Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - February 7, 2018

Tourism

The Great India Blog Train Campaign

Implementing ministry –

  • Ministry of Tourism

What -

  • “The Great India Blog Train”involving Travel bloggers from across the world was launched

Where -

  • at Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi.

Enlighten about it -

  • Promotion of tourism and other aspects pertaining to tourism and see them off on their journey. These Bloggers have been invited to travel to destinations in the country on the Luxury Trains operating in different States.
  • The objective of the campaign is to position luxury trains of India as a unique tourism product both in the domestic and overseas markets.
  • The campaign will generate widespread publicity for the luxury trains as well as the destinations visited, by way of blogs, videos and photos published by the Bloggers/Instagramers on their experiences of their journey.
  • Needless to say this initiative would benefit the railways and the Luxury Train Operators to a large extent.

Space

ISRO sets up 473 Village Resource Centres For rural development through satellite technology

Implementing bodies

  • ISRO in association with selected NGOs, Trusts and State Government Departments.

Enlighten about VRC

  • VRCs have provided various space technology enabled services such as tele-healthcare, tele-education, natural resources information, advisories related to agriculture, career guidance to rural students, skill development and vocational training etc.

Ministry of Coal

Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App For information about Supply of Coal

  • Aimed at benefiting customers that are being supplied coal by road.
  • It is a tool to monitor that the dispatches are made on the fair principle of ‘First in First Out’ and keeps track of all the activities from issuance of Sale Order to physical delivery of coal by road. This shall help to achieve transparency in dispatch operations.

Enlighten about the benefits -

  • easy accessibility of the information at the click of the button, apart from transparency in the system of loading programme and dispatch.
  • The app also helps in logistics planning for lifting of coal in tune with the loading programmes.
  • It further helps in improved planning of procurement, production and stock management by the customers.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Pay as You Use - NHAI to Launch Pilot Project Tolling on Delhi-Mumbai Highway

  • The National Highways Authority of India is executing a pilot project to study the implement ability of the system in the country.
  • The pilot project involves implementing a satellite based electronic toll collection system running on GPS/GSM technology for around 500 commercial vehicles on the Delhi Mumbai national highway. The project will run for one year.
  • Working on a combination of mobile telecommunications technology (GSM) and the satellite-based Global Positioning System, the proposed tolling system would be able to deduct money from a vehicle account, credit the money to the concessionaire within one day and open the toll gate.
  • In case of a failed transaction it would be able to alert the toll operator to collect payment manually and not open the gate

Defence

General David L Goldfein flew a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas

  • The Chief of US Air Force, General David L Goldfein flew a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
  • With this he became first foreign military chief to fly Tejas aircraft.

Ministry of Coal

Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App For information about Supply of Coal

  • Aimed at benefiting customers that are being supplied coal by road.
  • It is a tool to monitor that the dispatches are made on the fair principle of ‘First in First Out’ and keeps track of all the activities from issuance of Sale Order to physical delivery of coal by road. This shall help to achieve transparency in dispatch operations.

Enlighten about TEJAS –

  • The indigenous LCA is a single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter.
  • It is fourth generation aircraft that can fly at 1,350 km per hour, with a payload capacity of 4,000 kg.
  • It has been indigenously developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency, and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • It has been pegged as world’s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter.
  • It is tailless and has compound delta wing design.
  • It is mounted with inbuilt MultiMode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) systems.
  • The first squadron of LCA Tejas named as ‘Flying Daggers’ based in Sulur, Tamil Nadu was inducted in July 2016.

United Nations

$370 million dollars to UN World Food Programme committed by Sweden Strategic Partnership Agreement with United Nations

  • For committing record $370 million dollars to UN World Food Programme.
  • The contribution is for next four years i.e. 2018-2021.
  • It is the biggest ever contribution made by donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement.

World Food Programme

  • It is afood-assistance branch of the United Nations.
  • It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.
  • It was established in 1961 after the 1960 Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Conference.
  • It is headquartered in Rome (Italy) and has more than 80 country offices around the world.
  • It works to help people who cannot produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families.

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Launches States’ ranking on Startup initiatives States Startup Ranking 2018

  • The States Startup Ranking framework launched by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is an exercise aimed at ranking States for establishing a robust ecosystem for supporting Startups.
  • The framework will evaluate States on parameters such as Startup policy and implementation, incubation support, seed funding support, angel and venture funding support, simplified regulations, easing public procurement, awareness and outreach.
  • the ranking framework would promote healthy competition among the States and enable them to further learn, share and adopt best practices across the seven identified key parameters.
  • framework is to encourage States to take proactive steps towards strengthening the enabling Startup ecosystems at the State level.

Startupindia Ranking Framework

  • Three new tools for States and Union Territories for ranking of startups in the country was launched

The tools are:

  • the State and Union Territory Startup Ranking Framework,
  • the Compendium of Good Practices for Promoting Startups in India and
  • the Startup India Kit.

These will act as catalysts to help the Startup India initiative to drive India’s economic growth.

Startup statics in India -

  • India is home to about 20,000 startups, with about 1,400 beginning operations every year.
  • They are not only driving economic growth but also leading to technological innovations and employment generation in every state.
  • To encourage and help statrups the Govt of India has taken the lead in creating policies and a framework.
  • 18 States and UTs have a startup focussed environment with ease of doing business for startups.

Enlighten about the objectives

  • Is to encourage States and UTs to take proactive steps towards strengthening the Startup ecosystems at the local level.
  • The Ranking Framework will measure the impact of each step initiated at the local level for building a strong Startup ecosystem.
  • The Ranking Framework will also enable contnuous learning through the dissemination of good practices.

Sources – pib,the hindu,livemint