India hands over Jaynagar-Kurtha rail link to Nepal
India has handed over 34.9 km long cross-border rail link to Nepal government, that connects Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Nepal.
The ceremony took place on October 22, 2021 in the presence of Indian ambassador to Nepal Vinay M. Kwatra and Nepal minister for physical Infrastructure & transport Renu Kumari Yadav.
About Jaynagar-Kurtha Section of rail link
The Jaynagar – Kurtha section of rail link is the part of 68.7 km Jaynagar – Bijalpura- Bardidas rail link. It was built under the grant assistance programme of Indian government. Under the grant assistance of India, gauge conversion of 34.9 km narrow gauge has been completed. The project has completed at a cost of Rs 619 crore. It has five stations in the section namely, Jayanagar, Khajuri, Inarwa, Baidehi and Kurtha near Janakpur in Nepal. The highest fare will likely be Rs 70 for general class and Rs 300 for AC for the entire journey. The train will run at 115 km per hour and the distance will be covered in 23 minutes.
Significance of the rail link
This operationalised cross-border rail link is likely to enhance trade and commerce activities. It will also enhance people to people linkage between both the countries.
Jainagar or Jaynagar
It is a town and a notified area in the Madhubani district of Bihar. As per 2011 census, Jainagar had a population of 1,77,556. Males account for 53% of the population while females account for 47%. The town has an average literacy rate of 58%.
COP26: Bangladesh to share ‘Climate prosperity plan’
Bangladesh has planned to present its “climate prosperity plan” at the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Glasgow.
Climate prosperity plan will be presented with the aim of mitigating the effects of global warming on economic development.
This plan will also visualise boosting the renewable energy.
It will make agriculture more resistant to climate shocks.
The plan also seeks to find solutions in nature to challenges created by global warming, like restoring.
China’s New Education law
China passed its New Education Law on October 23, 2021 with the aim of cutting the “twin pressures” of homework and off-site tutoring in the core subjects.
This law is new, in series of China’s assertive paternal hand in the year 2021. China took several assertive moves ranging from:
Tackling addiction of youngsters to online games,
Deemed a form of spiritual opium
Clamp down on blind worship of internet celebrities.
On October 18, 2021, Parliament of China noted that, it will consider legislation for punishing parents if their young children exhibit “bad behaviour” or “commit crimes”.
Global Threat Assessment report 2021
The report notes that, Child sexual abuse is a chronically underfunded issue.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of child sexual exploitation and abuse online have increased.
In the last two years, reporting of child sexual exploitation and online abuse cases has reached its highest level.
According to “The Internet Watch Foundation”, there is an increase of 77% in child ‘self-generated’ sexual material in between 2019 to 2020. Such instances arose without any apparent external cause.
As per report, currently, 37% children use tools to detect online grooming.
US successfully tests Hypersonic Missile Technology
Hypersonic Missile Technology is a new weapons system which is already being deployed by Russia and China.
The test was conducted at a NASA facility in Wallops, Virginia.
It is a significant step in development of a Navy-designed common hypersonic missile.
This test by US demonstrated advanced hypersonic technologies, prototype systems and capabilities in a realistic operating environment.
Hypersonic missiles such as traditional ballistic missiles can fly at five times the speed of sound that is, Mach 5.
These missiles are more manoeuvrable as compared to their ballistic counterparts.
Indian Navy to conduct Offshore Sailing Regatta
Offshore Sailing Regatta is being conducted from Kochi to Goa.
In the event, Six Indian Naval Sailing Vessels namely, Tarini, Mhadei, Neelkanth, Bulbul, Kadal Pura and Hariyal will participate.
The race is scheduled to start from 24th October and will run for a tentative duration of five days.
Sailing vessels would cover an approximate distance of 360 nautical miles between Kochi to Goa.
Power ministry: New Rules notified to ensure Sustainability
New rules will also ease the financial stress of various stakeholders.
It will also ensure timely recovery of costs incurred in the electricity generation.
It will promote clean energy for ensuring the suitability and meet commitment made by India towards climate change.
New rules will help in achieving the goal of RE generation. Rules will also help in ensuring that the consumers get green and clean power. They will also secure a healthy environment for future generation.
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