1. Delhi govt launched free pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens
- The Delhi government launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ which offers free travel packages on five religious circuits for senior citizens from the national capital.
- The scheme will enable 1,100 senior citizens from each Assembly constituency of Delhi per year to undertake the free pilgrimage, the expenses for which will be borne by the Delhi government.
Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana
- Under the scheme, any resident of Delhi above 60 years of age will be eligible for the scheme and those above 70 years can have one attendant.
- The scheme does not have any income criterion, but preference will be given to those who are from the economically weaker section.
- The applicant should not be an employee of the central, state, local government or autonomous bodies.
- The journey will be performed through Indian Railways.
- A total of 77,000 pilgrims will be able to avail this facility every year.
- The pilgrimage duration will be of three days and two nights and will be for any of the following routes:
(a) Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi;
(d) Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah border-Anandpur Sahib-Delhi;
(e) Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi.
- The Scheme will help and promoting communal harmony and brotherhood in society.
Topic- GS-2- Government Schemes
Source- Business Standard
2. Plastic pollution threatens tourism-dependent Bali
- Indonesia’s Bali, which attracts five million tourists every year, is dependent on tourism for 80 percent of its economy.
- But, massive plastic pollution on its beaches threatens this picture.
- The island’s lovely beaches are often found covered in huge amounts of plastic and other garbage that the high tides angrily throwback.
- The water too is no more as clear as it used to be.
- According to Rivers, Oceans, Lakes and Ecology Foundation, an NGO based in Bali, Indonesia produces about 130,000 tonnes of plastic and solid waste every day.
- Bali has been known for its rich biodiversity and now all of it is under serious threat.
- In the year 2017, Bali declared a “garbage emergency”.
- China heads the list of the 20 worst polluters of plastic waste thrown into the ocean.
- The major polluters of plastic waste in the sea are China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
- Around 8.5 million tonnes of plastic waste is annually dumped into the oceans by 192 coastal countries.
- Data collected from 60 Indian cities shows that around 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.
Source-Down to Earth
3. India claims top 10 in the list of fastest-growing cities
- Surat will have the fastest growing city, with its GDP jumping 9 percent per annum year-on-year, by 2035, predicted in report Global Cities: The future of the world’s leading urban economies to 2035.
- The report is prepared by firm Oxford Economics, UK.
- All of the 10 fastest over that period will be in India.
- While economic output in many of those Indian cities will remain rather small in comparison to the world’s biggest metropolises.
- The aggregated gross domestic product of all Asian cities will exceed that of all North American and European urban centers combined in 2027.
- By 2035, it will be 17 percent higher, with the largest contribution coming from Chinese cities.
- The fastest-growing African city is the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam, while the top spot in Europe is held by the Armenian capital of Yerevan.
- San Jose -a proxy for Silicon Valley, will be the best performer in North America.
Topic- GS-3- Economic Development
Source- Economic Times
4. Cabinet approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam on river Ravi in Punjab
- The Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Punjab on river Ravi.
- Central Assistance of Rs. 485.38 cr (for irrigation component) would be provided over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.
- Implementation of this project would help to minimize some of the water of the River Ravi which at present is going waste through the MadhopurHeadworks downstream to Pakistan whereas there is a requirement for the same for use in Punjab and J&K.
- Funding for Central Assistance to Shahpurkandi Dam project shall be made through NABARD under the existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF.
- The project would be implemented by Govt. of Punjab with Central Assistance of Rs. 485.38 crore The project would be completed by June 2022.
- Indus Waters Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 for sharing of Indus waters.
- According to the Treaty, India got the full rights for utilization of waters of the three Eastern Rivers namely Ravi, Beas, and Satluj.
- A Bilateral agreement was signed between Punjab and J&K in Jan 1979.
- As per the agreement, construction of Ranjit Sagar Dam (Thein Dam) and Shahpurkandi Dam was to be taken up by Punjab Govt.
- Ranjit Sagar Dam was commissioned in Aug 2000.
- The ShahpurKandi Dam project was initially approved by the Planning Commission during November 2001 and was included under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Scheme (AIBP) of this Ministry for funding its irrigation component.
Topic- GS-3- Agriculture
5. Union Cabinet approves Amendment of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951
- The Union Cabinet has approved the Amendment of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.
- In the existing Act, there is a provision for representation of a single national political party.
- The proposed amendment ensures representation of the Opposition Party in the Trust.
- The proposed Amendment will empower the Government to terminate and replace a Trustee to participate in functioning of the Trust or for any other reason.
Topic- GS-1- Art and Culture
6. Union Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy, 2018
- The Union Cabinet has approved the Agriculture Export Policy, 2018.
- The Cabinet has also approved the proposal for the establishment of Monitoring Framework at Centre with Commerce as the nodal Department with representation from various line Ministries/Departments and Agencies and representatives of concerned State Governments, to oversee the implementation of Agriculture Export Policy.
- The Government has come out with a policy to double farmers’ income by 2022.
- To double agricultural exports from present ~US$ 30+ Billion to ~US$ 60+ Billion by 2022 and reach US$ 100 Billion in the next few years
- To diversify our export basket, destinations and boost high value and value-added agricultural exports including the focus on perishables.
- To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional Agri products exports.
- To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
- To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.
- Enable farmers to get the benefit of export opportunities in the overseas market.
7. Sahitya Akademi announces winners in 24
- Sahitya Akademi is an organization dedicated to the promotion of literature in the languages of India.
- Sahitya Akademi (National academy of letters) annually gives awards recognizing the literary works of writers in 24 Indian languages–22 scheduled languages along with English and Rajasthani.
- Winners include Anees Saleem in English, Rama Kant Shukla in Sanskrit, Rajesh Kumar Vyas in Rajasthani, Rahman Abbas in Urdu, Lok Nath Upadhyay in Nepali, Chitra Mughal in Hindi and S. Ramakrishnan in Tamil.
- The awards, in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, will be presented to the authors at a special function in January next year at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.
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Source- Indian Express