21.12.21 Daily BPSC Current Affairs

 

BIHAR

Now, education minister pitches for special status to Bihar

Senior JD(U) functionary and state education minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday raised a demand for grant of special category status to Bihar to rid it of its backwardness.

Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on ‘Raising agricultural productivity and farmers’ incomes in Bihar’, organised by Patliputra School of Economics (PSE) at Aryabhatta Knowledge University here, the minister said despite the fastest annual growth rate recorded in the country for the last several years, Bihar has been placed at the bottom in the recent report of NITI Aayog on the multidimensional poverty index. Incidentally, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand was also present at the function.

State planning and implementation minister Bijendra Yadav had written to NITI Aayog vice-chairman recently for grant of special status to Bihar.

The education minister said plagued with scanty natural resources and perennial floods and droughts, Bihar is unable to make desired socio-economic development. “If the NITI Aayog feels difficulties in meeting the demand for special status to the state, the Centre must allocate its financial assistance to the state in 90:10 ratio to ensure its desired economic growth,” he said.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Japanese Space Tourists Back To Earth

 

After spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station, a Japanese tycoon, his producer, and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on 20 December.

 

Since 2009, Maezawa and Hirano have been the first self-paying guests to visit the space station.

Misurkin, on the other hand, was on his third space trip.Before them, in October 2021, Russian actress YuliaPeresild and film director KlimShipenko spent 12 days on the space station to make the world’s first movie in space. Roscosmos, Russia’s space corporation, financed this project.

Seven space tourists flew to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft between 2001 and 2009.

MicroAge” Experiment

 

An experiment called “MicroAge” is set to be launched to International Space Station on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

 

MicroAge Experiment will help people in living a longer and healthier life.

As the part of this experiment, human cells will be launched to space.

Human cells have been put into small 3D holders. These cells will be electrically stimulated, once they reach to space. The electrical stimulation will help in inducing contractions in muscle tissue.  This experiment will help scientists in examining the cells closely.

 

These cells will be analysed by Researchers from University of Liverpool. Research will be funded by the UK Space Agency. UK Space Agency has provided £1.2 million in funds to conduct the experiment.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

 

LogiXtics: DPIIT Launches Hackathon for Logistics

 

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) launched the Unified Logistics Interface Platform’s (ULIP) Hackathon called ‘LogiXtics’ for crowdsourcing more ideas for the benefit of logistics industry.

 

 

ULIP is designed for enhancing efficiency and reducing logistics cost across India. This objective will be reduced by creating a transparent platform which will provide real time information to all the stakeholders and remove all asymmetry information.

 

ULIP Hackathon – LogiXtics is being organised by NITI Aayog and Atal Innovation Mission.

 

It is also supported by NICDC Logistics Data Bank Services Limited (NLDSL) and National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (NICDC).

 

ULIP was conceptualised as a technology platform in logistics sector.

 

ULIP is being developed as technology platform to provide real time information to all the stakeholders.

 

It will converge visibility of multi-modal transport across existing systems of several Ministries or Departments working in silos.

 

ULIP will transform the logistic sector by lowering down the logistics cost and enhancing India’s competitiveness in international trade.

 

Election Laws (Amendment) Bill

To Link Adhaar with the Electoral roll, The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, will be introduced in Lok Sabha.

Highlights:

  • When the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021 is approved, electoral registration officers will ask for the Aadhaar number of persons who want to register as voters.
  • To verify your identification, they will want your Aadhaar number. The bill also proposes allowing electoral registration officers to request Aadhaar numbers from people already on the electoral record.
  • This will be done to verify the entries in the electoral roll and to identify the registration of the same person’s name in the electoral roll of more than one constituency or the registration of the same name in the same constituency more than once.
  • The bill will amend several provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951.
  • The 1950 Act will be changed to enable the linkage of electoral roll data with the Aadhaar ecosystem. This modification will mitigate the threat of multiple enrolments of the same person in different areas.

 

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