specific routes under the framework of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) through potential airline operators.

 

The Ministry is beginning the operation of Seaplane Services on specific routes under the framework of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) through potential airline operators.

The execution and implementation of the project will be carried out through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd. (SDCL), which is under the administration of the Ministry.

The Seaplane will use the nearby waters for take-off and landing, thus connecting these places in a very economical way, because the seaplane operation does not require conventional airport infrastructure such as runways and terminals.

 

GST Compensation Shortfall In States

 

The 10th Instalment of Rs 6,000 crore was issued to the States as a back-to-back loan to meet the GST compensation shortfall.

The Ministry of Finance has issued the tenth instalment of 60 billion rupees a week to the states to make up for the shortage of goods and services tax compensation.

The money has been released to 23 states and 3 UTs with legislative assemblies.

The remaining 5 states (Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim) have no income gap due to the implementation of GST.

Now, more than 50% of the estimated GST compensation shortfall has been issued to the States & UTs with legislative assemblies.

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