19.02.21 Daily BPSC Current Affairs

BIHAR

Bihar’s growth story not gloomy despite Q1 dip: Experts

 

Even as the state’s growth rate recorded a plunge of -18.2% in the first quarter (Q1) of the current fiscal due to the coronavirus impact on the economy, experts say the situation is likely to improve by the fourth quarter, ending March 31 this year.

 

The combined growth witnessed in all sectors had given Bihar the highest growth rate of 10.47% in 2019-20 among 20 states and Union Territories whose data were available with the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO).

The capacity of Bihar to bounce back on the economic front is not in doubt, even as the continued rise in the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG has been giving a cause for concern. The work on expansion and extension of the agriculture feeder of electricity has been somewhat affected due to the paucity of funds.

Nonetheless, as to an indication of the strength of Bihar’s agriculture sector and its crop production that proved to be a major shock absorber amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nitish in December last year had fixed the paddy procurement target at 30 lakh metric tonne for 2020-21.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Bangladesh Supreme Court launches AI based translation software ‘Amar Vasha’

The Bangladesh Supreme Court launched the Artificial Intelligence (AI) based translation software ‘Amar Vasha’ through a virtual event.

The software will translate orders and judgements of the Supreme Court from English to Bangla.

The Software has been developed with ‘EkStep’ foundation of India.

It is based on their ‘Anuvaad’ translation software used in India to translate from English to Indian languages including Bangla.

Anuvaad was deployed by the Supreme Court of India as SUVAS (Supreme Court Vidhik Anuvaad Software) from November 2019.

 

NATIONAL

Raksha Mantri Launched E-Chhawani

Raksha Mantri launched the E-Chhawani portal and mobile app.

 

A portal website (https://echhawani.gov.in/) has been created to provide online citizenship services to more than 20 lakh residents of 62 Cantonment Boards across the country.

Through the portal, residents of residential areas will be able to obtain basic services such as rent renewal, application for birth and death certificates, water and sewage system connection, trade permits, mobile toilet locator and payment of various taxes and fees, just a click of a button.

The portal is jointly developed by the eGov Foundation, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) and National Informatics Center (NIC).

The portal is expected to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of the Cantonment Boards service distribution system and provide residents with time-bound solutions.

 

 

Seventy Five years of Shri Ram Chandra Mission

 

The Prime Minister addressed an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Shri Ram Chandra Mission.

 

Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM) is an non-profit organization and a spiritual movement that originated in India.

It teaches the practice of the “Sahaj Marg” or “Heartfulness Meditation”.

It was registered by Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh in 1945.

Current headquarters: Hyderabad, Telangana

Sahaj Marg (Natural Path) is a form of Raja Yoga.

This is a meditation system that involves meditation, cleansing and prayer.

 

Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Indian Army

 

Indian Army Software Defined Radio (SDR) under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.

In order to provide soldiers with technical advantages to enable them to fight a war in a net-centric battle space, existing radio equipment will soon be replaced by indigenously developed Software-Defined Radio (SDR).

SDR has enhanced data transmission capabilities, enhanced voice clarity and data transmission accuracy in a noisy spectrum environment, supports multiple waveforms, higher system security and better communication survivability in clear and secure mode to meet the operational needs of the Indian Army.

The Indian Army is transforming its communications system by purchasing Very/Ultra High Frequency (V/UHF) armored SDRs in the Make-II category.

 

FAO Recognized Hyderabad – 2020 Tree City of the World

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the Arbor Day Foundation have confirmed Hyderabad as the 2020 Tree City of the World.

 

Hyderabad is committed to the development and maintenance of urban forests, so it was awarded this honor.

This recognition is a testament to New York City’s ongoing and institutional efforts to plant trees, cultivate and celebrate trees.

In addition to the strategic planning and commitment to build healthy cities, it also marks the development of urban and suburban forestry operations.

Other cities recognized by the organization include 120 cities from 63 countries/regions.

Most cities are from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. After receiving World Tree City recognition, the city of Hyderabad will join a network of like-minded cities that recognize the importance of trees.

Hyderabad was recognized in the second year of the foundation’s program.

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