18.02.21 Daily BPSC Current Affairs

BIHAR

Micro containment zones, area sealing to be back in Bihar

 

Taking a cue from the spurt in Covid-19 cases in other parts of the country, the Bihar health department has decided to create micro containment zones and seal nearby houses if a new Covid-19 case is detected in any locality. Implementation of Covid-19 protocols in public vehicles and massive checking of masks has also started from Saturday across the state.

Though Bihar is registering less than 100 new cases in a day, health department principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit said all officials have been alerted, and they are watching the developments in other states closely.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Foreign Ministers of India, Australia, Japan and US to meet to discuss free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region

The Third India-Australia-Japan-USA QUAD Foreign Minister’s Meeting will be held with the participation of the respective Foreign Ministers.

The QUAD meeting provides an opportunity to continue the useful exchange of views from their last meeting in Tokyo in October last year.

The Ministers will exchange views on regional and global issues especially practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

They will also discuss ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing global climate change and other issues of mutual interest.

 

NATIONAL

Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 launched to expand immunization coverage across the country

 

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0, (IMI 3.0) to expand immunization coverage across the country.

It will have two rounds starting from the 22nd of this month and the 22nd of March this year.

The IMI 3.0 is aimed at reaching the unreached population with all the available vaccines under Universal Immunisation Programme and thereby accelerate the full immunization and complete immunization coverage of children and pregnant women.

The focus of the Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 will be the children and pregnant women who have missed their vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The present campaign will target achieving 90 percent  Full Immunization Coverage in all districts of the country.

Atal Paryavaran Bhavan Inaugurated By Environment Minister

The Minister of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change unveiled the Atal Paryavaran Bhavan in Lakshadweep on February 19, 2021.

 

Suheli Par: This is the coral atoll of Lakshadweep. The atoll has an oval shape and is 17 kilometers long. It is surrounded by abundant marine fauna. It is located southwest of Kavaratti, 76 kilometers south of Agatti. It is located 139 kilometers west of Karpeni and 205 kilometers from the NNW of Minikuy Island. The Nine Degrees Strait stretches between these islands. The area is 87.76 square kilometers.

Nine Degrees Channel: It is a passage in the Indian Ocean between Karpeni and Sukhripal Islands and Mariku Atoll. The channel is about 200 kilometers wide and 2597 meters deep.

Kadmat Island: It is also called Cardamom Island. This is a coral island, belonging to the Amindivi island subgroup. The total length is 9.3 kilometers. Coral reefs with seagrass and turtles are the marine characteristics of the island.

Lakshadweep: This group of islands is located 200 to 440 kilometers southwest of India. It is administered as a territory of the United Kingdom and an area of   India. Its total surface area is 32 sq.km. It includes 10 subdivisions. The capital of the island is Kavalati. The area is under the jurisdiction of the Kerala High Court.

 

 

Power sector reforms for Five States

 

The other five states underwent partial Power Sector Reforms and obtained additional borrowing of Rs. 2,094 crore.

 

The states of Bihar, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have successfully achieved the targets set by the Ministry of Power to reduce Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses, or achieved target reduction in Average Supply Costs and Average Revenue Realisation (ACS-ARR) gap.

 

Reducing AT&C losses and ACS-ARR gap are two of the three reforms in Power Sector specified by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.

Part of the state’s additional borrowing ceiling is related to the reform of the Power Sector.

States obtain permission to borrow funds equivalent to 0.05% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) to meet the state’s target to reduce AT&C losses, and obtain an additional 0.05% GSDP to meet the ACS-ARR gap target.

In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, GOI increased the state’s borrowing limit by 2% of its GSDP.

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