Only six out of 83 Patna smart city projects completed in 4 years
Four years since its selection under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) by the Centre, only 20% funds have been utilised and six out of the 83 projects could be completed under the Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL).
The city is entitled to get Rs1,000 crore over a period of five years from the Centre as well as the state government as its share for the redevelopment of selected areas with smart civic facilities. The Centre, however, has given two years’ extension for completion of the projects.
The six completed projects include a mega screen (75x42ft) installed at Gandhi Maidan at the cost of around Rs7 crore, rejuvenation of Adalatganj pond, remodelling of 1.25-km-long Beerchand Patel Path, wall art or painting for social awareness, integrated solid waste management system and integrated control and command centre (ICCC).
According to PSCL officials, work would begin soon on more projects as many of them were in the final stages of the bidding process. The bidding has been issued for almost 40 projects while 31 are on work order stage.
China’s plan to become carbon-neutral by 2060
Industrialization in China occurred at breathtaking pace which lifted people out of poverty and transformed India into the world’s factory. However, this also made China the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide. As a result, China has set the goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2060.
Carbon neutral means cutting carbon dioxide emissions as large as possible and offsetting what cannot be eliminated. This can be done by switching to renewable energy sources like using solar power instead of coal.
Despite being world’s second-largest economy, China is considered as developing nation. Accordingly, it has not reached its emissions peak. By 2030, China will be committing to bring down carbon neutrality by 2060. If China gets success in it, it will be the fastest decline from peak emissions.
- China requires to find replacements for fossil fuels powering its economy and rapid urbanization.
- Recently in July, China opened world’s largest carbon trading market that created a framework for how emissions are priced and regulated in the nation.
- China is also expanding the use of electric vehicles and automation besides investments in nuclear power. Nuclear power doesn’t emit greenhouse gases.
- It is also spending on research into technologies like storage batteries and has been using hydrogen fuel to complement low-emissions energy sources.
- Government has also directed local authorities to develop regional plans in order to lower emissions and curb wasteful uses of electricity like in Bitcoin mining.
Impact on economic policy
To break the link between growth and emissions, China will require policies that focuses on fossil fuels and encourage development of renewable energy.
Mahatma Gandhi to be given Congressional Gold Medal
An influential US lawmaker from New York reintroduced a decision in the US’s Representatives House to posthumously awarded the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Honourable Mahatma Gandhi in focus of his advertising of peace and nonviolence.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the easiest civilian award in the United States. Gandhi would be the first Indian to get hold of a Congressional Gold Medal, an honour bestowed upon such fantastic figures as George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks.
Ease of Doing Business Report – World Bank
The World Bank would discontinue the practice of issuing ‘Doing Business report’ following an investigation mentioning “data irregularities” in its 2018 and 2020 editions (released in 2017 and 2019, respectively) and possible “ethical matters” involving bank staff.
It will study a new method of evaluating the business and investment climate.
The report was introduced in 2003 to provide an assessment of goal measures of business regulations and their enforcement throughout one hundred ninety economies on ten parameters affecting a business through its life cycle.
Notably, in three reports, launched in 2017, 2018 and 2019, India ranked among the top 10 economies displaying “the most magnificent improvement”.
12 states, Union territories have implemented 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections: Government
About 12 states and Union territories have implemented 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections, while no information regarding implementation of EWS reservation in the remaining states or UTs is available, the government said.
According to available information, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have implemented 10 per cent reservation to EWS, minister of state for social justice and empowerment Pratima Bhoumik said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
She said the department of personnel and training (DoPT) monitors the progress in filling up of backlog vacancies reserved for SCs, STs and OBCs with 10 ministries or departments having more than 90 per cent of employees of the central government.
According to the data provided by her, 14,366 out of 28,345 vaccines reserved for SC remain unfilled while 12,612 of 22,016 vacancies for STs remains unfilled. About 15,088 of the 28,562 vacancies for OBC remain unfilled.
MyGov India launches Planetarium Innovation Challenge
This Planetarium challenge was launched with the aim of bringing together the tech firms and Start-ups, that are based out of India, with the potential to build an indigenous planetariums system software.
This system software must be built by using latest technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Merged Reality (MR).
This challenge has been Inspired by the Chandrayaan launches. Prior to the launch, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had conducted the ISRO Quiz Competition-2019 in collaboration with MyGov. In the quiz, several schools, parents and enthusiastic mentors actively participated.
Longest Expressway of the World Between Delhi and Mumbai
This 1,380-kilometer 8-lane highway-passing through Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh & Gujarat-will reduce travel time between cities to 12 hours.
It will be open in 2023. The eight-lane controlled expressway can be expanded into a twelve-lane expressway according to the traffic volume. It is planned to plant more than 2 million trees and shrubs along the highway. The highway is the first in Asia and only the second in the world to include animal overpasses, allowing for unrestricted wildlife mobility.
Milestone by E-shram Portal
Affairs:The registration of unorganized workers has accelerated nationwide. More than 10 million people are registered on the e-shram portal.
Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are on the front lines.
Common Service Centres play a vital role in facilitating registration, and nearly 68% of registrations are done through CSC
First ever concentrate step towards producing a complete database of the unorganized employees from different sectors like construction, clothing manufacturing, fishing, gig and platform work, street vending, domestic work, agriculture and allied, transport region and so on
According to the 2019-20 Economic Survey, there are an estimated 380 million unorganized workers (UW) in the country who will register on this portal in a targeted manner.
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