Andhra Pradesh government pays Rs 22 crore to farmers for crop loss
Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy paid a compensation of Rs 22 crore to 34,586 farmers who suffered crop loss due to Cyclone Gulab in September this year. The chief minister sent the amount to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries from his Tadepalli camp office.
Chief minister said the government was giving highest priority to farmers’ welfare. Besides extending a helping hand to the farmers through the Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) across the state, he said the government was also coming to their rescue at the time of distress, including disasters. He said the government had paid a compensation of Rs 645.99 crore to 8.34 lakh farmers who lost their crops due to Cyclone Nivar in November 2020. The compensation was paid in December 2020, he added. With the latest Rs 22 crore, the government has in total paid Rs 1,071 crore to the farmers during the last two years towards compensation, he said.
Listing out the welfare initiatives of the government during the last two years, the chief minister said Rs 18,777 crore was credited under YSR Rythu Bharosa, Rs 1,674 crore under Sunna Vaddi Panta Runalu, Rs 3,788 crore was credited through YSR Bima, Rs 18,000 crore under nine-hour free power supply and Rs 1,520 crore towards power subsidy for aqua farmers.
Russia starts delivery of S-400 missile systems to India
Russia has started the delivery of S-400 missile system to India, in a bid to boost India’s air-defence capabilities.
Russia started the delivery for deployment on schedule in 2021.
India bought this system for US$ 5 billion in 2018.
This deal between India and Russia became contentious amid a threat of sanctions from the United States on countries engaging in defence deals with Russia.
India had bought five units of S-400 system in 2018, for which it had made the first tranche of the payment of $800 million in 2019.
The S-400 is considered as the most advanced air-defence system worldwide. The missile is capable of protecting its air defence bubble against missiles, rockets, cruise missiles and aircraft. This system is available with China, that was deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, amid military standoff with India.
India launched 41st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica
The first batch of Indian contingent arrived at the southern white continent.
First batch comprises of 23 scientists and support staff. They reached the Indian Antarctic station Maitri recently.
Four more batches will land in Antarctica by air using DROMLAN facility. They will land by mid-January 2021, onboard chartered ice-class vessel MV Vasiliy Golovnin.
Major Programs of 41st expedition
41st expedition comprises of two major programs:
- The first program is “geological exploration of Amery ice shelf” at Bharati station. This programme will help in exploring the link between India and Antarctica in past.
- The second program is “reconnaissance surveys and preparatory work” to drill 500 meters of ice core near Maitri. This programme will help in improving the understanding of Antarctic climate, sea-ice, greenhouse gases from a single climate, and westerly winds.
Apart from accomplishing scientific programs, 41st expedition will replenish annual supplies of fuel, food as well as provisions & spares for operation & maintenance of life support systems set up at Maitri & Bharti.
Indian Antarctic programs started in 1981. It has completed 40 scientific expeditions. The programs helped in building three permanent research base stations in Antarctica:
- Dakshin Gangotri in 1983,
- Maitri in 1988 and
- Bharati in 2012.
IQAir Air Quality Index
Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai are among the top ten most polluted cities in the world, according to the IQAir Air Quality Index.
♦ Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai are among the top 10 most polluted cities in the world, according to statistics from IQAir.
♦ With an AQI of 556, Delhi topped the list, while Kolkata and Mumbai, in 4th and 6th place, had AQIs of 177 and 169, respectively.
♦ Lahore, Pakistan, and Chengdu, China, are among the cities with the poorest AQI indexes.
♦ IQ Air is an air quality and pollution city tracking service, a Switzerland-based climate organisation.
♦ IQAir is also a United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) technology partner (UNEP).
♦ An AQI of zero to 50 is regarded as ‘good,” 51 to 100 is considered satisfactory,’ 101 to 200 is considered moderate,’ 201 to 300 is considered ‘poor,’ 301 to 400 is considered very poor,’ and 401 to 500 is considered severe.’
Tech NEEV@75 Launched By Sci & Tech Ministry
The Ministry of Science and Technology launched “Tech NEEV@75” as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister, met with successful start-ups, including those from tribal communities, on the occasion.
The minister also stated that by the end of 2022, the Central Government will establish 30 Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Hubs for Scheduled Tribes (STs) across the country.
These STI centres will aid in the development of tribal communities’ scientific potential as well as general socioeconomic growth.
The Department of Science and Technology has already established 20 of the 75 projected STI Hubs.
Through a variety of interventions across the farm, non-farm, and other linked livelihood sectors, these centres will directly assist 20,000 individuals.
“Tech NEEV@ 75” is a year-long commemoration of the role of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in enabling communities to achieve equitable and inclusive economic growth.
Recent data from ICRI on Stubble Burning Incidents
This report was published at the time when Delhi and its adjoining states are reeling from a thick blanket of smog and deadly fumes.
As a result of this, government has shut schools and take emergency measures to control pollution.
The Supreme Court also noted that, it has become a trend to blame farmers and their practice of stubble burning for all the pollution in Delhi.
Findings of the report
As per report, stubble burning incidents in the year 2021 are considerably lower in most states, with exception in Haryana.
In Haryana, stubble burning incidents has increased by 48.5 per cent in between September 15 and November 13, 2021.
In Punjab, the cumulative number of such incident is 21 per cent lesser as compared to However, since October 13, Punjab witnessed a 53.3 per cent jump in stubble burning incidents.
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