1. TRAI launches TV channel selector web portal for DTH, cable TV subscribers
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is a statutory body set up by the Government of India under section 3 of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997. It is the regulator of the telecommunications sector in India.
- Regulatory agency executives: Dr. PD Vaghela, Chairman and Sunil Kumar Gupta, Secretary.
2. Cabinet approves Deep Ocean Mission and Nutrient Based Subsidy Rates
- The Government provides Rs 900 subsidy on every packet of Urea. A decision has been taken to increase the subsidy for DAP fertilizers from existing Rs 700 to Rs 1200. He said, the estimated additional subsidy burden for such an arrangement will be over Rs 14,000 crore.
- The estimated cost of the Deep Ocean Mission will be over Rs 4000 crore and it will be implemented in a phase-wise manner in five years.
- Cabinet Committees are extra-constitutional. There are two types of cabinet committees- standing and ad-hoc. Standing cabinet committees are permanent whereas ad-hoc cabinet committees are temporary and deals with special issues. Recently the NDA government reconstituted 8 committees on different aspects.
3. MoU signed for development of National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal in Gujarat
- National Maritime Heritage Complex, a world-class facility is to be developed in the vicinity of the Archaeological Survey of India site of Lothal. It is located about 80 kms away from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. This complex would be developed as an international tourist destination.
- Lothal was one of the southernmost cities of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, located in the Bhāl region of the modern state of Gujarāt. Construction of the city began around 2200 BCE.
4. Shipping Ministry, MoCA sign pact to develop seaplane services in India
- A total of 28 seaplane routes and 14 water aerodromes in Gujarat, Assam, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep are in various stages of development at a cost of ₹450 crore.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
- Officeholders: Mansukh L. Mandaviya (MOS independent charge), Pon Radhakrishnan (Minister of State).
Ministry of Civil Aviation
- Officeholder: Hardeep Singh Puri
5. Bihar signs MoU for mega hydropower project with NHPCL
- Dagmara multipurpose hydropower project—is coming up 31 km downstream on Kosi river under Bhaptiyahi block in Supaul district.
- It will comprise two power houses, while the barrage length would be 753 metre and it would have 36 gates on river Kosi River which has a total length of 233 km”.
- NHPC Limited is an Indian government hydropower board under the ownership of Ministry of Power, Government of India that was incorporated in the year 1975.
- Headquarters: Faridabad, India
- The Kosi or Koshi is a trans-boundary river which flows through Tibet, Nepal and India. It drains the northern slopes of the Himalayas in Tibet and the southern slopes in Nepal.
6. SJVN Inks Pact with National Institute of Wind Energy for Energy Projects
- SJVN Ltd was incorporated in 1988 as a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh.
- The company has commissioned seven projects totaling 2,016.5 MW of installed capacity and 86 km of 400 kV transmission line.
- National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has been established in Chennai in the year 1998, as an autonomous R&D institution by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.
7. Bangladesh to set up international vaccine institute
- Bangladesh has so far received 1.08 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from foreign sources out of which 1.02 crore doses came from India including the gifted doses of over 3 million doses.
- Capital: Dhaka
- Currency: Bangladeshi taka
- Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
8. China backed Banskhali power plant in Bangladesh provided false pollution data
- The 1024 MW under construction Banshkhali power plant is a joint venture company between the Bangladeshi S. Alam Group and the Chinese Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO III) and HTG Development Group having a 30 per cent stake. Most of the project is financed through a USD 1.8 billion loan from a consortium of Chinese banks, says CREA. The Chinese company is also the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor of the project.
9. Australia and UK agree on historic free trade agreement
- Capital: London
- Prime minister: Boris Johnson
- Currency: Pound sterling
- Capital: Canberra
- Currency: Australian dollar
- Prime minister: Scott Morrison
10. IIT Kanpur Professor Mukesh Sharma Appointed Honorary Member of WHO Body
- The Technical Advisory Group (the ”TAG”) will act as an advisory body to WHO through providing technical guidance and inputs to support WHO’s efforts and work in air pollution and health issues, by reviewing and analyzing the current health impact assessment methods and input data – including Sustainable Development.
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
- Founded: 7 April 1948
- Director General: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
- Established in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology, the institute was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP).
- Motto: तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (Sanskrit)
- Motto in English: “From darkness, lead me to light”