AspirantWorld One liners : 31st March

• TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dadra and Nagar Haveli and the Dammam and Diu governments to implement the MSP scheme for MFP and Van Dhan Yojana. MFP’s MSP is a flagship program of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, which aims to provide remuneration and fair prices for collectors of tribal forest products.

• Due to the recent blockage of the Suez Canal, people have explored the option of rescheduling boats through the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape of Good Hope is on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa and it connects East Asia and Europe to Southern Africa. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 shortened the route from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, which made long-distance travel around Africa inefficient.

• Facebook plans to use two submarine Internet cables to connect Southeast Asia to North America to increase data capacity and improve Internet authenticity. The two cables are named “Echo” and “Bifrost” and this cable will connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America. Echo installed in cooperation with Google and Indonesian telecom company XL Axiata. It is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

• India has reached an agreement with Bangladesh that the Indian company will develop the transmission line for the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. This is a 2.4 GWe nuclear power plant under construction in Bangladesh. It is being constructed in Rooppur on the banks of the Padma River in Pabna District, Bangladesh. Two units are expected to be completed in 2022 and 2024. Each will generate 1200MW of electricity.

• India will participate in the 9th Asian Heart Ministerial Conference-Istanbul Process on Afghanistan. Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) is an initiative of Turkey and Afghanistan, which was officially launched at a conference held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011.

• The “Chhatrasal Convention Center” in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh was completed Opening ceremony: Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Developed by the Ministry of Tourism Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Highlights: The Ministry of Tourism has formulated the “Iconic Tourist Destination Development Scheme” as a Central Sector Scheme to take a holistic approach to the development of the country’s 19 iconic destinations.

• India has fulfilled its promise to provide 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the UNPKF worldwide and the shipment to Copenhagen. UN peacekeepers provide security and political and peacebuilding support to help countries achieve the difficult and early transition from conflict to peace.

• A women-led start-up company “Astrome” has developed in-depth technology to provide reliable low-cost Internet services in rural areas. Astrome has developed an innovative wireless product that can provide fiber-like bandwidth at a fraction of the cost of fiber to help telecom operators provide reliable low-cost Internet services to suburban and rural areas.

• The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the new Secretary of Energy of the United States agreed to reshape the India-US Strategic Energy Partnership. The two leaders agreed to give priority to greater cooperation in the field of clean energy biofuels, CCUS, hydrogen production and carbon storage through technical exchanges, and to join forces through the ” Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research ” (PACE-R) R&D and other initiatives.

• On March 28, 2021, the Delhi Act (Amendment), 2021, the lieutenant governor given priority by the elected government, the Capital Territory government received approval from President Ramnath Kovind. This bill amends Articles 21, 24, 33 and 44 of the previous bills of 1991. All in all, it said that the “government” in the Delhi NCT refers to the Deputy Governor of Delhi (LG).

• Pune Lieutenant General Walter Anthony Gustavo WAG Pinto, a former general of the Indian Army, died at the age of 97 in his final breath on the evening of March 25, 2021. Highlights: General Pinto was born in 1924 and received school education at St. Aloysius High Schools in Bangalore and Jabalpur, where he passed the 4D (Graduation Certificate) diploma from Cambridge High School.

• The Odisha government has proposed the establishment of a second biosphere reserve in Mahendragri in the southern part of the state, which is a hilly ecosystem with rich biodiversity. The Similipal Biosphere Reserve, covering an area of 5,569 square kilometers, was the first such reserve in Odisha and was notified on May 20, 1996.

• Speaking at the “Discussion with the Village” event in southern Matara, the Gotabaya appears to be a response to India’s intervention in UN Human Rights Council last week. Although India abstains, India supports the international community calls for a resolution to decentralize political authority, lead to Provincial Assembly Election and Implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to ensure a certain degree of decentralization to the provinces.

• Japan has finalized loans and grants totalling about 233 billion yen for several infrastructure projects in India, including a project in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A 4.01 billion yen was allocated to improve the power supply in strategic locations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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