Current Affairs Capsule – January 13, 2020
- January 13, 2020
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The Amma Vodi Scheme was launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy in Chittoor. It is one of the nine flagship programmes of the Andhra Pradesh Government, which are collectively called Navratanalu. The Amma Vodi scheme seeks to benefit school students from Class I to Class XII studying in both public and private schools. Each of these students belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category is entitled to receive Rs. 15,000 per annum on the condition that the guardian or mother of the child ensures that the child is able to meet 75% attendance. A total of Rs. 6318 crores has been allocated to the scheme and the amount is directly transferred to the bank account of the beneficiaries.
- Water-soluble fertilizers will be imported from China by the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC), which will not just import but also pack and sell the water-soluble fertilizers to the farmers. These new fertilizers are named AGRO and best suited for precision agriculture. Presently, the GAIC has imported 300 tonnes of these fertilizers and as Gujarat has a viable land for drip irrigation, these fertilizers are being distributed at the most opportune time. The state of Gujarat has the maximum land under drip irrigation in the country and these imported fertilizers will be used to produce fruits and vegetables, matching global standards.
- The Sea Guardians naval drill was launched by China and Pakistan in the North Arabian Sea. The aim of the drill is to increase the inter-operability between the navies of the two countries. INS Vikramaditya was deployed amidst the naval drill in the North Arabian Sea and it is one of the top-rated aircraft carriers globally. The deployment of INS Vikramaditya comes after the Indian Navy had driven out a Chinese PLA in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone in September 2019 and it is essential for India to issue signals such as these to its neighbours in order to ensure that maritime delimitation is well-maintained.
- After the security agencies detected Afghan fighters along the Indo-Pak border, India has decided to erect non-cut steel fences in the sensitive areas of the borders it shares with Pakistan and Bangladesh. The first steel fence will be erected across the 7 km border that India shares with Bangladesh at Silchar in Assam and this border will be analysed by the Border Security Force (BSF). Apart from the steel fences, India also plans to implement LASER fences across these borders and the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIMBMS) is being sped up to implement these projects.
- The State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 was launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy. The basic energy requirements like coal, electricity, gas and oil were taken into consideration while preparing the report, which tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency initiatives in 36 states and Union Territories. According to the report, the best performing states were Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Puducherry while the least performing states were Manipur, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. Five distinct sectors namely industry, transport, municipalities, buildings, discoms and agriculture were studied to determine the outcome. Such an index will help states track their contribution towards climate action and energy security.
- The Government of India inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and a National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal at a cost of 416 crores. The I4C will have seven major components – National Cyber Crime Threat Analysis Unit, Platform for Joint Cyber Crime Investigation Team, National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal, Cyber Crime Ecosystem Management Unit, National Cyber-Crime Training Centre, National Cyber Research and Innovation Centre and National Cybercrime Forensic Laboratory Ecosystem. Around fifteen state governments and union territories have agreed to set up Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres. The National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online and specific attention is to be paid on crimes against women, child pornography and child sexual abuse.
- “Purvodaya”, a world class steel hub, was announced by the Ministry of Steel with an aim to accelerate the development programme of the eastern states. The Confederation of India Industries (CII) will join the Steel Ministry in the implementation of the hub, which will create 2.5 million jobs and will create world-class logistics and infrastructure. The steel hub also aims to achieve India’s steel policy target of 300 MT by 2030. The five eastern states – West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Northern Andhra Pradesh are extremely rich in reserves of coking coal, bauxite and dolomite and this eastern region is home to major ports like Haldia, Paradip, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.
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Q1. The Amma Vodi scheme is being launched by which state government?
- Tamil Nadu
- Andhra Pradesh
Q2. Water soluble fertilizers are being imported from which country by the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC)?
- New Zealand
Q3. The Sea Guardian naval drill was launched by which two countries in the North Arabian Sea?
- China and Pakistan
- China and Afghanistan
- Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Q4. In which state will the first non-cut steel fence be erected on the border that India shares with Bangladesh?
- Arunachal Pradesh
Q5. Which among the following is not a best performer state as per the State Energy Efficiency Index 2019 launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy?
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Himachal Pradesh
Q6. Which of the following components of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre will enable citizens to report cyber-crimes online?
- National Cyber-Crime Training Centre
- Platform for Joint Cyber-Crime Investigation Team
- National Cyber Crime Threat Analysis Unit
- National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal
Q7. What is India’s steel policy target that it seeks to achieve by 2030?
- 200 MT
- 300 MT
- 400 MT
- 500 MT