NDDB, GCMMF join hands for genomic selection in Gujarat
The National Dairy Development Board, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and other milk unions of Gujarat have decided to collaborate on expanding reference population for genomic selection. It will extend benefits of improved genetics to the farmers of the state.
NDDB, GCMMF and the milk unions will work together to develop standard operating procedures for recording, take up data analysis and monitor the quality of data collected. NDDB’s executive director Meenesh Shah and GCMMF’s managing director RS Sodhi inked an MoU to this effect during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, which was attended by many milk unions of the state.
Shah said that genomic selection is dependent on size of reference population that are performance recorded and genotyped. Accuracy of genomic selection increases with expansion of reference population.
The project will fast-track genetic progress in cattle and buffaloes not only for their milk production potential but also for regular reproduction, reduced disease incidences and improved appearance.
Around 1.9 lakh animals will be recorded in next five years for their milk production capacity, fat, SNF and protein content of milk, reproduction regularity of animals, disease incidence, animal’s body type, animal’s behaviour among others. Out of the recorded animals, more than 80,000 will be genotyped and related data will help in genomic breeding value estimation with more accuracy.
China-Russia to Begin the Biggest Nuclear Power Project
China and Russia started their largest Nuclear Power Projects. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the ceremony to start the construction of the project on May 19, 2021.
In 2018, Russia and China signed a Nuclear Energy Cooperation Project Agreement.
The countries agreed to build Units 3 and 4 of the Xudapu Nuclear Power Plant, as well as Units 7 and 8 of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, as part of the agreement.
The construction of the above four units is a significant result of the countries’ collaboration in science and technology innovation and high-end equipment manufacturing.
The project’s contract value is twenty billion dollars.
The project’s nuclear reactors will be third-generation VVER-1200 reactors.
The reactors will produce 37.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity once they are finished.
They will also reduce the use of fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions by 30.68 million tonnes.
Microsoft to Retire Iconic Internet Explorer
Technology giant Microsoft with more than 25 years of experience has decided to suspend its iconic Internet Explorer (IE) browser, which will take effect on June 15, 2022. The Internet Explorer (IE) browser was launched in 1995.
Microsoft recommends that its users switch to Microsoft Edge (2015) before June 15, 2022 for a faster, safer and more modern browsing experience.
Microsoft Edge has a built-in Internet Explorer mode (IE mode), so users can directly access old Internet Explorer-based websites and applications from Microsoft Edge.
Internet Explorer used to be the most widely used Web browser, with 95% of its usage share in 2003.
States look to meet ‘Har Ghar Jal’ target ahead of national goal
As the Centre’s flagship programme to provide tap water connections to all rural households in the country has entered its third year of implementation, states and Union Territories (UTs) have started rolling out their annual planning exercise with objective to meet their respective targets ahead of the national goal of 2024.
Funds will be released by the ‘Jal Shakti’ ministry to the states/UTs as per their approved plans under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) that aims to provide tap connections to all rural households in the country by 2024.
In addition to Rs 50,000 crore budgetary allocation for the JJM, there is also assured fund of Rs 26,940 crore available under the 15th Finance Commission grant for water and sanitation.
Nine states, UTs yet to adopt gender budgeting
Even though the government adopted gender budgeting in 2005-06 as a strategy to advance gender mainstreaming, nine states and Union Territories — Goa, Telangana, Haryana, Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Ladakh, Mizoram, Puducherry and Sikkim — are yet to adopt it. So far, 27 states UTs and 37 central ministries and departments have adopted gender budgeting.
The Gender Budget Statement (GBS) is a reporting mechanism to assess budgets which are being allocated for women and girls by different ministries and departments. Data shared by women and child development minister Smriti Irani in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha showed that for 2021-22, Rs 1,53,326 crore has been allocated for women and girls by 43 ministries, departments and UTs.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund For Sportspersons
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved a grant of Rs 200,000 for V Tejaswini Bai of Karnataka, who won the Arjuna Award in 2011 and was a member of the women’s Kabaddi team, that won gold medal games at the Asian Olympic Games in 2014 and 2014 respectively. The Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS) has approved financial assistance.
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