02.07.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs


18% of new projects in major cities are coming up in non-TP areas: GujRERA

In an insightful document last week, Gujarat’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GujRERA) office claimed that 18% of all new building projects in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot are forced to come up in areas where there are no town planning schemes (TP).

In tier-2 and tier-3 Gujarat cities like Ankleshwar, Bharuch, Junagadh and Navasari nearly 60% of newer developments are in non-TP areas. The non-TP areas lack planned network or roads, infrastructure and amenities.

The non-statutory document has suggested reforms in the existing town planning department and further flags that development demand in Gujarat’s cities has often outpaced the supply of planned and serviced land provided through TP scheme mechanism. GujRERA had teamed up with department of urban development and urban planning consultants to come up with three non-statutory manuals — Town planning schemes, Development plans and Local Area Plans (LAP) — and have uploaded them on their website. This is the first time that such an exercise has been carried out in the state.

Among key recommendations, to reduce delays ahead of an intention of TP scheme, are including public consultation process where land owners and beneficiary are consulted before freezing land records with shape, size and ownership boundary. The concept paper has also added a stage for preparation of vision while preparing draft TP scheme. Among other major recommendations are that the state government appoint an expert review committee (ERC) which shall review and recommend approval of TP schemes submitted to the government at different stages.




World UFO Day – 2nd July


The World UFO Day (WUD) is held on July 2 each year globally. It is a day committed to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) by the World UFO Day Organization (WUFODO). WUD objectives to raise cognizance about UFOs’ existence and encourage human beings to think about the opportunity of us now not being alone in the Universe.


Initially, the day used to be discovered on June 24. Later, WUFODO set up on July two to commemorate the day.







Provisional Coal Statistics 2020-21 Been Released


Provisional Coal Statistics 2020-21 have been released by the Union Minister.

About Provisional Coal Statistics 2020-21:

♦ The Ministry of Coal has issued the statistical publication.

♦ It includes preliminary data on the performance of the Coal and Lignite sector in the last fiscal year 2020-21.

♦ It provides valuable and comprehensive ready-made data references for all relevant stakeholders, policy planners, researchers, national and international institutions, and individuals.

♦ The data is in the public domain and can be downloaded from the Coal Controller’s Organisation (CCO) and the Ministry of Coal’s official websites.
♦ It contains pre-audited data, and the final data for 2020-21 will be published in India’s Coal Directory 2020-21.


Saral Sanchar Portal – DoT


The Saral Sanchar Portal has been expanded by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

About Saral Sanchar Portal:

♦ ‘SARAL SANCHAR’ (Simplified Application For Registration and Licenses) is a web-based portal for issuing various licences and registration certificates.

♦ It is part of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India’s various digital initiatives.

♦ The portal ensures greater transparency and efficiency in the issuance of licences and registration certificates.

♦ Applicants can apply online by filling out the prescribed application form and uploading the documents and application form with a digital signature.

♦ The portal assumes that applicants will receive prompts and alerts at all stages of application submission so that all necessary requirements can be met before the application is submitted.

♦ Applications for Access Services, Internet Services, and other licences are being accepted via this portal.


Mobile Integrated Oxygen Concentrator – OxyJani


Indian researchers designed a sturdy, mobile integrated oxygen concentrator named “OxyJani”.

The team behind OxyJani: Researchers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Advanced Scientific Research Center, an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India

About OxyJani:

♦ OxyJani is based on the Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology principles.
♦ The researchers switched from lithium zeolite (LiX), which is commonly used in oxygen generators, to sodium zeolite, which does not generate toxic solid waste and can be manufactured in India.


First Indian Female Swimmer to qualify Tokyo 2020 Olympics


Maana Patel has grown to be the first girl and solely the 3rd swimmer from India to qualify Tokyo Olympics 2021 ticket. Maana Patel joins Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash to have qualified for the Olympics. She is a 21-year-old backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad who has won gold medals in the 50-metre backstroke and 200-metre backstroke at National Games. She also gained gold in the 100-metre backstroke at the sixtieth National School Games (2015) and broke the national record in backstroke. She was selected for Olympic Gold Quest in 2015, making it the first time a swimmer was roped in. In 2018, she secured three gold medals at the 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championships.


This event will begin from 23rd July to 8th August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Originally it was scheduled from 24 July to 9 August 2020. But it was postponed and rescheduled for the first time amid the covid-19 pandemic. 2020 Games will be the second time Japan has hosted the Summer Olympic Games—the first being in Tokyo in 1964. Tokyo has come to be the first city in Asia to host Summer Games twice.


Mariyappan Thangavelu – Flag Bearer in Tokoyo Para Olympics


op para high-jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu was the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in the Tokyo Paralympics, which starts on August 24. Thangavelu, defending the T-42 gold he had received in the 2016 Rio Paralympics during the August 24 to September 5 showpiece in Tokyo, was once picked for the honour by the executive committee of the country wide body. The 25-year-old Thangavelu, who used to be conferred with the Khel Ratna, the country’s best possible carrying award, the remaining year is one of the 24 para-athletes picked via the decision committee for the Tokyo Paralympics. Thangavelu, who hails from Salem district in Tamil Nadu, suffered a permanent disability at the age of five when a bus crashed his right leg beneath the knee.


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