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September Spotlight 2020
🗓️ September 2020
1. In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Poland’s solidarity movement, Qutub Minar was illuminated in Poland’s national flag colors (white and red).
- Solidarity movement (began in 1980) – it was a non-violent revolt against the authoritative communist parties of Poland. In 1989, the first partially free elections were held in Poland (which led to the solidarity of Poland).
- Tadeusz Mazowiecki became the first non-communist leader of Poland in 1989.
2. Department of Economic Affairs has issued a notification to give the status of an infrastructure project to the Affordable Rental Housing Complex (ARHC) by including ARHCs in the harmonized list of infrastructure sub-sectors.
- ARHC was launched in July as a sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to provide rental apartments to urban migrants.
3. Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Sh. Ram Vilas Paswan has reviewed the implementation of the “One Nation One Ration Card” scheme (effective from July 1, 2020).
- After the inclusion of Ladakh and Lakshadweep, there are a total of 26 States/UTs connected with each other under the One Nation One Ration Card scheme.
- The scheme allows beneficiaries in these 26 States/UTs to access their subsidized food grains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) of their choice w.e.f. 1st September 2020.
- The remaining States/UTs are targeted to be integrated within the scheme by March 2021.
4. Minister of New and Renewable Energy R K Singh has launched the pan-India Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) in electricity.
- Purpose: – to incentivize renewable energy-producing states and promote the production of renewable energy.
- The facility will allow selling off the power by the producers of renewable energy in the open market without getting into long term Power Purchase Agreements.
G-TAM will offer four types of contracts, viz. intra-day, day-ahead contingency, daily, and weekly.
5. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced to extend a development assistance loan of ₹3,500 crores (JPY 50 billion) to India for the Covid-19 Crisis Emergency Response Support.
- This loan will help in the implementation of “Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana” (PM-ASBY), governed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Package for the health sector.
- The Health Ministry aims to strengthen the public healthcare system, expand and strengthen surveillance capacities, research, and national digital health mission through PM- ASBY.
- In addition to this, Japan also gave a grant of JPY 1 billion (nearly ₹70 crores) to India for providing medical equipment to strengthen the public health and medical system in India.
- In India, JICA has ongoing health projects in Tamil Nadu and Odisha.
6. Ministry of Defence has signed contracts to supply six Pinaka regiments (a system of rocket launchers) to the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 2,580 crore by 2024.
- Manufacturers – Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, Tata Power Company Ltd, and Larsen & Toubro – have to use at least 70% indigenous “content” in the Pinaka regiments.
- First used in the Kargil war, Pinaka is a DRDO designed and developed a system of multi-barrel rocket launchers.
7. CSIR’s Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) claims to have developed the world’s largest ‘solar tree’ in Durgapur in West Bengal.
- It has an annual capacity to generate 12,000-14,000 units of electricity.
These solar trees can be customized for usage in agricultural activities such as high capacity pumps, e-Tractors, and e-Power Tillers.
8. Odisha govt has launched the ‘AMA SAHAR’ and ‘SWACHHA SAHAR ODISHA’ web apps to provide citizen-centric services, as a part of the 5T initiative of the state.
These apps aim to bring better fiscal management in Urban Local Bodies.
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