09-10.10.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs


100 crore diyas target for Kamdhenu Deepawali in Gujarat

An ambitious target of making 100 crore diyas from cow dung has been set for this festive season as part of the ‘Kamdhenu Deepawali’ campaign, supported by the Union government.

Last year, the now-defunct Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog had embarked on an ambitious exercise of empowering cow entrepreneurs and 40 crore diyas were made and sold against the target of 11 crore. With more cow entrepreneurs joining in, the target of making 100 crore diyas from cow dung has been conceived for the forthcoming festive season.

Ajit Prasad Mahapatra, who has been promoting cow-based entrepreneurship across the country, suggested opening of gaushalas in jails where products are made using panchgavya.




International G-20 Conference – Highlights


The 13th International G-20 Conference was on 6 October.


♦ The International G-20 Conference was attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman.

♦ India is identifying the vacuum areas in international policy coordination within the backdrop of assuming the G20 presidency in 2023.

♦ India is also working to strengthen institutions like FATF (Financial Action Task Force)and the IMF (International Monetary Fund).

♦ The G20 presidency will provide an incredible platform for India to insist on its vision regarding the longer term, reflecting sustainability, innovation, inclusiveness and justice.

♦ Emerging market economies will have the presidency for G20 till 2025. India will have the presidency in 2023.

♦ The Themes set by India for G20 presidency 2023 will help the emerging economies to work together in a constructive role across the global policy arena.

♦ It also emphasizes the importance of multilateral cooperation and reaching out to the global community beyond the G20.






Heli-borne Survey Technology


Heli Survey Technology was launched for ground water management.


In the first phase, the States of Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana are being taken up for the heli-borne survey.


Survey was started from Jodhpur in Rajasthan on October 5.

Heli Survey Technology


This technology has been developed by CSIR-NGRI Hyderabad.


The state-of-the-art technology, Heli Survey Technology, will be used to map the groundwater sources in arid regions.


Survey will help in utilizing groundwater for drinking purposes.


Heli-borne geophysical mapping technique will provide high-resolution 3D image for sub-surface up to a depth of 500 meters below the ground level.


Aim of the project

This project has been developed with the aim of mapping potential groundwater sources and its management in providing safe drinking water to people in the water scarce arid regions of India.



Mihidana GI Tagged And Exported To Bahrain



The first shipment of Mihidana sweets was GI tagged and sent from West Bengal to Bahrain.


♦ Mihidana, a sweet dish that originated from Bardhaman, West Bengal, was given the Geographical Index Tag (GI).

♦ The shipment was exported to Aljazira Group and provided for tasting purposes to the consumers at Aljazira superstores in Bahrain.

♦ More of the shipment will be exported during the Diwali festival.

♦ The GI tag is a crucial sign used on products with a selected geographical origin and reputation.

♦ It denotes the authenticity of not only the merchandise but the tactic during which it had been produced.

♦ The GI tag is supposed to guard the truly unique traditions of communities against appropriating large industries and thus allow these regions economic prosperity by manufacturing, producing, and marketing their lore.


7 PM MITRA Parks Approved By Government


The Cabinet has approved 7 PM Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (MITRA) Parks.


♦ The MITRA parks will be set up costing Rs 4445 crores in five years.

♦ The park was announced as a part of Union Budget 2021-22, which will help India stand at par with Global textile giants.

♦ These MITRA Parks were established in greenfield or brownfield sites in different states.


♦ This will also help with the employment opportunities with 7 lakh direct jobs and 14 lakh indirect jobs.

♦ Till now, states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and 5 more have shown interest in the establishment.

♦ A Rs 500 crore Maximum Development Capital Support (DCS) will be provided to Greenfield PM MITRA.


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