15.01.20 Bihar (BPSC) Daily Current Affairs

BIHAR

Karnataka may replicate Bihar model of grievance redressal

Months after the Narendra Modi government adopted model of Nitish government’s two people-centric schemes- ‘Har Ghar Bijli Lagataar’ (uninterrupted power supply to each household) and ‘Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal’ (tap water to each household), the Karnataka government has now shown its eagerness to replicate the Bihar model of public grievance redressal system.

Bihar Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act (BRPGRA)

The BRPGRA is a system of redressal of the grievances of the citizens through a process of hearing by the Public Grievance Redressal Officer (PGRO), in the presence of the concerned public authority within a maximum period of 60 days. This system of public grievance redressal is a unique and pioneer in India, in which citizens have been empowered through an Act and the redressal of their grievances is a legal right.

In 2018, a team of officers from Chhatisgarh visited different parts of Bihar to study the implementation of total prohibition. In December 2019, the Rajasthan government formed a committee of senior officials, mostly from the finance department, to visit Bihar and study the impact of total prohibition in the state.

The Centre too adopted some people-centric schemes of Bihar government. The Narendra Modi government adopted ‘Saubhagya’ scheme from the Bihar model of ‘Haar Ghar Bijli Lagataar’. Recently, the Centre implemented ‘Nal Se Jal’ scheme on the very pattern of Bihar’s ‘Haar Ghar Nal Ka Jal’ scheme.
Earlier, the UPA government at the Centre had launched its livelihood programme named “Aajeevika” on the model of Bihar government’s ‘Jeevika’ scheme.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Australian Koalas become endangered in bushfires

 

The Australian government is to declare koalas as an endangered species after the bushfire crisis. It destroyed 30% of the habitat of koalas across the country.

 

Since September 2019 the Australian bushfires have been raging. It is one of the worst in its history. The bushfire has killed 26 people, burned over 10 million hectares of land, destroyed over 2,000 homes and pushed many species towards extinction. It has been recorded that over 1.25 billion animals were dead in the wake of bushfires. Also, the experts believe that hundreds of billions of insects may have been wiped out.

 

 

India to double the crude oil imports from the US

 

India is planning to double crude oil imports from the US. The move is a part of its effort to reduce dependence on the West Asia region.

 

India started to purchase Oil from the US in 2017-18. So far, it has already crossed about 6 million tonnes a year. India also has long-term oil supply contracts with Russia and oil-producing countries in Africa. India is depending highly on oil imports from West Asia.
The top 3 suppliers of Oil to India in 2018-19 are:

Iraq with about 46.6 million tonnes (MT)

 

Saudi Arabia with 40.3 MT

 

The UAE with 17.5 MT.

It should be noted that Kuwait has also supplied 10.8 MT to India in 2018-19. These countries supplied about 51% of the total of 226.5 MT of oil worth Rs.7.83 lakh crore ($111.9 billion) that India imported in 2018-19.

 

EU triggered dispute mechanism on Iran Nuclear deal

 

European Countries namely Britain, France, and Germany pressured Iran to stop its violations of the nuclear deal. The EU countries stressed to resolve differences through talks on the United Nations sanctions.

The three countries rejected Iran’s justification for violating the deal because the U.S. broke the agreement by withdrawing in 2018. EU has charged Iran over transgressions that could ultimately lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions and triggered the deal’s dispute mechanism.

 

Iran nuclear deal:

 

Iran nuclear deal is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

 

In 2015, Iran agreed on a long-term deal on its nuclear program with the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany.

 

Under the deal, Iran accepted a 10-year restriction on nuclear production.

 

NATIONAL

DRDO’s Naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft makes its first successful landing

 

The naval version of indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, LCA, made its first successful landing on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

This aircraft is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO.

Congratulating the DRDO and Navy for this achievement, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that he is extremely happy to learn about the maiden landing of naval variant of LCA on INS Vikramaditya.

With the successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft, LCA on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, India has entered into the club of selected nations having the capability to design a fighter jet which can land on an aircraft carrier.

LCA is the smallest and lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class.

Register all drones by January 31 or face action: Civil Aviation Ministry

 

Government has announced a scheme for voluntary registration of all drones and their operators.

The registration can be done by the 31st of this month.

The Civil Aviation Ministry said in a notice that those who fail to register will face action.

A Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Co-Chair Committee on Drones last year had estimated that the number of illegal drones in India are likely to be between fifty to sixty thousand.

Housing ministry launched an e-commerce platform

 

Housing ministry launched an e-commerce platform, housingforall.com, to facilitate homebuyers in identifying genuine properties. The move aims to bring the trust back in the real estate sector. It was launched by the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO).​​​​​​​

 

The main objective of the e-commerce platform is to bring transparency in the sector and offer only certified projects.

 

The e-commerce platform is for projects that have received occupancy certificates (OCs).

 

The companies are expected to create a seamless, safe and transparent home-buying experience for home buyers.

The portal will enhance the liquidity flow in the industry and contribute to the growth of the economy.

 

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