13.11.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

Andhra Pradesh: Plans afoot to set up granite mining zone in Prakasam district

Setting its focus on unexplored mining areas, the state government has decided to close down the existing state highway for a distance of about 4 km near Chimakurthy in Prakasam district. This will facilitate the government to create an exclusive mining zone.

The state government is planning to lease out the land, which is expected to hold vast reserves of black galaxy granite, to private developers.

The land on which the state highway passes through on the outskirts of Chimakurthy is the only stretch that has been left unexplored in the region. Thousands of acres of land in the villages of Rajupalem, Lakshmipuram and Budavada, close to Chimakurthy have already been excavated since the discovery of galaxy granite in the region. Sources said reserves in areas on both the sides of highway are almost empty and the local granite industry is finding it difficult to extract quality stone.

However, studies by the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) has found that about 250 to 400 acres of land underneath the state highway holds huge granite reserves. Although the previous TDP government wanted to lease out the area to private developers, it backtracked following protests from locals against plans to close off the roads.

Then roads and buildings minister and granite industrialist Sidda Raghava Rao took the initiative to create a bypass road to Chimakurthy. But with the construction of the bypass road getting delayed, plans to take over the state highway land did not materialise.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

India-France To Hold 6th Edition Of Army Exercise

 

From November 15, 2021, the Indian Army will conduct the sixth edition of the biennial training exercise with the French Army.

Highlights:

♦ In 2021, India and France conducted cooperative naval and air force drills.

♦ Shakti 2021 will take place in Frejus, France, from November 15 to November 26.

♦ A unit from the Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion will take part in the drill, representing India.

♦ The 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade will represent the French army.

♦ Under the United Nations’ mission, the Shakti 2021 exercise will focus on Counter-Terrorism operations in semi-urban terrain.

♦ It will be held with the goal of improving military cooperation and interoperability between the two countries’ armies.

 

UN On Sahel Crisis

 

The UN peacekeeping head said on November 12, 2021, that the issue in Africa’s Sahel region is volatile because of insecurity and instability.

Highlights:

♦ According to the chief, millions of people have been displaced, children have been unable to attend school, and many people lack access to primary health care as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

♦ While speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the G5 Sahel force, he emphasized his worries.

 

Five African countries, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania, formed the G5 Sahel force.
♦ In 2017, the force was established to combat the growing terrorist threat in the vast Sahel region.

 

NATIONAL

 

Sela Tunnel Construction

 

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is building the world’s longest bi-lane road tunnel, the “Sela Tunnel,” on the Balipara-Chariduar-Tawang (BCT) road as part of Project Vartak.

Highlights:

♦ The Sela tunnel is being built on the Indo-China border at a height of 13,800 feet.

♦ It is being built on the 317-kilometer BCT road.

♦ The BCT route connects Arunachal Pradesh’s East Kameng, West Kameng, and Tawang districts to the rest of India.

♦ It is being built to provide Tawang with all-weather connectivity.

♦ The tunnel would also allow for more efficient movement of troops and weapons along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

 

National Achievement Survey

 

The Indian government is poised to deploy a sample-based National Achievement Survey (NAS) for Classes 3, 5, 8, and 10.

Highlights:

♦On November 13, 2017, the previous National Achievement Survey (NAS) was conducted to examine the abilities developed by children in grades 3, 5, and 8.

♦The next NAS will take place on November 12, 2021, all throughout India.

♦During the covid-19 epidemic, this survey will aid in analyzing learning disruptions and new learnings.

♦ It will assist in the implementation of corrective actions following the assessment.

♦ NCERT has worked on instrument development, testing, school sampling, and test item finalization, among other things.

♦ However, CBSE will administer the test in the sampled schools in collaboration with the respective states/UTs.

 

India’s first National Yogasana Sports Championships

 

From November 11 to 13, 2021, the first Physical National Yogasana Championships in India will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Highlights:

♦ The National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF) has partnered with the state of Odisha to host the National Yogasana Sports Championships 2021-22.

♦ Approximately 560 young Yogasana Sports players from 30 states will compete in the tournament.

♦ The goal of the event is to promote yoga and build a global brand for it by portraying it as a competitive sport with high standards and benchmarks.

 

From November 11 to 13, 2021, the first Physical National Yogasana Championships in India will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Highlights:

♦ The National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF) has partnered with the state of Odisha to host the National Yogasana Sports Championships 2021-22.

♦ Approximately 560 young Yogasana Sports players from 30 states will compete in the tournament.

♦ The goal of the event is to promote yoga and build a global brand for it by portraying it as a competitive sport with high standards and benchmarks.

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