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Current Affairs Date: 11 December 2022


RINL Bags National Energy Leader Award

⇒ Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) has been awarded National Energy Leader Award for fourth time consecutively and Excellent Energy Efficient Unit Award for sixth time in row from 2017 onwards from Confederation of Indian Industry Godrej Green Business Centre.

    • It is rare achievement in any Integrated Steel Plant and PSU to win National Energy Leader Award Continuously for four years.

RINL received these prestigious awards from Shri Ashok Kumar, Dy Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, at the 23 rd National Award for Excellence in Energy Management programme held at New Delhi on 21 September 2022.

Key Points:
    • RINL reduced specific energy consumption from 6.25 Gcal (Giga calories) / tCS (ton of crude steel) to 6.02 Gcal/tCS in 2021-22 and registered a reduction of about 4% over previous year.
    • RINL is pioneer in installing state of art cleaner Technologies like Coke Dry Quenching, Sinter Heat Recovery Power Plant, Top Pressure Recovery Turbine, and LD Gas Recovery.
    • RINL has taken various measures such as increasing waste heat recovery, Increase in Pulverised Coal Injection in BF and reduction in BF Gas bleeding.
    • RINL has made a specific action plan to decarbonise Steel (Achieving Net Zero emissions) and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2047 in line with MoS objective.
    • RINL also obtained the largest number of Energy Saving Certificates (Escerts) in Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) 2nd Cycle. RINL is the first Integrated Steel Plant to adopt ISO 50001 Energy Management System.

Two Diving Support Vessels (YARD 11190 - NISTAR) & (YARD 11191 - NIPUN) launches at HSL

⇒ Two Diving Support Vessels (Nistar & Nipun) being built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Vishakapatnam for the Indian Navy, were launched on 22 September 2022 by Mrs Kala Hari Kumar, President Navy Wellness and Welfare Association (NWWA).

    • Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff was the Chief Guest for the launching ceremony.

» Mrs Kala Hari Kumar, President Navy Wellness and Welfare Association (NWWA) performed the traditional honour and named these ships as”Nistar” and “Nipun”.

About DSVs:
    • The Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) are first of the kind, ships indigenously designed and built at HSL for the Indian Navy.
    • The vessels are 118.4 metres long, 22.8 metres at the broadest point and will have a displacement of 9,350 tons.
    • These ships would be deployed for deep sea diving operations.
    • DSVs equipped with an array of complex Diving Support systems and Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) will be deployed for deep sea diving and submarine rescue operations.
    • Furthermore, these ships will be capable of sustained patrolling, conducting Search & Rescue operations and carrying out Helicopter Operations at high seas.
    • “Nistar” and “Nipun” were launched by achieving approx 80% indigenous content, a major step towards ‘Self Reliance’.
    • DSV project has generated local employment opportunities and promoted indigenisation which will boost India’s economy.

MOD signs a deal with BAPL

⇒ Providing further impetus to Aatmanirbharta in defence production, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with M/s BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd for acquisition of additional dual-role capable Surface to Surface BrahMos missiles under “Buy-Indian” Category, on 22 September 2022.

    • Its overall approximate cost is ₹ 1700 Crore.

» Induction of these dual-role capable Missiles is going to significantly enhance the operational capability of Indian Navy (IN) fleet assets.

» This contract is going to give further boost to indigenous production of critical weapon system and ammunition with active participation of indigenous industry.

About M/s BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL):
    • BAPL is a Joint Venture (JV) between India and Russia making crucial contribution to augment the new generation Surface-to-Surface Missiles (SSMs) with enhanced range and dual role capability for land as well as anti-ship attacks.


'2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award'

⇒ In a significant achievement and recognition to country’s efforts against hypertension, India has won an UN award for its “India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)”, a large-scale hypertension intervention under National Health Mission. IHCI has been recognized for its exceptional work within India’s existing primary healthcare system.

India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) has won the “2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award” at the UN General Assembly side event held on 21st September 2022 at New York, USA.

    • IHCI is a collaborative initiative of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research, State Governments and World Health Organization-India.
The award recognizes outstanding commitment and action of India to:
    1. prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
    2. deliver integrated people-centric primary care

The UN Task Force has identified organisation which has multisectoral approach in prevention and control of NCDs and multisectoral action with demonstrated results at primary care for prevention and control of NCDs and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About IHCI:
    • IHCI has been able to leverage and strengthen the existing healthcare delivery system, hypertension control interventions under National Health Mission and improve the linkages between populations-based screening initiative with health care.
    • The initiative was launched in 2017 and expanded in a phased manner to cover more than 130 districts across 23 states.
    • Under the initiative, more than 34 lakh people with hypertension are taking treatment in government health facilities, including Ayushman Bharat Health Wellness Centres (HWCs).
    • The project strategies are easily scalable within the health system. The strategies include a simple drug-dose-specific standard treatment protocol, ensuring adequate quantity of protocol medications, decentralization of care with follow-up and refills of medicines at Health Wellness Centres, task sharing involving all health staff and a powerful real-time information system which can track every patient for follow-up and blood pressure control.
    • The IHCI complements the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
    • IHCI accelerates the achievement of targets of the Government of India by ensuring a continuum of care and giving a boost to the ongoing “Ayushman Bharat” programme.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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