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Current Affairs Date: 21 November 2022

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National Conference on Sustainable Coastal Management in India

⇒ Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav inaugurated the first National Conference on Sustainable Coastal Management in India in Bhubaneswar on 10 September 2022.

Organized by:

This conference was organized by the Green Climate Fund supported project – Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities.

Objective:

The objective of the conference was to bring officials from all 13 coastal states of India under one roof to focus on the three interrelated themes of coastal and marine biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation and coastal pollution.

    • The aim of this endeavour was to create a vibrant network of stakeholders who would continue to engage with each other on the topics, but also on cross-cutting topics such as coastal governance, technologies and innovation, as well as domestic and international finance.
Other Points:
    • Sustainable coastal management is recognised as need of the hour. Data-driven policies and management frameworks, participatory conservation models, and convergence between stakeholders are the key pillars for effective coastal management.
    • A programme on Enhancing Climate Resilience of Coastal Communities is being implemented in partnership with UNDP in the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the initiative is integrating ecosystem and community-based approaches to adaptation into coastal management and planning.

Foundation stone of Shri Tanot Mandir Complex Project

⇒ Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah laid the foundation stone and performed Bhoomi Pujan of the Shri Tanot Mandir Complex Project in Jaisalmer on 10 September 2022 under Border Tourism Development Programme.

Key Points:
    • The Shri Tanot Mandir Complex Project is being taken up by the Union Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, under the Border Tourism Development Programme.
    • Shri Tanot Mandir Complex is a project worth Rs 17.67 crore.
    • Under this project, a waiting room, amphitheater, interpretation center, room for children and several other facilities will be developed to promote tourism.

» The historical Shri Mateshwari Tanot Rai Temple of Jaisalmer has a wonderful history and it is believed that Tanot Maa gives strength to soldiers to fight against enemies and protects the country in war. In the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, many bomb shells were dropped by Pakistan on the Shri Tanot Rai Mata temple complex, but none of the shells detonated by the miracle of Tanot Mata. Since 1965, the Border Security Force looking after this temple.

Centre-State Science Conclave’ in Ahmedabad

⇒ Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Centre-State Science Conclave’ in Ahmedabad on 10 September 2022 via video conferencing.

    • The two-day Gujarat Science Conclave of State Science & Technology (S&T) Ministers was organized at Science City, Ahmedabad on 10-11 September 2022.

In line with the Prime Minister’s relentless efforts to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship in the country; the first-of-its-kind Conclave strengthened Centre-State coordination and collaboration mechanisms – in the spirit of cooperative federalism – to build a robust science, technology & innovation (STI) ecosystem across the country.

It included sessions on different thematic areas:
    • STI Vision 2047;
    • Future Growth Pathways and Vision for STI in States;
    • Health – Digital Health Care for All;
    • Doubling Private Sector investment in R&D by 2030;
    • Agriculture – Technological interventions for improving farmers’ income;
    • Water – Innovation for producing potable drinking water;
    • Energy- Clean Energy for All including S&T role in Hydrogen mission;
    • Deep Ocean Mission and its relevance for Coastal States/UTs as well as country’s future economy.
Participation:

Science & Technology Ministers of all 28 States, Administrators of 8 UTs, key officials from States – Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries in-charge of S&T in the states and all Science Secretaries to Government of India e.g., DST, DBT, DSIR, MoES, DAE, DoS, ICMR, ICAR, Jal Shakti, MoEF & CC, MNRE and CEOs of over 100 Start Ups and industries participated in the two-day Science Conclave.

Key Points:
    • Union Minister of State (I/C) Science & Technology; Minister of State (I/C) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh chaired the Leadership session of Ministers from different States on the first day of the 2-day “Centre-State Science Conclave”.
    • Science and Technology Ministers of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana and Chief Secretaries and Science and Technology Secretaries of other States and UTs gave brief presentations about the STI policy and other achievements in scientific endeavours and Start-ups in their respective states.
    • The two-day Science Conclave explored State specific technologies and innovations for adoption and scaling up through integrated approach with Centre’s collaboration.
    • The aim of the Conclave was to fostering proactive engagements between Centre and States in S&T, creating a mechanism to facilitate the flow of STI information and data between Centre and States, Capacity Building of Scientists, technologists and professionals from States in key technology areas.
    • Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on 11 September announced setting up of a Dashboard to share the best technology practices among the Centre and the States.
    • The roadmap and way forward to augment financial resources for R&D by enhancing the private sectors STI contribution and developing collaborative funding mechanisms was discussed at the Center-State Science Conclave on September 11, 2022.

Sports

2022 Dutch Grand Prix Formula 1 Race

⇒ The 2022 Dutch Grand Prix Formula 1 Race took place at Zandvoort on September 04, 2022.

Winner:

Red Bull Racing RBPT Driver, Max Verstappen won 2022 Dutch Grand Prix (FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2022).

    • Verstappen’s 10th win matched his tally from last year and the Red Bull driver extended his championship lead to 109 points.

Death

Renowned archaeologist Shri Braj Basi Lal

⇒ Renowned archaeologist Shri Braj Basi Lal passed away on 10 September 2022 in New Delhi. He was 101 years old.

Lal received the Padma Bhushan Award by the President of India in 2000. He was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2021 for his contribution in the field of archaeology.

Lal was the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from 1968 to 1972. He was also served as Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Lal also served on various UNESCO committees. He is particularly known for his work on the archaeology of Ramayana sites.

Prof. Lal has published over 20 books and over 150 research papers and articles in national and international scientific journals.

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