24.07.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs

GUJARAT

 

Wind power output in Gujarat nears record level

 

High wind speed across coastal regions of Gujarat has pushed up electricity generation from wind energy close to record-level. The average wind power generation in Gujarat shot up 106 million units (MUs) or 4,432 MW on Wednesday, which was in striking distance of the all-time high wind power generation of 108 MUs or 4,600 MW recorded across the state in July 2019.

 

The average generation was just 552 MW (13 MUs) on Wednesday last week. According to the Western Regional Load Dispatch Centre (WRLD), a central government entity, the daily peak of wind power generation in Gujarat was recorded at 4,712MW on Wednesday, when the state’s maximum electricity demand was recorded at 14,758 MW.

 

In fact, the state produced more power from wind farms than conventional thermal power plants. Electricity generation from wind energy sources is growing at a faster rate with new projects coming up across Gujarat, which is the second largest producer of wind power (with total installed capacity of 7,542 MW) in India after Tamil Nadu.

 

Despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Gujarat witnessed the highest addition of wind power generation capacity in the country during 2020-21.
Wind power projects having cumulative generation capacity of 1,020.3 MW were installed and commissioned in Gujarat from April 2020 to March 2021, shows data compiled by Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA).

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

 

First Medal in Tokyo Games

 

Mirabai Chanu from Imphal won the silver medal and became the first Indian to win an Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games 2020 in the Women’s 49kg category.

Zhihui Hou of China won the gold medal in the women’s 49-kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics, lifting 210 kg, while Windy Cantika Aisah of Indonesia won the bronze medal. Chanu managed to lift 202 kg in the women’s 49kg category to become the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal. Mirabai Chanu registered a new Olympic record with a successful lift of 115kg in clean and jerk.

 

 

Historic Urban Landscape project of UNESCO

 

In Madhya Pradesh, Orchha and Gwalior cities have been selected by UNESCO under its Historic Urban Landscape Project.

Highlights:

The project was started in 2011. The historic Urban Landscape project of UNESCO for the cities of Orchha and Gwalior was launched by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing.Six cities of South Asia, including Varanasi and Ajmer, are already involved in this landscape project. Gwalior and Orchha have been selected as the 7th and 8th cities of South Asia.

 

NATIONAL

 

Honey Mission Programme Launched by KVIC

 

:During 2017-18, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) of the Ministry of MSME launched the Honey Mission programme.

It is being implemented in rural India to promote beekeeping activities and provide self-sustaining employment opportunities for farmers, Adivasis, and unemployed youth.

Beneficiaries receive Bee Boxes, tool kits, live bee colonies, and training as part of the program.

Additionally, traditional beekeepers are provided with long-term employment through the Ministry of MSME’s Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), which organises them into clusters and provides them with new machinery and training.

The scheme has approved 29 honey clusters, which will benefit 13,388 beekeepers, and the Indian government has provided financial assistance of Rs.68.65 crore.

It is also proposed that in the financial year 2021-22, eight Self-Help Groups be formed to benefit 80 beekeepers in the Bundelkhand Region.

 

Govt. Portal for Children Orphaned by COVID

 

For children orphaned by COVID-19, the government has established a portal that is accessible to all states and union territories. Any citizen can use the portal to notify the administration about a child who is eligible for assistance under this scheme.

The central government has announced the “PM-CARES for Children” scheme for all children orphaned by Covid-19.

Features of the Scheme:
♦ A corpus of Rs. 10 lakh
♦ Children’s Education (under the age of ten)
♦ Children’s Education (11-18 years)
♦ Higher education
♦ Medical Insurance

 

Schemes for the Welfare of the Minorities

 

The government is implementing various schems to promote the welfare and promotion of all sectors of society, including ethnic minorities, especially the economically weaker and oppressed sectors throughout the country.

This information was provided in the Lok Sabha by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs.

These schemess/programs implemented by the Minority Affairs Ministry are:

Pre-Matric Scholarship, Post-Matric Scholarship, Merit based Scholarship Scheme

♦ Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme
♦ Naya Savera –  Allied and Free Coaching scheme
♦ Padho Pardesh Scheme
♦ Nai Udaan
♦ Nai Roshni
♦ Seekho Aur Kamao
♦ Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK)
♦ Jiyo Parsi
♦ Upgrading traditional arts/craftsmanship skills and training
♦ Nai Manzil
♦ Hamari Dharohar
♦ Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF)
♦ National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation equity

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