17.09.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs

 

GUJARAT

Internet subscribers up 10% in Gujarat

Backed by high demand since the pandemic hit, the number of internet subscribers in Gujarat surged in 2020.

According to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), internet subscribers in Gujarat stood at 4.8 crore as on December 31, 2020 against 4.4 crore a year earlier. According to telecom industry sources, with more people working from home, the number of internet users has increased.

According to the TRAI data, the number of connections grew in both rural and urban areas. However, in the rural areas, the rate of increase was faster than in urban areas, albeit on a lower base.

Rural internet subscribers grew by 13% in this period from 1.31 crore in 2019 to 1.47 crore in 2020, whereas urban internet subscriber numbers rose by 8.9% from 3.12 crore in 2019 to 3.41 crore in 2020. The number of people shifting to high-speed connections also increased in this the same period. According to the report by TRAI, the number of narrowband subscribers i.e. those opting for internet connections with slower speeds, fell. The number of people opting for broadband or high-speed connections went up. In 2020, the number of narrowband internet users fell by 17.5 lakh or 28.5%, against 24.5 lakh such subscribers in 2019.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Sixth Edition of SCO Peaceful Mission

 

Indian Military Contingent participates in the sixth Edition of Exercise SCO Peaceful Mission 2021 at Orenburg, Russia.

Highlights:

Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is a Multilateral Exercise, which is performed biennially as section of navy diplomacy between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states.

The 6th version of Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is being hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of South West Russia in September 2021.

The focus of the exercise is to foster shut family members between SCO member states and to enhance abilities of the army leaders to command multinational military contingents.

The exercise will enable sharing of quality practices between the Armed Forces of SCO nations.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Crime Record of India by NCRB

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) record on Crime in India was launched.

Highlights:

The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown resulted in a drop in regular crimes like theft, robbery, and assault on ladies and children in 2020.

There was a 28% increase in the registration of cases in 2020 in the country in contrast to 2019, especially owing to the violation of COVID-19 norms.

An nearly 21-fold bounce was recorded in instances of disobedience to the order duly promulgated by means of public servants.

Crimes against Scheduled Castes showed an increase of 9.4%. offences towards the Scheduled Tribe communities showed an increase of 9.3% over 2019.

 

Shoonya Campaign by NITI Aayog

 

NITI Aayog, RMI, and RMI India Launch ‘Shoonya’ Campaign. It is an initiative to promote zero-pollution shipping vehicles by working with customers and industry.

Highlights:

The marketing campaign aims to speed up the adoption of electric powered automobiles (EVs) in the urban deliveries segment and create customer attention about the advantages of zero-pollution delivery.

Industry stakeholders such as e-commerce companies, fleet aggregators, unique gear manufacturers (OEMs) and logistics corporations have been scaling up their efforts towards final-mile shipping electrification.

As part of the campaign, a corporate branding and certification programme is being launched to realise and promote industry’s efforts toward transitioning to EVs for final-mile deliveries.

 

Reforms Report by NITI Aayog

 

NITI Aayog launches the Report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India. The report is titled ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’.

Highlights:

The report was developed by NITI Aayog, in session with worried ministries and eminent experts in the domain of city and regional planning.

It provides a condensed effect of the significant deliberations and consultations conducted over a period of 9 months.

India is home to about 11% of the total world urban population. By 2027, India will surpass China as the most populous united states in the world. Unplanned urbanization, however, exerts exceptional stress on our cities.

 

Kushinagar Airport as a Customs Notified Airport – CBIC

 

The organization of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) has declared Kushinagar Airport as a Customs notified airport. This would also facilitate global passenger actions which include that of Buddhist pilgrims.

Highlights:

The Kushinagar airport is a global airport unfolding throughout a location of 600 acres. It was granted the licence to operate global flights by using DGCA remaining February. In the month of August, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) prolonged the validity of the airport’s licence to function worldwide flights till February 21, 2023. The licence was once due to expire on August 21, 2021.

 

NITI Aayog suggests to build 500 ‘healthy cities’

 

About the report

 

The ‘Building Urban Planning Capacity in India’ report comprises of a set of recommendations on several aspects of urban planning like:

  1. Interventions for planning healthy cities
  2. Optimum utilization of urban land
  3. Ramping up human-resource capacities
  4. Strengthening urban governance
  5. Building local leadership
  6. Enhancing the role of private sector and
  7. Advancing the urban planning education system.

Key recommendations of the report

 

As per report, India needs a Central sector scheme to build 500 ‘healthy cities’ over the next five years as well as a thorough revamp of town-planning acts in states in order to meet future challenges of urbanisation.

As per the NITI Aayog, the Central sector scheme for building 500 healthy cities will have to be initiated by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in association with the states & Union Territories.

 

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