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Current Affairs Date: 03 December 2021

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2nd edition of the Industrial Park Rating System (IPRS) Report

⇒ The 2nd edition of the Industrial Park Rating System (IPRS) Report was launched by the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Shri Som Prakash on 05 October 2021.

Released by:

Industrial Park Ratings System Report has been released by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). The IPRS 2.0 Report is part of the Commerce & Industry Ministry’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

In the Industrial Park Rating System Report:
    • 41 Industrial Parks have been assessed as “Leaders”.
    • 90 Industrial Parks have been rated as under Challenger category.
    • 185 Industrial Parks have been rated as under “Aspirers”.
Key Points:
    • Based on the learnings from the pilot stage, the Government started the IPRS 2.0 in 2020.
    • All the States of India and 51 SEZs, including 29 Private, have participated the IPRS 2.0 Report.
    • 24 Private Sector Industrial Parks have also been nominated.
    • Ratings have been undertaken for 449 out of 478 nominations received.
    • The feedback survey involved responses from 5,700 tenants.
    • These ratings are assigned on the basis of key existing parameters and infrastructure facilities etc.
    • IPRS 2.0 Report will enhance India’s industrial competitiveness and attract investment.
About:
  • The IPRS pilot exercise was launched in 2018.
  • It was launched with an objective of enhancing industrial infrastructure competitiveness and supporting policy development for enabling industrialization across the country as the Government pushes ahead a high-growth trajectory with an aim to scale the $5 trillion mark for the Indian economy by 2025.

Heli-borne survey technology for ground water management

⇒ Union Minister of State (I/C) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched state-of-the-art Heli-borne survey technology for ground water management, developed by CSIR- National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) Hyderabad.

To start with, the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana are being taken up for this latest heli-borne survey and the beginning was made from Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said:

» The water technologies of CSIR from source finding to water treatment will benefit millions of people across the country.

» The latest state-of-the-art technology is being employed by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for mapping groundwater sources in arid regions and thus help utilize groundwater for drinking purposes.

» CSIR, along with National Geophysical Research Institute NGRI, have undertaken High Resolution Aquifer Mapping & Management in Arid Regions of North Western India to augment the groundwater resources.

» The Heli-borne geophysical mapping technique of CSIR-NGRI provides a high-resolution 3D image of the sub-surface up to a depth of 500 meters below the ground.

» Arid areas in north western India spread over parts of States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab cover nearly 12% of the total geographical area of the country.

Guidelines for the Scheme for grant of Award to the Good Samaritan

⇒ Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued Guidelines for the Scheme for grant of Award to the Good Samaritan.

Key Points:
    • Any individual who has saved life of a victim of a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle by administering immediate assistance and rushing to Hospital within the Golden Hour of the accident to provide medical treatment would be eligible for the award.
    • An individual Good Samaritan can be awarded maximum 5 times in a year.
    • The amount of award for the Good Samaritan(s) would be Rs.5,000/- per incident.
    • MoRTH will provide Rs 5 Lakhs as initial grant to the Transport Department of the State/UT for making payment to the Good Samaritans. Subsequently, Ministry would reimburse the amount to the States/UTs on monthly basis.
    • The Scheme has become effective from 15th October, 2021.
Aim:

The Scheme mainly aims to motivate the general public to help the road accident victims in emergency situation, inspire and motivate others to save innocent lives on road.

International

5th edition of India – Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise, JIMEX

⇒ The fifth edition of India – Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise, JIMEX, between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), was conducted in the Arabian Sea from 06 – 08 October 2021.

Participated Ships:

The IN participated with indigenous Guided Missile Destroyer, INS Kochi (with Sea King MK 42B helicopter) and the Guided Missile Frigate INS Teg (with SAR capable Chetak helicopter). The IN also fielded a P8I, a shore-based maritime reconnaissance aircraft, and MiG 29K fighters.

The JMSDF comprised of the Izumo Class Helicopter Carrier Kaga and the Guided Missile Destroyer Murasame. Both ships participated with integral SH60K helicopters.

Exercise:

The exercise saw the ships and aircraft of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force and Indian Navy engaging in a high tempo of operations focused on air, surface and sub-surface dimensions of maritime operations as well as the air domain.

The units exercised War at Sea scenario with P8I (IN) providing maritime reconnaissance support to both navies. The units practiced Replenishment at Sea approaches and undertook fuel rig connect-up between Kaga and Kochi. The exercise also involved complex Over the Horizon Targeting exercises and surface gun shoots on an expendable target.

The Air Domain operations included advanced anti-aircraft firing exercises on Expendable Aerial Target launched from the deck of INS Kochi and ship controlled Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat drills by IN’s MiG 29K fighters.

Aim:

JIMEX-21 was aimed to develop common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability through conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations.

Background:

JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.

The State of the World’s Children 2021 Report

⇒ Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare released UNICEF’s global flagship publication – “The State of the World’s Children 2021; On My Mind: promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health” on 05 October 2021. The report was launched globally.

Key Points:

» The State of the World’s Children 2021 examines child, adolescent and caregiver mental health.

» It focuses on risks and protective factors at critical moments in the life course and delves into the social determinants that shape mental health and well-being.

» The report details the significant impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health.

For India:

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Representative presented some key findings of the report.

    • The State of the World’s Children 2021 has found that around 14 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds in India, or 1 in 7, reported often feeling depressed or having little interest in doing things.

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