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Current Affairs Date: 29 October 2022


Two-day conference on ‘Indian Minerals & Metals Industry'

⇒ Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel, Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia addressed the two-day conference ‘Indian Minerals & Metals Industry: Transition Towards 2030 & Vision 2047’ on 23 August 2022.

Union Minister Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia called upon India’s mines and mineral industry to reduce carbon emission by 30–40 per cent by the year 2030 to enable India make an impact globally for its growth, expansion and exports.


The theme of the two-day conference on Indian minerals and metals industry was ‘Transition Towards 2030 & Vision 2047’.

Organized by:

National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (NMDC), Country’s largest Iron Ore producer, a CPSE under Ministry of Steel, and FICCI organized the two-day conference on the Indian minerals and metals industry on 23rd and 24th August 2022 at New Delhi.

    • Leading industrialists, policy makers, world renowned associations from the steel, minerals and mining industry took part in the two-day conference.
Event Objective:

» The key objective of the event was to deliberate on the roadmap for Indian Minerals & Metals sector’s transition towards 2030 & Vision 2047. The conference also deliberated on new age minerals, digitalization & automation and other technological innovations.

    • Understanding global commodities market for minerals and metals
    • Highlighting the inter-linkage between mineral development and economic growth
    • Highlighting the developments in the international markets that can impact the Indian minerals and metals industry
    • Identifying opportunities in Indian minerals and metals industry
    • Impact of changes in the statute on Indian Mining & mineral industry and required modification for growth of mineral sector as well as country.
    • Offering an effective platform to existing and potential miners and metal producers, both domestic and international, for establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial business relationships
    • Highlighting new growth drivers revolutionizing the Minerals and Metals Industries in India’s roadmap towards transition to 2030 and Vision 2047, including critical minerals
    • Highlighting technological innovations & automation in Indian Minerals & Metals Industry
    • Highlighting enabling factors for Indian Minerals & Metals Industry

Flight test of VL-SRSAM

⇒ Defence Research & Development Organisation and Indian Navy successfully flight-tested Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on August 23, 2022.

    • The VL-SRSAM system has been indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).
About flight test:
    • The flight test was carried out from an Indian Naval Ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launch capability.
    • The missiles, equipped with indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high accuracy.
    • During the test launch, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, Electro-optical tracking system (EOTS) and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
    • The launch was monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune.

HPCL’s first project under Waste to Energy portfolio

⇒ In a transcending move towards green energy and commitment towards environmental stewardship, HPCL commenced its Cowdung to Compressed Biogas Project at Sanchore, Rajasthan.

Key Point:
    • This will be HPCL’s first project under Waste to Energy portfolio.
    • The plant is proposed to utilize 100 Tons per day of dung to produce biogas, which can be utilized as automotive fuel.
    • The project is proposed to be commissioned in a year’s time.

The project is being developed under GOBAR-Dhan scheme launched by Government of India in Apr’18 as a part of the Biodegradable Waste Management component under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) to positively impact cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.


Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal visits Iran and UAE

⇒ The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal was on a three days official tour to Iran and UAE where he visited to Chabahar Port in Iran and Jebel Ali Port in UAE in August 2022.

The visit was aimed at strengthening the ties and maritime relationship between the two nations. The visit was also intended to highlight the importance of Chabahar port as a gateway for Indian trade with Europe, Russia and CIS countries.

    • The Union Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal paid a visit to the Shahid Behestti port at Chabahar in Iran to review the progress in the development of the port on 20 August 2022.
Union Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal called on His Excellency, Vice President of Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Mokhber at Tehran. The two leaders discussed about further bolstering the Indo-Iranian bilateral relations.
    • The Vice President, who is Iran’s Special Envoy for relations with India, appreciated the visit of India’s Shipping Minister as it provides impetus to further the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The development of Chabahar port would lead to increase in trade and shipment volume, the Vice President added.
Earlier, Shri Sonowal attended a Bilateral meeting with His Excellency, Minister of Roads & Urban Development, Islamic Republic of Iran, Rostam Ghasemi.
    • On this occasion, both the countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on recognition of Certificates of Competency in Unlimited Voyages to help seafarers from both the countries as per the provisions of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (1978).
    • The signing of the MoU is aimed at smoothening the movement of seafarers from both the countries.


Former India football team captain Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee

⇒ Former India football team captain Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee, who led the country to a historic fourth-place finish in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died on 20 August 2022. He was 92.

Fondly known as ‘Badru Da’, Banerjee was born on January 30, 1930.

Besides guiding Mohun Bagan to several trophies including their first ever Durand Cup (1953), Rovers Cup (1955), Banerjee has also won the Santosh Trophy twice as a player (1953, 1955) and once as a coach (1962). He also served India as a selector.

He was awarded the Mohun Bagan Ratna in 2009. The Government of West Bengal awarded him with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2016-17.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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